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Jamila Souffrant is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), blogger, podcast host and money coach. She is the founder of www.journeytolaunch.com. As a money expert who “walks her talk” she helps brave Journeyers; gain clarity around their finances and create an actionable plan to reach their goals. Her mission is to teach, inspire and help others reach Financial Freedom.

The Journey To Launch podcast explores all aspects of reaching Financial Freedom; from increasing income, becoming tax efficient, paying off debt, investing, saving & learning how to retire early and wealthy.
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I am excited to bring with you a real and honest conversation about money featuring my fellow amazing podcast sisters, Rana Campbell (host of the Dreams & Drive podcast), Dr. Joy Harden Bradford (host of the Therapy for Black Girls podcast), Nicaila Matthews Okome (host of the Side Hustle Pro podcast) and Art Steele (host of the Inksecure podcast). We chat about all things money; how our childhood with money shaped how we handle money today, our money hang-ups, money goals and so much more.  In this episode you’ll learn: How my guest say their upbringing with money impacts them today The importance of of a financial plan  Tips to handle your money as an entrepreneur How to follow your “dreams” and be financially responsible If you should follow your passion or the money plus so much more  Check out today’s sponsor of the podcast Empower. Save more with Empower plus get $5 when you use the code JOURNEY at sign up. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Check out Empower’s article on How to get financial relief from the coronavirus outbreak here Get the Free Journeyer Jump Start Guide here Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here. Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Rana: Rana Campbell helps individuals shine in their professional and personal lives so they can live a more purposeful life. She is also the founder of Dreams In Drive, a podcast geared towards creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs who want to learn how to take their dreams out of “park” and into “drive.” Each week, she talks with successful creative and lifestyle entrepreneurs who share their personal stories and the keys to success.  Website Instagram: @DreamsinDrive Twitter: @DreamsinDrive Facebook: @DreamsinDrive Yotube Connect with Dr. Joy: Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist, speaker, and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. Her work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and she delights in using pop culture to illustrate psychological concepts. She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Bustle, MTV, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, and Essence.  Website Instagram: @TherapyforBlackGirls Twitter: @Therapy4bgirls Facebook: @TherapyforBlackGirls Connect with Nicaila: Nicaila Matthews Okome is the creator and host of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast. She started Side Hustle Pro as a side hustle and now it’s her full time gig. Through the powerful stories shared on this show and the courage to launch her own initiatives, she was able to quit her own job in December 2017.  Now she works with emerging podcasters in my Podcast Moguls accelerator to create and launch their own podcasts, grow their influence through targeted social media marketing, and build a profitable business. Dive into Nicaila’s podcast on her website or follow her on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Website Instagram: @SideHustlePro Twitter: @SideHustlePro Facebook: @SideHustlePro Connect with Art: Art Steele is a business and intellectual property lawyer for creatives and entrepreneurs.  She helps you use the law to grow your business. Art has been practicing law for over 8 years, and spent the first five years of her legal career as a tax lawyer helping multi-millionaire companies restructure their business, protect their digital content, and develop complex tax strategies. Art has a dynamic podcast called Inksecure Podcast, a legal podcast focused on creating wealth from the fine print.  Website Instagram: @ArtSteele_esq Twitter: @ArtSteele_esq Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Join The Money Launch Club  Jumpstart Guide
It’s more important now than ever to think about ways to increase and diversify your income.  In this week’s episode, my guest, Sandy Smith shares how to start your own side hustles, and leverage your skills to earn more. You’ll also hear her amazing story of going from $130,000 in debt to owning $1.1M in real estate.   In this episode you’ll learn: How to add up your debt and tackle it strategically Steps you can take to increase your income when you aren’t making enough Ways to build your business at work and find your next side hustle  The real buying power of People of Color and what you can do with it Techniques to leverage real estate, and so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: You can sign up for the Elevate Influencer Conference here If you liked this episode you might also enjoy, The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America with Shawn Rochester. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Sandy: Website Instagram: @IamSandySmith2 Twitter: @IamSandySmith2 Facebook: @IamSandySmith2 Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Join The Money Launch Club  Jumpstart Guide
