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  • Published:

    Mar 19, 2019
  • ISBN:

    9780062689436
  • Pages:

    352
  • Size:

    6.3" x 9.3"
  • Weight:

    1.1 lb
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Book Title and Author Byline

What Matters Most

The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s “What-ifs”

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About the Book

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.”

About the Author

Chanel Reynolds

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Chanel Reynolds is the founder of the internationally praised website GetYourShitTogether.org, inspiring and motivating millions of people worldwide with the jumpstart they need to prepare for life’s curveballs. She was the founding Managing Director of WorldChanging and has used her unique expertise leading projects for clients such as Nike, Samsung, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Reynolds uses her uncanny ability to talk about the hard things at speaking events and conferences all over the world. She lives in Seattle and spends her free time cooking, hiking, doing yoga with her family, and often staying up too late-just because she can.

Reviews

Rebecca Soffer, coauthor of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome —Rebecca Soffer, coauthor of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome

Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes —Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Vicki Robin, New York Times bestselling author of Your Money or Your Life —Vicki Robin, New York Times bestselling author of Your Money or Your Life

CrossCut (Seattle) —CrossCut (Seattle)

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Library Journal —Library Journal