Design Your Destiny TMOnline Course

An 8-Week Guided Financial Education Experience for Divorced or Divorcing Women

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Hi, I'm Michelle Smith, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Divorce Mediator and Financial Advisor. I’ve worked with thousands of women as private clients over the years who were being overlooked or purposely left out of their financial matters and know-how, especially during divorce. To fight back, I’ve developed this course to make it affordable to hire me as your friend and champion in bringing you from wife to CFO of your financial life.

Design Your Destiny is an intimate, supportive, small-group financial coaching and education program. We meet live online weekly and I walk you through, step by step, the most important financial concepts you need to know to better understand and take control of your finances. Together we’ll organize your financial life, acquire the tools and education necessary to take control, and emerge feeling empowered, confident, and ready for an abundant, independent future.

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Cost is $1,999. Space is limited.

Cost is $1,999. Space is limited.

The Eight-Week Online Course

Face your fears, organize your finances, deepen your money skills, 
and plan for your short- and long-term goals

Weekly Live Webinars & Meetings

Weekly instructional webinars, online office hours, and private one-on-one sessions with Michelle designed to provide a clear path to transform each woman into her own CFO.

In-Depth Tools and Training

Proprietary tools and training to help you face your fears, organize your finances, deepen your money skills, and plan for your short- and long-term goals.

A Supportive Community

Connect with like-minded women and Wife2CFO mentors to help you face the emotional issues that money brings to bear, as well as form new  relationships for living your best life.

A Passionate Advocate for Women's Financial Literacy

Founder Michelle Smith brings her 16 years of financial divorce expertise as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) to a customized coaching sanctuary that's designed to transform women's mindsets and financial future. As CEO of Source Financial Advisors, Michelle has vast experience navigating clients through complex, sensitive, and critical financial topics and issues. She is a passionate advocate for women’s financial literacy and has helped thousands of women understand their financial options as they take control of their own destiny.

Michelle is a regular contributor to national and financial media and co-authored the book, "Divorce and Your Finances," for Wachovia Securities financial advisors. She's been exalted as a "fierce champion" for thousands of women for a reason: she's unapologetically direct and whip-smart.

This course is right for you if...

  • You feel like a deer in the headlights when confronted with a complex financial question or task
  • You're worried that your lack of financial optics is going to cost you or your family in the long run
  • You're recently divorced or negotiating your divorce settlement
  • Your ex-husband was in charge of the finances and you need new training and support

Meet Michelle, your new friend, ally, and tough-love money coach.

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Register Now and Receive the Following  BONUS BUNDLE:

Instant Access to a Budgeting Mini-Course

What Does Life Actually Cost You? Receive instant access to this helpful and illuminating worksheet plus an accompanying video by Michelle.

Instant Access to a Document Organizer

Complimentary Personal Document Organizer: The first step towards becoming your inner ‘Wife2CFO’ is Organization. This digital and printable online organizer will help you gather all of your financial-related accounts, locations, passwords, contact information, and more to start organizing your life and well-being. 

Design Your Destiny: The Detailed Curriculum

Live Webinar Sessions (includes recordings post-session)


Week One:  Personal On-boarding
(30 minute one-on-one session with Michelle)

Whether you wish to bust through past financial barriers, conquer lingering fears, or finally feel in financial control, this call will help you:

•Set yourself up for success
•Find your confidence
•Identify past roadblocks
•Articulate your desires and goals
•Hit the ground running with an immediate boost of clarity and confidence


Week Two:  Break from the Chaos
(60 minute live online session - includes recording post-session)

We believe that procrastination is the by-product of not knowing how or where to start. This session will help you confront head-on where you feel financially disorganized. We tackle common concerns experienced at the beginning of this journey that can cause feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious and flustered. We dive into ways of understanding what you have and help you set yourself up for organizational success with some of our proprietary tracking spreadsheets and systems. We tackle the ever-expanding universe of tech apps that aim to bring order to your finances. Setting your financial foundation on solid organizational soil is a key to feeling in control and steadied.


Week Three:  ‘AlphaBet(a)’ Soup-Why Demystifying Financial Jargon Matters 
 (60 minute live online session - includes recording post session)

Asking the right questions is a key to feeling financially capable. Knowing key financial terms and concepts ensures your financial foundation starts solid. The overuse of arcane terminology and acronyms can make the most confident woman feel marginalized and incapacitated. Demystifying jargon is a key step on the path to becoming the CFO of your life. Asking the first question is valuable (and easy). Knowing what the 2nd, 3rd and 4th questions to ask is priceless. Leave this session with a sense of pride and the courage to know that the only stupid thing about a question is the person that makes you feel stupid by asking it.

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Week Four:  The Risks in Your Life May Not Be What You Think
(60 minute live online session - includes recording post session)

Every solid financial plan has an offense and a defense. Identifying known risks is the best offense. But how do you create a defense (a risk management plan) for risks that are unknown? This session brings awareness to the unknown risks in your life. Think about financially over-supporting children, saying Yes to anyone who asks for money (you say loan...they hear gift), your children becoming part of 2 households; (Which household should handle the auto insurance? Which is the new primary residence?) What about ensuring that your investment plan maps to your individual capacity and tolerance for risk? Risk does not equal reckless when we become aware vs. being afraid. And let's become conscious of poor digital hygiene that can cause serious cyber-security risks due to your daily online and mobile behavior.


