Today's guest is Donna Spangler, a beauty, fitness and lifestyle expert, blogger and author of "How to Get a Rich Man; The Princess Formula." But before you click off this page in disgust and think that she's undermining everything we've worked so hard for, read on to see what she means by "rich," it's better than it sounds. Donna is at work on another book and about to launch her line of Donna Spangler Beauty cosmetics.
Being a couple is first and foremost, a partnership. When you commit to each other, you are committing to building a life together. Complications with money usually occur when there is a lack of communication. It is imperative that complex money issues are discussed with one another. You need to both express where you each see the money going and how you feel it should be spent. For example…Is the money going towards a vacation or towards the children’s school tuition? You need to clearly lay out what each persons financial responsibility is and if the responsibility is fair. Often one spouse makes more money than the other. In this case, establish and understand that perhaps they will then carry the bulk of the financial obligations. In a relationship, money should always be distributed in a fair and equal manner to ensure a harmonious and long relationship. Any unfair distribution of finances will often lead to resentment and problems down the line. The bottom line is to always lay down the ground rules of what each person expects of themselves and the other at the very beginning!
2. You look amazing. What's your surprising secret, beyond genes, eating right and exercising?
I believe in doing everything possible to help maintain a vital and healthy body. Vitamins are very important for me. I take them daily to ensure I am getting those vitamins that I may have missed in my diet. I love protein shakes and I eat a ton of vegetables and very lean meat. I exercise regularly with weights and I do Taekwondo and I make sure to get ample hours of sleep. I drink a ton of water. Water cleans out your body, helps promote healthy skin and it makes you feel fuller throughout the day so you don’t get as hungry. I admit that like many gals out there, I do a little Botox here and there. I go to the dentist regularly and I visit my hair stylist to maintain my hair cut and color. Looking good is a heck of a lot of work. The older we get, the more diligent we gals have to be. I’m not saying that I am trying to look like a teenager or someone in my 20s. Don’t get me wrong. I am just saying that as we age, keeping up our appearance and maintaining a strong body is important for our health and our mental well-being.
3. You wrote a book about how to marry a rich man. How is that different than gold digging? What else is important for women in their 40s to seek out in a mate that they might not have valued earlier in their lives?
My book, How To Get A Rich Man: The Princess Formula came out in 2007 and since then it has been translated into multiple languages. The title is sort of tongue and cheek. My main message in the book is for women to be the best that they can be to attract the right kind of man that is ultimately rich in heart and spirit. If you can find one with an abundance of financial means, there is nothing wrong with that but it is not the most important thing. Most women want a man who is loyal, loving, kind, considerate, humorous and respects them. Finding a man with common interests and the same goals in life is important for the right chemistry. You can find the richest man in the world but if he does not love and respect you, then he is worthless in my opinion.
4. Anything else you think is important to know about life after 40?
Life after 40 should be empowering! After 40 we have finally gained so much wisdom and insight. We should be fearless in going after all of our goals. We should lose the fear that often traps us. Don’t look at yourself as getting “old.” Look at yourself as getting “better” and empower yourself! Start looking at yourself as someone who has a lot to contribute to this world. Above all, spread your love and goodness and enjoy life’s ever-abundant journey!