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Getting Ready for Retirement? Prepare with This Week’s Podcast

It’s easy to get lost in your anxiety about the future – when you hit retirement age, that’s no different. Are you really ready for retirement? You can be! In “Take Back Retirement,” hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines provide trustworthy guidance for navigating this life transition. Through their conversations, you can relieve stress, kick back and enjoy your well-earned retirement.

What is the podcast about?


If you’re anxious or overwhelmed by what’s ahead, our experts and conversation will help you be more confident. You’re a GenX or Baby Boomer woman on the cusp of “retirement,” whatever that means to you. Naturally, you’re feeling some anxiety.

We’re two financial planners who take this subject seriously (but ourselves less so). We will help you feel more confident about your choices by cutting through the mysteries surrounding this financial transition. Through conversations and interviews with both subject-matter experts and women who have gone through it, you will have the information and motivation to be in control of your future.

Why should people listen to it? Who is the podcast for?

This is a show for women who feel that nagging anxiety that they should be paying more attention to their money stuff, but they also really wish they didn’t have to worry about it! They find that the traditional financial media doesn’t speak their language.

We speak to women 50 and better who want to feel empowered and confident in their money decisions, learning in a fun and non-intimidating way.

Featured Episode – What’s Your Number?

There’s a myth out there that there’s some perfect number of dollars you need so you can retire. That it’s really all just one mathematical equation with one distinct, perfect answer. …Except this belief is completely, utterly unfounded. Listen in as Stephanie and Kevin dismantle the notion that hitting your “magic number” is the key to your retirement success.

They explain why coming up with a specific dollar amount for that next chapter in your life may not be as simple as you think, the psychological dangers of focusing solely on such a number, and how to diversify your assets to maximize your freedom in your retirement years.


Stephanie McCullough is the founder of Sofia Financial and co-host of the award-winning Take Back Retirement podcast. One of Investopedia’s 100 Top Financial Advisors of 2022 and 2021, McCullough provides non-judgmental, truly holistic financial planning for professional women. She has found that women “of a certain age” are faced with a particular set of problems around the goal of retirement, especially those facing it on their own. Her mission is to empower women to make wise financial decisions so they can control their future. She speaks to women’s groups regularly.

Stephanie is married with two kids in their 20s. She has degrees from Duke University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Visit www.sofiafinancial.com

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