What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's

What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's "What-ifs"

by Chanel Reynolds


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Founder of popular website Get Your Shit Together blends personal story and must-have advice in the ultimate guide to getting your affairs in order—from wills and advance directives to insurance, finances, and relationships—before the unthinkable happens.

On July 17, 2009, Chanel Reynolds’ husband, José, was struck by a car while cycling near their home in Seattle. In the wake of her husband’s untimely death, Reynolds quickly realized that she was completely unprepared for what came next. What was the password to his phone? Did they sign their wills? How much insurance did they have? Could she afford the house? And what the hell was probate anyway? Simply put, when life went sideways she didn’t have her shit together.

As it turns out, most of us don’t either. We’re too busy, in denial, overwhelmed by too much information, uncertain where to start, or just uncomfortable having those difficult conversations.

Reynolds learned the hard way that hoping for the best is not a plan, but you don’t have to. Drawing on her first-hand experience, expert advice, and the unparalleled resources she’s compiled for her celebrated website, Reynolds lends a human voice to a warren of checklists and forms and emotional confusion, showing readers how to:

  • Create a will and living will
  • Update (or finally get) the right life insurance policy
  • Start or grow an emergency fund
  • Make a watertight emergency plan
  • Keep secure, up-to-date records of personal information

Authoritative yet personal, grounded but irreverent, Reynolds’ voice carries readers through a tough subject with candor and compassion. Weaving personal story with hard-won wisdom, What Matters Most is the approachable, no-nonsense handbook we all need to living a life free of worry and "what ifs."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062689436
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 80,649
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Chanel Reynolds is the founder of the internationally praised website GetYourShitTogether.org, inspiring and motivating millions of people worldwide with the jumpstart they need to prepare for life’s curveballs. She is also the founding Managing Director of WorldChanging.com and has used her digital expertise consulting for clients such as Nike, Samsung, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Reynolds uses her uncanny ability to talk about the hard things at speaking events and conferences all of the world, including Tina Brown’s Women in the World conference. She lives in Seattle and spends her free time exploring all the city has to offer with her son and stepdaughter.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi

Introduction 1

Part I Before

Life Goes Sideways 15

Guide: When Life Goes Sideways 31

Waiting for the Dice to Roll 37

Guide: When the Shit Hits the Fan 59

Family Meeting 67

The Last Day 81

Reentry Protocols 85

Guide: Quality of Life, Death, and Dying 91

Tell the Truth; Not Too Much 99

Found and Lost 105

Part II After

Aftershocks 109

Meridians 115

The Celebration-of-Life Memorial-Funeral-Ceremony-Service 125

Guide: After Death 133

Strangers in a Strange Land 141

Border Crossing 151

Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts 153

Guide: The Tangled Web We Leave 161

1 Essentials 165

2 Insurance 177

3 Money 196

4 Legal 208

Practice Makes Progress 225

The New Normal(ish) 233

Drink, Fuck, Run 243

Missed Connections 251

Part III Always

The Overview Effect 255

What Would Cher Do? 261

Guide: What Makes a Difference 267

Message in a Bottle 275

Where's the Bear? 281

Guide: What Matters Most 287

A Small Series of Losses 297

Departure 301

Jump 303

Afterword: Finding Shore 305

The Guidebook 309

Acknowledgments 315

Notes 317

Index 323

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