A lot of life is about trying to turn bad experiences into something good. Usually if you work at it, you can figure out a way to do it. Even our worst misfortunes are gifts.”

~ Robert Kennedy, Jr.

How are you handling the COVID-19 pandemic?  My husband, Mark, and I have lost three very close friends to the virus.  Mark, is a musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  The musicians are all off until next fall, but we still have no idea what will happen at that time.  Meanwhile, the musicians have done a pivot and are interacting with the community, their patrons and donors in new and creative ways virtually.  There are challenges of course, but I believe this will lead to new and innovative ideas born out of adversity.

I’ll bet you and your loved ones are each experiencing the pandemic in different ways.  Small business owners may have received government funding, workers may be receiving unemployment, and many may have dropped through the cracks and are still struggling.

I’ve found that many are using this time to connect with family, clients, and friends virtually, and thus, learning new technology while working from home and finding new ways to grow their businesses.

One thing we all know about this moment in time is that we will never forget it; and that our lives will never be the same.  I’m optimistic that something very good will come out of all of this, so I am staying in a high vibration and creating good thoughts and intentions.    

What we know is that we all must find our inner strength and reach out to the help that is available to us. Have you checked into the Smart Women’s Academy recently?  We have new courses health and money!  Our most recent is Taking Charge of Your Money.  You can take all the Smart Women’s Academy courses right now at no charge.  Click HERE to register at no charge and then be sure to share with this valuable resource with your friends!

Last month, I interviewed two fabulous health experts on Smart Women Talk Radio who taught us how to stay healthy both physically and mentally during this time. Be sure to check these informative shows out HERE.  Smart Women Talk Radio is available on a wide variety of platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and so many more.

How are you doing with your health goals?  I’ve started using a Garmin watch to monitor my activity and have increased my exercise which has had a very positive effect on my life and business. Be sure to check out our Smart Women’s Academy course, Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy, and Taking Charge of Health Issues. Sign up for free HERE.

This month, we are bringing you two business experts who will share innovative ways to stay engaged with your customers, keep your business relevant, and your mind inspired. On June 9th, the founder of 1 Vision Advisors, Mike Gruley, will discuss strategies for pivoting during the pandemic. Chairman of the Birthing Giants Fellowship Program, Lewis Schiff, will share how to come out of COVID with the ideal business plan on June 23rd. You won’t want to miss either show. And of course, don’t forget to join me on June 16th at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT for my monthly Facebook Live Chat with Kat. I look forward to interacting with and answering your questions.

Have a great June!

Katana Abbott, CFP®, is a Retirement Coach, founder of the Smart Women Companies, and the host Smart Women Talk Radio with over a million subscribers.  For over 30 years, Katana has shown women how to take charge of their life and finances and believes it’s never too early to plan for expected and unexpected events like retirement, encore careers, moving abroad, or preparing for long-term care.  She has written several books, created a financial literacy course, and is a popular speaker. Katana has been honored by NAWBO as one of Detroit’s Top 10 Business Women, receiving the Breakthrough Award. To download her new ebook, The Five Biggest Money Mistakes Women Make and How to Fix Them, visit www.katanaabbott.com