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Music Mondays


A clock radio and a dream

I love music! When I was a little girl, we did not have much money growing up, so my “prized possession” was a clock radio that I listened to for my entertainment. Because of that clock radio, and Casey Kasem, I have a particular fondness for 80s music, but I love all kinds of music now. I love when I listen to a song, and feel like it was written just for me. Feeling connected to a song like this makes me feel less lonely or part of a community. There is nothing like having our feelings validated, especially through song. As I embarked on the journey to achieving financial fitness, I thought about many of my favorite songs through a different filter. I almost made it a game to find a financial message in every song that I played.

Music Mondays

As a financial trainer/planner, I take many approaches to help my clients understand what I am trying to communicate. We all learn differently and sometimes a song can be my best teaching tool. Most of my clients are given a playlist when they get their financial plan that is tailored specifically to what that client needs to work on financially. I thought it would be fun to bring some of this inspiration to my blog, so, every Monday, I plan to post “Music Mondays” where I’ll blog about a song that illustrates an important concept that will move us toward our goal of becoming Financially Fit.



First Blog Post EVER!


Hi and welcome to my blog, Financially Blonde.  At 35 years old, I am officially writing my first blog post.  Why have I waited so long?  Quite frankly, for the past 13 years, I have been limited by my employers about what I could write, and I never thought I had something interesting or relevant enough to blog about.  A few months ago, I left the world of corporate and retail finance to start my own company, NextGen Financial.  In the process, I discovered that I do have interesting and relevant information to write about.

I spent the first decade of my “adult” life in what I call a “financial fog.” I really had no concept of personal finance despite working in financial services. I had what I now know are very wrong views about what constitutes “smart” personal financial choices. One of my many problems was that I thought a smart financial choice would not be fun. I also don’t handle the word “no” very well.  Once I became a financial advisor and starting helping others, I realized how detrimental it was to live in a financial fog.  I now have made it my life purpose to help others avoid the fog. You’ll see that it is possible to make smart financial choices (or what I call Financially Blonde choices), while still enjoying life and not feeling like you are being deprived.

I started this blog in the hopes of inspiring others who are on their own financial journeys toward achieving financial fitness to keep up the great work and realize that you are not alone and that the path to financial fitness is a long and curvy one with lots of bumps along the way, but it can also be a fun one as well.

I hope that through this blog, you will find tips and tools that will help you live a fun, fabulous, financially fit lifestyle!