It’s Sarah. I can’t wait to get to know you! First, let me tell you a bit about myself.
I am lucky enough to live on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. It rains a bunch and every once in awhile the sun comes out to light up all the greenery. I have lived in/around Portland my whole life and there is nowhere else I would rather raise my family.
When it comes to finances, I’m one of those odd souls that loves a good spreadsheet and reads financial planning books for fun. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance but since corporate finance is not my jam, I dive in here to the personal aspects of financial planning. This is the stuff that affects your life, and that’s where I want to be of help the most!
I created SB Financial LLC, to be a place where you can come, learn and finally feel confident in your own ability to manage your money. That’s right, I’m literally trying to work myself out of a job. I want to teach you how to do it YOURSELF so you don’t feel like you have to rely on others to manage your money. Money management is about passion, emotions, and persistence far more than spreadsheets and percentages. It is possible for you to feel amazing about your money and if you don’t believe that… well, that’s why I’m here!
On that note, a little confession about myself. I SUCK at mental math……….
Mental math is not my thing. I’m categorically awful at it. Could I get better at It? Sure, but why waste the time?
10 Things you should know about me (the fun stuff!!!)
1. I have a major addiction to sparkling water. Kroger brand Cranberry-Lime is my life force (along with coffee —- and don’t get me started on coffee!) I MUST have this sparkling water in my fridge or I get very cranky
2. I love to play the piano. It’s the ultimate form of emotional release for me. My favorite songs to play are from Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof and other Broadway shows
3. I have a sweet rescue dog named Henry who is the best snuggle bug a gal could ask for
4. I LOVE to explore new places but I have a terrible sense of direction. I’ve been lost in Boston, Connecticut, Arizona, Idaho, California, Oregon, Washington, and South Carolina (so far).
5. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. My family hosts a “day-after-Thanksgiving-Thanksgiving” at my house every year. I make the turkey (brined of course), stuffing, potatoes, green beans, rolls, pies, and cider every year. I love hosting dinner parties and this just feels like the ultimate one. Even if it takes me two days to cook it all!
6. I was once denied a job because my face was “too expressive”. The hiring manager told me that I needed a better poker face in order to be promoted. So I found a new gig with someone that valued my face! LOL. I will NOT apologize or change who I am for a job. My ability to emote on my face may turn some folks off, that’s ok. Those that care think I’m just goofy ol’ me. And that’s what matters!
7. I still have my childhood teddy bear, named “Beary” because his nose is red like a berry and he’s a bear….. get it?
8. I read cookbooks every time I sit down to dinner. I don’t know why but I love looking at food, reading about food and eating food all at the same time! My husband teases me about this (and then he goes and buy me more cookbooks!)
9. My dream house exists in the middle of the woods, down a long lane carved out of the trees. Far from the sound of traffic and other people…. this should clue you into the fact that I am a major introvert. If I wasn’t pushed out of my comfort zone I would likely be a hermit.
10. When I started my adult journey I was living out of a truck, driving from town-to-town earning just enough money for gas and a bit of food. By the time I reached 30, I was a single mom with two children and a college graduate purchasing my own home. I have made the journey from home-less to homeowner, so believe me when I say that it’s possible.