Week Five:  ‘The Starting Point Matters’ and the Sequence of Returns 
 (60 minute live online session - includes recording post session)

Trying to predict the ‘right’ time to invest is an impossible goal. There is no secret or perfect strategy that is right all the time. We find reasons in appreciating and depreciating markets to sit it out and wait for a 'better time'. That often feels 'safest', especially if we are new to being in control of our money. This session offers investment strategies and concepts that allow you to make financial moves at your own pace, with balanced approaches to mentally ease you into a long-term plan. Because we know one thing: your starting experience as an investor can dictate for years how you will approach and react. So let's exit the prediction business and enter the strategic business by learning about techniques that make sense for you and where you are on the financial journey.

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Week Six:  Behavioral Finance Potholes and How to Avoid Them 
(60 minute live online session - includes recording post session)

Personal finance is guided by how we behave. Behavior cannot be taught. It must be recognized in order to avoid the behavioral finance potholes that can derail your plan and decision-making process. There are no hard and fast rules that ensure one investor's success over another. In this session, we explore how rational people can sometimes make irrational decisions when it comes to their money. The voices heard in our head from our financial history can sabotage our ability to grow our wealth and feel in control. Let's quiet the noise and learn how to course-correct, together, in Week 6.


Week Seven:  When Your Portfolio Becomes Your Paycheck 
(60 minute live online session - includes recording post session)

When alimony and child support ends, your portfolio becomes your paycheck. The fear of running out of money is real and can be terrifying. Forging a clear path for lifelong financial security can alleviate this fear. ‘Stress-testing’ your plan annually adds another layer of comfort. In this session, we deepen your understanding of how to create a sustainable rate of withdrawal from your assets so that your money outlasts inflation, taxes, and you. A more in-depth understanding of asset allocation and determining a balanced way to invest will help you feel more self-reliant and confident in your ‘money-ability’.

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Week Eight:  It’s a Wrap
(30 minute one-on-one session with Michelle)

This 30-minute personal Wife2CFO wrap-up call will offer you the opportunity to make your going-forward game plan with Michelle. Whether it be revisiting key concepts or mapping out your next steps in order to cement the learnings of the past 8 weeks, move ahead with a healthy, confident attitude toward your money and take your place among the financially aware Wife2CFO alumnae.

Here are some common questions (FAQ'S) I get about the course:

"Do I belong here?"

If you are lacking the organization, confidence, transparency, and know-how around your finances (no matter if you're married, divorcing, or divorced), then you 100% belong. Because if you're NOT already feeling clarity around knowing how your money is spent, invested, deposited, and/or where all the key financial information lives, how can you get into the driver's seat around things that affect how you’ll live for the rest of your life?  

"Can I afford it?"

You can’t afford not to. Yes, this course is an investment of time and money. Is it worth being armed with critical money management strategies at the end of the course, and actionable items that could save you from a serious financial faux pas that could cost you so much more in the long-term? Is it worth the peace of mind that comes from knowing you finally took a serious stride toward getting out of the financial fog? The cost of this course is the equivalent to a cup of coffee a day (ok…a premium cup) for about a year, but you get YEARS in return from becoming part of the Wife2CFO tribe! My answer is YES. I have seen the transformation time and time again. Information is power. And power is the catalyst to transform. 

"What exactly is included in the course?"

The entire course curriculum is outlined here, and explains exactly what’s included in the Wife2CFO online course.

"Do I need to show up live in every class?"

Absolutely not. I know how busy life is. The weekly online course is recorded and sent out within two hours of the live webinar, and I host office hours every single week, and also offer private sessions for clients should they desire. 

"What makes the Wife2CFO Design Your Destiny course better than others?"

I’ve worked with thousands of women who say I’ve helped them transform their life by being in control of their finances. My methodology, my 30 years of experience, and my success in helping women bring about a true shift in how they view and manage their finances is reflected in this course. This course is a sanctuary; it is live,; it’s ME, and I show up each and every single day! By joining this very intimate setting, you’ll feel and be treated like my private clients.  

“What if my husband/ex is not keen on giving me financial information?"

That’s my claim to fame. I know how to work around that very thing. I’ve got you! 

I notice the company name Source Financial Advisors on the website and marketing materials, what is that?

Wife2CFO is an offering from Source Financial Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisor (RIA). It is our obligation to disclose this information to you. When you become a Wife2CFO client, it is required for you to sign a legal client agreement, in order to establish the formal and accountable relationship with you operating in full transparency.


Wife2CFO's mission is to ensure that women are no longer shackled by perilous social conditioning that assumes that family finances are a 'man's domain.’ Wife2CFO offers small-group coaching to give women the clarity and confidence needed to successfully break through existing barriers and assume a leadership position in designing her financial future. Additionally, Wife2CFO offers white-glove personal services for helping women going through a divorce and women who are recently divorced. 

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