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Mary McCoy

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Mary McCoy, LMSW is a licensed social worker who works closely with individuals, families, and organizations in crisis. She knows first-hand how financial choices can prevent and mitigate crises, and she's therefore passionate about equipping people with the information they need to make solid financial decisions for themselves and their loved ones. When Mary isn't on her soap box, you can find her hiking, jogging, yoga-ing, or frolicking with her family.
Understanding Overcoming Fears Phobias

Understanding, Controlling, and Overcoming Your Fears & Phobias

We are all familiar with the pounding heart, heavy breath, and nervous sweat associated with frightening situations. If your brain is functioning properly, fear is a natural instinct that informs you of danger and...
Co Parenting Custody Agreement Tips

What Is Co-Parenting – Definition & Tips for Custody Agreement

Experts have long recommended happy, stable marriages as the ideal setting for child-rearing. Unfortunately, half of all American marriages continue to end in divorce, and many of these breakups involve children. These statistics don't...
Achieve Reach Goals

How to Achieve & Reach Your Goals When Challenges Arise

If you've ever pursued an ambitious goal, you've probably noticed that your resolve starts to wane after about four to six weeks. Even savvy goal-setters run into problems after a month of resolve, but...
Divorce Mediation Tips

What Is Divorce Mediation – Tips & Process Checklist

The dissolution of a marriage is an emotionally painful experience. The last thing you want to do is add financial troubles and complicated legal wrangling to the mix. Between attorneys' fees and the expenses...
Social Capital Definition

Understanding Social Capital (Definition) – Making Housing Choices

Social responsibility is the idea that human beings - either acting as individuals or corporations - are obligated to act for the benefit of society at large. With such a broad definition, it's easy...
Stop Human Trafficking

How Your Consumer Choices Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

As uncomfortable and unpleasant as it is to hear about human trafficking, it is a social problem that's alive and kicking in communities across the United States. And while no one truly wants to...
Make Affordable Socially Responsible Clothing Purchases

How to Make Affordable, Socially Responsible Clothing Purchases

In May 2013, consumers looked on with horror when news agencies reported the deaths of 1,130 Bangladeshi garment workers in a factory collapse. But unfortunately, for every high-profile report of exploited garment workers, there...
New Years Resolutions Smart Goals

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions by Using S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Depending on your outlook and personality, the thought of New Year's resolutions may fill you with either dread or excitement. People who approach resolutions with dread likely recall the disappointment of unmet goals in...
Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets in Your Home

Whether you're in the market to sell your home or simply to beautify it, don't underestimate the value of an updated kitchen. The qualities most likely to catch the eyes of potential buyers include...
Paint Walls Home Supplies Tips

How to Paint Walls in Your Home – Supplies, Tips & Techniques

A home is only as beautiful as the quality of its paint job - but, of course, that's bad news if you have dingy paint throughout your house. Fortunately, it's relatively simple and inexpensive to...
Remove Stucco Popcorn Ceiling

How to Remove a Stucco Popcorn Ceiling and Update Your Home

Popcorn ceiling is the bumpy-looking ceiling treatment home builders used from the 1950s to the 1980s to improve acoustics and mask ceiling flaws. Also known as "cottage cheese ceiling" and "stucco ceiling," the popcorn...
Easy Home Updates

8 Easy Home Updates That Increase the Value of Your House

As opposed to expensive and time-consuming remodeling projects, home updates are simple homeowner tasks that can quickly increase a home's marketability and value - especially helpful if you're thinking about selling your home and...