A note from Carolyn
You guys, I've been wanting for a long time to begin sharing more aspects of our family's life on Umami Girl. One area of major importance to us is personal finance and financial independence. It's Cope's most avid hobby, if you can believe that -- and that was true loooong before websites like Bigger Pockets
and Mr. Money Mustache
made it cool. (Or "cool," anyway. Shut up, okay? :) ) Money is a touchy subject, and we've been so reticent about it on this site that I've begun to feel like we're actively hiding something from you. When I wrote the post about working motherhood
earlier this year, I was surprised how many people reached out to ask follow-up questions about how to make blogging work as a business. That was great, and I tried to answer every question I could. But the truth is that while the blog may hog the spotlight around here, it's the least interesting part of our family's financial independence conversation by far. (With any luck, that won't always be the case, but that's where we are right now.) Not only that, but when you're talking to me about this stuff, you're talking to the wrong family member. So. I'm delighted to bring you a new, occasional column straight from the source, where Cope will share what's worked for us and how we've thought about the journey for the past 20 years. In Cope's words, here's where we are right now: Two caveats before we get rolling. First, we're not financial advisors of any kind (other than the fact that Cope spends a LOT of time fielding questions on this subject these days. Alas, time does not a license make.). So we'll be sharing our own story, not advising you. Second, we've been very privileged, and we know it. Ivy league degrees. White-shoe jobs. Pink faces. The works. And that's a big part of why we're here, no question. Still, Cope's diligence, insight, and voracious appetite for financial knowledge has made all the difference. That's the part we can share with you. So we thought we would. Here we go.