personal finance / investing / where they intersect / I also write about music, doing life, writing and freelancing / SF, then LA /

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“I’m slammed right now” —beware of this lifestyle-crushing sentence

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Photo by Callum Skelton on Unsplash

I do my best to tie personal finance directly to life’s most meaningful juncture— where the theoretical and seemingly abstract meets the practical and pragmatic.

Personal finance is personal. Not because we assign self-worth on the basis of how much money we have, but because we aim to do the opposite. We strive for healthy relationships with money. The only way you can have a truly healthy relationship with money is if you cultivate and foster one with yourself.

Our individual finance touches nearly every aspect of how we do life. However, the inverse also holds true. …


Renting isn’t throwing money away if it keeps you cash secure

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I’m in the middle of redecorating my small studio apartment in Melrose Hill, Los Angeles, California.

I pay $1,342.72 per month to live in this 1924 building that looks — inside and out — like it could be in New York City. I almost moved. But I’m glad I didn’t. I love my apartment. And the price is right.

Paying rent keeps me sane.

It’s not that I’m excited about paying rent. I don’t look at it this way. However, I am passionate about the comprehensive personal finance plan paying rent plays a role in.

In this article, I aim to partially put to rest the rent versus own debate that, all too often, turns into an argument. …


How to write from personal experience

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Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

It took me years to focus my writing.

Now, and for the foreseeable future, I riff on personal finance, investing, and a handful of subjects — some inextricably linked, others loosely related — to my money core.

I settled on this handful of topics because I’m best equipped to write about them from personal experience.

Writers often talk about “being vulnerable” and writing from personal experience. But exactly what does it mean? And where does truth, as it collides with storytelling, fit into the mix?

In this article, I argue that you have a responsibility to the reader, but it’s not to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth all of the time. …

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