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TheLiveBigWay Digest – Speaking Globally…

TheLiveBigWay Digeston November 20th, 2014No Comments
Elissa Buie Elissa on Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisers List

Financial Times, the venerable 126 year old London based newspaper, has named Elissa Buie to its inaugural FT Top 100 Women Financial Advisers list for 2014. In compiling the list, FT set out to identify the 100 best women financial advisers in the U.S. The guiding principle was to assess advisers from the perspective of current and prospective investors. More than 400 advisers were evaluated by FT and its sister company Ignites Distribution Research. Learn more about FT’s methodology and Elissa.

United States Contra Mundum

We’ve received a few inquiries of late from clients wondering why their portfolios haven’t been soaring as the S&P 500 has been hitting new all time highs. The reason is that our portfolios are not allocated solely to U.S stocks, let alone U.S large company stocks, as represented by the Dow and S&P indexes. Our portfolios are instead “geographically neutral,” which is to say, we allocate the stock portion of our portfolios to each country and region in a way that’s proportional to their respective share of the world stock market. And, as you might imagine, we believe there are powerful arguments for doing so. Read on to learn more about the virtues of global diversification.

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          ChanDeokGung Palace Elissa and Dave Speaking in Korea

Elissa and Dave have been in Seoul, Korea this week, having been invited to speak at the Korea Financial Planning Association’s annual conference. Dave will deliver the keynote presentation in which he will describe the three phases of good retirement planning and the best, science-based approaches to achieving client success. Elissa, meanwhile, will be discussing the best research-based approaches for developing strong client relationships that lead to financial planning success. Find out more about Elissa and Dave’s presentations and see a few pictures from Seoul.

YeBu Live Big Logo 03-15-11Yeske Buie Holiday Hours
With the holidays quickly upon us, we wanted to inform you of Yeske Buie’s upcoming holiday hours. The Yeske Buie offices will be physically closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will all be available remotely on Friday if you need anything and will respond to your message as soon as possible. If you anticipate any needs in particular around that time, please let us know and we will manage your request sooner rather than later.


TheLiveBigWay Digest – Making Medicare a Mellow Milestone

TheLiveBigWay Digeston November 6th, 2014No Comments
globe and sethoscope Medicare: Making Enrollment Make Sense

While one’s 65th birthday no longer signifies reaching the “Full Retirement Age” milestone for Social Security retirement benefits, turning 65 still has a unique perk – gaining eligibility for Medicare. Being eligible for the program, however, doesn’t mean that it’s easy to decipher the best course of action amongst the array of options available. We’ve put together a brief guide about the various Medicare components and some of Yeske Buie’s suggestions for making your journey though the enrollment process as seamless as possible.

Yeske Buie in the Media

In the past two weeks, members of the Yeske Buie team have been recognized in various media outlets. Elissa Buie made her fifth appearance on Washingtonian Magazine’s list of Top Money Advisers. The magazine developed its list by surveying hundreds of financial professionals in the DC Metro Region, asking “Whom would you trust with your own money?”. Elissa was one of only 58 fee-only financial planners named. Additionally, Yusuf Abugideiri is on the cover of the November issue of Financial Planning Magazine under the heading, How to Hire the Next Generation. Elissa is quoted throughout the article, beginning with a discussion of how Yeske Buie has helped support the FPA student chapter at Virginia Tech. Learn more about Elissa and Yusuf’s background and interests.

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YeBu Live Big Logo 03-15-11Yeske Buie Holiday Hours
With the holidays quickly upon us, we wanted to inform you of Yeske Buie’s upcoming holiday hours. The Yeske Buie offices will be physically closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will all be available remotely on Friday if you need anything and will respond to your message as soon as possible. If you anticipate any needs in particular around that time, please let us know and we will manage your request sooner rather than later.


