November 7, 2022  • Newsletter

This Month’s Money Message: Learn

Is there something you’ve always wanted to know?

For years I have watched the same incredible tree turn the most vibrant orangey-red color each fall. I pass this tree regularly, and its color each year feels both surprising and familiar. Surprising because I never notice the tree until its leaves turn. And familiar because the image of the tree is permanently etched in my mind. Pantone would call its fall color vermilion. There are subtle pinkish undertones to the leaves that seem to glow from the inside when the sun hits them just right.

And every year, I have the same two thoughts: “Wow, that tree is incredible” and “I wonder what kind of tree it is.” And then I move on. Because life is busy and identifying a random type of tree is fairly low on my to-do list.

Small, manageable good counts as a win right now.

Until this year. This year, I finally learned what type of tree, native to the eastern United States turns orangey-red in the fall and looks like it is glowing from the inside at sunset when the light hits it just right. And learning that factoid felt good. Not change-the-world good. But small, manageable good. And small, manageable good counts as a win right now.

So in pursuit of your own small, manageable win, I invite you to learn this month. Learn a fact you’ve always been curious about. Learn what it tastes like when you add extra chocolate to your cookies. Learn about the judges in your local elections. Learn why inflation is high right now. Learn the type of tree you always pass. Learn something, in pursuit of a small, manageable win.

Those small, manageable learning wins build on themselves and become slightly larger, slightly more empowering wins in other areas as well. When we’re curious, we are growing, especially as the curiosity is satisfied. So notice your curiosity, and notice the resolution of your curiosity, especially as we transition into the close of 2022 and the start of a new year.

Know: What you want to learn this month – big or small, simple or complex, money-related or not money-related.

Do: Take the time to learn something, especially if it is a short amount of time. All learning is good learning.

Believe: Learning and curiosity feed all areas of our life, especially when we are directing the learning and curiosity.


What We’re Doing

Like October, November is another busy month with six events on the calendar spanning from New York to California, with a strong concentration in Ohio. The coaching programs through TCG and Pew continue this month, so non-workshop days are full of conversations with incredible folks.

What We’re Talking About

We have moved into year-end planning mode, so if you are interested in having a conversation before December 31, the time to book it is now. Slots are filling up for the next six weeks.


If you’d like to chat with me to answer your own questions, feel free to find a time that works with your schedule.



I’m grateful for all of the learning you let me do along with you as part of this community, and I can’t wait to hear about what piques your interest this month. Oh, and that orangey-red tree I was telling you about? It’s a red maple.

Until soon,


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