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How are family budgeting and the earth related?
Both need intentional action today to prepare for the future.

What My Clients Have to Say....

Karen gave us peace of mind about our retirement planning. She did this not by telling us what we might want to hear, but rather by providing us with a detailed, comprehensive review of our finances, followed by an insightful assessment of our financial health and concise, practical recommendations for changes. Karen understood our values and heard our concerns, and always gave clear answers to our questions. She is thorough, prompt, professional, current, congenial and a joy to work with.
Randy Howard, MD and The Rev. Anne Howard

The Comprehensive Financial Plan is a fantastic description, with great attention to all corners of what I need to be thinking about and taking action on. This surpasses expectations: thank you!
Virginia McFerran, Chief Information Officer, UCLA

I think you have done well [regarding always acting in my best interests]. You consult me with each move and you explain each move as we go along and re-explain if I need it. I think you have challenged me appropriately.
Financial Advisory client

[Even] my Dad likes the plan. He said he likes it because it has a lot of the way he feels about things.
Comprehensive Financial Plan client


Karen Telleen-Lawton has been writing professionally in the interface between personal financial planning, economics, and the environment for almost 20 years. Click on any of the links below to read recent articles:

Resolve in 2014 to Nurture a Savings Habit
Is Happiness Attainable?
Examining Facts, Attitudes About the Income Gap
Sharing Economy -- Beg, Borrow, or Buy
How do I Find Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
The New Medical Paradigm Under the Affordable Care Act
Passive versus Active Investing
Stocks versus All Cash Investment Strategy
Joining the Channel Islands All Eight Club -- No Easy Feat (I could not resist including this, even though it is not financial!)
The Bittersweet Truth About a Spoonful of Sugar
Financial Planning Tips, Part II: Pay Down Debt, Maintain Credit
Red Meets Blue With Pagou (Carbon Credits)
California Carbon -- Credit Where Credit is Due
Financial Advice on Education Accounts, Reverse Mortgages
82 Years Young and Independent for Life
Reverse Mortgages: Not for Everyone
Can 401(k)s Get Any Sexier?
Dust Off the Ol' Resume
From Anxious to Adept -- Financial Planning Tips, Part One
Retirement is for Baby Boomers, Part 2
Who Should Support the American Worker?
Here’s Your Chance to Close the Federal Budget Deficit
Sustainable Reporting and the Corporate Side of ESG
Retirement is For Babies – Boomers That is
Is Sustainable Social Security an Oxymoron?
What’s New in Socially Responsible Investing?
Health Savings Accounts Worth a Look
Manage Life, Health Risks to Ensure Peace of Mind
Why I Hate Bonds
Take Stock in Self-Worth
Making the Most of  Your Estate
Plotting an Eco-Exit
Stepping on the Gas
Sustainable Privacy
InVesting in Natural Capital
Invest Now for a Sustainable Retirement
Resolve to Invest in Your Future
Forgiveness and Accountability
Sustainable Health Care Part I
Sustainable Health Care Part II
Leaving Small Carbon Footprints
Sustainable Risk Management
Sustainable Prosperity Goes Beyond GDP
Saving for Your Next Rainy Day
Seeing Green in Investing Green
Giving is Sustainable
Think Like a Geek to Foster Financial Sustainability

Karen is the author of Canyon Voices: the Nature of Rattlesnake Canyon. A portfolio of her written work can be found at

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