I’m a lady in a big, expensive city who made a bunch money mistakes, stopped making them, lives better for it now, and wants to talk about it.

I’ve been told I’m an insufferable convert to the FI/RE movement (which is not true because I’m totally sufferable) and I’m hoping talking about money in a different way can make you one, too.

When I started looking for money advice on the internet I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t the first person ever to think that people who weren’t rich needed financial advice, too. On the other hand, there were some differences between my understanding of how money works that of a lot of others in the Personal Finance web. Namely, I don’t think money talk has to involve shame about taking out student loans, not having understood compound interest since the age of 3, or winding up in (or g-dforbid CHOOSING!) a lower paying career. I also don’t think we should divorce personal finance from the forces of capital and politics and inequality in a way that just feels disingenuous.

I started this blog to fill a gap, because I don’t think not talking about certain aspects of money and finances brings people into the fold and I also don’t think it’s intellectually honest.

My personal goal is to become financially independent and retire from doing work I don’t think is valuable to the world as soon as possible, through a combination of saving my ass off, using some basic finance tools, and reducing my need for money and other resources as much as I can. I also plan to travel as much as I can for free along the way.

If you can relate to any of this, I hope you keep reading and get in touch. I’m not sure where this will take me, but I can promise I’ll share good stories and swear a lot on the way there.