Parenting is the most wonderful, and the most challenging job I have ever had. I think many people would concur. Being a good manager at work is difficult, but it pales in comparison to the task of effectively raising kids to be well adjusted, productive and balanced adults- and finding…


I have had a lot of conversations lately with people lamenting the long winter — and the monotony of being confined for the last year. While acknowledging that it will indeed be nice when the days are warm and sunny here in the North East, and that it will be…


When we think about leisure we often think about loafing on the couch watching Netflix, or some other equally passive activity. There are, however, other meanings of “leisure” which are worth considering and are important for the pursuit of a fulfilled life.

The first concept of leisures is to do…


Someone said to me last week, “you never retire from purpose”. I loved that because it encapsulated what I feel about work. I get asked a lot — as I get closer to “traditional” retirement age- when I plan to retire. My answer is always that I don’t. My work…


A good friend of mine used to tell her kids “if everyone you encounter is wrong, you might want to look in the mirror to find the problem”. In other words, when you come home complaining about how awful all the kids are at school, maybe you are the one…


It is an uphill battle for any kid to finish college. It is a lot of work, and it is a marathon of a project. I am not a believer that everyone should go to college- I know plenty of trades people, for instance, who make an excellent living in…


It is so cliche to say that the best things in life are free, but there is value in being thankful for things that we sometimes can take for granted:

  1. Air — I was speaking with a friend who lives in the Bay Area and when I asked how she…

There is a lot of anxiety in the world today, coming from lots of different places, from COVID, to social unrest, to crime and economic strain. …


I recently met a friend for a cup of coffee- she had just lost her job, was dealing with some serious challenges with aging parents, and like much of the world was wrestling with the loneliness that comes from COVID life. I was deeply impressed by her resolve to try…


While there are many factors that contribute to a successful startup venture- the product/market fit, the branding and messaging, ability to raise capital, it all pales in comparison to the talent and engagement of the people. …

Catherine Flax

Advisor, Mentor, Speaker, Writer. Fintech and Commodities Professional. Wife, mother, grandmother and devout Catholic. Views expressed are my own.

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