In the midst of writing under deadline for a client I glanced at my wall calendar and noticed the next day was January 24. Why did that date seem important? The question nagged in the back of my mind for a little bit. A quick Facebook check confirmed I wasn’t missing an important birthday. Peach and I have our anniversary in September…but anniversary…then it clicked. I’d completely forgotten Broke Millennial’s birthday! Perhaps it’s like a couple that’s been together for so long they sort of forget about the anniversary dates.
Four years ago I just wanted to write funny stories and help some of my friends get their financial lives together. This blog has changed the trajectory of my career, twice. It helped me achieve a childhood dream, just not in the way I expected. It’s allowed me to travel more both personally and professionally. It’s lead me into a world where I’ve created offline, real-life friendships with women and men whom I greatly respect.
And most importantly, I’ve learned there’s just no way to get a good still shot of yourself talking.
Highlights of 2016
- I signed a book deal (and finished writing it and got to see the uncorrected proof right before we entered 2017).
- Decided to take the leap into freelance life.
- Got to be a podcast guest with Peach on The Paper Year (in case you wanted to know what he sounds like too).
- Became a Forbes contributor.
- Went on a few all-expenses paid business trips, which made me feel like a #baller.
- Had an article I wrote be inspiration in a “How Millennial Are You” BuzzFeed quiz.
Failures of 2016
- Didn’t accomplish any of the goals outlined in my last Broke Millennial “birthday” post.
- Felt really disconnected from the larger personal finance community as I found less time to read other blogs and interact with people online.
Goals for 2017
I detailed a lot of my goals in my first post of 2017, but Broke Millennial-specifics ones include:
- Launching a podcast
- Actually starting a newsletter (for reals this time)
- Redesigning the site, which is in the works now and will actually be happening!
- Building my email list, which you can help with right now by joining!
Favorite Posts from 2016
- Take the Risk and Invest in Yourself
- Balancing Unequal Incomes in Relationships
- Are You Paying a Luxury Tax for Your College Degree?
- 27 Things I Learned About Money by 27
- $15,000: The Price Tag of Attending Other People’s Weddings
Post I was Most Hesitant to Publish
Most Viewed Post from 2016
THANK YOU so much to you, you person reading this right now, for reading/subscribing/following/commenting/emailing/making this site become more than the ramblings of just another millennial.
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