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Last week I met some new friends, which is no easy feat when you work from home. And it’s especially difficult when you’re living in a different country. And well, let’s be real: making adult friends can be kind of hard.

I knew I had won them over when these new friends invited me over for tea and cake. And yes, going around to someone’s house for tea (or coffee) and cake is really the norm in Britain. It might be my new favorite activity.

While I was there, one of the women asked me what I did for a living and I replied with my usual semi-vague answer of, “I write about money.”

This woman seemed interested and kept asking more questions. “What do you write? Where do you write? Is this your passion?” I told her that yes, I love my job. That’s when the conversation got a little awkward.

As I sat there enjoying a slice of sponge cake, she politely let me know she thought my choice of profession was a little strange. “Money is your passion? Do you enjoy writing about it? Don’t you think that’s just a little odd?”

I didn’t have a good reply for her. I didn’t want to be rude because the cake she made was good and I was eyeing a second piece. So I just kind of smiled, shrugged and changed the subject.

But that comment has been bothering me. Why is it so weird to be interested in money? Shouldn’t we all be interested in it?

And then this morning Jordan came across a quote that reminded me why I enjoy writing about it: “There are very few things that you can easily learn to radically change your life for the better. Personal finance is one of them.”

So really, caring about your money is a form of self-care we all should engage in. That, and eating cake.


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How 12 strangers affect your money eight times a year. Earlier this week, the Fed announced interest rates are on their way up. What does that mean for your money? (and um…what does it just mean at all?) In this article I break down the why this happens, give you a refresher on compound interest, and how this impacts your money in the bank, your credit card, your student loan, and other things. Good or bad, it will impact you. Get the scoop.

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Be like Mike. When I was at P&G my manager’s favorite phrase was, “don’t reinvent the wheel.” If someone has figured out how to do something, take the shortcut and copy them. Want to be a millionaire? Here are9 lessons from 9 millionaires to help get you started on that journey.

Sittin’ on the dock of the bay. With an average home price of $1.6 million (woof) and article after article touting it as one of the least affordable places to live, I’ve often wondered if we would be crazy to move back to San Francisco someday. I came across this article full of life hacks for living in San Francisco cheaper. Surprisingly, it was full of great ideas. And while some of the tips were specific to SF living, a lot of the ideas could be applied to any city.

What is it that you say you do here? For the last 5 years I’ve had a reprieve from the boring initial first question when you meet someone, “so what do you do?” It’s generally not the first topic of conversation when striking up a conversation with someone in the UK. But now that I’m spending the next 2.5 weeks in California, I’ll be answering this question over and over (and over). This article breaks down how you can introduce yourself in an unforgettably good way. I’m taking notes.

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because life is about more than money

It’s been a tough week. And sometimes when you just need a little laugh, turning to strangers on the internet can help. I recently found the “Overheard ________” Instagram accounts and I am living for them. My favorites, naturally, are for the 3 cities I’ve lived in Overheard San Francisco, Overheard LA, and Overheard London. They are ridiculously accurate.

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