To blog or not to blog

To blog or not to blog – it really wasn’t a question. Since I have enjoyed ranting about Social Media and the impact of technologies on our business for more than a year, it is about time I plunge into the blogosphere. My day job is to manage a large organization inside of a huge corporation. This involves motivating teams, generating new ideas, breaking down road blocks, providing resources, balancing budgets, using a lot of acronyms, and refereeing disagreements. My daughter thinks I sit in my office, eat Skittles, and talk on the phone all day. Some may agree that she is wise beyond her years.

While some may think we have a non-traditional family, we are a whole lot like every other family in our neighborhood. In my personal life I am the mom of a beautiful 8-year old girl and the partner of 15 years to my daughter’s other mom. While some may think we have a non-traditional family, we are a whole lot like every other family in our neighborhood. We have the same time and balance challenges, the same school, church and community decisions, the “you planned what for our weekend?” opportunities, and similar financial matters. In my blog time, I hope to share some of the similarities and differences across traditional and nontraditional families.

I was raised in rural Cajun country of south central Louisiana. My family was unique, and since my mom may read this, I will leave the commentary right there. Any discussion of money or finances was negative. So, in my youth I saw money as a problem, an obstacle, something you can never have enough of. I worked my way through college and graduate school by holding many jobs at once and I managed to get out of college with $10,000 in debt on a Visa card. Not too bad. However, even though I had a Master’s degree, I knew nothing about money or saving.

My first job leading a marketing department at a small bank offered me an opportunity to start learning about finances – really about how to help our customers, not so much what I should do personally. I have always been conscientious, so I have always had a budget; but I did not have a financial plan until 2005. Yes, it was not until just before I got licensed to offer financial advice did I have my own house in order. Today I have a pair of terrific FAs, I have a lawyer that helps to keep our legal documents solid and we know where we stand financially.

In blogs out ahead I will talk about the legal matters faced by a nontraditional family such as mine, as well as the unique impact of longer life expectancies on a household headed by two women, and a few personal stories to share a different perspective. I hope to start some dialogue and hope you will join me in this new adventure.

Renee Brown

About Renee Brown

Renee Brown is the Senior Vice President and Enterprise Social Media Leader for Wells Fargo. She looks forward to bringing her unique perspective to Beyond Today, addressing the challenges non-traditional families face, as well as the issues that bind us all.
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27 Responses to To blog or not to blog

  1. joy says:

    Love it.

  2. Abby says:

    Great blog, Renee! Looking forward to following you!

  3. Ron Florance says:

    You have motivated me! While I have my “finances” in order (I think), my legal matters are another story. Estate planning, power of attorney, family trust,….My new spring cleaning list.

  4. Donna Myers says:

    This is going to be great! Really happy you are jumping into this and will share so much with so many. Good luck!

  5. NEA says:

    Great blog beginning! And we’re all grateful for those long life expectancies!

  6. Debbie says:

    Awesome blog – thanks and will look forward to hearing others’ stories !

  7. Cliff Burts says:

    Fantastic kick-off Renee! I’m really looking forward to future posts. Thanks for taking up this topic.

  8. Michael Sursi says:

    What a start!! You had me at “to blog or not to blog” LOL…This is fantastic and cannot wait to see the next post!!

  9. Allison Miley says:

    I can’t wait to read more of your unique perspective! Nice job. Allison is a Wells Fargo employee.

  10. Neil Johnson says:

    great post! I look forward to much more… plus love the Eleganza family portrait – 3 gorgeous ladies!

  11. Peggy Sue Lopez-Mendoza says:

    Renee, You pulled me into your story and can’t wait to read more. You also pointed out to me that I need to sit down with my family and work on a revised financial plan now that we’ve taken on responsibility for my mother-in who has Alzheimer.
    By the way, your daughter is adorable!
    Peggy Sue is a Wells Fargo employee.

  12. Matt Hurwitz says:

    Your point-of-view is great for traditional and non-traditional families alike – can’t wait for the legend to grow!

  13. Steve Jegier says:

    Renee, you really are our resident innovator/pioneer! Wonderful story and thanks for getting it out there. Great stuff!!!
    Steve is a Wells Fargo employee.

  14. Angie Lai says:

    Renee, thank you for taking the time to share your story – interesting and inspiring!

  15. Paul Peterzell says:

    Great to see you taking the step and walking the talk (OK, that’s two foot-related metaphors) to blog for us! Looking forward to your unique perspectives.

    *I am a Wells Fargo employee.

  16. Bret Marshall says:

    I am a Wells Fargo employee. Keith and I have had a detailed envision plan for 10 years and I can’t wait to follow your journey to see our similarities and also what I can learn from your experience. Awesome debut!

  17. Jim Richardson says:

    Thanks for sharing, Renee. I look forward to our continued partnership in the future.
    *Jim is a Wells Fargo employee.

  18. Shanita says:

    Welcome to the blog! Thanks for taking the time to share. Geaux Jags (or Tigers in your case)!!

    *I am a WF employee.

  19. David Lu says:

    Renee, thanks for sharing your story. I am looking forward to reading more from you!
    *David is a Wells Fargo employee.

  20. Rebecca Rosensweig says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Renee. I look forward to future blogs.

    I am a Wells Fargo employee.

  21. Maggie Merlino says:

    Loved it – you’re off to a great start and I’m looking forward to reading more! (P.S. I can’t believe your daughter is EIGHT!). I am a Wells Fargo employee.

  22. Buffy Harwood says:

    Amazing first blog! I can’t believe your daughter is eight – love the family picture!
    I am a Wells Fargo employee.

  23. Sunny Pannell-Groft says:

    Great initial blog Renee… I’m looking forward to following your commentary!
    Sunny is a Wells Fargo employee.

  24. Irene says:

    Wonderful beginning…

  25. Andrew Halverson says:

    Renee –

    Great post and helps validate what I’ve been doing within my own family and reminds me of a few things I need to take care of ASAP.

    Looking forward to your next post.

    I am a Wells Fargo employee.

    Andrew Halverson

  26. Julie Klever says:

    I’m finally catching up on the BLOGS and I am really enjoying them and looking forward to the next one.

    You have a great style which draws us in and at the same time, a gentle reminder for us to examine what we need to do for ourselves, based on your personal experience. Thanks so much! Jules

  27. Mary Beth Yates says:

    Nay — Congrats on the blog. As I’ve told you many times, I always knew, from the moment I met you, you would do great things. Not only do you have an incredible family, you’ve excelled in your profession! Keep it up and I can’t wait to read more!

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