TheLiveBigWay Digest – To Roth or Not

TheLiveBigWay Digeston October 23rd, 2014No Comments
Roth Egg To Roth or Not

A Roth Conversion is a taxable transfer of assets from your traditional/SEP/SIMPLE IRA to a Roth IRA in an effort to take advantage of the tax and withdrawal benefits of a Roth IRA. Not only do assets grow tax-deferred in a Roth IRA, but distributions are 100% tax-free to the account holder (as long as the account holder is over age 59 1/2 or the converted assets have been in the Roth IRA for more than five years, whichever is sooner) and 100% tax-free to his or her heirs for generations to come. Learn more about the ins-and-outs of a Roth conversion and Yeske Buie’s process for determining who among our clients should do one.

Yeske Buie Fall Retreat and Open House

The Yeske Buie Team from both offices will be gathering at Asilomar for our semi-annual retreat next week. As a result, the Virginia office will be physically closed from Monday, October 27th through Friday, October 31st and the San Francisco office will be physically closed from noon on Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th. While we won’t be answering the phone during that time, we’ll be checking emails and voicemails frequently and will respond promptly to any urgent needs. For those of you in California, we hope to see you at our Open House in our San Francisco office on Thursday, October 30th from 4:30-6:30pm!

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          image (20) Meet the Team: Dorothy Navales

Dorothy Navales is a member of Yeske Buie’s client service team working in our San Francisco office. Dorothy has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with Yeske Buie for over 4 years. Dorothy interacts directly with the firm’s clients on a daily basis. Additionally, her responsibilities include operational and administrative support to enhance the client experience and the support of the financial planning team in serving clients. We asked Dorothy to share a bit about her professional and personal life and learned a lot about her life as a working mother of a promising athlete!

LG, EB, DYFun Stuff: The Baltimore Running Festival

Last weekend, Elissa, Dave and Lauren Grove all participated in a half marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival, Lauren running and Elissa and Dave walking the 13.1 mile course. It was in Baltimore two years ago that Elissa and Dave first walked a half marathon and they’ve walked three since. They like to say that scheduling a half marathon every six to nine months is the only way they can stay motivated to get up early and walk on a regular basis. Lauren, a long-time runner, has completed three half marathons, this latest with an impressive finishing pace of 10:17.



Ignore the Headlines

Economy and Investing, TheLiveBigWay Digeston October 15th, 20143 Comments

Bad NewsBad news can be like waves sweeping in and breaking along a sandy shore.  The quiet rumble as the watery walls form, break, and lap upon the shingle fades from our conscious awareness until the surge from a sudden harmonic convergence leaves us scrambling for higher ground.  It feels like one of those moments right now, with the ebb and flow of daily crises seeming to have surged past some invisible threshold that leaves us feeling off balance and scrambling for a firm place to stand.  Our sense of well-being is undermined daily by headlines that tell us of strife between Ukraine and Russia, of the Islamic State, sweeping pandemic-like through the heart of the Middle East, sending hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes. And to this human scourge is added the risk of real pandemic as the Ebola virus leaps from country-to-country in our jet-connected world.  All of which can leave us susceptible to heightened pessimism about the world economy and the financial markets and wondering what we should do to protect ourselves.

Unfortunately, we’re all evolved to notice the worst and the news media is only feeding us what we naturally seek as it offers up a steady stream of dark omens.  The good news is that the underlying nature of reality, its deep structure if you will, is geared toward growth and progress, if we’re open to seeing it. Toward that end, we thought we’d take a few minutes to unpack the news of the day and place it within a wider and, ultimately, more optimistic frame.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’ve already touched upon some of the things that are truly ugly in the world at the moment and will only say that we trust that our political and other public institutions will ultimately be up to the task of curbing them. While we can always wish for better foresight and faster responses when crises arise, our leaders and public institutions, whether fast or slow, do generally find their way to effective action once properly focused.

As for what’s “bad” in the world, we’ll note recent economic and financial trends that have been filling the headlines.  First, is the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) warning that global growth is slowing, especially in Europe and Japan, where, except for the lone bright spot of the United Kingdom, economic growth this year and next is projected to barely attain one percent. And with inflation in Europe projected at only one-half percent, the fear of deflation has also returned (source: IMF).  Beyond this we’re being told that market valuations in the U.S. have reached dangerous levels, with one increasingly popular measure of market valuation, Shiller’s CAPE, having attained a multiple of 25 compared to a long-run average of 16.   Such observations seem particularly pointed in light of recent market turmoil (the Dow is down by more than 300 points as we write this) with the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index as of Monday suffering a three-day decline that we’re told was the worst since 2011.  So how are we to interpret the seemingly shaky state of the world?

