“Trying to find a balance makes life interesting.”
Get to know Kim Emery
Kim is teaching her children the value of hard work to prepare them for the future
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Kim (V.O.): Growing up my grandparents would invite their 7 children to come for a big Sunday meal. I always knew that I wanted to cook for a living and I knew that I could make it a profession because my grandfather was a chef.
Kim(V.O.): I'm lucky that I can balance my personal life to my professional life to make all of it work. I am a chef instructor and I've been with this college for 12 years.
Kim: Great! What day is this of class, that you've got?
Student Chef: Second
Kim: Second day of class. Alright, I'm impressed.
Kim (V.O.): Luckily when cooking is your passion you get to do it everyday. I see my students that didn't cook so now I really embrace my children being in the kitchen and I'm trying to teach them that it's very easy to come up with a meal on your own and far more nutritious.
Kim's children: I'll get the blueberries, you get the strawberries.
Farmer: Here you go, son.
Kim (V.O.): Having children changed the way I think about the future. Life is busy and it really makes me feel good to know that my money is safe with TIAA and somebody is taking care of it. Our parents were able to help us with college and we didn't come out owing a ton of money. So it's important for us to provide that for our children, but it's not just being ready for college, for retirement, but it's preparing for those "what if's."
Kim's children: Ready, Set, Go!
Kim (V.O): When I retire I'm not going to stop cooking. I will be developing recipes and I'll be able to enjoy my family.
How has your experience been with TIAA?
"I contribute as much as I can to my 403(b) and a Roth IRA. They are what give me peace of mind when I am thinking about retirement. As for the brokerage account, it is very easy to access the money when necessary.”
How has having children affected your work, life and financial planning?
What will retirement look like for you?
How has TIAA helped you?
Building a savings plan