When you experience a job loss your perspective about what’s important is forced to change. I firsthand experienced how your financial health can fall apart at a moment’s notice if you aren’t prepared. I also realized how much I didn’t know about have a comprehensive financial strategy. The importance of financial literacy is now a focus of mine.
- Hannah Sorensen, FIC, CLTC®
A financially fit woman has an understanding of her financial situation and takes care of it in such a way that she is prepared for life’s ups and downs. Hannah encourages you to identify your personal values and use them as a guide towards financial fitness.
Each day I am able to help people address and understand financial topics that may scare them, feel overwhelming, or that they just want to avoid. I am able to educate women so they are able to take control of their financial situation. Learning is important to me and I am in a field that requires constant education. Owning my own business also allows me the freedom to volunteer for organizations that are very important to me including The Christmas Gift and United Way 35 under 35 Women’s Leadership Program. I feel very blessed that I am able to help others by doing something that I love.
The ability to deal with stress in healthy ways is extremely important for my own health as well everyone around me. Although many things in life are out of my control, how I react to them is something I can control. In order to manage stress I focus on making sure to do things I enjoy including going to the gym, reading and talking to friends. Cooking healthy is also important to me and I enjoy grocery shopping and creating meals that are healthy for me. It’s relaxing, rewarding and good for my health.
When I was laid off from a job of five and a half years I realized how quickly life can be turned upside down. Even though I had a double major from North Dakota State University I found it very difficult to find a job. We may plan for things to go a certain way, but at the end of the day we need to be prepared for the unexpected. Being laid off and the feeling of significant loss of self-worth is something that has allowed me to relate to others. It makes it easy for me to advocate that you must be prepared for the ups and downs of life.
I was blessed to find myself in the financial services industry through an expected opportunity after being laid off. Instantly I found myself in love with the industry and the impact I could have on people’s lives. I found myself quickly learning about things I didn’t understand before. It quickly became a passion of mine to educate and empower women about their finances.
Each day I hear new stories. I hear stories of joy about engagements, weddings and preparing for the future, and stories of heartbreak and unexpected loss. I have learned that the last thing people want to talk about is their finances and their financial future, but when they do, they feel fantastic. Daily I feel blessed by the people I meet and am able to help, and also the friends I’ve made. Each person I work with becomes a part of my family. I look forward to celebrating the joys in their lives and am glad when I know we have prepared for the difficult times. Two situations that I see are never same. I need to take all of my knowledge and apply it differently to the various situations I encounter. It’s easy to tell everyone the same advice, but it takes a lot more time and patience to really uncover what’s important to people and how you can help them.
I hope that I will be remembered for positively impacting people’s lives. No matter how big or small the impact may be, from a smile and brightening someone’s day to helping someone create a retirement distribution strategy and them knowing that they are going to have the retirement they want.