From our founder: Dana Miranda is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® and founder of Healthy Rich. She’s written about work and money for publications including Forbes, The New York Times, CNBC, Insider, NextAdvisor and Inc. Magazine.
Happy holiday-slash-winter hibernation to all who are celebrating or taking advantage of others’ celebrations to enjoy some quiet days this week! I’m doing both.
I’ve been blocking off the last two weeks of December for family, food, rest and “no work” time since I worked closely with a company in 2020 and found out they give their whole staff this time off with pay every year. And my Midwestern brain thought You can do that??
You can. You absolutely can take more time off than our culture wants to allow you. Block it in your 2023 calendar now, and watch how you magically figure out how to make the time and money of it work.
While I’m hibernating this week, enjoy this list of all the places that have welcomed the message of budget-free financial education throughout the past year — articles I’ve written, writers who’ve quoted me, publications that have featured the work we’re doing at Healthy Rich and podcasts that had me as a guest.
It’s been a delight bouncing these ideas off folks who live outside of my head, and the brilliant journalists and editors I’ve talked with have offered questions and insight that enrich my understanding of the diversity of our relationships with work and money.
If you host a podcast (or know someone who does) or need a personal finance expert for anything you’re working on, I’d love to talk with you! Reach out anytime to book me as a guest or source: hi (at) healthyrich (dot) co.
What’s something you want to celebrate this year? Leave a comment for the community to shout out to something you’re proud of — or something from someone else you think we need to know about.
Healthy Rich in the wild 2022
That budget culture essay… If you haven’t read it yet, please do — this essay at Culture Study is a feather in my hat for the year: Budget Culture and the Dave Ramseyfication of Money.
Power Women: I did a Q&A on navigating work and life as a woman in leadership with entrepreneur Ming Zhao for Authority Magazine’s “Power Women” series.
Became an Insider: I’ve joined the ranks of personal finance writers at Insider! Keep an eye out for me — so far I’ve written about the problem of learning “good work ethic,” personal finance apps that don’t suck (too much), wealth building for LGBTQ+ Americans and why I’m not afraid of a recession.
Enterprising journo: My friend (and Healthy Rich editor!) Jessica Lawlor hosted me for a Q&A with MuckRack for their series on journalists launching their own media venture.
That Burnt Toast interview! I was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts, Burnt Toast, to talk with journalist Virginia Sole-Smith about the similarities between diet culture (her beat) and budget culture. (Read the recap of the Burnt Toast interview from our blog writer, Carson Kohler.)
Quitting: I advised Real Simple readers to take advantage of your day job to prepare for the next step in your career for writer Nafeesah Allen’s piece on steps to take before quitting your day job.
Forbes nod: Forbes featured Healthy Rich in a list of safe resources for LGBTQ+ financial education! 🏳️🌈
Other Forbes nod: I talked with my friend Stephanie Sasseen about why you don’t need a budget in 2023 for her article at Forbes.
Freelancing while bisexual: I wrote about the quiet complexity of being a queer freelancer for I Like to Dabble. (Also check out ILTD creator Daniella’s essay on our blog.)
Being an entrepreneur: I was a guest on the Evolvepreneur Secrets Show and talked with host Brian Silverthorn about some of the particulars about how I’m growing Healthy Rich.
Teaching teachers: Next Gen Personal Finance invited me to speak to K-12 financial educators about budget culture and inclusive, budget-free financial education.
Achieving financial equality (nbd): The team at Penny Calling Penny interviewed me about building Healthy Rich and why we need financial education that intentionally speaks to marginalized communities.
Gmail hacks: On a lighter note, I got to geek out about email organization for The Female Professional, a blog founded by physician and MBA (slay) Sanjana Vig.
In this market?! I supplied the “do what you want with your money, and don’t make decisions based on a fleeting housing market” advice for this piece by Nicole Dieker for Dwell.
Broke college students. I talked about the systemic forces that keep people broke and shared money management tips for college students, plus my favorite restaurants around the University of Wisconsin, for the Fraternity Foodie podcast. (Read Carson’s recap here.)
Humanitarian entrepreneurship: I talked with Tiffany on her Humanitarian Entrepreneur podcast about diversifying financial education and pulling back the curtain on starting a business.
End-of-year tax tips: Nicole Dieker tapped me again for the budget-free take on taxes, sharing financial and mental wellness tips for tax season.
Image by Darius Krause via Pexels
Congratulations on a great year! And congrats for taking two weeks of downtime (from a fellow Midwesterner).
Wow, thanks for the resources. I celebrate calling myself a writer this year. That was not apparent to me that I could carry that title. It feels good to come home to being a writer without outside expectations.