I Finally Calculated My Retirement Number and the Result Shocked Me

Photo by Erick Palacio via Unsplash.com I've been focused on being in control of my finances month-to-month, but I've put off thinking about a longer-term goal: my (early) retirement. Don't get me wrong, I know exactly how much I want to be investing each month once I get my emergency fund fully built, and I even [...]

Waiting Through the Chaos: Having Patience When You Have No Control | LIFE UPDATE

Photo by Hédi Benyounes via Unsplash.com In my head, my life has been completely nuts lately. In reality, things are actually pretty calm and slow. The reason I feel like life is crazy is because there are so many changes on the horizon, and I'm constantly ruminating on how to tackle them, logistically, mentally, and financially. [...]

January Net Worth & Debt Update

Photo by Nicole Ditt via Unsplash.com With another month passed, I'm officially only 2 months (or 5 payments) away from becoming #debtfree. This process has been both humbling and inspiring. Sticking to a tight budget has shown me what I'm capable of doing with money and what is really worth spending on. It has also [...]

The Obvious & the Underrated | Resources for Personal Finance & Minimalism: A Comprehensive List

Photo by rawpixel via Unsplash.com PERSONAL FINANCE The Obvious: Dave Ramsey - Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps are the perfect starting place for beginners who are ready to change their lives financially. His podcast/show is a wealth of information. His delivery can be harsh, but I find that helps the information truly sink in.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh6qxpP8nxE   The [...]

Building Wealth as a Teacher

Building Wealth as a Teacher

Teacher's don't get paid enough, but that isn't what I'm going to talk about in this post. I have had multiple students tell me that they want to become teachers, but they don't want to be poor. I've had colleagues throw their hands up and stress-laugh about accepting their "fate" to live paycheck to paycheck-- [...]

3 Ways Being a Minimalist Has Made Me Better with Money

Photo by Autumn Goodman via Unsplash.com  Minimalism and personal finance are far more connected than people might assume. Of course, minimalists generally buy fewer things. But how can the tenets of minimalism apply directly to personal finance? You might be surprised to hear that my first introduction to perspectives on debt freedom and investment was [...]

The #1 Game-Changer for Financial Health (No, Not Just Making a Budget)

Photo via Thought Catalog on Unsplash.com If I had to choose a phrase to describe my financial education growing up, it would be: effectively nonexistent. If I had to choose a phrase to describe my self-education in personal finance when I was about to graduate college, it would be: contradictory advice amid my desperation. Fortunately, [...]