This past weekend we took a family trip the the zoo, picked out our Christmas tree, and spent time decorating for the holidays together. It’s simple things like this that remind me how important it is to slow down and really take it all in when it comes to spending time with my husband and my babies. Before I had kids (and even since), I was warned on several occasions to “enjoy it, because it goes by so quickly”. People aren’t kidding when they say this. The old cliche is true, “the days are long, but the years are short”. Life seems to be particularly busy these days. With so many schedules to manage, and so much to be done, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and to forget about what is truly important. What is really important to my husband and I, is planning for our family’s future, while still living for today, and enjoying every minute of this quickly passing stage of life. What lays ahead for our family means so much to us, and though we’re planners, we’re also big “live in the now” people… finding a balance between investing in our future, while not sacrificing time from the life we’re enjoying right now, can be a challenge to say the least.
We recently learned about Vanguard, a company that encourages their clients to invest to live, but not live to invest. Money is big part of life, and they know that where their clients choose to invest their money matters, but at the end of the day, Vanguard wants you to feel good about choosing them to help plan for your future. They keep their clients informed on the progress of their investments, but remind you that there’s no need to obsess over fluctuations in the market because there is a long-term plan in line that you can believe in. In fact, Vanguard clients are 32% more likely to feel excited when checking their investments compared with clients of other investment firms.
Spending quality time with our kids and making memories with them is so important to us. Doing things together that we enjoy means everything, and if we can ensure that other things don’t take away from that, we consider it a huge win. Vanguard clients spend 6 more hours per week, on average, with their kids, and they’re 24% more likely to feel involved with their kids, compared to clients of other investment firms. This means more time to attend sporting events, more time for trips to the zoo, more time for what is truly important. Enjoying today doesn’t have to mean sacrificing financial security for the future.
***The Where Investors Belong survey was conducted by market research firm Kelton Global in 2016. It polled 1,000 Vanguard clients and compared them with 1,000 clients of other investment firms. All differences between Vanguard clients and clients of other investment firms are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. The parental stat refers to clients with children of any age who provided the number of hours per week they typically spend with their children or who, compared to other people they may know, believe to be more involved in their child’s life. . The experiences of these Vanguard clients may not be representative of the experience of other Vanguard clients and aren’t a guarantee of future investment performance or success.