The Houston Midtown Chapter of The Society for Financial Awareness Presents MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley (financial literacy)

As old habits and consticting thoughts fall away, you naturally create the fulfilling life you desire. Because you see more opportunities around you ... creative ideas flow easily... and you take action in ways that support, not limit, you.

For instance, money situations that used to trigger procrastination, fear,or anger just don't affect you anymore. Instead you move forward, getting things done smoothly because you simply stop getting in your own way.

Our guest today, was founder of, Leisa Peterson.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 12:54pm PDT

Money Matters Episode 50- Healthy Money Healthy You W/ Andrea Travillian

Today was our 50th episode! Money is stessful. I am sure that this is absolutely no surprise to you. But, did you know that the increase in stress because of your money is impacting your health & your happiness? In fact, it increasing your risk for many diseases including heart disease, migraines, insomnia and more.

Our guest today, Andrea Travillian author of Healthy Money Healthy You discussed the correlation between your health and your finances.

To learn more about Andrea Travillian you can visit his website at:


Healthy Money Healthy You

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What would Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, Truman, and Eisenhower have done about today’s federal debt crisis?

America’s Fiscal Constitution tells the remarkable story of fiscal heroes  who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt, limits that for two centuries were part of an unwritten  constitution. Those national leaders  borrowed only for four extraordinary purposes and  relied on  well-defined budget practices to balance federal spending and revenues.

On todays episode we were joined by former Houston Mayor Bill White.

Bill White is senior advisor at Lazard, a firm advising corporate leaders and governments worldwide. He served as Houston’s Mayor and was twice re-elected with an average vote of 88 percent. He also served as the Deputy Secretary of Energy of the United States in the Clinton administration. He received the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award for his leadership in response to Hurricane Katrina and the Governing Official of the Year Award by Governing magazine. He has worked as the CEO of a successful business and as a member of numerous corporate boards. In 2010 he received more votes for governor of Texas than any Democratic candidate in the state’s history.

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America's Fiscal Constitution 



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In the coming decades the mushrooming costs of programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will leave our nation's youth in a swimming in a sea of red ink.

On today's show we posed the question "why should millenials carry the burden of social programs and benefits they are unlikely to receive?".

Our Guest today was Author and Financial Analyst Neil Grossman. In his book Generation WTF , Grossman raises the awareness of the coming generational storm and offers advice to 80 million millenials on how to save their future.

To findout more about Neil you can visit:


Generation WTF

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Today we discussed Long Term Care With Author Phyllis Shelton.


Phyllis Shelton is the President of LTC Consultants, a 22 year old national consulting company specializing in long-term care insurance consumer education and agent training. In addition to Protecting Your Family with Long-Term Care Insurance (2013), she is the author of The ABC s of Long-Term Care Insurance (2012) and Phyllis Shelton's Worksite Long-Term Care Insurance Toolbox (2011). Phyllis Shelton has 35 years of experience in virtually every phase of health care financing in addition to long-term care insurance: health insurance, managed care (PPOs, HMOs, etc.), Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, cancer insurance, critical illness plans, and life settlements. She is profiled in publications such as Suze Orman's The Money Class, and The Savage Truth on Money, by Terry Savage, financial columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, as a national expert in the long-term care insurance field. Her consumer website was highlighted in the January issue of OPRAH magazine.

Phyllis received the distinguished LIFE Foundation Client Service Award at the 2009 National Association of Independent Financial Advisors (NAIFA) convention and her full page client story was featured in the September 14, 2009 edition of Newsweek magazine. Her television appearances include a two-hour PBS documentary And Thou Shalt Honor, The Balancing Act and CNNfn.

She has been featured extensively in the Wall Street Journal and was profiled in the charter list published by Senior Market Advisor as one of the top ten professionals in the long-term care insurance industry nationally.

She speaks nationally on the role of long-term care insurance as part of the private sector s solution by making Medicaid payer of last resort for long-term care, which will save jobs by rescuing state budgets and keep families together by providing caregivers when most needed.

She resides in Tennessee with her husband Bill and two Labrador Retrievers, Jackson and Jed.



You can find out more visit :


Or to view her books click below:


Protecting Your Family With Long Term Care Insurance




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Today we learned about Houston Money week and visited with HMW partner Money Management International. We were joined by Regional Director of Education and Community relations for MMI Rudy Cavazos Jr. We also discussed working with a non-profit credit counseling agency, financial literacy and credit card fraud


Recognized as a credit authority, Cavazos has represented MMI in numerous television, radio, print and online interviews.  He has hosted a weekly money management segment on a major San Antonio television station.  Also, Cavazos’ quotes have appeared in national periodicals such as Wall Street Journal, TIME Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Newsweek magazine. Locally, you can find his quotes and articles in newspapers such as The Courier and The Galveston Daily News.

