Happy Monday to you! Today I have a Guest Post on Budget And the Beach called Grow Your Budget to Fit Your Life. I give some unconventional personal finance advice for times when you aren't earning sufficient income (or you don't expect to earn sufficient income) on your desired lifestyle. Shockingly, my advice isn't to hustle more and cut your expenses. Go check it out, but come on back, because I've been nominated for a Liebster Award.
The Liebster Award is an award that helps people discover new blogs. It is an ideal award to get to know bloggers like me who still haven't made their about page. For a fun fact, the word Liebster is German and means sweetie (or if you use the word Liebling it is, I think, little sweetie). My Grandma used to call us Liebster (or Wukus which is not nearly as flattering).
I was nominated for the Liebster by Ruth from Prudence Debtfree, and I'm really thankful for the nomination
Rules For the Liebster Award
#1: How did you decide on the name of your blog?
Hannah: Before I had a child, I never expected that I would want to give up my big career to stay home with kids. However, over the last two years, that has become one of my strongest desires. Unplanned refers to the state of emotions that accompanied the transition to motherhood. Finance refers to the fact that this is a personal finance blog.
#2: Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
Hannah: I believe that I'm not the only person who has had such unplanned emotions when their first child was born. I don't want to give up my career forever, but I want to shift my focus from my career to my family for the next decade or two. My goal is to become a resource for parents (mostly moms honestly) who share the desire to exit the workforce, but want to be sure that they maintain opportunities for encore careers later in life.
#3: What is it that you love most about blogging?
Hannah: I actually really love writing and commenting on other blogs within the personal finance community. I feel like this has helped me to define my goals and who I really want to help. I am also so thankful for the encouragement that I've felt from the community.
You can tell my least favorite part is everything else about blogging, because I haven't done any of it. I do plan to start being more official...someday.
#4: What is your favorite food?
Hannah: I love most foods, but lately my favorite has been Red Thai Curry with rice noodles and avocados. I also love all junk foods (well all sweets), but I try very diligently to keep these out of my house.
#5: What is your favorite thing to drink?
Hannah: A Fountain Diet Dr. Pepper will always top my list. This is not a healthy choice either, which is why my husband has taken over filling up our car with gas. Coffee is my next favorite.
#6: What is an item you cannot live without?
Hannah: My coffee maker. I feel quite certain that I would cease to be human should that break.
#7: What are eleven random facts about yourself?
Hannah: Northeast Minneapolis
#9. If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be?
Hannah: I think it would be awesome to meet the Apostle Peter.
#10. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
#11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hannah: My goal is to have established a side business and to be primarily staying at home with kids. Location-wise, I hope we're back in Minnesota, but I'm open to alternatives.
And the nominees!
I would like to nominate Kalie and Neil from Pretend To Be Poor and Luke from Financially Fitz for the Liebster Awards.
Kalie and Neil write about managing your finances with an eye towards eternity; I think Kalie does almost all the writing, or they share a remarkably similar voice; either way, I nominate both of them. I appreciate the advice that they give on intentional living, and I think it's pretty cool that we both read a book by Randy Alcorn (a not that famous author) that has influenced our view of money and financial management.
Luke and I share a love of the four B's (Behavioral Science, Budgets (zero sum), Barefoot Running, and Babies). He writes about transforming knowledge into action, and always leaves me with something to think about.
Thanks again for the nomination!
I'm a wife, a mom, an employee, and a personal finance nerd who is devoted to spreadsheeting my way through life.