Hi! I’m Sarah.
Welcome to When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Vodka. I’ll tell you about myself in a minute, but let’s first talk about how this website is useful for you.
There is a TON of financial advice out there, and personal finance blogs are a dime a dozen. Many of them are great – if you want to learn how to save money by cutting back on stuff that you don’t want to cut back on.
I am an avid reader, listener, and research junkie, and I bring that all to the blog. I give you ideas and solutions that actually work to change your financial behaviour, backed up by proof and sometimes actual acedemic research from popular books, blogs, and scientific sources.
I dig into the deep stuff.
Some people want a quick fix and something that they can read and move past. If that is you, then you probably don’t want to spend much time on my blog. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended.
But for those of you who actually want to make small changes for a big impact in the long term, I think you’ll like what you find here.
A little bit about my story, should you be so interested:
In August 2010, when I started this site, I was in school, working toward my Bachelor of Business Administration, full-time. I also worked full-time. What that meant was plenty of long days, late nights, and group projects.
It also meant paid internships and my running on adrenaline more often than not. When Life Gives You Lemons started more as a frugality blog. I wrote a lot about how I’d save money (preventing me from slipping into debt), and was attracted to other frugality blogs. I love frugality blogs, because I’m actually pretty stingy.
Now, however, this is not a frugality blog. I tripled my income in a matter of a couple of years (just with my day job). I’m now making almost double my day job income with my side jobs, (what my peers in the personal finance niche call “side hustles”) and don’t have much use for extreme frugality. I’ll always like to get the most bang for my buck, but not at the cost of living a fulfilling, carefree, and happy life.
My hope is that people my age – generation Y – start investing, start saving, start taking their careers and young lives more seriously, and stop digging themselves into debt.
I alone, without student loans, put myself through college. If you are willing to work hard, and you don’t want to owe “the man” for the rest of your twenties, you can do it. I did.
My interests include:
- Travel (read more about that here, here, or here)
- Career development (more about my own development here, or some advice and tips here, here, here, here or here)
- Personal finance and making the most of your money (there are far too many posts on this to link to)
- Living the best life possible!
Thanks for stopping by and reading, and if you have any comments, suggestions, questions, or just want to chat, you can find me:
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