New Beginnings: Our CEO on Rebuilding and Coming Back Stronger

byAnde Frazier


May 1, 2019 .2 min read

The other morning I was sitting on my patio wearing an old t-shirt and pair of jeans, enjoying a cup of coffee. All I could think about was just how incredibly relaxing it was to enjoy this beautiful spring weather after such a long winter here in New York.

After a few false starts, or spring fakes-outs, where it’s 70 degrees one day but snowing the next, I feel like it’s finally safe to put away the heavy coats and start enjoying the great outdoors. Well, ‘great outdoors’ is probably a bit ambitious. More like ‘long walks through the neighborhood’ to start.

Even though I go through this exact same process every year, possibly even wearing the same jeans and t-shirt; the transition from winter to spring feels like a completely new beginning every single time.

Before spring turns to summer, I want to take advantage of this newfound energy and feelings of renewal, hope, and growth by re-evaluating the goals I set in the new year, and likely setting some new ones.

One new beginning I’m looking forward to is learning lessons from others, rather than having to learn the hard way myself. But not just that. I want to look at every single person out there as my own personal teacher. From the woman learning to navigate life as a new mom to the woman making her way back into the workforce after her children have gone off to school, these pivotal life moments each come action packed with so many challenges, obstacles, and fears. There’s so much we can all learn from watching someone go through them and come out on the other side.

I’ve spent the last 25 years advising women on finance from every single vantage point you can imagine: from buying their first car or apartment to figuring out how to deal with a crazy inheritance or managing widowhood. Quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing myself talk. I’m looking forward to hearing other voices as we build out this community and conversation.

This month, we’re going to explore the idea of new beginnings and money. We’ve got college students graduating and dipping their toes into the real world, not to mention, student loan payments. We’ve got first jobs, new jobs, lost jobs, and career transitions. We’ve even got a whole new set of politicians ready to start sharing their new proposals for budgeting and challenging the status quo.

I hope you’ll join us in learning from other women as they set out on their new adventures–or tell us about a time that they did.

And if you’re embarking on a new career, a new relationship, welcoming a new family member, or letting go of toxic energy in your life, we’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, you can find us here celebrating life, newness and probably a whole lot more coffee (same jeans, though).