One of the things that I have always cherished about my relationship with all of my parents is how well they model the importance of friendship. It is from watching them that I feel I have been able to establish bonds with women in my life that will withstand anything. I remember being about 10 and listening to my mom talk to her friend Carol. They had met their first year of teaching in the, ah hem, mid-70's. While my sister and I played, they talked about how neat it was to still be friends and now, be friends with children growing up (semi) together. Carol has two kids: Andrew and Amanda. Both have gone on to be incredibly successful individuals. How do I know this? Mom and Carol still remain the best of friends and are constantly updating all of the kids on life's happenings.
Just recently, I got an email from Mom about Amanda. She now lives in New York with her husband and child and works as a psychologist who's practice specializes in financial wellness. Her primary clientele is made up of young artists and actors with a variable income. Her practice has become such a success that she has been quoted recently in the New York Times and has been writing articles on About.com. She also writes a daily blog called The Good, The Bad, and the Money.
While her focus is mostly on clients with a variable income, in reading some of her posts and articles, I found that she touched on many of the issues that young couples and twenty-somethings face on a daily basis. Check out her site! It is really well done and could definitely shed some light on those in need of a little financial wisdom!