I want you to live your best life when it comes to money. So, in this week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode I am answering your questions about rebuilding your credit, investing, how to get started on your financial independence journey, having money conversations with your partner, and so much more. Get ready to take notes because this is an episode packed with money gems.  In fact, you might need to listen to this episode more than once.  In this episode you will learn: Tips on rebuilding your credit Things you should know about your employer’s retirement plan The differences between a Roth Individual Retirement Account and a Brokerage Account The steps and stages to achieving financial independence and retiring early  Tips to talk to your partner about finances The difference between FinCon and the Financial Freedom Summit, and more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Check out these awesome episodes I mentioned in the podcast:  Episode 37: Credit 101: Understanding Credit & Using Credit To Build Wealth with Shante Harris Episode 43: Being Rich & Regular, A Couple’s Journey To Reaching Financial Independence Episode 53: The What, Why & How of The Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) Movement Episode 112: The Five Journeyer Stages and How to Unlock Freedom Along the Way to Financial Independence Episode 139: Love & Money: How They Got On The Same Page To Pay Off $32,000 of Debt w/ LeDo & Shameka McDowell Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Join The Money Launch Club  Jumpstart Guide
In this bonus episode, I discuss the biggest concern in the world at the moment, the Coronavirus. You may be worried about your money, job, health and family and I am sharing my thoughts on how to get through these times.  In this episode I discuss: How to protect yourself as much as you can. What to do if you deal with anxiety and depression. How this impacts your investments and what to do about it. What to do if your work and income are being affected. Why it is very important to focus on emergency funds. Cancellations of travel and events. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Join The Money Launch Club 
This week’s Journey to Launch Podcast is going to blow you away. Wealth Strategist, Dr. Pamela Jolly is on the show and we have a dynamic conversation about wealth building strategies, economically empowering people of color, generational wealth, and more. Everyone aspiring to build wealth, must listen to this episode. Dr. Jolly’s advice will inspire you to take action and reclaim your wealth today! Dr. Pamela Jolly has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector. As a Wealth Strategist, Dr. Jolly is committed to guiding men, women, business owners, pastors and young professionals to achieving legacy wealth. She is also the CEO and Founder of Torch Enterprises, a firm committed to developing minority enterprises. Over the past twelve years, Torch has been instrumental in raising both capital and awareness for minority enterprises across the country.   In this episode you will learn: How to define wealth for yourself What is the wealth reset and why it matters The difference between venture capital and private equity  All about the NarrowRoad™ and how Dr. Jolly uses it helps people How long it takes to build a legacy and how quickly you can lose it Ways to connect with your elders, and more Special thanks to our podcast sponsor, Empower. Get $5 into your account when you download the Empower app and reach your savings goal. Enter code JOURNEY at signup here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Dr. Jolly recommended a few good reads in her interview. Check these out for yourself: To Unite a Divided Nation, We Must Tackle Both Vertical and Horizontal Inequality by Alice M. Rivlin, Allan Rivlin, and Sheri Rivlin Dangerous Dreamers: The Financial Innovators from Charles Merrill to Michael Milken by Robert Sobel. This book chronicles the tales of four financial innovators who all pioneered some financial wrinkle.  Atomic Habits by James Clear. Clear’s best selling book gives you real techniques to build good habits and break bad ones. He was also on the podcast in Episode 81 – Atomic Habits: How Tiny Changes Spark Remarkable Results. If you liked this episode you’re going to love, Episode 137-The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America with Shawn Rochester. Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Dr. Pamela Jolly: Website Facebook: JollyJourney Twitter: PamelaJolly Instagram: PamelaJolly Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Join The Money Launch Club 
This week on the Journey to Launch podcast, Sarah Li Cain of Beyond the Dollar shares how she became a six-figure freelance writer with a six-figure net worth. She went from teaching and living abroad, to a writer, mom, and wife, with more money and freedom to enjoy life.  Through her writing and podcast, Sarah blends practical tips and mindset strategies for those trying to change their financial life. She also integrates physical, spiritual, and mental wellness in her advice so you learn how to use money as a tool to enhance your life.  In this episode you will learn: What is geoarbitrage and how to use it to boost your net worth The pros of a teaching career and how to find a job teaching overseas  Steps to building a successful freelance writing business How to achieve semi-retirement, a different form of financial independence Ways to find balance between work, family, and your self-care How to add value to a client so you can get paid your worth, and more Special thanks to our podcast sponsor, Empower. Get $5 into your account when you download the Empower app and reach your savings goal. Enter code JOURNEY at signup here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: If you want to start your freelance writing career, check out the website Sarah used when she started. Sarah also recommends reading Happy Money by Ken Honda if you want to be more present in life.  Check out these other great episodes. Hear them again or for the first time if you’re new to the podcast. Episode 64 (Most Downloaded): Your Guide to Becoming a Minimalist with Joshua Becker Episode 82 (2nd Most Downloaded): Your Guide to Financial Freedom and Having All the Money You'll Ever Need With Grant Sabatier Episode 86 (Interview with a Fellow Journeyer): Real Estate & Having a Networth of $100K without a 6 Figure Salary with Ashley Copeland Episode 2 (Best Throwback Ep): How My Husband and I Saved $85K Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Sarah Li Cain: Website Twitter: SarahLiCain Instagram: BeyondTheDollar Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Join The Money Launch Club 
