I have a great interview for you this week – Aliyyah from Rich and Happy Blog! Aliyyah just recently quit her job to pursue blogging full time! It is a great story and some great information to learn!
Take it away Aliyyah!
Give us your 30 second elevator pitch. What is your story?
I’m a 20-something year old working her way towards financial freedom. I create content that helps other like-minded people achieve their versions financial freedom by improving their finances and lives overall.
Take us back to when it all started. When did you have your money epiphany?
I had my money epiphany after graduating college and living on my own. I had always been good with money but really wanted to learn how to manage it to the best of my abilities. I started reading a bunch of personal finances blogs to learn the in’s and out’s about money. Then, I figured: “why not start my own?”
People normally only share the good things in their lives. What is the biggest money struggle you have had to overcome (or are still working on)?
One biggest money struggle I am working on is never splurging. I am a very strict saver and am learning that sometimes you need to have a little fun with money. As I am modifying my budget, I’m working on including some “fun money” in there that I can spend on whatever I want.
What is your proudest financial moment?
My proudest financial moment is graduating college at 19 with no debt. I’m among the first generation in my family to go to college, so graduating is an accomplishment in itself. Graduating debt-free put the icing on the cake!
We don’t want to be always looking in the past. Currently, what is your main financial focus this year and how do you plan to achieve it?
I recently quit my day job to focus on blogging and freelancing writing full-time. So my main focus this year is increasing my online income and building a complete online business.
I plan to achieve this by continuing to put out valuable content on my blog, driving affiliate sales, and producing information products down the road.
Financial freedom means something a little different to everyone. What is your definition of financial freedom?
My definition of financial freedom is ability to work because you want to and not because you have to.
There is more to life than just money. In your freetime, what can you be found doing?
You can find me reading in my free time. I am a sucker for a good book – whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. I also like making up itineraries online for my dream vacations.
Time is our most precious non-renewable resource. What actions are you taking to make sure you are living the life you want to live (your remarkable life)?
The biggest thing I did was leave my day job. I knew it wasn’t the career for me and I had enough savings to justifiably do so. I’m working hard on my online endeavors now to make sure I don’t regret that decision.
Imagine that someone just starting on their financial journey reaches out to you. What books or resources would you recommend to them?
I would recommend them to read a bunch of personal finance blogs to see all the different perspectives out there. We each have our own journey to financial freedom; and no two are identical. Reading up on different people’s stories and advice will be eye-opening and inspiring. A few that I recommend are:
- Club Thrifty by Holly Johnson and Greg Johnson
- Making Sense of Cents by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
- Cashville Skyline by Kate Dore
- Life And A Budget by Latoya Scott
- The College Investor by Robert Farrington
If there was one thing you could ask the people reading this to do, what would it be?
Sign up for my free email course: Five Days To Create Your Blueprint For Financial Freedom
In five daily lessons, I share:
- How to create a financial plan
- How to organize your finances
- How to achieve short-term savings goals
- How to invest for the long-term
- How to stay on track
Each lesson includes resources I’ve personally used to help me financially. Plus when you sign up for the course, you get access to a community of like-minded people also on their journeys to financial freedom.
Where can people get in contact with you? (ex. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc)
You can find me on:
- Twitter: RichHappyBlog
- Pinterest: RichHappyBlog
- Facebook Group: Rich And Happy Community
- Facebook Page: RichHappyBlog
- Instagram: RichHappyBlog
Thanks Aliyyah! If you are interested in participating in Pursuing Freedom Interviews, let me know through my contact page!