Financial Thoughts and Personal Reflections at Age 35

Brent Pittman —  03/11/2013
Lego Birthday Cake

Credit Danacea

As this week marks my 35th birthday week–yes, we have birthday weeks in our family, don’t you?

This last year of my life has been super busy with us moving several times and continuing to help others with their personal finances through writing and coaching.

I’ve also dabbled with SEO writing, entertained the thought of becoming an financial advisor [Why I Don’t Want to Become a Financial Advisor], and a bit of freelance writing.

Our net-worth shrank, but my happiness increased as I learned and pursued a career path that was much more fulfilling.

Financial Thoughts and Personal Reflections at Age 35

My thoughts on personal finance and money are mostly unchanged from last years reflections at age 34, below are a few recent thoughts.

  • I still dislike debt and I still don’t believe in “good debt”.
  • I calculate risk more heavily since coaching more couples though financial crisis. If you see enough “what if” scenarios, you’ll try to avoid them.
  • I believe more firmly that having an emergency fund is important for peace of mind and a building block for financial security.
  • You can’t make everyone happy–especially other personal finance writers.
  • After one of my beloved banks  [R.I.P. ING Direct] was sold to a company that makes me want to vomit, my trust in banks is weakened even further–could that even happen?
  • My confidence in “Buy and Hold” investing is strengthened after recent record highs on Wall Street.
  • A change in career paths is worth a temporary pause in achieving financial goals.
  • Life is too short to work a job you hate. Tweet this
  • And of course.. Money is cent everything (the original name of this blog)

Thanks for reading and joining me for year 35! Any suggestions, blog ideas, or guest post submissions email: info (at) ontargetcoach (dot) com

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Brent is a financial coach and writer looking for the perfect donut. He believes personal finance should be both fun and accessible to anyone willing to learn.
  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Brent, sounds like you had a great year – congrats! Love the list here, especially agree with you about the “no debt is good debt” philosophy. Happy birthday!

  • Happy birthday and I totally agree that life is too short to work a job you hate.

  • krantcents

    Happy Birthday! Birthday week sounds like a good idea. Working at a job you love hardly seems like I am working. Not every day is perfect though because I am dealing with kids.

  • Happy Birthday week! My wife seems to believe in this as well as I hear “don’t you know it’s my birthday this week?” a lot when her special day approaches. LOL. Life IS definitely too short to keep workin’ a job you hate. I recently reflected upon my thoughts about my own job, realized just how much I love what I do, and consciously decided to stop whining when things aren’t going exactly perfect. There will always be rough days, but my job is freakin’ cool. AND I get paid well to do it. Doesn’t get better than that. 🙂