Your path to financial freedom and wealth doesn’t have to be complicated. This week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode lifts up the veil of overcomplicated investing strategies to show you a more simple path to wealth. Well known author and blogger, JL Collins, is on the show discussing his path to Financial Independence through index investing and his successful book, The Simple Path to Wealth.  JL Collins went from working in an ice cream parlor for $1.25 an hour (he was 13) to accomplishing Financial Independence & Retiring Early (FIRE) before it was even a thing. In this episode, JL Collins breaks down the stock market and everything you need to know about investing in index funds.  In this episode you’ll learn:  What is F-you money and why you need it Ways to enjoy breaks or sabbaticals throughout your career What are index funds and tips on investing in the market Why your house is a terrible investment (his words, not mine) What is a Chautauqua, and so much more Special thanks to our podcast sponsor, Empower. Get $5 into your account when you download the Empower app and reach your savings goal. Enter code JOURNEY at signup here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Like what you heard and want to learn more about JL Collins? Check out some of his most popular blogs on this website:  The Stock Series Why your house is a terrible investment F-you Money: John Goodman v. jlcollinsnh WARNING: These videos are NOT work or kid-friendly. Watch at your own risk.  Also, check out JL Collins’ book, The Simple Path to Wealth If you liked this podcast episode, you might also like: Episode 11- Rejecting Homeownership, Traveling the World & Retiring by 31 Years Old Episode 105- How To Quit Like a Millionaire So You Can Stop Working & Start Living With Kristy & Bryce Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with JL Collins: Website Twitter: JLCollinsNH Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
This week on the Journey to Launch podcast Brian from Done by Forty and I are talking about the secret behind accomplishing Financial Independence & Retiring Early (FIRE), economic opportunity, and the power of an education.  We get very honest about the role of income and how important it can be on your FIRE journey. Brian is not afraid to talk about privilege, race, and their impact on wealth. We dive into it all and more on the podcast. You’ll also learn some valuable tips to help you lower your expenses and how to get a free education.  In this episode you will learn: The key to accomplishing FIRE How to get a free degree Tips to raise your income and improve your odds of getting a new job The one thing Brian thinks you should go into debt for, and so much more Special thanks to our podcast sponsor, Empower. Get $5 into your account when you download the Empower app and reach your savings goal. Enter code JOURNEY at signup here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Brian recommended two good reads in the episode:  48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal by Dan Miller Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke If you want more tips on how to get a free education, check out episode 128- Self Education and Ultralearning as a Means to Reach Your Financial Goals & More with Scott Young Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Brian: Website Twitter:Done_by_Forty Facebook:DonebyForty Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
Love is in the air and we are talking about love and money in this week’s episode.  LeDo and Shameka McDowell talk about their relationship and how they paid off $32,000 in debt and built $100,000 in net worth. Once they got on the same financial page, they were unstoppable.  LeDo and Shameka are creators of the podcast The Marital Mission, a podcast about married life for young couples. In this episode, we have an honest conversation about how to get your partner on board with your financial goals, the struggles that come with becoming debt-free, how to have the money talk with your partner, and more. In this episode, you will learn: Practical ways to get on the same financial page with your partner How to cut your expenses and reach your financial goals The importance of putting communication first The difference between the avalanche and the debt snowball debt payoff methods and more Special thanks to our podcast sponsor, Empower. Get $5 into your account when you download the Empower app and reach your savings goal. Enter code JOURNEY at signup here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: If you liked this episode you might also like A Money Chat With My Husband + The Budget Boot Camp. In this episode, my husband and I talk about my crazy money goals and his relationship with money. Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with LeDo & Shameka McDowell: Website Instagram:TheMaritalMission Twitter:MaritalMission Facebook:TheMaritalMission Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
In this week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode, I answer the question, “Can you really reach financial independence?” Plus, I am celebrating because it’s my birthday!  As I reflect on the past year, I am sharing my personal goals for 2020, which include taking better care of me. Listen to this episode to find out how I plan to focus on myself and prioritize what really matters in life. I am also sharing ways on how you can create a life you love.  In this episode you will learn: Tips that will make you resilient on your FIRE journey Examples of ways to take care of yourself in 2020 Why it’s important to focus on your journey and not the outcomes How to make more time for things that really matter  All about setting moon goals, and more Also, to help celebrate my birthday week, I’m opening doors to the Money Launch again this week. The Money Launch Club is the online membership that can help you reach your financial goals of saving more, paying off debt so that you can reach Financial Freedom. Join us while you can here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Just in case you missed it, check out my powerful conversation with Shawn Rochester about The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America.   If you want to learn more about my financial journey and why I delayed Financial Independence to be my own boss, check out my story in Forbes. Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
