Hi, my name’s Kait – welcome to Keeping Change, second iteration! Yes, there was a first iteration of Keeping Change. Unfortunately Keeping Change 1.0 was hacked and all of the posts disappeared.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is Keeping Change 2.0 is the more grown up, focused, and hopefully enjoyable version of this blog. New year, new beginning, eh?
So why create Keeping Change 2.0 after about a year of complete blog silence? Allow me to explain:
In June of 2013 I left my very well paying job in the financial services industry to pursue a career in the home decor (now fashion) industry. While I was excited to work in an industry that I was more passionate about, it definitely came at a price (to the tune of a 50% pay cut… yep, call me crazy).
In September of 2014 I moved in with my long-term boyfriend, a second-year MBA student racking up a decently soul crushing amount student loan debt.
Needless to say, carefully managing our personal finances is a necessary part of our day-to-day.
While we have both become better skilled in the art of spending smarter, I certainly have room to learn and grow when it comes to more complicated concepts like investing, retirement planning, and ways to make my money make more money. With that said, my biggest takeaway from my drastic career industry change is that I’m not alone.
Going from working with mostly men in the financial services industry to working with nearly all women in the retail space opened my eyes to the fact that there are a lot of very smart women who are extremely capable of learning and understanding these concepts that just haven’t been given the proper tools to do so.
While I agree that there seems to be an impossible amount of money information for us to absorb, my thoughts are: if men can do it, women can probably do it better.
So we shall.
Keeping Change is a place where I plan to share my adventures in personal finance, from ways to save (cheap dates, mini-vacays, food, organization, credit cards), ways to earn (“side hustles”, investing, career growth and advancement), and smart ways to spend (quality over quantity).
Let me quickly take a moment to make it perfectly clear that I am not a personal finance expert. I confidently consider myself a normal female making an average income with a common desire to achieve and maintain financial intelligence and independence. I encourage all of you smart ladies out there to join me!
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Thanks for reading, now let’s learn some things.