Welcome, friend! I started The Freedom From Money as a place to talk about earning personal freedom through personal finances. I truly believe that increasing savings and decreasing spending are the keys to a happy life. My hope is that everyone will be able to create a life that is no longer dictated my financial fear or mindless consumerism. Ultimately, my goal is financial freedom.
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. 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, within one of the city’s most expensive areas: 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.
Now that I’m an official college graduate (yay!) I am working full-time in public relations/social media management. While I power away in the office for 40 hours a week, I squirrel away 50% of my income and am in the process of paying off $13,000 of student loans in 11 months.
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 partner 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.