This week’s Money Master is Michelle from The Shop My Closet Project. Michelle is a fellow-Coloradan who also enjoys all that our great state offers. She’s also loves to travel and exercise fiscal responsibility. Michelle is currently traveling in Australia, which was one of our greatest vacations ever. It’s almost as if we’re brothers-sister from another mother-mister.
Michelle loves clothes and learned how to stay stylish while not overspending. In fact, she went a year without shopping. That’s impressive. Impressive accomplishments like that make it possible to travel down under for two months.
Learn more about Michelle.
1. What’s your story?
When I was a little girl I wrote a story about the biggest snail in the world and her two babies. This snail also had two tunnels in her: one for gold and the other for silver. Let’s just say that money, or wealth has always been on my mind since I was a kid. Then, in college I was going to get an economics degree until I was teased about it (only old white guys study economics) and I changed my mind.
Now I find myself writing weekly about money because I found myself in debt, depressed, and without a sense of focus or purpose several years ago. I absolutely love blogging about personal finance and exploring the psychology behind why people do the things that they do with their money.
2. What’s your point of view, as a personal finance blogger?
I am very forgiving of people’s choices with their money because it’s their money. I am not one of those bloggers who reads about other people’s choices and gets irate with them. I just feel that everyone has their own demons and each of us needs to explore how money affects our lives. I am not in the position to judge other people about their relationship with their money.
If your issue is dealing with extreme abundance, or extreme lack, or your want to figure out what your sweet spot is, then I support you on your journey. I will say that at this point in my life I am very focused on the concept of gratitude, using what I currently have, and growing wealth: but, not showing my wealth. I just want to know that I have the money to do what I want. No one else needs to know what I’ve got.
3. In one sentence, what’s one piece of sage advice from your personal finance background that you’d like to share with our readers?
Own your process: how you manage your money is up to you and you have to 100% own what you’re doing and the consequences that come with your choices.
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