Hey Mapped Out Money readers! We’re so glad you’re here!
We Have a Problem
Our society is drowning in debt for things we don’t need (and often times don’t truly want), money is a derisive subject that drives couples apart, budgets are viewed as a restrictive diet for our money, and we continually try and fail to get our money under control… we’re all on a yo-yo diet with money. And it leaves us feeling unfulfilled, stressed out, and worst of all… STUCK.
But Mapped Out Money is here to change all that.
Mapped Out Money Is For You If:
- You want actionable steps to get control of your money
- You want your money (and budget) to give you options, not restrictions
- You want to use money as a tool to live your adventure
- You want money to bring you and your spouse together instead of driving you apart
- You want to pursue excellence in your life and finances, instead of mediocrity
If you fit any of these descriptions, we hope that you’ll enjoy Mapped Out Money resources. And we’d love to interact with you through our weekly newsletter! It’s the fastest and easiest way to stay up to date and get the most recent content right in your inbox. And if you hit reply, you’ll always reach Nick and me and get a response as soon as humanly possible. You’ll never get spammy sales-pitches, just real content from a real couple using money as a tool for adventure.
We hope that you’ll join us on our journey, and allow us to share in yours.
We’re Here For YOU
Nick and I love working together and using our experiences to develop personal finance content. But it’s nothing without YOU! Our goal with everything we do is to help you learn finance and manage your money so you can get on with living your adventure… whatever it may be!
Getting out of debt and getting control of your money gives you options. And that’s what we want for you. We hope that you will never, ever feel stuck because of your finances. And if you do feel stuck, we want you to know that we’re here to support you through the unsticking process.
Learn From Our Successes and Hiccups
We do NOT know it all. Not even close. Our hope is to share insights from our successes and our hiccups. We want Mapped Out Money to provide useful resources with a spin of authenticity from our life. We hope it’s a breath of fresh air as you get control of your finances.
Money Is Emotional
You’ve likely already seen a lot of tried and true financial advice. It’s not that traditional advice is bad or wrong, it just overlooks a couple of major issues.
- We’re human beings, not robots.
- Being good with money has more to do with mindset than anything else.
We have emotions. And those emotions have a nasty habit of impacting our finances.
Managing your money isn’t easy. If it were, we’d all be Chamillionaires by now.
So we hope that Mapped Out Money will help you where traditional financial advice may have failed. We’ll not only talk finance and provide step-by-step guides to common questions, we’ll tackle the mindset side of money. You’ll also find resources on productivity and living your best life in general.
So how did Mapped Out Money get started in the first place?
How Mapped Out Money Came To Be
It was July 2015. Nick and I had been married about a year. I was about to start my second year of PT school, and Nick was set to begin an MBA program at the same time. We had everything planned out… We would both graduate in 2 years, and we’d be done with the formal school system FOREVER. Until one night when Nick came to me and said, “Ya know, I’ve been reading some blogs… and I don’t think that engineering and this MBA program are really for me. I want to start a blog instead!” To which I responded, “Have you lost your ever-lovin’ mind?!?!”
After the initial shock wore off, Nick explained how he felt he could combine his passion for teaching and personal finance to help people through the blog format. And I couldn’t help but jump on board. He poured his heart into writing for the blog (which was originally truetightwad.com) every evening when he got home from his full-time engineering job. AND he pursued freelance clients on top of all that! He started doing some freelance writing (which wasn’t his favorite), but it quickly transitioned into freelance social media marketing and tech-related work.
Fast-forward 2 years. I graduated from PT school, and Nick built up his freelance career enough that he felt comfortable transitioning from full-time engineering to full-time freelancing. Nick’s career transition laid the perfect groundwork for me to pursue travel PT. So we ditched our apartment lifestyle for full-time RV living and hit the road!
Sounds easy, right? Don’t be fooled. We were both sleep-deprived, stressed, and irritable with each other. But we had our “why” in mind the whole time. And God showed us lots of grace and helped us through. But just know that it wasn’t always pretty.
Why Change From True Tightwad?
As I mentioned earlier, Nick’s blog started as truetightwad.com. But after attending a conference and getting feedback from other attendees, Nick worried about the negative connotation of “tightwad.” He wanted to teach people that getting control of their money provided options, not restrictions. So after a little brainstorming and some inspiration from our upcoming transition to full-time RV life, Mapped Out Money was born!
More Career Changes
Nick’s work ethic is relentless, which allowed him to continue growing his blog and freelance career as I worked as a PT. I had been working as a travel PT for about 9 months and was becoming increasingly frustrated with the healthcare system in general. One afternoon I came home, and Nick asked me in his calm, never afraid to change kind of way, “Why are you still working as a PT? I need help. I can hire someone else. Or you can work for me!”
At first, I was stuck in the sunk cost mindset. I went to graduate school for 3 years to be a PT… Nick had worked tons of overtime so we could pay for my school without loans… it was 3 years of all-nighters, stress, and tears… lots and lots of tears… how could I just quit? But Nick ultimately convinced me that PT isn’t going anywhere. And if we ever want to, we can transition right back to PT and engineer life. So why be afraid to change and try something new?
Growing Mapped Out Money
So here we are! Working together, living in an Airstream, growing our True Zoo one pet at a time, and learning all along the way.
Nick has expanded Mapped Out Money to Youtube and Alexa. Writing isn’t his favorite, so he’s handed the blog posts off to me. And our next big goal is to start a podcast. We’re both developing new skills every day and figuring things out as we go. And we’re having a blast doing it together.
Thanks so much for being here! Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you, or if you have ideas to improve Mapped Out Money. Remember, we’re here for YOU!
-Nick & Hanna True