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Young & Prudent: The Only Certainties are Death and Taxes

Change is a constant. It’s the only thing we can all rely on. But still, it continues to take us by surprise.

Personally, I am always working on being better at taking it in my stride.

Wall Street Daily is in the midst of making a shift and becoming part of an affiliated publication called Agora Financial. With that big change comes many smaller ones, including the conclusion of Young & Prudent.

When I began this endeavor, there was no knowing exactly how long it would last. I’d have imagined at least a year but seven months was still plenty of time to explore a lot of topics.

Plus, I got to experience the satisfying struggle of writing a weekly column – some weeks I had several ideas and debated which to run with, while others my focus was elsewhere. I’ll enjoy not living under a deadline for a bit.

Throughout this experience I’ve had the opportunity to interview people living without bills, freelancers, and authors redefining “wealth.”

I’ve also looked at applying a certain mindfulness to money from just about every angle; including the reasons why we don’t talk about money and how to improve our relationships with it.

On top of that, I’ve shared a few of my own experiences with impulse buying, conscious shopping, splurging, and how to spend when the time is right.

Exploring all these topics has given me clearer and more nuanced view of how our culture – and especially my generation – relates to money.

Looking back, I think the most important takeaway is not to give money too much value.

Money is an important tool for survival, yes. But money should be used to get what you need to thrive, feel safe, and be comfortable. Beyond that, it can become a source of anxiety and disconnection.

Placing too much value upon money – and in connection, possessions – can easily lead to an insatiable desire for things that simply do not satisfy the way they may promise to. All the luxuries in the world cannot replace deep connection and a sense of community.

My parting advice to readers is to think about money carefully, but to not elevate it to a status higher than the people and environment around.

Money is simply a means to an end – and that end is true connection.

Thanks for reading!

Mindfully planning,

Samantha Solomon

Samantha Solomon

, Special Correspondent

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