Did you know that after ~400 years of being in the US, African Americans in the United States only own two percent of U.S. wealth? This week on the Journey to Launch podcast, my guest, Shawn D. Rochester talks about how this dismal stat came to be with data-based research and discusses what we can do about it using concrete solutions. Shawn is the CEO of Good Steward, LLC and author of The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America.  In his book and presentations at Google, and several universities across the United States, Shawn examines the true cost of being Black in America. He outlines what factors impact the Black community and explains how you can help close the wealth gap.  Everyone must listen to this episode. I hope this interview sparks powerful conversations, deep thought, and inspires you to build black wealth and make strides to level the economic playing field. In this episode you will learn: What is the Black Tax and how it’s impacting your wealth How to identify unconscious vs. conscious bias Why hard work is not the key to success and what resources you really need Concrete ways you can close the wealth gap  How to apply Shawn’s PHD strategy to create jobs, capital, and thriving black communities, and so much more You can watch this interview with Shawn Rochester on youtube by clicking here. Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May Check out Shawn’s talk at Google, which has had over 200,000 views and sparked a lot of conversations about the real cost of being Black in America. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Shawn Rochester: Website Twitter: @BlackTaxed Facebook:@Shawn.D.Rochester Instagram:@BlackTaxed Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
This week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode features Anita Dhake, also known as Thriftygal. Creator of the blog The Power of Thrift, Anita, worked as a corporate attorney for several years. Then, one day she committed to her dream to retire early and live her best life. In one year she paid off $95,000 of student loan debt and started aggressively saving 85 to 95 percent of her income. By age 33, Anita was able to retire with over a half of million dollars in investments. For the last few years, Anita has been traveling the world and doing what makes her happy. On her blog, she shares stories about crossing items off her bucket list, her latest reads, and her daily successful habits. Previously featured in Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the ABA Journal, Anita’s has also been on television twice. Anita’s FI story can be found in her book, Operation Enough! How to Retire Remarkably Early. In this episode you will learn: How to accelerate your path to financial freedom and early retirement The benefits of applying stoicism to your financial journey  Several inspiring books you should read now  It is about how much you make and how much you save Where to easily invest your money and watch it grow, and so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Anita is an avid reader and below are a few great books we mentioned in the podcast episode.   Operation Enough! How to Retire Remarkably Early by Anita Dhake Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger and Gene Stone The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin  The Geometry of Wealth: How To Shape A Life Of Money And Meaning by Brian Portnoy   A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine  Vicki Robin has been on the Journey to Launch podcast. Check out her episode below: Your Money or Your Life: Transform Your Relationship With Money & Achieve Financial Independence W/ Vicki Robin I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Go to Journeytolaunch.com/freedomsummit to join me at the Financial Freedom Summit in May! Also check out Grant and I Youtube channel, The Money Collective. To watch more, check out the channel and subscribe. Connect with Anita Dhake: Website Twitter: @PowerofThrift Facebook:@ThePowerofThrift Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
David Carlson is answering all your student loan questions on this week’s episode of the Journey to Launch podcast. Previously featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, Slate, and NBC’s KARE 11, David is a personal finance author and speaker.  In this week’s episode, David is discussing the truth and misconceptions about student loan debt, loan forgiveness programs, debt consolidation and more.  In 2012, David launched his website Young Adult Money with a mission to help millennials earn more, save more, and live better lives. He recently started focusing on student loan debt because he and his wife had a combined balance of $100,000 after graduating college. David is on the path to becoming debt-free and is sharing his story and student loan debt advice with others along the way.  In this episode you will learn: Several misconceptions about student loans The truth about student loan refinancing  The good, bad, and ugly about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program How taxes and forgiveness of loan debt are related The pros and cons to Parent Plus Loans, and more Get a custom student loan payoff plan by clicking here and check out what my buddy Travis over at Student Loan Planner has to offer
