My name is Caren, the blogger behind Funding Happy. Thank you so much for joining our community of like-minded people who want more out of life and less stuff in their closets.
I love finding creative ways to spend smarter, own less clutter and stay focused on living the life that I was meant to live. What I learn, I share with my readers – the good, the bad and the ugly 🙂 I like to think we’re all on this journey together, I’m just a step or two ahead and doing the trial and error part so you don’t have to.
Here’s what you’ll find on my blog and in my emails:
- mindset coaching (this is the biggest hurdle for most people)
- ideas and strategies for saving more and spending smarter
- minimalist tips, tricks, and design inspiration
- how to’s (and why to’s) around decluttering, shopping, saying no to things
- tools for understanding who you are, and what you really (no, really) want your life to look like.
Here’s what you can expect from me…
I’m here on the blog at least 2 or 3 times a week with new updates, but more importantly, I do most of my transformative work with my readers via email. That way, I pace each challenge, tip, how-to and recommendation at just the right time. Most of my readers find me when they’re dealing with overwhelm. I like to meet them where they’re at and lead them toward a path of clarity and confidence in their direction by building new skills, one step at a time and in the right order.
If you want to jump on that wagon (it’s free), sign up here.
Sound good? Good.
THE INTENTION BEHIND FUNDING HAPPY
I’m never going to talk about clipping coupons or finding deals on the web. I’m not a frugalista and I prefer to focus on optimizing time, wanting less and managing larger expenses than saving .20 cents on yogurt at Safeway (not that there is any shame in that). I hesitate to call myself a minimalist because it conjures ideas of suffering or feeling deprived. But in reality, the reverse is true. The more I edit my surroundings, the better I feel. To me, minimalism is about being surrounded by the things I absolutely need or love. Nothing more, nothing less.
Become Financially Independent
I love to talk about the power of choice that’s derived from managing money intentionally. How to make it, how to save it and how to make it grow. You need money to live a good life and be your best self. Money enables you to fund what makes you happy and gives you options + choices so you don’t have to do things you don’t want to do, or be in situations you don’t want to be in. As women, we owe this to ourselves and each other to be as powerful as we can be.
People are notoriously bad at understanding what will bring them happiness. That’s why we stay in jobs we don’t like, to buy things we don’t need to fit in with people we don’t really care about. It’s a never-ending cycle that adds to our anxiety, exhaustion and constant distraction. I don’t consider myself an unhappy person, but I believe cultivating a simpler life with less stuff and more financial stability to make empowered decisions, will continue to expand moments of joy and decrease moments of stress and anxiety.
NEW TO THE BLOG? HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE POSTS:
- What to consider before you shop for anything – Once you’ve bought it, it’s your problem.
- On the art of spending well – How to buy only what you really love.
- How to think about your money from this moment forward.
- If you’re interested in becoming minimalist, you might want to check out the quick guide to becoming a minimalist.
- But keep in mind that minimalism goes far beyond purging stuff. You also have to quit doing stuff, too.
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I’m a Silicon Valley-based DINK and a communications professional by trade. I love home workouts, great wines under $10, rescue dogs and yoga pants (although I’ve culled the heard since becoming minimalist). I can’t function without at least 8 hours of sleep and I have an insatiable curiosity about what it means to live well. Fortunately, I lucked out in finding the best husband on earth (sorry, ladies!) and the most insatiably cute rescue mutts ever.