Note from Diane Nissen: I have been managing my personal financial life for over 35 years and professionally money coaching for the past ten years. While I do read many non-fiction books, I rarely read financial books. When Matt told me he was planning on reading one financial book a month, I thought it would be extremely helpful to have him write about his journey. I hope you enjoy the series.
Who am I
Greetings! I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Matt, and I’ll be a guest blogger for The Alexandrite Group. I am 25 years old, hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish, and am hoping to start a journey of increasing my financial literacy this year.
Don’t consider me an expert on the subject. While I’ve taken a few finance and investment classes, I hold no certifications. Think of me as someone trying to become more informed and comfortable in regards to my money decisions. Investing and personal finance are two areas I consider essential for all to understand in today’s world. I don’t think that anyone should be intimidated by the subject matter, myself included! I think I already do some things right when it comes to budgeting, saving, and investing. But it’s my hope to refine my habits and investment decisions as the year progresses.
My Personal Challenge for the Year
My goal is to read one book a month this year on financial literacy, budgeting, investing, and the like. I’ll report on what book I read that month, what I gained from it, and what types of changes I’d consider making to my financial habits based on that particular book.
Learn with me
It’s my hope to make my posts more than just a place to review books- there are plenty of other sites that do that! I’m really hoping to apply the principles learned from each book to my financial habits. While my particular habits as a 25-year-old male without a family may be significantly different from others, I’m confident that the fundamentals learned will apply to all. I have a general sense of which books I’ll look to read this year, but I’m certainly open to suggestions!
If you’re like me, without much of a financial background but eager to take control of your money habits and decisions, I hope my posts will be as informative and applicable to your situation as I anticipate it to be for me. Stay tuned for the first book of the year!