As we all have experienced, life throws a curve ball just about when we are finally getting comfortable. For me, this curve ball came in 2017 about 9 months into the job of my dreams in the form of an autoimmune disease, Crohn’s Disease. Diagnosed with dyslexia as a teen, I’ve always turned to hard work to overcome challenges and adversity. An abiding dedication to working as hard as I possibly could had served me well until life handed me a challenge that needed something different. With a newfound perspective on what’s truly most important in life and the support of my family, I made a choice which feels to me the hardest choice I’ve made so far in life. To leave my position and ultimately decide to build a financial planning firm that allows me to do what I love and also support my body in the way it needs.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve felt all the emotions most of us feel when a doctor tells us our life has changed forever. Confused, angry, sad, unsure, motivated, tired, hopeful, hopeless, energized… The list goes on and on. As I continue on the journey of learning about my body and how to better support it, I felt a bottled up sense that maybe, just maybe this experience could help someone else. Maybe they could take what I’ve learned and use it to help themselves, their family member or friends and that would make this journey even more fulfilling. With that thought, In Sickness and In Wealth was born.
I will be the first the tell you, I have good days, bad days and in the middle days. I have not overcome the challenges of this disease but I continue to learn how to protect my body and pursue my passion of financial planning at the same time. We may not be able to have our cake and eat it too but by prioritizing what is most important in life, sometimes we create the opportunity to ask for another piece of cake.
On September 7, 2019 I married my biggest supporter and the love of my life Kevin Bretthauer. We are building our life together in Hillsboro, Oregon where the Bretthauer family has lived and worked for 4 generations.
Kevin and I live in Grandpa Bretthauer’s home with our kitty we lovingly call “meow meow.” Each day brings a new and exciting challenge as entrepreneurship is an important part of our lives. In 2015, Kevin and his sister Alex started a cloud-based fuel technology business called FuelCloud. We are fortunate enough to have a quick commute to the office where the Bretthauer family fuel distribution business and Kauviara Financial Planning are headquartered.
On evenings and weekends you can find us taking a walk around the neighborhood talking through business challenges and successes or cooking together in the kitchen. Our joint love of business and for each other fuels our desire to never stop learning.