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finance with intention: meet cathy
July 26th, 2011     |    Life

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Hi, MML! I’m Cathy from Fiscally Chic! Before I jump into my introduction, I have to thank the Academy Jess. When Jess asked me to be the MML Finance Contributor, I was floored. I found this blog during a transition phase in my life and Jess’s wisdom and philosophy has totally changed the way I look at the world. To be able to share my knowledge on this platform is an honor. Thanks, Jess!

So back to my intro : )

I love cupcakes, running, nesting, and my husband John. We just bought a house in Chicago and are in the process of making it our home. But don’t let the “chic” fool you. Deep down, I’m just a dorky accountant. I’m a CPA in Illinois and Missouri. (Major accounting street cred.) Business is in my blood and my favorite board game growing up was Monopoly. Even in grade school I could be found inventorying my Halloween candy after trick or treating.

Finance, economics, and business excite me. I don’t particularly enjoy doing my taxes, but a few years back, a friend asked me to help her make a budget. I was all over it! Those sorts of things just seem like common sense to me. I guess I have my upbringing and education to thank for that.

I started Fiscally Chic to talk about “saving money with style.” It was born out of my Midwest sensibilities, the thrill of a good bargain, and helping others. I talk about living simply, living your dreams, and having some fun in the process. I also share what’s going on in my life to show examples of the “fiscally chic” lifestyle. Delaying some gratification to buy a house is definitely one of them.

You might remember a while back when Jess shared my “makeunder my finances” series. As Jess puts it, a financial makeunder “takes the stress out of it in a way and doesn’t make everything good or bad, but intentional or not intentional.” As your Finance Contributor, I’d like to share more of that philosophy. I’d like to help you examine why you spend or save money and your priorities instead of just “do this” and “don’t do that.”

Thanks again for the opportunity to chat with all of you monthly! If you have any finance or business questions or ideas for future posts, send them my way!

  • This is one of my personal favorite subjects — I’m sort of a finance nerd myself — so it’ll be great to hear from Cathy on a regular basis!

  • Looking forward to your posts Cathy! I personally would love to see some small biz financial stuff. I’m currently trying to figure out how to dedicate money to each aspect of the business from marketing to inventory to paying things off. It’s hard to know how much to set aside for what!

    Welcome and thanks!

  • Hi, ladies (and possibly gents)! Thanks for your warm welcome thus far. I’ll be sure to make it a good mix of personal finance and small business-related posts. Looking forward to our monthly chats!

  • I am naughty when it comes to my spending/finances. I’m FINALLY out of college and have a full time salary…and I’m also +$7k in credit card debt and roughly $30k in school debt. I’m frustrated because I want this to be ‘blow your money, you earned it!’ time, but instead it’s ‘well…shortly after you’re done putting half your paycheck into paying off your debt, then you can really have fun’ time. Sigh.

    TOTALLY looking forward to your posts!

  • Welcome, Cathy!! So happy to have you 🙂

  • I’ve been meaning (or intending, shall I say? :)) to follow more financially focused blogs. Can’t wait to see more posts and just added your blog to my reader!

  • so proud of you, Cathy! 🙂 xoxo {av}

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