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Will I Ever Be Able To Retire?

I count myself as a fellow phoenix for good reasons. I have been a single mother with no visible means of support who relied on credit cards for necessities as well as emergencies. I’ve done very little conscious retirement planning.  I have used some of my meager retirement savings to dig myself out of a hole – more than once. I have a small retirement savings that will not get me to my life expectancy of age 91. I have no pension. And I have filed bankruptcy. I too am climbing out of the ashes of financial ruin.  I’ve been telling people I’ll have to work until I’m 85 before I can retire.

So finally, I went to to use their retirement calculator. You tell it how old you are, how much retirement savings you have now, how much you are saving per month, what kind of lifestyle you intend to live in the future (current lifestyle, scaled back or more elaborate), your anticipated retirement income (Social Security and pensions) it tells you how long you have to keep working. I was thrilled to learn that I can retire at 75 rather than 85.  And if I save more and/or scale back my life style (not likely) I can retire even sooner.

I heard somewhere that we teach what we most need to learn. So I am applying years of study as a consumer bankruptcy lawyer and my personal experience to this project, Being the Phoenix™.  I’m sharing with you,reader, the lessons I need to learn.  Go to and find out whether your current mode of savings and earnings is going to get you where you want to go when you want to get there. And then join us here to find out what you can do to accelerate your learning curve and fly higher sooner!

Rise, fellow phoenixes, Rise!


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A New Beginning

After over 20 many years of work as a bankruptcy lawyer, I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t enough to just get rid of debt or just save clients homes. We (and I do mean we) all need inspiration, education and tools to change our mindsets about money and debt. I’m not an expert in all the needed fields, but I know people who are!

Welcome to the Being the Phoenix blog and website. I have big dreams for this website.  I want it to evolve into a go-to site for people recreating their financial lives – rising like the phoenix from financial ruin.  I see it including a library of replays of Being the Phoenix’s Ask the Financial Expert teleclass (Click on the Teleclass page for more info); links to calculators of all kinds, articles on financial planning, investing, entrepreneurship, how to get a mortgage, how to finance a car, and loads of other topics; videos; a bulletin board where rising phoenixes can share questions, answers, and inspirations in a confidential environment.

What would help you to reinvent your financial life?  I look forward to your ideas because this site is for you!

Rise, fellow phoenixes, (is that the plural?)  Rise!

Kathryn A. Hathaway

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