Wells Fargo and BlogHer “What is your relationship with money” contest Grand Prize Winner – Marissa Anwar.
As a personal finance blogger, my relationship with money is well documented. Having worked all through university, and grad school and coming out with debt, is no one’s fault but my own, I blame it on the laziness, and my love of shiny things, but mostly just on sheer ignorance in paying attention to the important things from an early age.
At 28, I am on a mission to build my portfolio, finish paying off my student loans and have a nest egg for retirement. Retirement; that concept seems so foreign now, but it gets closer every day. And having seen the number of seniors working /serving us at Blogher12 this year, I am more motivated than before.
My life has taken an ironic turn over the last year or so. I have transitioned from being the crazy, impulse one who would jump on a plane without caring about the costs, to the one who saves and budgets to make sure nothing ends up on a credit card. Gone are the days for $400 jeans only to be replaced with excitement when I see an increase in my net worth. I have to say that financial independence is freeing. It, also, has given me the ability to explore, and learn about the stock market, and become somewhat of the expert in my group of friends when it comes to saving, and planning for the future.
That was a day that I never thought I would see.