The Broke and Beautiful Life

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The Broke and Beautiful Life

Today, I am talking to Stefanie O’Connell, professional actress and personal finance blogger at The Broke and Beautiful Life. Stefanie has been blogging for a little over two years now about how you can live a great life without a great income, and she should know since she has been working as an actress and living in New York City.

After a little over a year of blogging, a publishing company reached out to Stefanie about writing a book, and now that book, The Broke and Beautiful Life is available for purchase.

Warm Cider Martini

Stefanie likes warm drinks, and I confess to never having a warm martini, but to make my guest comfortable, I found this recipe.

2 oz Warmed Apple Cider

2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Vanilla Liquor

Dash of Cinnamon

Shake Cider, Vodka and Vanilla Liquor. Pour into martini glass and top with cinnamon.

Podcast Notes

  • Stefanie discusses her journey into personal finance and her reluctance to embrace her “personal finance expert” title
  • Stefanie shares how she came up with the book concept
  • Shannon shares her favorite part of the book and why it will help others
  • Stefanie talks about the importance of pursuing something and having patience to see where the journey will lead.
  • Stefanie talked about the Citi bike program, so here’s a link to it

Random 3 Questions Answered by Stefanie

  1. What’s your favorite cheap NYC activity?
  2. If you could perform as any character on a Broadway show, who would it be and why?
  3. What do you like to splurge on?

Have you heard of Stefanie? Do you think you can pursue your passion even though you won’t make money?

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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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