Why is it that children are so often the catalyst that helps us bring life into perspective? This video was created from the top photo submissions of people who wanted to show a “snapshot” of life’s wondrous moments. As you’ll see, children are the ones that convey the message. This video, which I’ve watch dozens of times, never fails to make me cry and it pushes life’s reset button for me. I hope it does for you, too.
When Brittney was 20, her mom passed away from a pulmonary embolism. When she died, she had only $300 in the bank, and no life insurance.
In an instant, Brittney had to become a mother to her two younger sisters and the family’s sole breadwinner, all while continuing her college studies. “I work full time, and I go to school full time, and I take care of my sisters full time,” she says.
Watch her moving story.
But this struggle has not stopped Brittney from working to achieve her dream. With the help of a $10,000 scholarship from the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program, she is able to continue her studies to get a Bachelor of Science in social work.
Brittney says, “My dream for the future is … help people who are in similar situation like me. … I’m going to be the first one in my family to graduate college. I always wanted to make my mom proud and do it for her.”
This year the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program will be awarding 24 scholarships totaling $125,000.
So, if you’re a student who is struggling like Brittney, having lost a parent who had little or no life insurance, check out the application process for this year’s program.
Or if you are a reader who knows of a young adult who could use this assistance, please pass along the link to the application: www.lifehappens.org/scholarship.
But please hurry, as the deadline is March 31, 2013.
“Let’s pay down $10 million of debt—together.” That’s the kind idea the LIFE Foundation is excited to get behind. And that’s why we are helping to sponsor the Debt Movement, the brainchild of Jeff Rose of GoodFinancialCents, which is creating a community of people focused on getting rid of their debt.
While the main focus of this blog is to help you better understand how life insurance and related products are an important element in your financial plan, we also know that no financial plan is sound—or can be built on—if it is weighed down with too much debt.
We also understand how hard it is to take that first step, look your debt in the eye and start to make changes. But that’s the beauty of the Debt Movement—you are not doing this alone. More than 2,000 people have joined the movement and have paid down $180,000 so far.
By joining the movement you can:
- Get expert advice from finance bloggers and the Debt Squad
- Access tips and tools for getting out of debt
- Learn how others—ordinary people—got rid of their debt, including a couple that paid off $80,000 of debt in 18 months!
- Apply for a debt scholarship—free money to help you retire your debt (LIFE is sponsoring one of the scholarships!)
Take the first step, and just click to learn more.
We at LIFE wish you luck! And let’s us know how you’re doing.
I challenge you to watch this video and then answer honestly (either to yourself or in the comments): Would you be the “before” or the “after”?
In the run up to Valentine’s Day, there is a lot of talk (and commercials) focused on love. Usually it’s of the romantic kind, which is great. But at the LIFE Foundation, we also like to use this holiday to celebrate all types of love. That’s why we created the Insure Your Love Photo Mosaic. People can upload photos of anyone they love! Here are some great photos people have shared (including one from me!).
The photo mosaic is also a reminder that, while we do a lot throughout the year to show our families and loved ones how much we appreciate and love them, there is one important way that we should not forget about … and that is protecting them with life insurance.
Would any of your loved ones suffer financially if you were to die prematurely? If so, now is the right time to think about either getting life insurance or increasing the amount you have.
Taking that step doesn’t have to be hard. You can start by learning a bit more about life insurance, and then talking to an agent or advisor in your community about getting the right amount of coverage. You can find one here.
And be sure that you join the mosaic by adding a photo of your own. It only takes a couple minutes and by doing so, you can help spread the word about the importance of protecting the ones you love with life insurance. For each photo that gets uploaded to the mosaic, LIFE will donate $1 to the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Fund, which gives tuition assistance to college-age students who have lost a parent.