Kyara and Khalil Uqdah of Charm City Buyers started investing in real estate right after college in September 2012. Their first property was in a depressed neighborhood in Connecticut. However, with a vision, networking, and creative financing they turned that one property, which they still own, into over 20 properties in Baltimore, Maryland. They have literally bought a block and are now focused on community development, mentoring other real estate investors, and building an empire and generational wealth.  In this week’s podcast episode both tell their story of humble, hustle beginnings, and share tips on how to get into real estate investing, set goals, and run a business that thrives.  Kyara and Khalil have built a results-based system that allows them and others to experience success in real estate investing. They retired from the rat race a few years ago and now enjoy life as full-time entrepreneurs and loving parents.  In this episode you will learn: Several ways to get started and build your real estate empire How to creatively buy your first investment property What’s life like pursuing entrepreneurship with your partner The importance of relationships and networking in real estate investing Steps you can take to exit the rat race and become an entrepreneur Why real estate isn’t for everyone and so much more Learn how to use Other People's Money in real estate through Charm City Buyer's course, OPM Is King Introductory  Check out Charm City Buyer's mentorship program - the NEXTGen Accelerator, Use code "Journey2launch" for a discount. For those who are looking for tons of guidance, full cycle and detailed information on investing and are interested in Baltimore - this is a great way to join a community of folks accomplishing their real estate goals! Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Kyara and Khalil: Website Instagram:@CharmCityBuyers Twitter: @CharmCityBuyers Facebook:@CharmCityBuyers Youtube Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
In 2020, you cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought. This is just one of the amazing takeaways I discovered in my latest read, You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought: A Book for People with Any Life Threatening Illness--Including Life. This podcast episode will arm you with confidence, motivation, and knowledge to have your best year yet!  Reaching a goal starts in the mind. Therefore, negative thoughts are too expensive and could cost you your dream or your purpose. In this week’s episode I share 13 takeaways from this book, as well as, my thoughts on how you can stay motivated to create and accomplish your goals in 2020.  In this episode you will learn: The power of positive thinking and how to combat negative thoughts What it means to take responsibility How to be open to all methods and schools of thought Ways to combat fear How preparing for death is actually living and so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: If you enjoyed these takeaways, check out the book by John Roger and Peter McWilliams. I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
I made it through my first year as a full-time entrepreneur! Check out solo episode 132 where I dive into the business side of Journey to Launch and explain why I spent most of this year investing in myself. As I reflect on 2019, I share more about the financial impact of going from a corporate job to full-time entrepreneur, and how we prepared for this moment. I also report how I tripled Journey to Launch’s income since last year. Lastly, the episode wouldn’t be complete without highlights from this year and a sneak peek about what’s next for Journey to Launch. In this episode you will learn: The importance of investing in YOU How to increase your business income as an entrepreneur Methods to help you to reflect and how to say no How planning and budgeting can maximize your finances and your time My realities of being a full-time entrepreneur The real deal about business income, expenses, taxes, and so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: I use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner to keep me focused so I get things done. If you are looking for a planner consider using this one. Check out the other tools that help me with my finances and business here.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
This week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode features, Kierra Asnauskas, who shares her amazing story on how she went from broke and homeless to a six-figure salary and living abroad. On her journey, Kierra taught English overseas, boosted her salary from $31,000 to $182,000 a year, and received free housing and healthcare. With fewer expenses, Kierra knocked out $49,000 in debt and started investing. Today, Kierra and her husband are living overseas while she takes her first mini-retirement. Listen to the full episode to learn how you can live your best life abroad and build wealth too.  In this episode you will learn: How Kierra went from broke and homeless to a six-figure salary Opportunities overseas where you can get free rent, healthcare, and more All about mini-retirements and how you can take one now How to minimize taxes when living and working overseas  What is geoarbitrage and how you can use it to get an affordable degree The difference between lazy investing and value investing, and much more  Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Kierra mentioned so many good reads in her interview. Check out the list below. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod How to Build Wealth Teaching English Overseas by Ben Stout The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins Want to take your own mini-retirement and enjoy life now? Hear how it’s done in episode 54 with Carl Seidman. Carl took his first mini-retirement at age 32.  Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Kierra: Website Instagram:@Mrs.Unconventional Facebook: @MissUnconventional  Twitter:@MsUnconvention Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
