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How to lose out even when you're in the will | Prime Living

Dear SharonAnn: My wife forgot to change an IRA account beneficiary to my name before she passed. In our wills we each are to inherit 100% of the other’s estate. We’ve been... — Updated 3/17/2021


Who IS that Masked Man? | Prime Living

Dear SharonAnn, I’ve been divorced for five years, and I’m ready to find a life partner. It’s a lonely time – being socially distanced it’s hard to meet someone new. I... — Updated 2/17/2021


Objective guidance for men & women after losing a partner | Prime Living

How do we split the dog? Dear SharonAnn, My soon-to-be ex-wife and I have come to a mutual agreement on our finances and possessions, but we can’t seem to agree about our dog,... — Updated 1/20/2021


Can you walk on water? | Prime Living

In our Freewheelin' explorations we find a way to walk out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Yep! You might remember that the Salish Sea dumps water into the Pacific Ocean via this... — Updated 12/17/2020


Two islands & a fort | Prime Living

We were somewhat confused by the directions. Drive across the peninsula, then over one island to another island to find our destination for the day. Our goal was to explore a fort n... — Updated 11/20/2020


A year of travel has changed focus on domestic priorities | Prime Living

We step out of our car, immediately fascinated with two young women and many HUGE pack animals (horses and mules) they were loading with 8x8 posts. The critters were tethered to... — Updated 10/28/2020


Thrilled to be freewheelin' from home | Prime Living

Culture shock is real. It happens when you go and when you return. Our world is different. It's shifted. Or maybe it's we who've changed. Like this: • We spend more time savoring... — Updated 9/23/2020


How living in Europe for nearly a year changed us | Prime Living

Freewheelin' up until now has meant we are untethered. But actually, we aren't. We made our way back to Washington from Europe in early July and hit the ground running with house... — Updated 8/26/2020


Is it culture shock? | Prime Living

The Return 3:45 a.m., our hosts Monique & Bernard drive us to the train station and escort us to our train in the Lyon-Par Dieu station. They kiss and hug us goodbye, Bernard ve... — Updated 7/22/2020


How to learn the dance of change

We had our life planned out, just like most, before the Panic. A year ago, we were planning a marriage, planning a trip to Europe, and planning to pet sit in many countries, especia... — Updated 6/26/2020


How to cope with the emotional rollercoaster of change

At 12:01a.m., a notification arrives in Dan's email, and we see it at breakfast. Our flights from Lyon to Seattle set for June 30 are closed. Our hearts dropped. We have a series... — Updated 5/27/2020


The Virus of Fear - Q&A

Q: How does it feel to be barreling across England and France at 186 MPH and through the Chunnel at 100 MPH? SharonAnn – Scary and thrilling, no seat belts, great lunch, helpful a... — Updated 3/18/2020


Heart to Heart with Freewheelin' Dan

An "interview" with husband Dan: You are currently in the fifth month of freewheelin'-traveling and pet sitting overseas after 68 years of little travel. What prompted you to try... — Updated 2/19/2020


Cultural differences add to an adventure, just not always in a good way

When you are on the freewheelin' road, everyday life is different from our Edmonds world. It's not wrong or right, just different. For the first time since we took off traveling, we... — Updated 1/22/2020


The 1st 7 days of Freewheelin' Scotland

'Twas getting dark as we stepped off the plane from Paris to Edinburgh and made our way to Bus H. We stand in the rain for about 10 minutes until it comes by, and hauls us to the... — Updated 12/18/2019


Good way to see the world? Get your hands dirty

Who would have thought a few months ago I would be on my knees, in the dirt, in an orchard in the countryside of France helping a new friend harvest the fallen hazelnuts... — Updated 11/21/2019


The games people play, now

Dear SharonAnn, I have a friend who seems to be asking for help. She complains about her 40-year-old son, unemployed, living in her basement apartment and smokes pot all day. She... — Updated 3/15/2019 Full story


Empowering Women

SharonAnn Hamilton, MBA, CFP®, MSFS is founder of Freedom Quest Academy, working with clients who seek financial freedom and joyful living. She blogs about Families, Business,... — Updated 2/6/2019 Full story


How can you harness your panic?

Dear SharonAnn, I am now single, 52 years old, and have operated my own business for 15 years. Ideally, I’d like to sell my business in about 10 years and be free to explore the... — Updated 2/6/2019


To Plan or not to Plan, THAT is the Question

Dear SharonAnn, I own my own business. I get the importance of planning out my business goals for the coming year. But people talk about life planning, and I get stuck. Why? I... — Updated 1/11/2019


‘Tis the season for forgiveness, reflection

Dear SharonAnn, I have a friend/client who said something hurtful to me earlier this year. Just recently I discovered what was said came from a place of fear. She apologized, and sa... — Updated 1/11/2019


Prime Living | Empowering Women

SharonAnn Hamilton, MBA, CFP®, MSFS is a fiduciary, consultant, coach, and author. She facilitates The Council for Women, a faith-based group of women professionals whose mission... — Updated 10/10/2018 Full story


You CAN take charge of your own affairs

Dear SharonAnn, I’m just so angry I could scream! We KNEW my husband was going to go soon. The path of disease was clear. But WHY did we not talk about what I needed to know... — Updated 10/10/2018


You CAN take charge of your own affairs

Dear SharonAnn, I’m just so angry I could scream! We KNEW my husband was going to go soon. The path of disease was clear. But WHY did we not talk about what I needed to know... — Updated 7/25/2018


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