Writing about money in an accessible, fun and interesting way is my favorite pastime, Whether it’s sharing pieces of my own story or highlighting financial accomplishments others have achieved, I love sharing money stories, creating community and helping companies connect with their target audience through writing.
Before discovering the niche of personal finance, I always considered myself to be a left-brained humanitarian, interested in changing the world through vague ideas and niceness. However, I quickly learned that the quickest way to create change was by aligning my spending with my values.
During college, I was unexpectedly forced to support myself for the final two years. Living expenses, tuition, bills—I paid for it all. To say it was stressful would be a huge understatement, but although I wouldn’t wish that level of stress upon anyone, I truly believe it changed me for the better because I was forced to make massive and meaningful lifestyle changes.
Most notably, I sold my car, bought a bike and lived on $14,000 per year in one of the nation’s most expensive cities: West Los Angeles. Despite the insane stress (and countless tears), I walked away from college with a firm understanding of the things I truly valued—family, friends, nature, travel and freedom. I want to choose where I work, how often I fly to visit my family and when I can travel or explore. Above all, I value the freedom to choose, and that freedom comes from money. Although my obsession with saving money began out of necessity, I’ve since fallen in love entirely out of choice.
I can’t wait to connect!
10 Things (You Probably Never Needed to Know) About Me:
- I am OBSESSED with Myers Briggs personality types. When I meet someone I like or find interesting, I have an overwhelming urge to ask them what personality type they are. I love understanding people, how they think and why they do things. In other words, I’m a total ENFP.
- Instead of attending one college, I went to four. Yep, four. I started out at a school in Santa Barbara, CA but ended up dropping out for a variety of reasons. Six months later, I started at a new college in San Diego, CA (This is the school I now work at!). During my time in San Diego, I studied abroad in London and attended a British university. After returning, I transferred to UCLA in Los Angeles for financial reasons and ultimately graduated from there 1.5 years later. Weirdly enough, UCLA had been my dream school since I was 14 but I was denied as a freshman applicant. I’m now a proud Bruin for life.
- Grapes are my favorite food and I could eat them all day, everyday.
- Reading old school paperback books is one of my favorite pastimes. There’s something about holding a book in my hand that makes me feel calm and happy. (Although I do love my Kindle for travel!) I’ve read TONS of books, so if you ever need a recommendation, let me know!
- My relationships with the people I love are the most important thing in the world to me. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my family, partner and best friends.
- I started jogging in the mornings when I was 13 and I’ve never stopped. There are very few things in the world that make me feel as happy and capable as running.
- I’ve always been obsessed with love and finding my “perfect match.” When I was 19, I met my real-life perfect match and we’ve been together ever since.
- Journaling is how I start every single day. After waking up, I’ll make a cup of coffee, sit down with my notebook and write for three pages. It’s my favorite form of self-care and I learned it from Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. If you haven’t read it, read it!
- I love animals and visit the local zoo at least once a week. (We have annual passes.)
- My first job was at a movie theatre when I was 16. Since then, I’ve worked 14 different jobs and can genuinely say I’ve learned something important from each one.