Cavazos joined MMI as a credit counselor at the Texas City, Texas office in 1996, where he assisted clients from Galveston County and South Houston and established relationships with local financial institutions.  In his 16 years at MMI, Cavazos has held several positions within the organization; counselor, community relations manager, regional director of counseling both in Houston and  San Antonio, Director of Public Relations, Regional Director, Industry Relations, Regional Director of Development and currently Regional Director of Education and Community Relations.

You can find learn more about Houston Money Week and Money Management International by visiting :   




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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 11:43am PDT

Today we discussed Entrepreneurship and Real Estate with Jason Hartman.

Jason Hartman is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Properties Investor Network, The Hartman Media Company and The Jason Hartman Foundation. Starting with very little, Jason, at the age of 19, embarked on a career in real estate while promoting his unique Personal Branding methodology through which Jason says “virtually anyone can achieve wealth, notoriety and a high level of personal satisfaction”. Through creativity, persistence and hard work, he soon joined the ranks of the top one-percent of Realtors in the U.S. and in quick succession; earned a number of prestigious industry awards.

By 1997, Jason realized his entrepreneurial dream and purchased an Irvine, California real estate brokerage firm. He combined his dedication and business talents to become a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author, and media personality. Jason’s latest accomplishment is the celebration of his first company’s 11 year anniversary. Over the last 20 years he developed his Complete Solution for Real Estate Investors™ where his innovative firm educates and assists investors in acquiring prudent investments nationwide for their portfolio. Jason’s highly sought after educational events, speaking engagements, and his ultra-hot “Creating Wealth Podcast” inspire and empower hundreds of thousands of people in 26 countries worldwide.

You can find learn more about jason by visiting :  
or to check out his podcast network 

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Doctors, Pilots and Financial Advisors all use checklist. When it comes to reviewing 2013 dont miss this crucial reminder off what things are important at year end.

Also On this episode we are joined by Pamela Davis.


Pamela Davis, a Macedonia, Ohio businesswoman uses coupons to feed her
growing family while holding down seven jobs.

Then, after being a contestant on "TLC's Extreme Couponing," she decided to
create Quick Couponing,

This is a business that teaches people how to save thousands of dollars
couponing - quickly and easily.




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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Whether you’ve been training for years for your retirement or you are a newbie, moving toward your goals, taking the right actions and following a plan will help you to cross the finish line feeling great and it will inspire those around you to do the same!

·        How preparing for retirement is like preparing for a marathon – and the 6 training fundamentals that apply to both goals

·        Why some people are great with money and others struggle

·        My 5-step system for reducing stress around your finances


Tune in tomorrow at 10 am and when we are joined by author and speaker Ellen Rogin.

A CPA, Certified Financial Planner™ and Abundance Activist® - Ellen is a nationally known expert on living a life of success and prosperity.

A financial advisor chock full of “left-brain” credentials (MBA, CPA, Certified Financial Planner™), she also walks on the “right” side, balancing values, big picture ideas, and meditation with all her professional training.  Ellen is as comfortable talking about the power of compound interest as she is the power of belief. Ellen shares this fresh approach in her book “Great with Money: 6 Steps to Lifetime Success and Prosperity.”

Ellen is a frequent speaker to the financial profession, sharing her experiences and expertise at building successful client relationships and growing a successful practice.  She is a regular contributor to Horsesmouth®, a support service for financial advisors and is a host of Horsesmouth Advisor Radio.

For more than 20 years, Ellen has been a financial advisor in Northfield, Illinois, and serves on the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Capital Bank in Chicago.

She co-authored the books:


Great with Money: 6 Steps to Lifetime Success & Prosperity



Inspirational Strategies for an Audaciously Authentic Life



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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 1:37pm PDT

The Sages asked, “Who is mighty?” and answered, “Those who can control their own emotions and make of an enemy a friend.”

In the bestselling book The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann revolutionized the way we think about success via one very simple lesson: “Shifting one’s focus from getting to giving (constantly and consistently providing value to others) is both very fulfilling and the most profitable way to do business.

Now Burg is back with a new book, offering deeper insight into what it means to be truly influential and providing powerful strategies for mastering the art of winning people over.

Faced with the task of persuading someone to do what we want, most of us expect, and often encounter, resistance. We see the other person as an adversary and often resort to coercion or manipulation in order to get our way. But while this approach might at times bring us short-term results, it leaves people with a bad feeling about themselves and about us. At that point, our relationship with the person is weakened and our influence dramatically decreased.

There is a better way.
We were joined by bestselling author Bob Burg to discuss his newest book :

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 10:40am PDT