Scaredy cat

I remember when I was afraid to…

Wear anything but a black dress to a black tie event

Try a raw oyster

Get on the dance floor

Use a fax machine

Deposit money in an ATM

Compose an article on a computer

Utter a single word in French

Leave the bastard I was dating

Say no to a friend

Admit I was miserable

Speak up to a bully

I’m afraid to think where I’d be if I had stayed afraid.

“Fear will keep us from our future,” said Karen Schultz, who speaks from experience. Although she’s been a leading woman in finance (she’s vice president and director of the Raymond James Network For Women Advisors), Karen always preferred dating blue collar types,” she told me.

“I was more comfortable with them because that’s how I grew up.” Following her divorce, Karen took her friends’ advice and tried dating “a suit.”

Guess what she did last weekend? She married one.

I’m thrilled for Karen and I’m delighted that her wonderful network of women advisors is partnering with to give all FOF women the confidence to successfully manage their own finances.

Money. Investing. Risk.  They’re not as scary as we think.

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7 Responses to “Scaredy cat”

  1. Geri says:

    My goodness Nomi, you are RIGHT ON. We have formed an alliance with Raymond James Womens Financial Network and will be talking about money and the subjects you bring up. We launch the site on February 18th.

    What do you do?


  2. Nomi says:

    “Money. Investing. Risk ,….” This gives me an idea for an FOF project: Investing & money management discussions/help. I’m not afraid of risk, but I’m not a math or business person and I just don’t understand the terminology or concepts of investing. I’ve tried, believe me. I’ve even gone to financial advisors for “free introductory meetings” or, worse yet, paid introductory meetings. I’ve never gone back. They throw around terms I don’t understand, and when I ask for some remedial explanations, I don’t understand those either and I’m too embarrassed to ask again. So here I am, earning a 6-figure salary and I have a savings account. Period. That’s it. I can’t figure out the rest of it. I’m not afraid of financial risk, but I’m deadly afraid of mucking around in ignorance. Surely I’m not the only one out there with this problem?

  3. Maureen@IslandRoar says:

    How true. I find the older I get, the less I fear.
    Congrats to your friend!

  4. Mary says:

    Geri, how creative. Now I’ve gotta go make up my own list. And of course, I gotta share this with my FOFs. I so look forward to your posts!

    • Geri says:

      Hi Quinn,

      If your boss is anything like me, she’ll love when you bring her an idea.


    • Geri says:

      Hi Mary,

      Waking up to you comment made my weekend.


  5. Quinn says:

    First of all, that pic of the black cat is making me lol. I love this! So true. This is inspiring me to keep a running list of what I “used to be afraid of.” So many of mine give my life meaning now: telling a boy I liked him, bringing an idea to my boss, trying sushi, childbirth(!)


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