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My Tween is Growing Up! #UFundDreams

I partnered with Fidelity & MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all opinions are my own #UFundDreams.

As my daughter finishes up fourth grade in a couple weeks I am full of mixed emotions. I for one, have NO idea how or when she grew up. She walks around in my heels like she’s been doing so for years! She is finding what makes her heart happy and is focused on helping others. I never thought I’d hear my daughter happily exclaim – Mom, I helped clean up my teacher’s classroom today! Who-is-this-child?! And why can’t the same enthusiasm be found when she cleans her room at home? She is shedding her baby layers and emerging into the most amazing human being.

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Like so many other parents, I want to bottle up her youth and innocence and shield her from the darkness that the world can bring. Protect her from heartache, rejection and disappointment. Letting go is not something I excel at. And as she grows taller and becomes more confident I cry a bit on the inside while also feeling so incredibly proud of the person she is growing up to be.

There are only a limited number of years until senior year and then real life, and I’m scared. She is so excited to grow up and travel and experience the world on a deeper level. I strive to support all of her aspirations, but it can be difficult without the right planning and resources. Part of setting her up for success means investing in her future and ensuring that higher education is within her reach and is not a burden to our family. Living in the heart of Massachusetts has given us exposure to the 200 colleges and universities that call Mass home and it’s instilled a sense of lifelong learning in my curious tween.

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Did you know Massachusetts has more colleges per capita than any other state? Given the variety of higher education options there is an organization committed to ensuring parents and students feel empowered to smartly save for college in a way that is aligned with what their family can contribute. Saving for college panics me, to be honest. I didn’t save properly and as a result will be paying student loans off for many many long years. Just think about it – what if there was a way to invest in your child’s higher learning through making small contributions every month? Yes, it is possible with MEFA. I encourage everyone to check out MEFA’s UFund Dreams which is an interactive experience for parents to learn more about the programs  offered by MEFA while your kids get to have fun through play while peaking their curiosity for learning. A total win-win for everyone.

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While I’ll be soon wiping away the tears as we say goodbye to fourth grade, I am looking confidently towards the future excited to support my kiddo in pursuing her dreams.

 



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Join Me At EarthFest this Saturday! #UFundDreams

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I still remember the fear and anxiety of applying to college and trying to maneuver the financial aid process on my own. It was not fun – at all. I missed out on many opportunities to receive scholarships and grants because I was unaware and didn’t tap into local resources to help me strategically apply to college and financial aid. Knowledge is power and I’m thrilled to again be working with Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) to share why saving for college doesn’t have to be scary and should start sooner than later.

Over the past couple years our family has gotten to experience college savings, made fun. You heard me right. College savings can be fun. How, you ask? Through the U.Fund Dreams Tour, that’s how!

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At various events around Boston like MayFair and the upcoming Earthfest this Saturday (7/18), guests can obtain digestible information on the cost of college in Massachusetts and the different options that are available to families.

I know from my experience how important it is to be armed with information when deciding on such a big decision as where to send your child to college. MEFA & Fidelity have partnered to host the U.Fund Dreams Tour, in an effort to empower you to make decisions about your children’s future and know that there are resources available to help families better navigate the process. Why didn’t I know about this years ago?!

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If you’re around this weekend stop by EarthFest in the Boston Common where you and your family can experience the U.Fund Dreams Tour live!

Get silly in the photo booth, talk with a representative about any questions or concerns you have and leave equipped with tangible information on how you can start saving for college now!

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



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Dream BIG with the 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I don’t know about you, but after the incredibly difficult winter we endured here in Boston, and around the country, I am more than excited for warmer weather and the deliciousness of SUMMER. Yes, it still exists people!! With summer fast approaching (June 21!!!!!) I’m busy finalizing summer camps, vaccinations, and hopefully a vacation! Summer is also a time I think a lot about my daughter’s future and education. The stress that accompanies the end of the school year is a bit scary. Every year she’s another year older, taller, more talkative, and closer to the big 1-8. I encourage my kiddo to fully enjoy her childhood – I have NO idea why she is so eager to grow up. I’ve had to remind her multiple times that being an adult is very, very overrated.

While I encourage her to hold onto her youth for as long as she can, I stay busy thinking about her future and how I can ensure I support her future dreams, whatever they may be. More than anything, I want to ensure that she has the opportunity to be anything and everything she wants to be. That’s why I’m thrilled to once again partner with Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) as they gear up for their 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour. I was excited to learn about MEFA’s U.Fund, the Massachusetts 529 college savings plan which offers tax- advantaged growth for parents saving for their child’s college education.

Last year I had the opportunity to attend a few of the U.Fund Dreams Tour events in and around greater Boston with my daughter and we LOVED it! What is a dreams tent you ask? A chance for your kids to see their dreams come to life. MEFA wants every kid to reach and imagine themselves in various occupations while providing parents with the necessary information and resources to ensure they can adequately support their children’s dreams. Considering my daughter calls the man who works in the oval office “Uncle Obama,” I wasn’t surprised when she decided she wanted to be President last summer while visiting a Dreams Tour tent.

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The Dreams Tour set is pretty cool. It has been redesigned this year to provide a whole new engaging experience for the entire family. It will have a GIF booth experience, incorporating illustrations of your child’s dream careers, which can be emailed and printed out for attendees to take home. Because thinking about your child’s future education can be overwhelming and confusing, Fidelity reps will be on site at these the events to answer any and all questions that parents (and kids!) may have. Parents leave with more information and resources, and kids can leave with some goodies and the photo they took.

This weekend we’re headed to the MayFair in Harvard Square to check out the first event of the 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour! Be sure to check the MEFA website for updates on where the Dreams Tour tent will be over the summer and Fall. While not all of the events are free to enter, the U.Fund Dreams Tour Tent is open to all attendees who gain entrance to each event. Seriously, so cool!!



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