At moments like this, I’m reminded of a scene from Apollo 13, the great Ron Howard film from 1995.  During the “Houston we have a problem” scene, when the astronauts and engineers on the ground are reporting one failing system after another in quick succession, flight controller Gene Krantz stops everyone and says, “let’s look at this from the standpoint of status . . .what have we got on the spacecraft that’s good?”  And so, like Gene Krantz, let’s ask ourselves, what have we got that’s good?

To begin with, we have resurgent growth in the U.S. economy.  After declining in the first quarter, our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came roaring back in the second, advancing at a 4.6% annualized rate. All of this in an environment of continuing low inflation with the latest 12 month rise in the CPI barely reaching 2%.  And the long run prospects for the U.S. economy look even better when you consider the technology-driven advances in the energy sector that have resulted in the U.S. overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer. Not only does this development bode well for domestic energy prices and our balance of trade, it has also begun to spark a shift toward “on shoring” energy intensive manufacturing plants.

As for the situation in Europe, worries about economic growth and sustainability in the Eurozone have been an ongoing and favorite theme for the worrying class.  We experienced a sense of deja vu when we recalled our words from two years ago (TheLiveBigWay Digest – it’s like deja vu all over again), “the Eurozone is back in the news today as economic and political events have given rise to fresh doubts that European policy-makers will get their financial house in order.”  A quick check of our international fund holdings, however, shows that they’ve risen 30% from that worrisome time until now, perhaps validating the old Wall Street saw that “the market climbs a wall of worry.”  Another way of looking at the situation outside the U.S. is to note that financial markets are sporting much lower valuations than here, leaving much more upside, especially if (when) economic growth picks up again.

And speaking of market valuations, we must turn back to the U.S. stock market, which has been the target of a growing number of dark prognostications of late.  Many of these come from “market technicians” and the less said about this voodoo art the better.  Let’s just say that charts tell you little or nothing about what’s really going on in the economy and the underlying economy is what matters (see Live Big Digest – Aftershocks edition for the dog and dog walker analogy of the relationship between the markets and the economy).  But what about market valuation measures like “Shiller’s CAPE” (Cyclically-Adjusted Price-to-Earnings), a smoothed measure of the Price-to-Earnings Ratio that is currently at 25 versus a long-run average of 16.  To begin with, that long-run average is calculated using data from 1871 to the present and one must ask how relevant the state of the economy in those far distant times can be to conditions today.  If we instead calculate the CAPE from 1980, we find that the average is above 21.  Jason Zweig, writing in the Wall Street Journal, relates his recent conversation with Professor Shiller, noting that “Today’s level, Prof. Shiller argues, isn’t extreme enough to justify a strong conclusion.”  Indeed, we’ve seen examples of this before.  We recall the year 1995, when the S&P 500 soared 37.5% and many declared that the party was over.  Although no one was particularly paying attention to the CAPE back then, it hit 25 at the end of that year, the same level as today.  What followed were four more years of high returns (22.96%, 33.36%, 28.58%, and 21.04%) before the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 and the S&P 500 saw three years of declines.  However, it’s worth noting that one would have been vastly worse off moving to the sidelines after the gains of 1995.  Even though you would have missed the three down years of 2000 to 2002, staying invested for the full eight years would have given you a 119% gain versus only 37% had you chosen to time the market.

And when this past Monday marked a three day decline in the S&P 500 that was touted as the worst three day loss since 2011, we thought we’d better look that one up.  What we found is that the market has risen by more than 60% since those fateful three days in November of 2011.  Clearly, that was not a sell signal then and we don’t think it marks one now.

