Three years ago I sat down at my computer and started writing about my early experiences with money. The story started with the sentence “In the summer of 1996 a glazed Krispy Kreme donut changed my life.”
Now, I can say, “On January 24, 2013, writing about a Krispy Kreme donut changed my life.”
Launching this blog and delving into the world of personal finance completely re-routed the course of my twenties. In 2013 I was earning $37,500 a year as a pleb in the world of public relations. A job I’d taken out of necessity to earn a living more than any actual desire to compile media lists and get shut down by reporters. My life seemed to be already heading in a direction outside of my control because I needed to make rent, but felt too scared to take a risk and pursue a career I truly wanted. Frankly, I wasn’t even sure what I really wanted.
Enter my first (of several) quarter-life crisis.
Broke Millennial reintroduced me to my long-time love of writing and reaffirmed this is the path I’m meant to follow. I’m still not entirely sure the ultimate direction, but I do love continuing to learn about money, break down financial concepts for others and help fellow millennials embrace financial literacy.
Since launching Broke Millennial, I ditched the low-paying public relations job and since then have significantly more than doubled my salary between my day job and my freelance work. I’ve left the computer screen to speak in front of real-life people. And I’ve managed to find that often talked about intersection of working a job you actually enjoy and living.
2016 is already filled with lots of potential for Broke Millennial as a website and a brand that I can’t wait to share, but for now, I’ll recap the best (and worst) moments of 2015.
Highlights from 2015
- Featured on CBS Sunday Morning
- Invited to be a speaker at NYU three times and on a panel at SABEW/NEFE Personal Finance Reporting Workshop 2015
- Top mentions included: The Wall Street Journal, Refinery29 and The Boston Globe
- Posts were syndicated to: New York Magazine’s The Cut and Thought Catalog
- Doubled my freelance income goal for 2015
- Started Certified Financial Planning courses
Failures of 2015
- The least of amount of posting in Broke Millennial’s history. Instead, I ramped up on my freelancing work and thus my “free” writing got pushed to the back burner.
Goals for 2016
A few of these are going to be kept to myself in my Broke Millennial dream journal (yeah, that exists). But the ones I’m willing to share include:
- Refreshing the site
- Launching a newsletter
- Posting at least four times a month
- Consider generating revenue off Broke Millennial instead of focusing just on freelance income
Favorite Posts from 2015
- Getting Financially Naked with Your Partner
- Don’t Be a 20-Something Idiot
- The Day I Got Bullish With Money
- The Golden Egg: A Financial Easter Tale
And thank you to YOU, person reading this website. Whether you’re a friend, relative, regular reader that’s never met me or brand new, I truly appreciate you taking the time in your day to be here and participate in this community.