It’s Per$onal #165 – Age 28, Santa Monica, CA

It’s Personal is an anonymous blog series about the personal lives and finances of women.

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How old are you?


Where do you live? City and State (or Country if outside the U.S.)

Santa Monica CA

Do you like where you currently live? Why or why not?

Yes, the weather is always amazing, there’s so much to do, and people are so nice!!!

Do you have any hobbies?

I play beach volleyball, pickle ball, hike and love traveling!

What is your highest level of education?


If you went to university/college, what school did you attend? What did you study?

Brown University, International Relations

What is your current occupation? If not currently employed, please say “Not Employed”

Business Operations at a Luxury Interior Design Firm

If you are currently employed, do you like your job? Why or why not?

Yes! It’s still a little new, but loving that It’s a smaller team and I can have a big impact

If you are currently employed, what is your yearly salary (or approximate yearly compensation)? Feel free to include any bonuses or other compensation perks you may receive this year.


Have you ever been promoted at work? Please elaborate if so.

Yes in my old company

Have you ever negotiated your salary? Please elaborate if so.

Yes, I have negotiated in my last two roles

Do you have a second job or side hustle? If Yes, please explain.


If you have a second job or side hustle, about how much money do you make monthly from your second job / side hustle?


Are you single / in a relationship / married?


If you are in a relationship / married, do you and your partner have joint or separate finances?

Not applicable

Do you have any children / dependents?


Do you have any pets?


What is your monthly rent / mortgage for your household?


About how much do you spend on groceries each week?


Are you debt-free?


If you are debt free, how much debt have you paid off and how long did it take you to pay it all off?


If you have debt, what kinds of debt (i.e. credit cards, student loans, car) and how much debt do you have?

Car loan and student loan. Only $14,000 left combine

Are you currently investing/saving for your retirement?


If yes, about how much do you have invested/saved for retirement? Are you satisfied with this number?

$135,000 yes! I am super proud of myself for focusing on investing the past 2 years

What’s been your favorite purchase of 2023 so far?

My car!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self? (Doesn’t have to be money-related)

Care less about what other people think

Do you have any current goals you want to accomplish? (Health, Fitness, Financial, Travel, etc.)

Definitely continuing to invest as much as I can, save for a down payment on a rental property, be more consistent about working out, and eat less sugar

What are you struggling with in life at the moment, if anything?

Balancing investing and saving for a down payment. Making more friends in a new city and being more proactive about building those friendships

What accomplishments of yours are you most proud of?

Deciding I wanted to move and finding a way to make that happen

What makes you imperfect?

Everything lol… I’m hard on myself and notice myself being hard on other people as well

Any final thoughts you want to add?


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About Taylor

A few years after graduating college, Taylor made it her mission to become debt free. After paying off all $60k of debt, she began to blog about what she's really passionate about: personal development. Nowadays, Taylor blogs about the topics of Mindset, Money, Health, and Career for women.