Hello, My name is Jen and I’m a reformed spendaholic….
I’m also a(n):
- Out of the box thinker
- Freelancer (I quit the 9-5 forever)
- DIY enthusiast
- Lover of nature
- Mac & cheese connoisseur
- Curbside Diva
- Ultra marathoner (One 50-miler and 36 regular marathons so far)
- Adventure seeker
- Bargain hunter
- Funny noise maker
- World traveler (31 countries and counting)
- Rose smeller
- Day dreamer
Who is the Happy Homeowner?
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 don’t currently “own” a home, but I believe that homeownership can extend far beyond a mortgage payment. I plan to purchase another property sooner than later, but I am taking my time to figure out where that will be and what type of house I want to buy. For now, that chunk of hard-earned change is sitting pretty, earning interest and giving me some much-needed and hard-earned financial peace of mind.
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.
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 Boston based, 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.
I want to know more!
In that case, check out the following:
- How a Trip Around the World Changed My Views on Life and Money
- How I paid off over $14,000 in credit card debt in less than a year
- Confessions of a PF Blogger–My financial history, story by story
- My tips & tricks for managing multiple jobs
- How I scored a Masters degree from Harvard for less than 500 bucks
- My Life List
Visit my Contact page to send me an email, ask questions or offers suggestions!