And So Another Countdown Begins...

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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Wow. Look at that beast beside me on the treadmill. She is hauling ass on this ‘all out,’ I thought to myself.


Oh, that’s right, it’s my daughter, Jill, home from college this summer. I smiled.


Jill and KristenWe attended a Sunday morning Orange Theory class together. If truth be told, Jill said she was going and I asked if I could tag along. I don’t have many more opportunities to spend time with her before she heads back to school to begin her Sophomore year at Alabama in less than two weeks.


I am so proud of my daughter. She worked three jobs this summer at crazy hours and with my busy schedule too, our paths usually only crossed two or three times a week.


I cannot believe it has been a year already since we were preparing ourselves to drop her off to college for the first time. It hit me much harder than I anticipated even though everyone warned me that it would. The first five weeks were pretty brutal until we visited her again at Parents Weekend.


Although I was on pins and needles for her during Rush and through the start of her classes and roommate roadbumps, it provided me with some comfort knowing that I had sent her off with her own financial and medical powers of attorney. If I needed to transfer money into her accounts, I had the legal authority to do so. If she was in a medical emergency, Andrew and I would have the legal right to talk to the doctors and make health care decisions for her. [Knock on wood, there was no need to do so last year, thank goodness.]


We’re running a special over the next month. If you have college kids, we will prepare medical and financial powers of attorney for them before they head off to school for a flat fee of $150 for current clients or $200 for new folks. Simply call the office and Olivia will gather the necessary information, take your payment, and schedule their review/signing appointment with me if they are local. 850-439-1191. Offer expires 9/1/18.


Jill is moving into a brand spanking new apartment this year. (Do I sound jealous?) Since she will be busy with Rush (on the other side this year) on move in day, Andrew and I will be making the trek to T-town in a few weeks to move Jill’s things in, in absentia.


Although they grow up, the support never ends, does it. Well, hopefully the financial support ends at some point. Ha!


Kristen “Starting a new business called ‘Two Parents and an SUV’” Marks


P.S. Crazy Amy and I arrived in Colorado Springs EARLY this morning hoping to get a few more ZZZ’s in before we start getting our bearings of the area before the Pikes Peak 30K race we are running on Saturday morning. I will post updates on Facebook and no doubt there will be plenty of (mis)adventures to share with you soon!


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