Welcome to Finance Yo Self!

If you are looking for riches I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career…

I’m just kidding, mostly.

I don’t have a very particular set of skills, especially when it comes to personal finance.  I’m not a financial planner with decades of experience or a hedge fund manager, an investing guru or business expert.

I am a 28 year old fella living in the Southern US with a girlfriend, a dog, a goofy sense of humor and a lifelong love of photography, movies, reading, exploring and well-fitting pants.  More recently I’ve been obsessed with all things personal finance.  A fascination with boring subjects like budgeting, saving, investing and spending has taken up a lot of space in my head and encouraged learning about things like economics and the history of the stock market.

Most importantly, it’s led me to seek out an online community of people sharing their finances, including everything from life stories and huge mistakes to how much they have in their bank accounts down to the penny.  All for the sake of building a community where talking about money (usually a taboo subject) becomes encouraged and invited.

So while part of the mission of this blog is to simply become a part of that community and share my financial progress and experiences, there’s another, larger goal.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “treat yo self”, an example being pampering yourself with some shopping after getting a bonus check.  I believe that a better, longer lasting and more happiness producing form of that is to “finance yo self”.  Financing yourself means realizing that personal finance isn’t all that complicated, but making it something you’re good at will prove to be so much better than occasional treats you buy yourself, when you can afford them.

The ability to finance yourself becomes the power to treat yourself every single day.