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Little Random Moments Shaping Our Lives

It all started with maple syrup and an angel ornament made from a gourd. But first, one needs a bit of background: [A brother in Wisconsin has a maple syrup hobby – he sends it to Washington State – White Raven Financial1 gives the syrup as an annual client gift – grandkids sell excess syrup …

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What is Your Superpower?

It is late in the evening and my phone chimes to notify me that a text has arrived from a close friend. It is unusual for my friend to text late in the evening so I figured it must be important. Picking up the phone, I see: “What is your superpower? Everyone has one! Mine …

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The Ups & The Downs

I pick up the phone and as I am starting my usual “Hello, this is” -. My greeting is interrupted; the person on the other end of the phone has started to speak and they have a catch in their voice as they haltingly tell their story. I listen with my head and my heart. …

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The Hunt for Gold

For those of you who have been reading our blogs, you know that White Raven Financial is big on sustainability and that the people connected with White Raven Financial make being kind to the planet is a part of their daily lives. Thus, we find Diane and her husband, Mike, once again out combing the …

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Due Diligence and The Dog Named Tu

From the time the soil is rototilled, the vegetables are harvested, and the garden is put to bed, Tu is always there to ensure everything is done properly. During the rototilling season, he is constantly checking to make sure the depth of the till is just correct. He does this by wandering though the freshly …

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Is it Okay to Be Called Quirky?

The woman commented to me… “they [new clients] said that they really liked you and when I referred you1, I told them you were a bit quirky”. I consider the woman and her husband, who made the referral, not only just clients, but also as friends as our relationship developed over time. But still, I …

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Paying It Forward

It was a cool fall day but not at all uncomfortable. My Mom and I were outdoors, and she was directing me on the locations on where to plant the bulbs in the different gardens, along with the amount of fertilizer and spacing required between each planting. There were multiple colors and multiple types and …

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It Was Not in the Plan

On a warm Sunday morning in late May, my young friend and I decided it would be a nice day for a hike. We chose Oyster Dome1 since it was less than an hour away, the hike was not very difficult nor steep, and we ‘should’ get a great view of San Juan Islands from …

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Regard or Discard

We’ve all been there: We are tired, it has been a long day, it is cold outside, and we don’t feel that well. There is this task that should be done outside due to the weather forecast. (We could have done the task at least a month earlier but it keeps getting put off for …

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Empowering Others by Owning Your Role

The priority for the day was to attend a webinar that featured Susanne Lesko. Susan is noted as a pioneer, one of an elite group of women to rise to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy. During the webinar, Susanne spoke about her team combat experience and the extreme importance of owning your …

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