It’s Better to be Resilient than Nimble

Cyclical downturns in the economy and the markets are an inevitable feature of our landscape.  We do not believe it is possible to foresee trouble in a way that would support anything like market timing.  Rather, we believe it is better to have a system for assembling and managing an “all weather” portfolio that can withstand the shocks and surprises both large and small that roll through our world, while at the same time harnessing the natural propensity of the U.S. and world economy to adapt and grow.  For more on this, consider two of our prior offerings:

Or, if you’d just like to distract yourself from the headlines with something fun and uplifting, please consider these wonderful videos.


TheLiveBigWay Digest – Origins

TheLiveBigWay Digeston October 9th, 2014No Comments
dimensional-fund-advisors Dimensional Origins

DFA founder David Booth likes to say, “it’s about ideas,” and we certainly don’t know of another fund company that has been more about ideas than Dimensional Fund Advisors. And not just any ideas, but the best thinking coming out of academic research in the science of economics. In anticipation of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science’s announcement this coming Monday of the next Nobel Laureate in Economics, we thought we’d share a brief video devoted to the origins of this most idea-driven company.

Spare Your Heirs the Drama: Lessons from Robin Williams’ Estate Plan

Robin Williams wanted to take care of his heirs and guide those handling his estate by making sure his wishes for the distribution of his assets were made clear, and that they would be handled privately. From an outsider’s perspective (since we don’t have access to his current estate documents), he seems to have done all he could, but there was one issue that came up. With that in mind, in thinking about your own estate arrangements, there are some key lessons to be learned from Robin Williams’ estate plan – have estate documents to make your wishes known, determine your privacy preferences, and be aware of the potential gaps.

          CNBC Invest the Time to Find the Best Financial Advisor for You

Dave recently wrote an article that was published on CNBC Digital on how to choose the best financial advisor for you. He summarizes three key points in facilitating the search; research, focus, and interview. Read the highlights of Dave’s article and the full version on CNBC Digital.

WEDDJ Group Photo WEBYeske Buie Open House: RSVP Today!

Join the Yeske Buie Team from both offices for our Open House in San Francisco on Thursday, October 30th from 4:30-6:30pm. This year’s event will feature several of Elissa and Dave’s favorite wines, a professional tarot card reader and  palm reader, Yeske Buie souvenir wine glasses, and Halloween themed appetizers and desserts. Read more about the featured wines and foods.



TheLiveBigWay Digest – Preparing for Prime Time

TheLiveBigWay Digeston September 25th, 2014No Comments
Natovitz-Gplus-Photo-ProfileSS YA Natovitz The Final Life Chapter: The Natovitz Group

The Natovitz Group, a leading insurance advisory firm in the DC area, recently hosted a one-day workshop for financial planners titled “The Final Life Chapter: The Vital Role Advisors Play as Clients & Their Families Plan for Extended Care.” Two of our Associate Financial Planners, Sabina and Yusuf, joined a group of local professionals for a day of learning. The workshop covered a variety of topics including open communication between generations, estate planning tools, retirement living choices, long-term care insurance, and more. Learn more about the workshops and some of the ideas and solutions that Yeske Buie will look to incorporate in our work with clients moving forward.

Meet the Team: Jen Hicks

Jennifer Hicks is a member of Yeske Buie’s financial planning team working in our San Francisco office. In her day-to-day work, Jen serves Yeske Buie’s clients in all key areas of financial planning, including plan preparation, annual updates, portfolio review & rebalancing, and ad hoc analyses as client needs dictate. Jen recently returned from a two week trip to Southeast Asia. Her adventure took her to cities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Korea and she spent anywhere from eight hours to five days in one place. Read more about the Asian delicacies Jen tried and how she quickly learned the dangers of motorbikes in Vietnam!

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Yeske Buie Open House: RSVP Today!

Join the Yeske Buie Team from both offices for our Open House in San Francisco on Thursday, October 30th from 4:30-6:30pm. This year’s features will be several of Elissa and Dave’s favorite wines, a professional tarot card reader and  palm reader, Yeske Buie souvenir wine glasses, and Halloween themed appetizers and desserts. Please RSVP for the event by emailing Cristin Etheredge at We look forward to seeing you there!

