Hey! I’m Ashley, and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a homebody by nature and a money geek by trade. This is my corner of the internet where I catalog the shortcuts that help me do ME. That means:
- Minimizing expenses with fierce frugality & DIY everything
- Building wealth without sacrificing living & loving my lifeeeeeeee
- Simplifying working motherhood to find that *balance*
I started blogging in 2017 as the sole breadwinner for my family with a husband, dog, mortgage, and new baby. Going through that experience and navigating the nonsense that is modern motherhood struck a nerve.
At first, the sensation was painful. I was emotionally and physical sick from going back to work 12 weeks postpartum (while my baby girl starved herself in my absence). On top of that I was overworked, underpaid, and happily, albeit exhaustedly, the primary caregiver of my infant daughter during my “downtime” after relieving my husband of his stay-at-home dad duties everyday.
After trading my dream job for one with less stress, I was turned on to sharing my experiences and offering tips and tricks I learned along the way. I knew I wasn’t the only mom watching my maternal instinct fight against my survival instinct, and I knew there had to be another way to stop living paycheck to paycheck and being so damn dependent on a draining job and lifestyle.
My current life goal is to have the option to run away with my family to the south of France during my daughter’s inevitable awkward stage and escape bullies or what have you. Basically, I don’t want to feel trapped by a job during the most critical years of my family’s foundation – so I’ve been building a life and dabbling in alternatives that give me the opportunity to do whatever I want to do… and I want that for you, too.
I’m all about getting more for less
My M.O. is EFFICIENCY. I like things short & sweet, and I get a HUGE kick out of inspiring others to do the same. I’ve been collecting tips and tricks for getting through the days while building for the future. Working smarter not harder. And living my best life as a wife, mom, and homebody.
But I’m also very experimental and absolutely love learning new skills that’ll get me where I want to go. Like…
- tracking (and increasing!) my family’s net worth
- trading securities and actively educating myself on the market and my financial well being
- creating passive income streams
- creating realistic money goals
- learning home improvement skills that save (and MAKE) money
- simplifying and automating anything I possibly can!
Say hello to Pretty Passive.
after going to sleep every night wondering “what do I bring to the table?” I realized that I am the Queen of shameless ambition and borderline laziness.
this blog is my excuse to inspire people to go for it because eventually is better than never and half-assed & cheap beats over the top & bank breaking.
So I share home projects I cooked up and planned with a pairing of Cabernet and educate my readers on financial topics I thought died with my degree after I had kids.
Because I want to help you make more money without burning yourself out, save more money without depriving yourself of everything you want & love, and challenge yourself to explore intimidating financial concepts that’ll get you closer to a retirement that isn’t exclusively doctor appointments and hospice care.
Additionally, I want to empower you to expand your income potential without working 30 hours a day. Because everything is easier than you think.
At the end of the day, done is better than perfect and something is better than nothing. I’m here to show you the steps you can skip to get the life you want. Because I truly believe that you can do whatever the hell you want, and I also believe that your beliefs can have some serious impact on your life.
At the end of the day, my goal here is to spread unconventional yet wildly desirable dreams and help you get there with me. What do you say?