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March Monthly Nudge Newsletter

Yes it is the beginning of the month already. Here is a sneak peek of the ‘Monthly Nudge’ newsletter heading out to over 13k people on Monday to, you know, keep the important stuff on your To Do list at the top of the pile.

So, how is your list from last month looking? Time to dig it up, check those boxes and get ‘er done. You can do it!

A few updates: Get Your Shit Together will be leading a talk at South by Southwest in Austin on March 12 called The Tangled Web we Leave: Digital Life After Death. It is a huge honor to be invited. I am incredibly excited to be talking about everything from Digital Power of Attorney to should you tweet after you die just because you can? Interesting stuff that impacts us all. I’ll be uploading pictures and highlights all week on the Get Your Shit Together facebook page.

Your March Monthly Nudge Action Items:
-Review your items from last month on your Checklist.
-Check off your completed items. Congratulations, isn’t it satisfying?
-It is tax time soon, so in March review your Money situation and make goals to get your biggest hopes (or worries) taken care of. What are yours? Getting credit cards paid off? Saving More? Finally getting Life Insurance? Make it happen.
-Make a pact with friends! Share via the links above and do it together!

Thank you so much and good luck with your To Do list. You can do it! Keep us posted with your progress and thoughts on here on the blog. I really love hearing from you!

  1. Ira says:

    Hey Chanel, I’m going through this as part of my parents aging process. It’s normal stuff but for some reason in our culture we avoid it until it’s inescapable. I think that is not the right approach. THANK YOU for your efforts. Keep up the good work, toots –Ira in Kirkland

  2. foreveryoung says:

    I’ve always been a proponent of planning and preparing but I’ve seen the consequences of people not taking care of their business. Thank you for providing such a convincing case and a wonderful resource! I’ve given you a mention on my blog:

  3. Alison says:

    Heard your story on NPR this morning. Due to both of us having parents with long-term health issues, we ourselves are pretty well prepared. But even though we’ve got all our wills, etc done, I realized in the process of gathering info listed on your Details list that I’d never named beneficiaries on my employer-provided benefits!

    We live in such a complex society that it’s very easy to feel completely lost. Your lists and templates take a lot of the scare factor out of not knowing where to start, or how much info is enough. You are providing a great, great service to thousands of people. Thank you.

    • Linda says:

      Alison, be sure to fill out the authorization for release of info for medicare. I had to google medicare- 3rd party authorization for info…took a while but the right link showed up, took @ 5 minutes to fill out, and now my brothers and I have our mom’s permission to contact medicare and my husband and I can contact medicare on the other’s behalf. cms 10106, I think, but can’t remember

  4. Dagmar says:

    Thanks for your excellent work! I heard about your story on NPR, and it brought the nagging issue of not yet having our S*** together to the forefront. I’m very sorry for your and your family’s loss, but I’m very grateful for the service you are providing to countless others.

  5. Priscilla says:

    I heard you on NPR this am…what a wake-up call! thank you for posting so much (free stuff) on line. We’ve begun the WillMaker but haven’t finished it. Guess we’ll be finishing it up this weekend!!!! I’m so sorry you had to get involved in a process such as this so unexpectedly. Hopefully, this was the silver lining of losing a loved spouse though..sincerely,

  6. John says:

    Chanel – Thank you for sharing this information in plain language (plain English), making it easy to understand and to take action. I heard you on NPR this morning in Washington DC and I shared the story and your website with my siblings, mom, and aunts and uncles. I started looking through your website and its documents this evening and I’ll work on getting my shit together this weekend. Thanks again!

  7. Susan Liang says:

    Hi Chanel, I heard your story from NPR today and cannot wait to check your website after work. Actually I am taking Estate and trust planning tax course in school and I feel the templates are simple but absolutely useful. Thank you so much!

  8. ekglaw says:

    Thank you for motivating everyone to take action through your story. Many times it takes an outside force to get someone to begin their estate plan. Please continue your mission.

  9. Chanel says:

    Thank you for your comments and so incredibly pleased to hear you are keeping on it! Very, very best of luck to you :)

  10. Joe says:

    Thank you so much for turning your suffering into useful tools for your fellow humans. I have one question: your material seems WA specific. I live in CA. is there an easy way to adopt GYST material to my state’s requirements?

  11. Chanel, Just wanted you to know that I appreciate your monthly nudges, and missed the April one. I imagine that your life has taken another sudden turn with this website. Just know whatever you do, you have helped me (and I gather about a million other people!) get so much together now — I am working on my Details and Checklist, and my husband and I have already made new wills, POAs (health and assets), and living wills. THANK YOU for sharing in your suffering to better the lives of others around you. – Donna