Balancing Priorities and Money

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Balancing Priorities and Money

Today I am talking to Cat Alford, solopreneur, freelance writer, blog owner and mom to 9 month old twins. When I first “met” Cat, I saw her all over the personal finance space and thought to myself that she must never sleep because she always seemed to be writing. At the time, she was pregnant with her now 9 month old twins. When the twins were only a few weeks old, she and her husband moved them from Louisiana to New Jersey and they now live only 45 minutes away from me. Over the past 7 months, we have become good friends in real life, and we got together to talk about her evolution.

The Grapefruit Martini

This is one of my favorite martinis that is based off the “Pompelmo” from Mario Batali’s restaurant, Tarry Lodge.

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Elderflower Liquor (St. Germain)

1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1 oz Prosecco or Moscato

Shake the first three ingredients over ice. Pour into martini glass and top with Prosecco or Moscato.

Podcast Notes

  • Cat discusses the various life transitions she has had over the last year between self-employment, moving to Louisiana from Grenada, having twins, to moving to NJ
  • Cat shares what she did one hour before the twins were born
  • Cat discusses the struggles she felt with feeling like a “failure” at everything
  • Cat explains why she worried she would be “just like her mom”
  • Even though I hate the book, “Lean In” came into the conversation
  • Here’s my working mom post I reference
  • Cat talks about a day in her life pre-twins and post-twins
  • Cat and her husband have a 6 chore system that is the key to their success at home and she shares what it looks like
Me and the Beans when they moved to NJ
Me and the Beans when they moved to NJ
Me and the Beans over the holidays
Me and the Beans over the holidays

Random 3 Questions Cat Answered

  1. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
  2. What’s your biggest budget weakness?
  3. If you are going to impress someone, what would you cook?

Do you have a difficult time balancing making money and managing your personal life?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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