Growing up in Beverly Hills,
my friends' moms were divorced like my mom.
And like my mom, they were always trying to get more money from their ex-husbands.
My mom’s advice to me was just to marry rich!
Shockingly, I learned a surprising, subtle lesson.
To never rely on a man financially.
I carried this gift with me throughout my 20s & 30s.
So, when it came to college,
the last thing I ever wanted was to find someone to marry.
When I moved to LA to work at Disney, I had no interest in dating.
B-school is where I would find my husband.
But instead, I couldn’t see myself with anyone from Harvard.
There were a lot of great guys there, too.
- Maybe this was my competitiveness holding me back or
- Maybe it was my strong sense of income diversification developing.
- Maybe subconsciously, I knew if I settled down too early,
I would never fulfill my potential.
One of the Top Five Regrets of the Dying, a Book by Bronnie Ware
“I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
After the DotCom bubble burst, I pivoted.
I left San Francisco, my dream city, to move to NYC for a job.
I will never forget me telling my dad,
"I bet I’m going to find my future husband in NYC."
Once I landed in NYC, I hadn’t figured out my career entirely.
But I did find my future husband,
He is a lawyer.
His name is Rich.
I married Rich.
As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
It takes a lot of time, hard work to build and create the life you want.
To live a life with no regrets.
I can only see the full picture in hindsight, but my husband and I share a strong partnership. This has allowed me the freedom and space to pursue meaningful work.
This is the magic between finance and meaning. This blog was inspired when I read Tom Morgan's excellent writing about his experience with finance and its meaning.
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