It’s the Saturday case study post of my clients past and present. As always, the characters have been altered to protect privacy, but the underlying issue remains the same. Rick was as twenty-something who had a lot going for him: attractive, smart and a real go-getter who was enjoying a successful business he’d started in his late teens. Rick also had a gorgeous girlfriend who had a lot of struggles. And didn’t have a job. She’d moved in with him a few months previously, and it wasn’t going so well. She had nothing to contribute to the rent, and hadn’t been able to keep any of the original financial arrangements such as contributing to groceries. She was on E.I., but even that income seemed to be all spoken for, and none of it went to Rick. They’d separated briefly, but both found that too hard, and she moved back with Rick within a week. Rick cared about her, but was also growing tired of the situation, felt she wasn’t looking hard enough for a job (he would often come home and discover she’d spent the whole day at English Bay), and he was beginning to feel used. At the same time, Rick felt he overspent on a number of luxury items for himself – lunch out every day (and he wasn’t eating at McDonald’s), a great car, and a lot of gadgets. He didn’t feel right about pushing his girlfriend too hard on the financial front.What suggestions would you offer Rick? Click the comments link below, complete the form (totally private, unless you’d like to publish your website in the field for it) and give your opinion!
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