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074- The Impact of Income, Privilege & Race on the Path To Financial Freedom

Does your income matter when it comes to being able to reach Financial Freedom/Financial Independence? How big of a role does privilege play in being able to reach your goal and does everyone benefit from having privilege? How do race and socioeconomics play into the wealth journey? I’m talking about these topics on today's episode and would love to hear what you think too. Also, I’ve been dreaming of, talking about and wanting to create a transformative online community space for...


073- Journeyer Profile Kari Lorz Finding Her Way to Financial Independence While Building a Financial Safety Net For Her Special Needs Daughter's Future

The journey to Financial Independence can be a tough one that is full of ebbs and flows. I believe that it is so important that we share our stories to inspire others that may be experiencing some of the same challenges that we have. That is why I started the Journeyer Profile Series where I’m talking to my listeners and the people in my community about their path to FI. In this week’s episode, I’m speaking with Kari Lorz, who is not only making strides towards establishing financial...


072- How Pursuing Financial Independence and Sustainable Living Go Hand in Hand with Catherine Agopcan

At some point or another we've all said to ourselves "I have way too much STUFF!". If you haven't yet, consider yourself ahead of the game as we discuss sustainability and financial literacy with this week's guest, personal financial educator and sustainability advocate Catherine Agopcan. After much trial and error, she arrived at the conclusion that too much stuff was bad for the wallet and the planet. She is now on a mission to show others that caring for the environment and seeking...


071- The Business of Money with Farnoosh Torabi

The road to financial literacy can be a daunting journey, especially when you're 22 years old, $30,000 in debt, and making $18 an hour while living in the most expensive city in America (NYC). This is where this week's guest Farnoosh Torabi found herself before becoming one of the leading personal finance authorities hooked on helping young professionals navigate their finances and live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to hosting a prime-time...


070- Tiny Home Living w/ Jewel Pearson & Why You Don’t Have To Give Up Luxury To Go Tiny

Simplicity and the concept of ‘less is more’ can be beneficial in much more than finance. The new tiny home movement has proved to be a great new option for a lot of families that are looking to live a simpler, more abundant life. This week’s guest, Jewel Pearson, is not only a tiny homeowner but she is also an advocate and community leader that shares her tiny living experiences and assists others in achieving their tiny living dreams. Over the course of a decade, Jewel worked toward...


069- Single Mom Takiia's Amazing Story: How She Went From $100,000 in Debt to $500,000 in Savings

Getting rid of six-figure debt is no easy feat but Takiia Anderson, the voice behind The Frugal Biddy, is proof that it can be done. After graduating from law school, Takiia had accrued more than $150,000 of debt. As the single mother of a 2-year-old little girl making only $34,000 a year, she knew that something had to change. Takiia went on to save over $500,000 and pay for her daughter’s college education at the prestigious Spelman College. She shares all of her tips, tricks, and...


068- A Modern Woman's Guide to a Wealthy Life w/ Brynne Conroy

While reaching FI and building wealth could be a challenge for anyone, there may be certain factors that create different challenges for women on their journey than men. This week’s guest, Brynne Conroy, is the creator of the twice-nominated Best Women's Finance Blog, Femme Frugality and she is a huge proponent of overcoming the obstacles that women face while trying to reach their financial goals. In her brand new book, The Feminist Financial Handbook, Brynne presents a feminist view on...


067-Listener Q&A: Paying off $100,000 student loan or investing, handling daycare expenses, preparing for a big career change and more

(This post may include some affiliate links) Trying to manage all of your expenses, eliminate debt, and invest, all while pursuing Financial Independence can be quite tricky. For this week’s episode, I am having another listener Q & A where I answer questions to help you on your Financial Freedom journey. In this episode I answer the following: At the end of the episode, I also share why I believe that you should never compare your journey to anyone else's. Other related blog posts/links...


066-Build Extraordinary Wealth & Become a Millionaire w/ Chris Hogan

(This post may include some affiliate links) This week’s episode was recorded at FinCon, the world’s largest financial content expo that brings together more than 2,000 digital content creators/influencers and brands in personal finance and investing. I was very excited to attend my 2nd FinCon and I am happy to say that I had another great experience. I got to hang out with fellow money nerds, past guests and even some Journeyers who listen to the podcast. While I was there, I had the...


065-Spark Joy and Abundance in Your Life Using the KonMari Method w/ Kristyn Ivey

Consumerism and the desire to accumulate 'things' can be one of the greatest threats to achieving Financial Independence. One of the best ways to combat this and the clutter that results is to lead a more organized lifestyle that is fueled by the things that bring you joy. This is the main principle behind the KonMari™ organization method. This week, I am speaking with Kristyn Ivey, the founder of For the Love of Tidy and Chicago’s first certified KonMari™ consultant. Kristyn is also on the...