Learn how to boost your income in your career or business in this week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode with Kathlyn Hart.  Kathlyn Hart is a coach who helps ambitious women dream big, live boldly, and earn more money. Kathlyn and I have an insightful and amazing conversation that will inspire you to earn more whether you have a 9 to 5 or your own business.  This episode is packed full of tips to help you change your mindset and earn the money you deserve.  In this episode you will learn: How to accelerate your path to financial freedom by earning more money Steps to take before you ask for more money The importance of a money mindset and how to shift your money beliefs Tactics to set your prices and services as an entrepreneur Sites to research the going salary for your market and so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Are you earning your optimal salary based on your experience and skills? Find out by doing your research on three sites Kat mentioned in the episode.  Glassdoor Payscale Salary Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Kathlyn: Website Instagram:@IAmKathlynHart Facebook:@IAmKathlynHart Twitter:iamkathlynhart Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
You have something to share with the world! It’s time to turn your passion into your career. Listen to this week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode for inspiration and tactics to manifest your dreams.  In episode 129, Cathy Heller who is an author, podcast host, speaker, songwriter, and coach, talks about her new book and how to make your passion a reality. This episode provides concrete tips to start your own business, create your dream job, and make your own path. Check out Cathy’s interview and discover how you can make an amazing living serving the world and fulfilling your purpose. In this episode you will learn: Four types of creative stages  How to view your dream from different perspectives  The importance of letting yourself be messy How to nourish your dream job and use your day job as your investor Tips to increase your network and net worth The human approach to entrepreneurship  Steps to take before you quit your job and so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: Get your copy of Cathy’s book, Don’t Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career, today! Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Cathy: Website Instagram:@Cathy.Heller Facebook: DontKeepYourDayJob  Dont Keep Your Day Job Facebook Group  Twitter:NoDayJobs Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Get on the Money Launch Club Waitlist
To compete in today’s world of rapid technology changes and fierce job competition, you must become an ultralearner and self educator. his week on the Journey to Launch podcast, Scott Young shares how you can master new ideas, subjects, and skills to stay ahead in your career.  Scott is the author of Ultralearning, a book that outlines how to boost your learning so you can win at life and accomplish your goals. In the podcast episode, Scott discusses the most effective learning methods, stories of successful ultralearners, and shares examples of how self-learning can improve your life. Listen to this episode to learn how to maximize how you learn and execute a plan. Whether your goal is to travel the world and learn foreign languages, earn a debt-free degree, or improve your income and finances, Ultralearning and the tips in this podcast will guide you to success.  In this episode you will learn: Methods to optimize what you learn and how to impact your life Ways to get a degree for free The benefits of making a plan before executing a project How to raise ultralearner children plus so much more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: For more productivity tools and tips check out Scott’s website with over 1,000 articles.  You should also check out his book here. The audiobook is also available if you prefer to listen versus reading. Check out the Journey To Launch Podcast index here which categorizes all of the Journey To Launch podcast episodes by subject. Now you can binge on your favorite topics or type of episode. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with Scott Young: Website Instagram:@ScottHYoung Twitter:@ScottHYoung Facebook:@AuthorScottYoung Connect with me: Instagram: @journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: Journey To Launch Join the private Facebook Group Money Launch Club
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WebDesignMX05

Hey Jamila! Great show as always! Keep on dropping gems!! FYI: Looks like audio recording was kinda wonky that day. I was just listening with one earphone (stereo) in the right ear and noticed I could only hear Kendra and then when I listen to the left I only heard you. I usually listen on a speaker and can't tell. This can be fixed with Audacity. Also, her website is now with a .com and not .info as was indicated in the show notes.

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Justin Lore

Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Love your podcast.

Jun 22nd
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The Queen Next Door

this show spoke to me directly

Jun 5th
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Tiffany Atchison-Wells

I just stumbled across your podcast and I love it! My husband and I are just starting our journey and the road is rocky. Thanks for producing good content that makes me hopeful that our journey will turn out a success!

Jan 22nd
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Sizwe Nxumalo

Thank you for this 👏👏

Aug 8th
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Cicely Jones

Great information.

Aug 8th
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Charles P

This is a awesome podcast. It's very informative & enlightening. Please keep up the great work, Jamila.

Aug 8th
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Lila Klopfenstein

What a great podcast for those who are looking to shape their lives in a way that bring happiness and fulfillment as well as freedom from financial burden. Thanks for your input.

Jul 21st
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