America!

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Happy Independence Day! I hope you are all able to celebrate your own independence, financial and otherwise, take charge of your dreams, and share in the immense gratitude I feel to have been born in this pretty awesome place I call home (USA! USA! USA!).

To continue paving my own road to financial independence, I’m excited to kick off a series of tutorials covering some financial basics, including investing, home buying, landlording, retirement planning, insurance, and what I like to call Life Disaster Preparedness, or LDP. (Notably, my approach to LDP does not include any scenarios that would require you to eat powdered food from a bucket for the next six months; I’m sorry if this is disappointing.) First up will be Investing 101.

Through these tutorials, I will share what has worked for me and the knowledge I have gained from reading countless books and blogs and trying their advice on for size. Some things work, some things don’t, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes! What’s worked for me might not be right for you, so I encourage you to gather as much information as you can to help figure out your own path. I am a big believer that the secret to financial management (and eventually financial independence) is identifying your own habits, values, preferences, and neuroses and coming up with a plan that fits that framework — it can take a while, but that process of getting to know yourself is also what can make it fun!

Stay tuned!