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Michelle Onaka Intentional Money Life - Investor Mama


Michelle created Intentional Money Life in November of 2021 when she finally realized that despite never aspiring to entrepreneurship, it would allow her to impact many more people than she could through her regular job. The name, Intentional Money Life comes from her goal, helping people be intentional with their money, so they can live the life that they are excited about.

Michelle is originally from Ohio, where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After a few years of traveling, seasonal tourism jobs, and a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she came to Oregon in 2013 to get her Master’s degree in Higher Education. Since 2015, she has been working in her dream job as an academic counselor in a TRIO SSS program. In this role, she gets to work one on one with first-generation and Pell-eligible students and support them on their journey toward a college degree.

Lightning Round

1. What is one fun fact about you that not that many people know?

I have lived in all 6 US time zones.

2. Who inspires you the most and why

I have a good friend that I would say inspires me a lot. She had a really, really difficult childhood and had to do all sorts of things to cope and to make it through. The fact that she made it through and made it through college, graduate school, and into professional life even starting a business. She’s done so much and she’s done it all from such a difficult background. It’s just amazing to me to see that people can work through all of the mental stuff because you have to work through it, right? It’s not like you can escape that situation and be perfectly fine.

3. What books are you reading now or have read and loved that you’d recommend?

The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness by Morgan Housel

Secrets from the Eating Lab by Traci Mann


4. What is one actionable tip or piece of advice that you can tell our moms out there to help them on their money journey?

I think the biggest thing is to really figure out what matters to you. Figure out what your goals are, your priorities, and your values. If you don’t start from a place of understanding yourself and what you want to see happen, you won’t have an endpoint. You know what to do, and why you’re doing it and you’re not as motivated to go after it.

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