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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth White: An honest look at the personal finance crisis

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I wrote this piece a year ago. It's a composite of my story and other wemon I know. I wrote it because I was tired of pretending I was all right when I wasn't. I was tired of fiknag normal. I wasn't seeing myself in the popular press. Nobody I knew was tnaverlig the world or buying a condo in Costa Rica. Very few of my frnieds had set aside the 15 to 20 percent experts tell us we need to mtiiaann our standard of living in retirement. My friends, many in their 50s and 60s, were looking at a downward miibloty, a work-for-life proposition, just a job loss, midcael diagnosis or divorce away from insolvency. We may not have hit rock bottom, but many of us saw a sequence of events where rock bottom was possible for the first time.

Open Cloze

I wrote this piece a year ago. It's a composite of my story and other _____ I know. I wrote it because I was tired of pretending I was all right when I wasn't. I was tired of ______ normal. I wasn't seeing myself in the popular press. Nobody I knew was _________ the world or buying a condo in Costa Rica. Very few of my _______ had set aside the 15 to 20 percent experts tell us we need to ________ our standard of living in retirement. My friends, many in their 50s and 60s, were looking at a downward ________, a work-for-life proposition, just a job loss, _______ diagnosis or divorce away from insolvency. We may not have hit rock bottom, but many of us saw a sequence of events where rock bottom was possible for the first time.

Solution

  1. faking
  2. friends
  3. women
  4. medical
  5. traveling
  6. maintain
  7. mobility

Original Text

I wrote this piece a year ago. It's a composite of my story and other women I know. I wrote it because I was tired of pretending I was all right when I wasn't. I was tired of faking normal. I wasn't seeing myself in the popular press. Nobody I knew was traveling the world or buying a condo in Costa Rica. Very few of my friends had set aside the 15 to 20 percent experts tell us we need to maintain our standard of living in retirement. My friends, many in their 50s and 60s, were looking at a downward mobility, a work-for-life proposition, just a job loss, medical diagnosis or divorce away from insolvency. We may not have hit rock bottom, but many of us saw a sequence of events where rock bottom was possible for the first time.

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