We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Burns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had been a Registered Dietitian for over a dozen years before my current 20 year career in financial services so I understood the importance of eating well and staying active. After helping people balance their diet and exercise and now helping folks balance their finances, I realized that I needed to tie it all together. The more we take good care of our mind and body, the less we have to worry about running out of money…because good health costs less than poor health. So I launched my financial literacy business for women called Mind, Money, Motion. Diet, exercise, and finances are all inter-related and very much based on behavior change. So I focus on educating women through my podcasts, blogs, books, and money tools. Our country has not embraced the realization that personal finance is a necessary life skill. So it is not taught as I believe it should be throughout K-12 and into college/secondary education and even in our communities. Money is the number one stressor in Americans’ lives and one of the main reasons for divorce. Financial literacy has become an epidemic in our country. So I started Mind, Money, Motion to help move the needle in the right direction. By getting our financial house in order, we have a foundation for making wiser financial decisions. So the money aspect of Mind, Money, Motion focuses on helping women to remove the emotion and start with getting financially organized, so they can enjoy less worry, more life!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am all about helping women with their money life to reduce their financial stress so they can focus their time and live what they value. So I have a financial literacy business, Mind, Money, Motion to help those DIYers with education and tools. But then I also have a personal finance business, Focus Point Planning, that provides financial planning and investment management to help those that want either a do-it-with me or a do-it-for me approach. I am unique in my financial wellness approach in both businesses. Mind, Money, Motion embraces education around the importance of nutrition, mindset, and staying active in addition to just the getting financially organized base. And Focus Point Planning comprehensively incorporates a 360 view of your finances, not just your investments, to deliver advice on all areas of financial planning starting with a complementary Financial Wellness Review. My approach to both businesses is that I care and treat everyone like family, a skill and deliverable that is sorely lacking in today’s world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We love having out of state visitors, having moved here ourselves from Wisconsin about 10 years ago. We usually give them a long list of many options for indoor, outdoor, dining, tour and various fun attraction ideas. Some of our favorite visitor spots have been tours of the Wrigley Mansion, the Frank-Lloyd Wright house, or Tovrea Castle. We also enjoy visiting the Science Museum, Canyon Lake, Goldfield Ghost Town, St. Anthony’s Monastery, the Windmill Winery and the Desert Botanical Gardens. Dining is usually casual in our backyard or at one of the many Mexican restaurants for margaritas. Horseback riding, jeep tours, Sedona’s red rocks, and many of the Phoenix hiking trails usually round out a week with visitors.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think the idea, and the reality of what I see happening, of women helping women is a shoutout that deserves reinforcing. My mother certainly influenced my positive mindset, supported the idea of remaining authentic and role modeled a focus on caring for others. Women I was involved with in non-profit and church as volunteers also influenced my desire and feeling of obligation to try to make a positive difference. And local business women in Phoenix like Karen Nowicki, Cindy Gordon, and Heather Parker have all supported my efforts and stepped up to encourage me pro-actively.
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