 Elissa & Dave: Top Financial Professionals in Northern Virginia Magazine

Sept NoVa MagFor the third year in a row, Elissa and Dave were recognized as Top Financial Professionals in Northern Virginia Magazine. In order to make the top financial professionals list, individuals must be nominated by their peers. When making nominations, peers are asked to keep the following question in mind; If you had a close friend or relative who needed financial planning advice, and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them? Congratulations to Elissa, Dave, and all our peers who were recognized on the list!


TheLiveBigWay Digest – Roundup and Residents

TheLiveBigWay Digeston September 11th, 2014No Comments

Insights from Far West Roundup

In the last Digest, we shared pictures from the Far West Roundup conference the Yeske Buie Financial Planning team attended in Santa Cruz, CA. In this issue, we offer some take-aways from the conference. With fewer than 100 attendees, Far West Roundup offers a much more casual and intimate atmosphere than other financial planning conferences. The collegial atmosphere has a significant impact on the vibe of the conference. For those four days, planners can focus solely on being students of the profession again.

Eiissa and Dave at V&E

Growing the Family Tree

One of the stops on Elissa and Dave’s recent two week trip to Europe is London, England. Visits to London are special for Elissa and Dave as Elissa’s mother was British and she still has many relatives living in the area. See pictures of Elissa and Dave in London and Barcelona.

While visiting her family and remembering many childhood summers spent in England, we were reminded of the Family Tree exercise members of the Yeske Buie team completed as a reflection on the lessons we learned from loved ones past and present. We offer up the example of Elissa’s and Dave’s family trees, along with a blank one that you can print out and complete for yourself.

Meet the Team: Sabina Smailhodzic

We are excited to welcome Sabina Smailhodzic as Yeske Buie’s newest team member and first Financial Planning Resident. Sabina traveled across the country from Kentucky to join the team in San Francisco. As a Financial Planning Resident, Sabina will work directly with clients, preparing financial plans and review, and working in all aspects of financial planning, from the discovery process to implementation and ongoing support of Yeske Buie’s Clients’ Live Big® goals. Learn more about Sabina’s interest in Financial Planning and her numerous bucket list adventures.

Smailhodzic, Sabina Headshot
Yeske Buie Open House: Save the Date!

Join the Yeske Buie Team from both offices for our Open House in San Francisco on Thursday, October 30th from 4:30-6:30pm. Elissa and Dave will feature several of their favorite wines and we will have stemless wine glasses as a souvenir. The event will also feature a professional tarot card reader and a palm reader. Please RSVP for the event by emailing Cristin Etheredge at We look forward to seeing you there!

 Retirement Special: Planning for the New Old

Samantha Allen recently wrote an article in Financial Planning Magazine that focused on the key questions and assumptions to consider when planning for retirement, most especially, how to think about longevity. She enlisted Dave’s help among the group of planners featured in the article to address how to determine what is enough for retirement, how much you should be left with, and which questions are important to ask to determine the appropriate longevity and lifestyle assumptions. Read Dave’s contributions and the entire Financial Planning Magazine article.

TheLiveBigWay Digest – Power Lunches and Planning Policies

TheLiveBigWay Digeston August 28th, 2014No Comments

Dave on CNBC’s Power Lunch

On Tuesday, August 19, Dave was featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch to discuss what small business owners need to do to prepare for retirement. The discussion stemmed from a survey conducted by Financial Planning Association (FPA) and CNBC.

Policy-Based Financial Planning

Policy-based financial planning is a technique that Elissa and Dave have been developing since their first article on the topic appeared in The Journal of Financial Planning in 2006. The approach has received a lot of attention in the press lately, in no small part because of a book called Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing to which Elissa and Dave contributed a chapter on the topic of financial planning policies. Learn more about policy-based financial planning and read reviews from Financial Planning Magazine and Investment Advisor Magazine. 

