A Few Thoughts About My Wife

It is often said that a major part of success is filling your life with people who encourage your positive growth and your success.

Every single success in my life over the past decade or so has been tightly interwoven with the efforts of my wife, Sarah. There is no major success that I would have been able to achieve without her.

Whenever there’s a decision to be made, Sarah always has a valuable thought or two that I would have never considered. She does an amazing job of pulling our ideas and feelings together and developing ideas and plans for our future.

She’s always taking care of the little things that need doing, often without even saying a word. Many little things will just be done, often without anyone immediately noticing. She just does them.

She constantly makes hard choices and small sacrifices for the people in her life, putting aside what she might want to be doing in any moment to take care of those around her.

She’s incredibly bright, assembling ideas and thoughts into sensible statements and arguments and plans at the blink of an eye. If I’m ever unsure about an article or an idea I’m working on, I talk it through with her. She takes that idea and makes me look at it from many new angles that I hadn’t considered, which often results in a much deeper understanding of things.

She is there when I need someone to simply enjoy an afternoon with, doing whatever enjoyable things the day might provide. She’s there in the evening, too, when we hold each other close.

She’s an incredible mother, with a perfect blend of patience and understanding and a touch of strictness to teach our children the things they need to know for a successful life. She’s there to dot away their tears in a moment of anguish, to laugh and play with them when the mood is right, and to guide them down the path that they need to go on.

Whenever I feel low or inadequate, she knows just how to raise my mood, with just the right words or the right touch or the right look.

She has a great wit, which she rarely recognizes. She has an incredible knack for finding the humor in almost any situation and then bringing it to the forefront in a way that brings a smile to many faces.

She has an incredible sense of the moment. She knows when things need done around our home and in our community, yet she also has a knack for knowing when to put those things aside and let the corners get a little dusty.

She completes me in a way that I would have never understood before she became a part of my life.

I love you, Sarah.

Trent Hamm

Founder & Columnist

Trent Hamm founded The Simple Dollar in 2006 and still writes a daily column on personal finance. He’s the author of three books published by Simon & Schuster and Financial Times Press, has contributed to Business Insider, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker, and his financial advice has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and elsewhere.