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Ashley, age 30, is a wife, mother, and engineer from Michigan. She has always been a saver and pretty good with money, but never really cared about budgets or understanding investing. She always knew she wanted to retire early, but had no idea whether she was actually on track. That is, until she found the Financial Independence community. Now Ashley is documenting what she’s learning about personal finance on Instagram where she’s known as @engineer_on_fire_.
1. What is one fun fact about you that not that many people know?
I’ve done a lot of travel and out of college that was one of the things that I knew I wanted to do. I’ve traveled around the world and I got to do a trip where I flew from Chicago to Hong Kong, to Mumbai, to Frankfurt, and then back home.
2. Who inspires you the most and why?
My parents inspire me. They’ve always been really open about money and my dad’s approach is really great. He’s always willing to help, but doesn’t push his advice on me.
3. What books are you reading now or have read and loved that you’d recommend?
Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence by Chris Mamula,
4. What is one actionable tip or piece of advice that you can tell our moms out there to help them on their financial independence journey?
My best tip is don’t overcomplicate it. At the end of the day, these things are simple. Pick one thing and start. Getting started is better than getting it perfect.