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Getting Your Shit Together is Easier Than You Think
Chanel Reynolds offers over ten years of expertise to her workshops, courses, talks and events. Course tools, materials and resources have been road-tested and refined to provide simple, actionable and relevant (no strings, no BS) information you need to get the biggest items on your to-do list done! Hoping for the best is not a plan - let's get it done!

  • 80-page downloadable course workbook with master checklists, questionnaires, tools, and resources for Before or After.

  • One-on-one: Chanel provides personalized instruction in a small group to ensure individual support and conversation during your course.

  • 4 hours of live instruction: Weekly, small group lessons with step-by-step instructions and Q&A. All sessions are recorded to rewatch and/or participate at your own pace and schedule.

  • Step-by-step instruction, tips, helpful nudges and reminders, curated resources and expert advice to get you started and help get it done.

GYST Courses & Workshops

How to Plan for Life's What-if's

GYST in 4-Weeks

Meets Wednesdays at 5pm PT
Begins October 12th, 2022

Session 2: Live, group gatherings Wednesdays via zoom: Oct 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2nd. 1-hour with Q&A following. All sessions are recorded. $249 per household.

GYST in 4-Weeks

Meets Thursdays at 10am PT
Begins October 13th, 2022

Session 3: Live, group gatherings Wednesdays via zoom: Oct 13, 20, 27 and Nov 3rd for 1-hour with Q&A following. All sessions are recorded. $249 per household.

GYST Weekend Workshop

Half-day Session 10am-2pm PT
Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

4-Hour Workshop: Live, group workshop meets via zoom. Live lessons in 4 sections with Q&A. All sessions are recorded. $249 per household.
Watch Intro Video

Watch: Chanel Reynolds

On her book, 'What Matters Most' and Getting Our Shit Together

Your Essential To-Do List: Done!

Essential end of life planning basics like wills, living wills, healthcare directives, insurance policies, emergency funds and 'what if' plans done!

Chanel Reynolds is the founder of internationally-acclaimed website Get Your Shit Together and author of the Guidebook 'What Matters Most', and will guide you through the most important legal, practical and emotional plans every household must complete.

  • GET STARTED (Part 1): Create your personalized checklist, what-if exercise, prioritize your goals and set a schedule for success.

  • LEGAL 101 (Part 2): Review, draft and discuss the important decisions and legal *must-do* estate planning documents like wills, power of attorney and advance care directives..

  • MONEY & INSURANCE (Part 3): Emergency funds to insurance policies. What do you need to cover your 'what-ifs' today and over the long haul.

  • DIGITAL DETAILS & WRAP UP (Part 4): Wrangling details, accounts, documents and *stuff* and what you want to leave behind.

Featured Press and Praise

Article: The Power of Raw, Honest Stories About Money

New York Times Article by Ron Liebier

Excerpt: Ms. Reynolds, 48, became an expert through the death of her husband, José, and the gut-wrenching period of logistical and financial madness that followed. She describes it all in “What Matters Most.” Read Full Article:

Opinion: Catastrophe struck when my husband was killed. Here’s what I learned about creating a ‘what if’ plan

by Chanel Reynolds

Four years after my husband was killed in an accident. I had mostly gotten my sh-t together (completed my will and power of attorney documents, created an emergency fund, got more life insurance, specified my end-of-life wishes, recorded important account and password information, etc.) and encouraged my parents, friends (and the whole world via my website Get Your Sh*t Together) to make it easier on everyone after they die, too.

It's Time To Get Your Shit Together

Hoping for the best is not a plan.

Estate Planning 101 | 4-Week Course

Get Your Legal and Financial Planning Basics and Documents Done!

  • 1

    Week 1 Get Started: Create Your Checklist, Priorities, & Plan

    • Get Started 2-Page Master Checklist

    • Expanded Before & After 14-Page Checklist (PDF)

    • Article: Creating a 'What-if' Plan

    • RECAP & TODO ITEMS of Week 1: Getting Started

  • 2

    Week 2 - Legal 101: Estate Planning & Legal Documents

    • Legal 101 Overview & Questionnaire

    • RECAP & TODO ITEMS of Week 2: Legal 101 & Links

  • 3

    Week 3 - Time & Money: Emergency Funds, Financial Planning, and Insurance

    • Week 3: Insurance Overview, Worksheet and Questionnaire

    • RECAP & TODO ITEMS of Week 3: Money & Insurance

  • 4

    Week 4 - Wrangling the Details: Accounts, Documents and all the 'Stuff.'

    • Week 4: Digital Accounts and Details Round Up Overview & Worksheet

Watch Intro Video

Course Example: End of Life Choices

Having the conversation about Advance Care Directives (excerpt)

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Private Sessions for Individuals, Couples & Families

Super motivated, introverted, or just don't like groups? Find out how one-on-one support, prioritized to-dos, weekly tasks and check-ins, and expert guidance will help you get your household organized and better prepared.
Chanel Reynolds offers Private Sessions for Individuals and Couples. Image of Chanel, long hair with bangs in front of clear, glass doorway smiling. Picture for the NYT 2013


  • Is the course online?

    Yes, this course meets for online (only) gatherings once a week for four weeks - the sessions are all online but the group size is small to encourage supportive conversation and personalized support.

  • What if I miss one of the group meetings?

    The meetings will be recorded and available to view after the session for the duration of the course but the Q&A session with other attendees or other personal information and stories will be omitted to ensure privacy. All course materials and resources will be available to access or download for attendees for the duration of the session.

  • How much does this cost?

    The 4-week course costs $249.00 per person. The full cost of the class will be refundable up until 24 hours before (but not after) the first session begins.

  • Is the cost per person or per couple?

    Partners and Spouses (and larger family) are highly encouraged and welcome to join the 4-Week Sessions and take the course together.

  • Do you offer scholarships or discounts if I can’t afford to take the course right now?

    Yes, Scholarships are available! Lack of funds should not be a barrier to getting your shit together. Please email for more information. Note there are a few available per course and can fill up quickly.

  • How do I join, login, or participate to the weekly, 1-hour, live-meetings?

    The live meetings will use zoom to meet as a group. The live sessions are currently set up as a ‘meeting’ and not a ‘webinar’ to (as best as we can) simulate gathering together as a group. Participants will be asked to mute microphones and/or hold questions at times. Each participant can choose whether to meet with video on or off.

  • Where is the course information, materials, documents and access to live sessions? Where is the course hosted?

    This course is hosted on the Thinkific website. Thinkific is an online course platform that hosts and manages thousands (millions?) of courses online. Thinkific is widely used and regarded as a safe and stable platform to host courses with the appropriate security and privacy features, signup and login process, appropriate payment and security features payment, and technical support.