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What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's "What-ifs" Hardcover – March 19, 2019
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A practical look at putting your life together written by the founder of the internationally celebrated website Get Your Shit Together and informed by the author’s personal experience after her husband was killed in a biking accident. Part memoir, part hard-working how-to guidebook, What Matters Most inspires readers to get their ‘affairs in order’ before the unthinkable (or inevitable) happens.
On July 17, 2009, Chanel Reynolds’s husband, José, was sideswiped by a van while cycling near their home in Seattle. In the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death, Reynolds quickly realized that she was left bewildered and underprepared for what happens next. What was the password to his phone? Did they sign their wills? How much insurance did they have? Could she afford the house? And what the hell was probate court anyway? Simply put, when life went sideways she didn’t have her shit together.
As it turns out, most of us don’t either. We’re too busy, in denial, overwhelmed, don’t know where to start. We procrastinate or outright avoid having these difficult yet critical conversations.
Reynolds learned the hard way that hoping for the best is not a plan, but you don’t have to. Drawing on her first-hand experience, expert advice, and the unparalleled resources she’s compiled from her popular website and checklists, Reynolds lends her, friendly, human voice to help readers navigate and avoid much of confusion, overwhelm, and uncertainty when ‘something happens’ and learn how to:
• Create a will, living will, and power of attorney documents
• Update (or finally get) the right life insurance policy
• Start or grow an emergency fund and prioritize your spending
• Make a watertight emergency and ‘What-If’ plan
• Keep secure, up-to-date records of personal information
Authoritative yet intimate, grounded but irreverent, Reynolds’s voice carries readers through a tough subject with candor and compassion. Weaving personal story with hard-won wisdom, What Matters Most is the approachable, no-nonsense handbook we all need to living a life free of worry and “what ifs.”
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“How strange to have been so conscious about money in life but lax about where it all goes when I die. That stopped the day I read Chanel’s book. How free I feel to have these tasks done.” — Vicki Robin, New York Times bestselling author of Your Money or Your Life
“There’s little point in worrying about a future death, but simple acts of planning can relieve your worries, protect and prepare you for what lies ahead, and give you a calmer and more peaceful today. These preparations are not only pragmatic acts, but sacred gifts to our future selves and to those we love who will survive us. What Matters Most is a reassuring, step-by-step guide to a better future in the midst of grief and loss.” — Katy Butler, author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well
“Chanel Reynolds took her own unthinkable tragedy and turned it into a rallying cry for us all to get our sh*t together before it’s too late. In What Matters Most, she is your funny, irreverent friend, who’s here to show you tough love. The time for death denial and keeping your head in the sand is over.” — Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
“Grief is a monster better confronted without a legal, financial and logistical mess left behind; Chanel’s wisdom is a gift to all future dead people wanting to lift some of the burden of loss off their surviving loved ones. What Matters Most offers you the chance to consider, and find, those critical answers.” — Rebecca Soffer, coauthor of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome
“If anything will make you finally write a will, get life insurance, make a folder with all your passwords, or write letters to your loved ones, this remarkable book is it.” — CrossCut (Seattle)
“Reynolds’ story, told from the trenches of life, is powerful and wise. Her message--sort out your finances and get your end-of-life wishes in order before it’s too late--offers readers a generous opportunity to learn from her experiences and be more fully prepared.” — Shelf Awareness
“Reynolds provides not only sound counseling but a straightforward plan for when the unthinkable occurs.” — Library Journal
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Trust me. You need this book.
On July 17, 2009, Chanel Reynolds’s husband, José, was struck by a van while cycling near their home in Seattle and died one week later. Just hours after the accident, Chanel realized that she was completely unprepared for what came next: What was the password to his phone? Were their wills legally binding? How much insurance did they have? Could she afford the house? And what the hell was probate anyway? Simply put, she didn’t have her shit together.
As it turns out, neither do most of us. We’re too busy and too overwhelmed, or we don’t know where to start. But here’s the thing: you can’t half-ass the important stuff, and hoping for the best is not a plan. Chanel learned that lesson the hard way—so you don’t have to.
Drawing on her firsthand experience; expert advice; and the unparalleled resources of her celebrated website, Get Your Shit Together, Chanel offers an honest, no-nonsense guide that provides step-by-step practical advice to make getting your shit together easier than signing up a kid for summer camp. In What Matters Most, you’ll learn how to
Prioritize: triage urgent items and create an it-can-wait or screw-it list.
Plan forward: create a will and a living will.
Cover your ass: update your (or finally get the right) life insurance policy.
Get your money sorted: start or grow an emergency fund and savings.
Make a “what-if” list: have a watertight emergency plan.
Round up details: track essential information, accounts, and passwords.
Grounded and irreverent, Chanel’s no-BS voice guides you through planning for life’s toughest moments with authority, candor, intimacy, and humor. What Matters Most will help you get the important shit done to avoid unnecessary suffering and confusion before and after disaster strikes or life suddenly goes sideways.
- Publisher : Harper Wave (March 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062689436
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062689436
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This inspired us (old people!) that it was time to get that documentation done, save important documents somewhere easy to find (including passwords), explain where to find information about life insurance, investments, etc. As well as what to say or do (or not) when someone you know is trying to manage after the death of a loved one.
Chanel tells you her story, alternating with a guide to what to do in the various stages.