In this episode, I talk to certified financial planner, freelance writer and Blonde & Balanced blogger Tahnya Kristina about how she lost her job during the 2007 financial crisis, and then turned that into an opportunity to become debt-free and never be put in that position again.
Long episode description:
I’ve known Tahnya Kristina for several years — initially from the personal finance blogging world, then when we were roommates at FinCon 2014. The one thing that always amazes me about Tahnya is how no matter what, she always has such a positive attitude.
Case in point, when she lost her job as a certified financial planner during the financial crisis and had to dig her way out of debt and find a new source of income. It wasn’t easy going from earning a good pay cheque as a commission-only CFP, to becoming unemployed and not sure where to go.
But like so many successful people, Tahnya turned those lemons into lemonade and fought her way to a better life. She could have easily thrown her hands up and given in to this major setback, but instead she wallowed for a few days then got to work.
She started by using some of her talents in a totally new way. With her deep financial knowledge, she sought out work as a freelance financial writer, which eventually led her to a job in digital marketing. Now, several years after the economic collapse, Tahnya continues to freelance write for various websites and blogs (including Blonde & Balanced), as well as works full-time so she never has to worry about depending on just one job again.
It’s a notion I absolutely live by and advocate whenever I can. Never rely on only one source of income. If it means getting a job on the weekend, at night, or freelancing in your spare time, it will seriously make all the difference in terms of you reaching your financial goals quicker and just feeling all around more secure. I haven’t lost sleep about money for years, and I know it’s because I’ve been debt-free since 2010 and have multiple streams of income.
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