I saw this adorable interview on several bloggers pages last week, and I wanted to hop in on the fun! I copied it from Tanya over at Budget and the Beach. It was such an inspiring inside scoop on one of the bloggers I adore most, I simply couldn’t resist. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about L Bee and the Money Tree.
1) How did you come up with your blog name?
Growing up, everyone called me LB. It made it easier when I was in a class full of other Lauren’s (popular name in the late eighties, go figure!) and having grown up with my parents always telling me “We don’t have a money tree growing in the backyard”, it seemed a natural fit to put together the name “LB and the Money Tree” for a site about me and my financial journey. I changed the “B” to “Bee” because it seemed cuter and made the header more symmetrical.
2) Which bloggers inspired you when you first started writing?
The usual suspects: Cait at Blonde on a Budget, and Andrea at So Over This. I am also the biggest Learnvest freak, I love all of their stuff.
3) Why write about finance?
I never talked about finance with anyone until I entered my mid-twenties, which is such a shame, since I think the first quarter of my life was governed by my bad self-esteem and subsequent bad money choices. If more people write about money, more people will feel comfortable talking about it. Hopefully in ten years, money will have lost a lot of the taboo associated with it.
4a) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I am a writer by trade; I love putting sentences together and editing. As a nerd, editing is my favorite part! I love cutting things out or adding them in and making things better on the second go’round. It’s awesome being a blogger because you get that immediate response from readers to something you wrote, as a writer there is no better feeling.
Additionally, even though I know everyone says this, the community is another favorite part. I get emails every day from other bloggers and we share and learn together. It’s something I never had before, people so willing to help and share wisdom with complete strangers. I didn’t fully appreciate the community until I went through my last break-up; the support I got was via email and twitter was more than I ever expected, and it really helped me push through to better times.
4b) What do you enjoy least about blogging?
I am not the most technically savvy person, so updating code etc. is really tedious to me. I don’t love that part of it.
Also- having a blog is like having one of those nano-baby key chain games you had as a child. A website is a living, breathing thing that needs care every single day; leave it too long and you come back from dozens of piles of poop all over your screen. Just kidding, but a lot of people don’t realize that a website is not a crock-pot, “you can’t set it and forget it”. It takes work every. single. day, like a baby. I don’t love how stressed I feel sometimes when I don’t have things ready for my next scheduled posting day. I know it’s not a big deal since it’s my blog, but I feel so guilty when I leave things undone.
5) What’s the most helpful piece of advice you have learned from reading other PF blogs?
Hmm. I don’t know if there is any specific advice, but I will say that reading other bloggers about their struggles and successes inspires me to stay accountable. You can’t ignore what is in front of your face every day, and I love it!
6) In terms of finance, what is your main focus at the moment?
I was a bad girl over Christmas, and I’m paying off the credit card balance from that. Also, funding retirement. I’m a worrier, so even though retirement is easily 40+ years away, I still don’t feel like I have nearly enough saved at this point. Also, my 26th birthday is this weekend, so I think I’m just a little bit sensitive about getting older in general.
7) If you could give your younger self financial advice, what would it be?
Shopping will not make you feel better. Ok, it will for an hour, but it’s not worth it. Also, maybe don’t drink so much.
8) Who in your real life knows about your blog?
Everyone. Everyone on the face of the planet. My parents read it, my boyfriend, my friends, probably co-workers, my arch-enemies. It’s liberating to live your life so out in the open, but at the same time I have to be doubly careful to make sure not to embarrass myself. I realize some of the things I put out there raises some eyebrows, maybe makes my parents and significant other uncomfortable sometimes, but as long as I’m not afraid of what I said, that’s all that matters.
9) Does your real job have anything to do with finance or money?
Zero. I do work with content and social media all day, which I love, but I can get burnt out at work and come home and not want to do anything content/social media related for my blog. The price you pay for doing what you love, I suppose.
10) What’s the first thing you would do if you won a million dollars?
Buy a beach house. It is my ultimate dream to have a summer home and the kind of job where I can spend the summer on the shore. There is nothing better than the beach! Oh yeah, and probably fund my retirement account a bit.