064- Your Guide to Becoming a Minimalist & Simplifying Your Finances w/ Joshua Becker

Minimalism, the practice of simplifying your life by living with fewer possessions, is a lifestyle choice that fits perfectly within the journey to Financial Independence. The concept of "quality over quantity" and "less equals more" allows you to spend and consume in ways that are in alignment with your life and financial goals. This week’s guest is Joshua Becker, a best-selling author and the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist. Joshua has become one of the leading voices in the...


063- Journeyer Profile - Lynn Amores How a Massive Stroke Almost Derailed Her Journey To Financial Independence

The journey to Financial Independence can be a tough one that is full of ebbs and flows. I believe that it is so important that we share our stories to inspire others that may be experiencing some of the same challenges that we have. That is why I have started the Journeyer Profile Series where I'm talking to my listeners and the people in my community about their path to FI. In this week’s episode, I’m speaking with Lynn who suffered a massive stroke at age 43 that almost completely...


062- How Allison & Matt Left Their Jobs Behind To Travel the USA in a Van

Financial Freedom takes on several different forms and for today’s guests, Matt and Alli Owen, it means taking a mini-retirement and traveling the US in their red Sprinter Van, Clifford. Burnt out and struggling with depression and anxiety from living the traditional 9 to 5 lifestyle, the Owens decided to walk away from their 6-figure jobs and live life on their own terms. After saving 70% of their income over the course of 4 years, Matt and Alli were able to create the lifestyle that they...


061- I QUIT My Job: Why & How I Quit My 6-Figure Job & How This Affects My Journey To Financial Independence

When I first started Journey To Launch, it was primarily to chronicle my journey to launch to Financial Independence. I had no way of knowing then, that today, this very same outlet that helps me share my journey and connect with so many people would cause the biggest detour on my Financial Independence path. Being able to do something I love and potentially make a living from it has allowed me to reach my dream of freedom way earlier than I could have ever expected. While striving to reach...


060- How 22-Year-Old Cody Berman is Making His Way Towards Financial Independence

As parents, the financial example that we set for our children can have a profound impact on their financial future into adulthood. Cody is the personal finance blogger behind Fly to FI and he is going against the grain and making his way towards Financial Independence as a young adult. Growing up, Cody’s parents taught him to live a lifestyle of frugality and to value saving which gave him a great head start for the future. As a high school student, Cody quickly grew to understand the...


059-Exploring the Personal Finance Crisis w/ Elizabeth White Who Was 55 & Faking Normal

Ideally, retirement is the event that allows for working men and women to shift their working lifestyle to a lifestyle of relaxation and enjoyment. The truth of the matter is that so many Americans, nearly one-third of those aged 55-64, have little to no savings and are unable to support themselves during their time of unemployment. Even with the median retirement account valued at more than $100,000, this is still not enough to maintain the living expenses of a person living the average...


058- How To Live a Luxurious Life Without Sacrificing Your Financial Goals w/ Luxe Strategist

Being on the journey to Financial Independence doesn’t always mean that you have to sacrifice the finer things in life. The Luxe Strategist, a personal finance blogger, is a 30-something New Yorker that saves half of her income and still enjoys the comfort of luxury items and deluxe travel. Growing up as the child of low-income refugees, The Luxe Strategist knew struggle and hardship all too well. As an adult, she made the decision to paint her own picture of what it means to be financially...


057- Money Lessons from 4x Olympian Lauryn Williams

Finding the perfect resource for sound financial advice can be a challenge for people from all walks of life. 4-time Olympian, 3-time Olympic medalist, Lauryn Williams understands this challenge completely. As the first American woman to medal in both the summer and winter games, she possessed the skills that led her to be a top class world class athlete but she didn't always know how to manage her money and made some mistakes along the way. She sought the financial advice of loved ones and...


056- Create Your Own Rich Journey To Financial Freedom w/ Amon & Christina Browning

Talking about money can sometimes seem taboo, but not to Amon and Christina Browning. On their YouTube Channel, Our Rich Journey, they cover everything from earning to investing with the sole purpose of demystifying the concept of money to get everyone talking about it. They joined the FI community to expand their knowledge of money and how it can work for them. On Our Rich Journey, they share their money successes and mistakes with their viewers to inspire others to become creative on...


055-The 1-Year Anniversary Episode!

I am super excited because today we are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Journey To Launch Podcast! For the past year, I have been able to share my thoughts, advice and feature amazing financial experts all to help you eliminate debt, save more money and increase your net worth. Your support truly means the world. What better way to celebrate Journey To Launch’s 1-year anniversary than by discussing episode favorites with a few Journeyers? In this episode, I take a few call-ins...