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Zenvesting: Kissing the Ugly

Since my early teens I have searched to find the truth about success, and I have been advising people on their finances and managing global investment portfolios for over 25 years. I welcome your questions and hope my answers can help you feel happier, more successful, and more at ease about your finances. -Paul SutherlandMy fiancée wants an expensive wedding and plans to double our original budget. I want to give her the special day she’s been dreaming of, but this amount of money could be a down payment on a house! Since we can’t afford this anyway, how can I convince her to compromise?If money was no constraint, I think you might say “fine” to a big wedding to give her the day of her dreams. If so, this is not about money, it is about options and values. I suspect that you don’t want to even look at a big and expensive wedding as an option, but you must go there, because it is the right thing to do. Relationship communication is not about convincing. It is about communicating your goals, fears, and desires — and hopefully rooting them in reality. In other words, explore your options, and do a reality …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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