Ashley and her guests share their life struggles and lessons they've learned along the way. From ordinary everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning, to major life milestones like buying your first home, the Adult Struggles podcast discusses finance, family, travel, personal growth, career challenges and more. As a 20-something herself, Ashley doesn't claim to be a life expert, but simply desires to help others and save them from the struggle of figuring things out by sharing her successes and failures.
Financial Planning During an Economic Downturn
We’re talking about a struggle that plagues all of us…at some point - personal finance. How to save your money, build your net worth, and ride out the ebbs and flows of the economy. If you have tuned into other episodes, you may remember the recent episode with Mark Willis where we talked about the major problems with our current financial system, along with possible solutions to build our wealth. And today, we’re welcoming Amanda Neely, who has followed Mark’s guidance to not only help with her family’s finances, but also to create her own personal finance resource called Grandma’s Wealth Wisdom.
We're going to be discussing ways you can get on the path to financial growth with consideration of the current economic downturn. Learn about the strategies that would "make grandma proud!"
In this episode, we are covering many personal finance topics including:
-Financial planning for the uncontrollable ups and down of the economy
-The importance of teaching children about money and how to use it responsibly
-How the economic impact of COVID compares to the Great Recession (2007-2009)
-Strategies for recovering (or increasing) net worth
-The story behind Grandma's Wealth Wisdom and why we need to be more like Grandma with our money
First Time Mom Q&A
I’ve invited my good friend Johnna Farrell to share her advice for first time moms. As a mom of 3 (with a 4th on the way!) she’s figured out some parenting best practices over the past several years. In addition, Johnna and her husband Chris host a podcast called Grow Yourself, Grow Your Marriage, where they focus on various topics relating to relationship development. From one mom to another, this is First Time Mom Q&A! In this episode, we are covering many topics, from pregnancy to birth to baby, including:
* What were the biggest changes that you did not anticipate as a first time mom?
* Handling unsolicited advice on parenting
* Birth plan or go with the flow?
* Johnna's 4 pieces of advice for first time moms
* What baby items are overhyped and unnecessary?
* Traveling and date nights after baby
Safe Travels After Quarantine
We’re welcoming back the very first guest of the podcast…Bailey Smith! Since we last spoke with Bailey about her time living overseas in Europe for 2 years, she has been settling back in to her life in Oregon and most recently founded her own travel planning service called Indie Travel Design. Not only does she help people plan their getaways, honeymoons, baby moons, and more, but she also is very passionate about working with nonprofits and other organizations to ensure their mission trips go off without a hitch.
Bailey lives and breathes travel, so I wanted to get her take on the effects the pandemic has had on the industry, and what travel may look like in the future. Keep in mind, no one can know exactly how things will change, but she’s dug up some interesting trends and facts that could give us an idea of what’s to come. We’re going to cover passenger precautions, the potential of a new health enforcement agency, travel restrictions, and the overall economic impact. Think you’re ready to pack your bags and jump on the next flight out of here? This episode may help you figure that out, now…let’s get to adulting!
Building & Managing Your Wealth: Student Loan Repayment, College Planning, and Retirement
From the time you begin college, start your career and perhaps start a family, to the time you leave the workforce and retire, investing in yourself is important and can impact your quality of life when you're older. With so much on the line, how do you make sure the decisions you're making are the right ones? We’re talking to Mark Willis, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), about how to navigate the major wealth transfers of our lives. Mark lays out the 4 major problems with our current system, and offers some solutions that may be a better way of capitalizing on our hard earned money. Along with helping clients plan for the future, Mark also co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Not your Average Financial Podcast.”
We will be covering the important money milestones or "wealth transfers" throughout our lives, including the repayment of student loans, planning for our children's college, and saving for retirement.
So start thinking about your financial goals - and let’s get to adulting!
Becoming your "Bold Self" and Living Fearlessly w/ Chiara Mazzucco
In this episode, we are welcoming Chiara Mazzucco, founder and CEO of Bold Self, which is focused on helping women step into their power and live fearlessly through a variety of self study courses, masterminds, private coaching, live events, and more! Though Chiara found quick success with Bold Self, hitting 6 figures in 6 months and $400K in sales in 12 months, it took years of crafting her skills and stepping into her purpose to realize those accomplishments. She is sharing a bit about her pathway to success - including the difficult times that pushed her to fight even harder - and how she continues to build her business by uplifting other women in their journeys. Are you ready to take the leap? Let’s get to adulting!
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How to Get Started Freelancing
Have you ever considered working as a freelance writer, artist, or virtual assistant? There are many possibilities for entering into the world of freelance, which entails working independently with clients on various projects for a living, as opposed be employed by a company. Freelancing is definitely not a new concept, but it’s changed over the years, and become a much more viable option. In current times, when unemployment rates have soared and 33 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits, many are looking for an alternative to full time work. Could freelancing be the answer? Meet Laura Briggs, a seasoned entrepreneur who has been freelancing for the past 7+ years. After building a successful freelance writing career, she now empowers others in their journey to launch and grow freelancing businesses through her Better Biz Academy.
I absolutely love this podcast and all of the different REAL themes that Ashley explores. It’s so needed in the world today, and I think there is so much room to explore authentic real struggles that adults have. Thanks for creating such a wonderful podcast!
I was blown away at how much info is packed into these episodes! Fascinating guests and really tangible tips that can be applied to everyday life.