Beautiful Simplicity


In this episode of Building Us podcast, co-hosts Erik Garcia, CFP® and Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT, talk about the beautiful simplicity of a relationship, financial management as a couple, the importance of investing in a relationship, and why couples should tackle money issues together.

Episode Highlights:

  • As a financial advisor, Erik reads anything that says money is a predicament in marriage or relationships. (1:28)
  • Matt explains the significance of money in relationships. (1:48)
  • Matt says that the primary issue surrounding money has something to do with the couple who does not agree on how they should spend and manage their money. (2:57)
  • Matt gives an example of a couple who disagrees on money (3:55)
  • “Us” and “Me” are crucial for couples, and it’s not a static line. (7:11)
  • For Matt, relationships are beautifully simplistic in certain ways but making it work day after day, year after year is wonderfully complicated. (8:35)
  • As a financial advisor who talks about money all the time, Erik would argue that true security doesn’t come from money, it comes from relationships that we have. (11:51)
  • Matt gives two examples of how money becomes a symbol of security. (13:38)
  • Matt elaborates on why couples can’t survive without money and material resources. (16:09)
  • Matt explains that everybody needs a certain amount of money and resources. (18:26)
  • Erik explains why there’s no direct correlation between money and happiness. (20:19)
  • Matt explains how good relationships and bad relationships change the way we perceive the amount of money we have. (20:37)
  • Erik says that the idea of selfishness might be the problem and not money. (25:08)
  • Erik Garcia and Matt give an acknowledgment that Black Lives truly matter. (28:40)

Key Quotes:

  • “The best type of financial security you can have is the ability to do with less”. – Erik Garcia, CFP®
  • “Relationships are simple in that they don’t require a lot of material resources to work”. – Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT
  • “What I try to help couples to think about is not just who’s earning how much money and is that equal, but I like to think about contributions. How are we both contributing to the health and growth and success of us? It takes a lot to maintain a life.” – Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT

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About Erik Garcia

Hi there, I'm Erik. How you manage your money and other resources impacts practically every aspect of your life. I help individuals and families invest plan for a more secure and predictable financial future. Thanks for taking time on my site!

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