Far West Round-Up

The Yeske Buie Financial Planning Team recently attended the 2014 FPA Far West Round-Up Conference in Santa Cruz. The Round-Up has many features of the Old West, including a designated sheriff (leader), posse (conference committee), and greenhorns (the new attendees). We will be sharing some of the insights gleaned from the conference in the next Digest. For now, we hope you enjoy some of the photos from the event.

Lauren Grove Passes 
the CFP® 
We are pleased to announce that Lauren Grove has passed the CFP Exam. The CFP Exam is one of three steps required to earn the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER designation. Lauren’s last requirement is to complete the two year apprenticeship requirement which she will fulfill by Spring 2015. Learn more about Lauren Grove and earning the CFP Certification.
Ask Elissa and Dave

Interested in learning more about Dave or Elissa as financial planners or as avid travelers? Looking for some clarity on a financial planning topic, the markets, or your portfolio? Share your curiosity with Elissa and Dave and receive an answer to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Read Dave’s answer to our first question.


The Yeske Buie offices will be closed September 1 iobservance of Labor Day.

TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Building a Life

TheLiveBigWay Digeston August 14th, 2014No Comments


Eugene Fama: Building a Life

Few economists have had a greater influence on how we think about the markets and how we structure client portfolios than Gene Fama. We’ve recently come across a brief, seven minute video in which Gene Fama discusses his life, how he came to be an economist, and some of the sources of his greatest insights. We hope you enjoy this brief video and believe you’ll decide it’s well worth seven minutes of your time.

Eugene Fama


Sheppard Kominars

When we get the opportunity and permission, we like to highlight the projects our clients have worked on; we take pride in our clients and enjoy when they share personal successes with us!  One of our clients, Sheppard Kominars, has shared many pieces of wisdom with us throughout our relationship, but most recently he shared two books he has written:Portal Poems: Perspectives on Aging, and, Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, & Spirit Through Journal Writing.  We have spent time with both of these works and believe they are worthy of sharing with all.  

YeBu East Coast Gives Big

Over the weekend, members of the YeBu East Coast team volunteered at the Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess Basketball event in DC. Kids and volunteers were paired up one-on-one and participate in various passing, dribbling, and shooting drills. See pictures of the YeBu volunteers here.


Summar is a Registered Paraplanner

We are proud to announce that Summar Briede recently received her Registered Paraplanner (RP®) certification. Summar will continue to serve as one of our Client Service Administrators, but her RP® certification has given her insights that will help her better support Yeske Buie’s aim to be the recognized best financial planning firm in the country. Congratulations Summar!

TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Live Big®, Live Free

TheLiveBigWay Digeston July 31st, 2014No Comments
The Live Big® Chronicles – Live Big, Live Free
What does Live Big mean? Some may interpret it as meaning “spend big”, “live large” or a recommendation to some other form of overindulgence. But Live Big is about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet. In 2009, we compiled a creative and inspiring Live Big List; a list of ways that people could have rich, Live Big experiences without spending a lot of money. We were recently inspired by that idea to create The Live Big Chronicles, a new list that chronicles some of the things you can do to Live Big in the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) and San Francisco areas without spending any money at all. See the beginnings of The Live Big Chronicles. 
Introduction to the Yeske Buie User’s Manual
Yeske Buie User's Manual We’re pleased to introduce the new Yeske Buie User’s Manual, our interactive guide to all things Yeske Buie. Our new User’s Manual offers practical information ranging from how we serve our clients to how you can get help with any issue.  As you explore the Manual, you’ll also find a history of our firm’s evolution, in-depth discussions of our investment and financial planning philosophy, a chance to meet the Yeske Buie Team, and a guide to “Why YeBu Clients are Elite.” Jump right in and start exploring this wealth of useful and, we hope, interesting information.
Meet the Team – Summar Briede
As Client Service Administrator in our Virginia office, Summar maintains each client’s Client Private Page®, places trades, manages advisory fee billing, and helps with paperwork and client requests. When she’s not at work, you are likely to find Summar and her husband Will at the gym practicing their Mixed Martial Arts. For the past two years, Summar has been training in Muay Thai, Kali, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and more! Learn more and see pictures of Summar’s training.
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson