Over the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring some of my favorite bloggers and try to shed some light on their personal lives, investing philosophies and more.
I hope everyone enjoyed the previous interviews, and if you missed them you can view them on my Blogroll page HERE
Welcome to Volume 7 of “Better Know A Blogger”!
Meet Sarah, I haven’t been following Sarah’s blog for as long as some of the others, however after reading her responses, and following her on twitter, I’ve started visiting her site a lot more frequently. As I was scrolling through her interview answers I felt like we had a very similar outlook on life..that is until it got to her favorite sports team 🙂
I’ve broken down my questions into 4 sections:
- Personal Info
- Financial Info
- Deep Thoughts
- Lightning Round
Without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to Sarah!.
Where do you live: Edmonton,AB
Tell me something awesome about your city: People like to talk bad about Edmonton, but I love it. Yes, the winters are cold and snowy, but our summers are fantastic. We also get a ton of sunshine and have the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America (take that central park!)
What do you do for a living: I do work in finance, but I keep my actual job on the DL.
Are you married: No, but I’m common-law. My boyfriend and I have been together for over twelve years
Do you have any Kids? No kids but two dogs and two cats.
Why do you blog: After I graduated from university I wasn’t in a bad spot financially, but I knew next to nothing about saving and investing. When I took a job in finance, I was bombarded with all this valuable information that was entirely new for me. I was looking for a creative project that would be different from my day job but also incorporate what I was learning…and blogging turned out to be that thing
In your opinion – what is the best thing you’ve ever published: My POST I wrote that spoke to me the most is ‘You Don’t Need To Love Math To Love Finance’. I am not a math person. It was always my worst subject in school and I know I’m not the only one. I think the impression is that math has a lot to do with finance so if you’re bad at one you’re bad at the other. That’s not the case at all!
What was your biggest financial fuck up: Lending an ex-boyfriend money? #alwaysthebreadwinner But seriously, I’ve been really lucky to have stayed out of trouble with money. I graduated university with a bit of debt but not nearly as much as many people. I may not have known a lot about finances, but I did have parents who set a good example and didn’t spend beyond their means. I knew credit card debt was bad and that taking significant risks with investments wasn’t worth it.
Not a fuck up, but my biggest regret would be not starting earlier. I worked through high school and university and lived at home, so my expenses were basically zero. If I had started setting aside small amounts of money back, then I’d be in a way better position now.
What are you most proud of & why: I am good at my job, and I take a lot of pride in that.
If you knew you only had 1 year to live – how would you spend it: I would pack up and travel to all the countries I’ve always dreamed of visiting and eat every delicacy I could stomach. I’d also want to save some time to soak up my family and friends.
What is one thing most people don’t do – but everybody SHOULD do to make the world a better place: Smile and say hi to each other on the street. Some cities are way better at this than others, but it always makes me happy when someone makes a small effort to be nice.
Favorite Movie: Drive (drama) / Little Miss Sunshine (comedy)
Favorite TV Show: Sons of Anarchy (drama) / Catastrophe (comedy)
Favorite book: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
First Job: Receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic
Have you ever been fired: No
Which website do you spend the most time on: Twitter
Favorite Cocktail: Sangria
Favorite Beer: Because it’s summer I’m going with Alley Kat’s Main Squeeze; perfect patio beer.
Favorite Sports Team: Edmonton Oilers. Mark my words, we will be the next Canadian team to hoist the Stanley Cup. Sorry Winnipeg.*
*Editors Note* It was going so well up until now…I was starting to think you were cool
Have you ever been arrested: No, I am a rule follower. I have cried my way out of a speeding ticket though.
Dogs or Cats: Dogs, hands down. I may own two cats, but dogs are better.
Sex or Beer: Both (is that breaking the rules?)
*Editors Note* Okay, you are cool again
Does your spouse/partner read your blog: Only if I make him proofread a post.
Best restaurant in your city: There’s a newish place called Bundok that does sharing plates, and it is FANTASTIC. Best gnocchi I’ve ever had in my life.
How often do you check your portfolio(be honest): Probably monthly. And that’s the truth. As I said above, investments aren’t really my thing, so I’m a-ok to let things ride.
How often do you check your website stats (be honest): More often than monthly! I don’t do the deep dive into Google analytics that often but I do look at the WordPress stats that pop-up in my dashboard every couple of days.
What do you put on your hotdog: I’m definitely team hamburger but if I have to have a hot dog then just ketchup and mustard.
If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming “Better know a blogger” piece, or have any specific questions you’d like to ask others in the community let me know!