Hi! I’m Amanda, and this is MY LIFE, I GUESS…

But don’t let the name fool you.

This blog isn’t just about me and my life. It’s about you and your life, too!

You see, I’ve made a lot of mistakes when it comes to my money and my career – but I’m striving to make the most of it.

It’s not that life’s bad – but I’m certainly not where I hoped I’d be.

I’m married and in my mid-30s but still live paycheck to paycheck.

I struggle to pay my bills and often have to decide which one I can skip until next month.

Paying back my $53,000 student loan feels impossible.

Instead of making 6-figures a year like many other personal finance bloggers, I have 6-figures in debt. Which is more than my annual household income has ever been.

Since graduating from university, my “career” hasn’t really gone anywhere.

For years I worked 60+ hours a week in a toxic work environment with abusive management – and only made $35,000/year.

I’ve been unemployed – twice – through no fault of my own.

I spent years under-employed working part-time, minimum wage jobs just to get by.

I’m a real person, with real problems. Especially when it comes to money and figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. (Let’s ignore the fact that I’m already a “grown-up”.)

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Any of this sound like you?

Then you’re in the right place!

I’m here to help you make the best of the situation you are in.

Whatever that may be.

By sharing my story and advice with you through my blog, I hope you can learn from these mistakes and avoid ever making them yourself.

That’s Why I Started This Blog

In 2012, I found myself in a pretty serious work/life UN-balance after my dream job had turned into a complete nightmare.

Everything I had worked hard for was falling apart.

I turned to Google for answers and discovered the Personal Finance (PF) blogging community. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to be a part of it.

After getting support and encouragement from this community, I decided to take my little hobby blog (that only a handful of people knew about) up a notch.

I started blogging about what I was going through.

What it was really like being unemployed. How I struggled for nearly 3 years to find a full-time job. What working a minimum wage job in my 30s did to my mental health.

And of course, sharing the advice from others that was actually helpful or that resonated with me in some way.

As it turns out, many of these stories resonated with you, as well. Yay!

Who Am I, Anyways?

As you know, my name is Amanda. I am in my mid-30s and live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and our 2 rescue cats, Mac & Charlie.

Although I try to live a life worth blogging about, I’m an average person, living off an average income.

I am not one of those bloggers that saves half their income or makes an “extra” few thousand dollars a month from their side hustles (at least not yet!).

Clearly, I am NOT a financial expert, either. Far from it!

So if you came here looking for advice on dividend investing or how long-term capital gains are taxed, I’m sorry, but you are in the wrong place. Please check out my blogroll instead.

My goal is to keep the “person” in personal finance.

So I’m going to keep sharing the struggles, the mistakes, and hopefully the successes that happen to me right here on my little piece of the internet.

After all, this is my life, I guess…

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