After 107 days on the road, the Phroogal team completed an epic journey that continued on the mission to break the social taboo and empower a generation through financial knowledge. We began our road trip with an event in my hometown of Elizabeth, NJ that was attended by over 210 people and our final event in San Diego was attended by 264 people.
I’ve often stated that if we can get a dozen people to a financial education event we’re on the right track but if we can dozens of people (in this case hundreds) into a financial wellness event, we are definitely on to something great.
YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once,” and a few years ago it was uttered feverishly by millennials as a lifestyle choice and to explain our irrational belief that there isn’t a tomorrow.
As the years go by, there is one thing I’ve learned and that tomorrow is as real as today. The choices we make today create the life we live tomorrow. YOLO as a mindset is great when its applied to the understanding that today is the best day to start saving, start learning about money and start building the actual YOLO life.
If we only live once, why not make sure the decisions we make support a healthy and financially stress free lifestyle?
When I was promoting my first road trip and reaching out to local media and journalists I was told I wasn’t an authority unless I was an author. In July of last year after completing the road trip, I told myself I would self-publish a book and it will be part of my financial education toolkit. I was going to make myself an authority.
I decided to make myself accountable and posted this goal of self-publishing a book on personal finance on my Facebook wall. That post led to a friend (who has been following my journey for years and loves my writing) to note that her son worked at Wiley and would make an introduction. A few weeks later, I had a book deal in my inbox from one of the top publishers in the world.
A few years ago, when I worked for Tyco Federal Credit Union, I was approached by a small publisher who felt I had a story to share. I remember letting my executive team and Board of Directors know about the opportunity. Nothing happened with that book but it did plant the seed that would grow into a bucket list item–to be published one day.
That was back in 2011. That was the same year I was trying to figure out what the next chapter of my life would be. I enjoyed the work I was doing and loved the people I worked with and my CEO, Chris Petro was someone I respected. When I had the opportunity to continue to grow into a much larger role, I had a moment of pause. I wasn’t quite sure if that’s what I wanted to do. I did ask for more money thinking that was the answer to my dissatisfaction. I got the raise and I got a lot more.
It’s down to the final days before the launch of You Only Live Once: The Roadmap to Financial Wellness and a Purposeful Life on June 7. It’s been a whirlwind experience and I can’t express the excitement I’m feeling about having this book out into the world.
This book is a conglomeration of my personal experiences and stories of many others I’ve met along the way. It’s aimed to educate and inspire, and leave you feeling hopeful about your future.
You don’t have to wait to order your very own copy of You Only Live Once. It’s now available for pre-order with some very special bonuses for folks who order a copy (or three, five, ten and more) in advance.