Rock Climbing in Acadia
Rock climbing on the cliffs in Acadia where Shutter Island was filmed!

While ownership of this blog has changed, this page will remain dedicated to the site’s original owner, Jen. In her words:

Hello, My name is Jen and I’m a reformed spendaholic….

I’m also a(n):

  • Out of the box thinker
  • Freelancer
  • DIY enthusiast
  • Lover of nature
  • Mac & cheese connoisseur
  • Curbside Diva
  • Ultra marathoner (One 50-miler and 38 regular marathons so far)
  • Adventure seeker
  • Bargain hunter
  • Funny noise maker
  • World traveler (32 countries and counting!)
  • Rose smeller
  • Day dreamer


Who is the Happy Homeowner?

Camel Ride in Abu Dhabi
Taking a camel ride in Abu Dhabi

My journey to home ownership began quite some time ago.  Rewind 10 years and you’d find a broke, naive college graduate struggling to figure out the “real” world, student loan repayment, and a mountain of consumer debt ($14,000 to be exact).

While it has always been my goal to be a fiscally responsible, home-owning citizen, I found myself off track and quite discouraged.  Who was I?  Who did I want to be?  How should I live my life?

In 2010, I bought my first property and crossed an item off my bucket list: To own my first place before the age of 30. Fast-forward three years, and I sold the property for $30K over asking thanks to my DIY rehabs (it was a foreclosure) and some luck with the Boston real estate market.

I’ve just purchased my next property, a single-family home, and I look forward to sharing my DIY adventures in this second foray into the world of homeownership!

What is this blog all about?

Born out of a desire to hold myself accountable with my finances, I began The Happy Homeowner as a way to chronicle my struggles and triumphs with money.

The North Face Endurance Challenge Ultra Marathon
A pit stop during my first 50-mile ultramarathon

What once began as a hobby has now grown into a network of support and inspiration from amazing, kick-ass bloggers and (I hope) a wealth of inspiration for those who may be struggling with their own financial issues.

Although I’m based in the United States, I write for a global audience.

While my blog had its original roots in all things personal finance, I decided to branch out in an effort to inspire others in a broader way. Now, you’ll find more information about my passions, interests, and random musings including DIY projects (that won’t bust your wallet or leave you in tears–ain’t nobody a fan of Pinterest Fails), fitness, and various creative pursuits.

Above all, my mission is to inspire other to live a happy, healthy, balanced lifestyle that’s also financially sound.

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