Why I Wouldn’t Support National Student Loan Forgiveness

This Labor Day holiday weekend, we had a group of about 30 friends over for a potluck dinner and drinks at our house. After a lil’ wine (maybe too much), the conversation SOMEHOW got around to “should the government wipe out all student loan debt” (because that’s the sort of thing our adorkable group of friends [...]

Bi-weekly Student Loan Payoff Update

This is a quick post to give a bi-weekly update on how our student loan debt payoff is progressing. When I started this blog under a month ago, my husband and I had a combined 156k in student loans. I had 111k, and he had 45k. We have no other debt besides our mortgage, which we're paying [...]

8 tips on how to ask for a raise

Last week, my boss agreed to give me an 11k raise, bringing my total compensation to 141k per year. See the full post here.  The next step in increasing our income was for my husband to get a raise of at least 10k as well. We have (what feels like) a crazy goal of paying [...]

I got a raise!  

Yesterday was a great day! I got home from my work trip to Salt Lake City, and had the anticipated conversation with my boss to ask for a raise. Salt Lake City Work Trip: My 3 day trip to Salt Lake City flew by. I absolutely loved the little bit that I got to see [...]

Why I help my siblings even though it hurts financially

My family (specifically my 6 siblings) have always been extremely important to me. We did not have the easiest childhood. I talked about my life growing up in a cult at a high level in my first blog post. Life was pretty painful for all of us. We are each other's main support system:  For the most part growing up, the [...]

Preparing for a Work Trip, Side Hustle Update, and Asking for a Raise!

Today's blog post will be short and sweet as I've already worked a 12 hour day, and I'm still not done with everything I have to do! Work Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah: I'm leaving tomorrow for a work trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, and there's a lot to prepare for the client before going. [...]

Hi, I’m Ava

Hi, I'm Ava - welcome to my blog! Full disclosure: I'm blogging under a fake name. The main reason for this is I'll be talking about very personal, sensitive topics about my life and my family. I would need to sensor much of what I post if I wasn't posting anonymously. I'm a 31 year old Consultant. I have [...]