The end of October marks the first full year of GenerationYRA.com! For those of you who have been reading since the very beginning, thanks for sticking this out with me! For all of those new, current, and avid readers – I seriously am so grateful for you. Thanks to you all! I can’t wait to give you a run down of this year in review.
You know, crazy things really do start to happen when you break outside of your comfort zones. Serendipity starts to become a reoccurring theme throughout daily life. Gone are the days of feeling like everything is dull & monotonous.
If you’re feeling a void in some area of your life, you have the power to fill it. You have the ability to feel whole again. You can make things happen. Whether it’s cooking, running, coding, building, laughing, working, crocheting…do whatever it takes, but please don’t hide your passions & gifts from the world. Everyone needs what you can contribute whether you realize it, or not. Start when you can, continue in whichever way possible, and feel empowered by it.
Starting a blog wasn’t quite something I anticipated would happen after graduating from college, but it did…and I am beyond thankful. I have to first give a shout out to my friend Charlie for sitting in Starbucks with me showing the basics of WordPress and how to start a blog when I was totally clueless (he is now making a huge splash with his company Cricket Flours – check it out)! By starting Generation YRA, not only have I been able to ignite a passion for building a strong financial foundation – in some way I get to reach out to each & every one of you who comes to read. The practice of discipline & structure outside of work (writing, meeting my own deadlines, etc.), suddenly started opening doors to an immense amount of opportunities.
When you take on new things, your eyes suddenly aren’t tired to what’s around you in life anymore.
You become more alert and strong. You begin to have an insatiable appetite for everything you can accomplish, the people you can help, the collaborations you can participate in, the relationships you can strengthen, the effort and output you put out into the world.
Below is just a summation of some of the opportunities & accomplishments that have come about since starting this blog. I’ve broken them down into 2 categories: the first Personal Finance, which is the main theme & focus of this blog. The second is Life, because by starting this little blog, it somehow has positively extended to other areas of my life (thank you, Charles Duhigg for explaining this so well in The Power of Habit).
Now this list isn’t meant to be a way to place me on a soapbox. It’s a way to encourage, inspire, and share all the things that each one of you have helped me experience. I just hope that in some way I have been able to return the favor! Please feel free to reach out & connect with me, I am always looking forward to those emails in my inbox, tweet notifications, text messages, voicemails, and more.
So here it goes, GenerationYRA: a year in review –
- Participated in #TheRoad to Financial Wellness & met the Plutus Award winning man himself Jason Vitug
- Took a RealMoney class & shared tea with the CEO & Founder of RealMoneyLife.com – Alan Steinborn
- Interviewed 13 time Emmy award winner & money saving expert Elisabeth Leamy about online shopping hacks & holiday savings
- Recorded a 3 part podcast series on personal finance with Kate Gremillion for Mavenly + Co.
- Became the Recordkeeper for the 401(k) Committee at work
- Visited for the first time with an investment advisor
- Entered my first ever video contest through GOBankingRate’s Money Minute challenge
- Spoke with & interviewed Douglas A. Boneparth, CFP on the importance of financial advisors working with Millennial clients
- Started investing more & actually understanding it (!!!)
- Speaking of investing, was introduced to robo-advisors and built portfolios through Betterment and purchased stocks through Robinhood
- Collaborated & guest contributed to websites such as Iontuition.com, MillennialMoneyMan.com, Learnlux.com, GenYFinanceGuy.com, and more
- Met, learned from, reached out to & spoke with an insane amount of people in the PF blogging community which continue to astound me each & every day
- Got engaged to my wonderful fiance who continues to support me endlessly with all of my crazy endeavors, adventures, this blog & let’s face it…goofiness
- Ran my second half marathon and beat my PR by 22 minutes
- Started volunteering at the local Boys & Girls club to teach dance
- Began the process of purchasing a home (which turned into continuing to rent, but will be buying in the near future!)
- Made more time to visit, spend time with & support my family and friends
- Volunteered with an organization that teaches entrepreneurship, business, STEM skills & financial concepts in the classroom
- Recognized as a Motivated Millennial and Millennial on a Mission
- Joined up with other game-changers that will be putting on the first ever Young Professional Summit in the city of Eugene
I can’t even begin to explain how much joy I feel from all of you, your support, your feedback & engagement. Personal finance is a journey, and when you build that strong foundation you are able to excel in many other areas in life. By opening up to conversations of money we can share our positive habits, support one another in each others financial goals, and feel comfortable with using money as a tool that can allow us to truly focus on what we value in life. Thank you for being a part of my journey at Generation YRA, I am so glad you’re here!
With January and the new year coming soon, how has your 2015 been? I would love to hear all about it & chat in the comments below!
p.s. if you want to check out my first post ever – it’s right here. 😉