Mission Statement:

This is a blog about the personal finance journey of a twenty something professional who’s dedicated to frugality, sustainability, and stick-to-itiveness!  My goal is to make, spend, save, and invest money intelligently.  I spend about half of what I make and invest the rest so I can retire in my 30’s.  We’ll see how it goes.

So That’s me:

That's me

And here’s some stuff I love:

  • The Great outdoors
  • Exercising and running endurance races
  • Math and statistics
  • Protecting he environment
  • Reading non-fiction
  • Cooking scrumptious food
  • Math again

Here’s where I live: Chicago

My City

And here’s what I do to earn money, for now:

  • I’m an engineer who’s concerned about the environment

And here’s my back-story: 

After a year or so of making real money, I started questioning the conventional financial wisdom.  I started trusting no one’s opinion but my own after rigorous research.  By exploring other personal finance blogs, I’ve discovered that I’m not alone.  There are some other sane people who relate to money rationally.

This blog is meant to chronical my journey towards financial intelligence.  I’m not saying it will be easy, but I believe that using my cash responsibly is a worthwhile pursuit.    I will take nothing for granted, and attempt to understand the inner workings of what I do with my cash.  Once I have my financial house in order, the possibilities are limitless.

By no means am I a financial professional (For real, don’t take my advice because I’m a not an expert).  I enjoy sharing my story, so if you’d like to ask questions, comment on anything I write, or offer suggestions, please do.

  1. You have the right priorities. The “stuff I love” list is right on. I dig the math too and teach my young daughters every moment I get. If anyone ever says ‘math is hard’ (Google it) in my home, they will be permanently banned.

    Where was the picture of the giant arch taken?

    We’re from Chicago and loved living there. We’d bike up and down the lakefront trail every chance we had. Great memories.

    • Ha! that’s certainly the right attitude regarding math. You just need to work at it a little bit longer.

      That pictures is actually at Arches National Park near Moab Utah. That was a really fun trip where we did some rafting and hiking. Utah is beautiful!

      I love biking around the city. It gets a little precarious sometimes on the main roads, but the bike paths are great.

      • Ahh I thought I recognised that, I actually stayed in Moab during a random road trip across the states a few years back. Also went to Chicago, fantastic places both of them. You have such a beautiful and varied country, hope to get back over there soon.

        Really identify with your list of “stuff I love” – will be following with interest.

  2. Nice job starting so early! I spent five years around Chicago as a kid, and have been back a few times since! The trail along the lake is by far and away my fondest memory of Chicago!

  3. Nice Blog! Nice mix of financial matters combined with some hard core endurance and outdoors stuff. Is your pic from Moab? Love that place. I was training for a 4 hour marathon myself when some injury occurred. Sticking to shorter distances now.

    I look forward to reading more of your stuff.

    • Thanks for introducing yourself Jay. That picture was indeed taken in Moab. I love they area. There’s so much hiking, biking, and rafting to be done. Good luck on your shorter races!

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