The poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire wrote, “To justify its existence, criticism should be partisan, passionate, and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons.” Perhaps a critic favorably reviews a painting, film or work of literature to the extent that it accomplishes what it set out to do. Any discussion, however, still resides within certain context – some theory of aesthetics and prevailing cultural currents. It’s both subjective and objective. As is your financial life plan, which is anchored in your unique goals and values but designed and built following rigorous evidence. Your financial life journey won’t tread in the steps of anyone else’s, because we all engage money differently. The measure that matters most, then, is the progress you’ve made toward the outcomes you envision. Can these perspectives help situate you?