Life is lived for a purpose, and money is just a means.
But how might one deploy (or acquire) resources to pursue life’s loftier purposes? That’s what I intend to share as I continue learning, sharing stories like how, with a little coaching, one friend went from homeless to independent in less than a year, with cash to spare. Stories like that inspire and encourage me.
How did I get here – my history?
I grew up a person of modest means, in a working-class family. My grandfather grew up a sharecropper, my father a tradesman, and I am the first to join the professions. An overachiever, I pursued a path many dream of: the Ivy League degrees, the sought-after corporate jobs…and then came the long hours, the stress, the lack of sunlight, and…those staggering student loans. It’s hard to sleep well with ten loans, some at 8.5% or more, totaling $150,000+ of debt — more than enough to buy some of my friends’ houses.
So I attacked the loans with gusto until, several years later, the loans were repaid — about $200,000. But along the way, a strange thing happened: I immersed myself in personal finance, shared what I learned, and watched it transform those around me as well. And I liked it. And even now, others ask me about it.
Fast forward to today: I’m married, still in a fast-paced career, still writing, still budgeting, but have realized that there’s an even better way to live. Maybe all that intensity inside could be used for my financial future. And maybe it’ll be more fulfilling to share that journey with others – this time, intentionally.
Our motto here: saving you money, saving your future.
In my career, I am a writer, a consultant, and a speaker; I have interviewed across all types of media, written for various outlets, and worked alongside some of the best professionals in my business. (Since some of you ask, that’s why my identity isn’t listed – yet. My day job sometimes involves publicity.)
But none of that is as rewarding as watching individuals’ lives change as a result of conversations and sharing about finances. So here, I am exploring those conversations related to personal finance. I love helping others with finances and hope to share our story as well.
What’s the goal?
For me, it’s to deploy resources wisely in order to pursue life’s greater purposes. But one of those purposes is to share with others along the way how to make that journey. Because it’s not as fun traveling alone.
Specifically, my first goal is to share what I’ve learned – and am learning – as a personal finance expert. My second goal is to achieve financial independence in order to pursue life’s greater purposes, which, for me, includes writing. And ideally, it will also free me up for things such as travel with my adorable wife, before we need a walker and an O2 canister, or, like my father, simply don’t survive long enough to make that dreamed-of trip.
Let’s explore the writing and finances – and make some friends along the way.
Will you join me?
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