"Matt Meline understands that life isn't about making money, but money is about making a life. He tackles a major life transition (Empty Nesting) in a way that is practical, encouraging and engaging. The financial world needs more books like this."
- Mitch AnthonyAuthor of The New RetireMentality
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An empty nest starts on solid ground. Prepare your college-age kid, heart, and wallet for your family’s next chapter.
You’ve devoted so much effort, time, and energy to raising your children and planning for their future education. They’re ready for the next stage of their life, but are you?
Your nest may begin to feel empty, but you’re not stuck navigating this new phase of freedom alone. With a helping hand from a dad who’s done it, you can prepare for your transition from full-time parent to empty nester and set your family up for a successful future.
In Empty Nest, Full Pockets: How to Emotionally and Financially Prepare for Your Family’s Future, get expert advice from financial coach Matt Meline Sr., CFP, to navigate the financial uncertainties as parents of university-bound children and the growing pains of life as empty nesters. In this helpful guide, you’ll find:
Matt Meline Sr., CFP, is the founder and CEO of PrairieFire Wealth Planning. With over 30years of experience in financial services, Matt guides clients to focus on their dreams and values, in addition to their money, as the ultimate path to an improved quality of life.
In 2019, he founded PrairieFire during his own empty nester journey. Inspired by the idea of a prairie fire sparking new growth by clearing remnants of the past, Matt’s approach helps families strip away old financial beliefs and preconceptions they’ve built up over time so they can focus on the goals that matter most with a clear, renewed sense of purpose.
After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, Matt accidentally stepped into a finance career when he started working at a bank. He became a senior manager for various banking organizations, traveling throughout the Midwest. After being forced to terminate a bank teller for a minor infraction, he realized that he was sacrificing his own values for his job. The incident inspired him to become a financial planner and build his own practice inside larger financial institutions, with values, purpose, and mindfulness at the core.
Named a 40 Under 40 Business Leader, Matt is also an award-winning graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and a member of the Financial Planning Association. He is a passionate leader within his community. He currently serves as the board chairman for the Executive Board of the Greater Des Moines YMCA and has held leadership roles within Greater Des Moines’s Ingersoll Business Association, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Chamber of Commerce, and Joppa Homeless Outreach.
A tennis and pickle ball enthusiast, as well as an avid golfer, he has taken three-putting to a professional level now that his four kids have left the nest. Matt lives in Des Moines with his wife, Lisa.