// Story

My story in bullet points:

  • Went looking for a 2 bedroom apartment to rent in 2007
  • Got lost and ended up buying a $350,000 house on a whim 48 hours later, with no money down, or any idea of what was getting into
  • Went online searching for a budget as didn’t have one…
  • Came across the blogging world and fell in love with the transparency!
  • Started my own personal finance blog (BudgetsAreSexy.com) to have fun and be held more accountable
  • It unexpectedly took off and started making money (20,000,000+ views)
  • Became a full-time, self-employed, blogger ($1,000,000+ made since)
  • Went on to build, sell, and manage a small empire of additional finance blogs
  • Increased personal net worth from $50,000 to $800,000
  • Won 12 industry awards, including Blog of The Year and Lifetime Achievement
  • Named a Top “Social Influencer” in personal finance & wealth
  • Constantly featured in the media: Forbes, Inc Magazine, New York Times, LA Times, Kiplinger, Entrepreneur, Business Insider
  • Became a Blogging Coach
  • Became a Money Coach
  • Became a Fintech Advisor and Judge (Digit.co / FinCon Fintech Competition)
  • Have helped buy or sell over 100 financial blogs (including a dozen of my own)
  • Launched a year-long philanthropy project raising $90,000+ of cash and goods via micro-donations (all filmed a la Extreme Home Makeover)
  • Launched, and recently sold, Rockstar Finance – a curation and community platform with 5,000,000+ views and named one of Business Insider’s “go-to websites for money advice” (twice)
  • Turned down a million dollar offer to be bought out
  • Launched a popular personal finance and blogging forum
  • Launched the industry’s first searchable financial blog directory, tracking 1,400 blogs
  • Raised another $20,000 through a community-driven micro-giving project
  • Still blogging at the very first site that started it all! (Budgets Are Sexy)
  • Still incredibly thankful for that random twist of fate those 10 years ago :)

*For a list of my failures over the past 10 years, click here