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Join author Meg Nordmann on her family’s journey to financial freedom. On her quest to reclaim her time & therefore her life, Meg has embraced a combination of minimalism, sustainability, Stoicism, frugality, slow living and investment knowledge to achieve financial independence.

Time is our most valuable asset. You can get out of the “hamster wheel” that society has put us in and achieve a more free life with ample time to pursue your dreams. It requires strategy and discipline, but it is not impossible. Follow along to learn from Meg and others how you, too, can be more free.

Journey to Freedom Meg Nordmann

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Join author Meg Nordmann on her family’s journey to financial freedom. On her quest to reclaim her time & therefore her life, Meg has embraced a combination of minimalism, sustainability, Stoicism, frugality, slow living and investment knowledge to achieve financial independence.

Time is our most valuable asset. You can get out of the “hamster wheel” that society has put us in and achieve a more free life with ample time to pursue your dreams. It requires strategy and discipline, but it is not impossible. Follow along to learn from Meg and others how you, too, can be more free.

    Ep. 14 - F.I.R.E. 101 ...and we are moving to the jungle!

    Ep. 14 - F.I.R.E. 101 ...and we are moving to the jungle!

    Welcome to Season 2 of "The Journey to Freedom" podcast! After a short pause, I'm happy to begin the next season and I'm kicking it off with some exciting news: We are finally taking the first steps towards moving to the jungle! I fill you in on a recent trip to Costa Rica and some developments for the move date. 

    Around 30 minutes in, I read the rough draft* of my upcoming book's intro and Chapter 1. I first give a quick synopsis of the history of traditional retirement and why it is failing us. Then, I explain what the F.I.R.E. Movement really is, give the history of the movement and begin breaking down some of the first strategies behind achieving "financial independence to retire early." 

    *While this is a rough draft that is in need of editing, this material is still COPYRIGHTED. Do not repurpose in any way without written permission from me, the author, Meg Nordmann. Thank you.

    Please let me know your thoughts! 

    You can reach me at @megnordmann on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

    Visit me at megnordmann.com for more content and be sure to sign up for my email newsletter so that you receive updates like news for the upcoming book. 


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep. 13 - Why AirBnB Vacation Rentals Are Not "Passive" Income, But So Worth It

    Ep. 13 - Why AirBnB Vacation Rentals Are Not "Passive" Income, But So Worth It

    When we began looking into short term vacation rental investing, we thought of it as "passive income." But I laugh heartily at the thought of calling any of this “passive.”

    IT IS WORK. HARD WORK.

    I wanted to give you an honest description of what actively managing just two vacation rentals looks like in order to get the high return that you want. 

    In the first half of today's episode, I give you a realistic idea of the time and expense involved in running one, but in the second half of the episode I talk numbers with you and go over why the "Return on Cash" is so fantastic with these types of rentals. 

    If this is a type of investing you've considered before, you should know what you’re getting into so you can better decide if this is an investment path you want.

    Click here to see the numbers and equations discussed. 

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    • 40 min
    Ep. 12 - Beth Inglish on Investing in Your Creative Self

    Ep. 12 - Beth Inglish on Investing in Your Creative Self

    Today I'm speaking with Beth Inglish, who happens to be an old friend from my Nashville days early in my career, and is now a professional motivational speaker and artist with a mission to connect people and to teach them how to put their creativity to work. She's built her entire life on openness, creativity and connection, and now she's teaching large audiences to feel the same way.

    She's blended her experiences with trauma recovery with 13 years of art-making and community leadership into a simple message--to change how people feel.

    She’s been a creative with a capital C all her life--she’s a visual artist, a musician, a writer, dancer, a stand-up comedian and a fabulous storyteller. Her artwork has appeared on nationally syndicated television shows, public art installations, murals in the homes and offices of private collectors around the world, and even on the outside of a city bus. It’s hard to describe what her art looks like---it’s so expressionist and abstract and colorful and joyful. I’ll put some images in the Show Notes so you can take a look.One of Beth's most significant contribution to her community in Nashville was founding and directing the Nashville Creative Group, which is now an over 9,000-member group of both online and in-person meetups for creatives in Tennessee.

    Since 2012, the group has had around 100 in-person meetups and inspired an artistic renaissance in Middle Tennessee while simultaneously providing a safe haven of community, expression and connection. It has also provided a model for other cities in bringing forth renewed artistic expression for their city and support its creative class. We talk about this further in our conversation today.

    So now Beth has taken everything she's learned from these experiences and speaks to audiences across the U.S. Recently, she's spoken to audiences at University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Bridgestone and Salesforce.

    I’m so honored to have such an inspiring, intelligent and joyful friend such as Beth in my life and I’m delighted to share her with you all today. While I have plenty of interviews scheduled to chat about investing and financial freedom, I really want to continue mixing in conversations that help with mindset as well. Because that is step one on any journey to freedom--no matter what your end goal is. If you can master your own mind and emotions and harness that in a positive way, then you will be unstoppable and simply enjoy the ride as well. I think you’ll come away from this conversation feeling quite motivated and energized.

    If you take anything from this conversation, I hope it’s that investing in yourself is the best investment you could make. You’ll hear a lot about the arts in this conversation, but I hope you see that no matter what industry you are in, I’d say all of this still applies.

    And with that, let’s dive into today’s show.

    Connect with Beth:

    bethinglish.com

    bethinglish.com/hello

    @bethinglish on Insta

    Nashville Creative Group

    Beth on YouTube

    Episode Show Notes & Photos of Beth's art: 

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 11 - Friday Bonus: Ready to Design Your Dream Lifestyle & Build Wealth? Start Living From Your Future

    Ep. 11 - Friday Bonus: Ready to Design Your Dream Lifestyle & Build Wealth? Start Living From Your Future

    Today's episode is a Friday Bonus--something I'd love to begin doing so that I can add some more mindset tips and non-interview content to the "Journey to Freedom" podcast. 

    Today's show comes from a blog I published recently. You can read the blog here, if you'd like to see a "transcript" of today's show. 

    Preview:

    If you want to achieve something wildly different from your present, then you have to break the habit of being your current self. To get from Point A to Point B you have to stop living your same ways. It’s been said by neuroscientists “What fires together, wires together” which is referring to the neurological pathways you build in your brain. It will take a repetitive mental rehearsal to build an entirely new way of thinking…which will eventually take you to any goal you may have.

    I’d like to break down just one of the mindset hacks that I’ve learned over the years that has helped me to achieve many big goals, including one of the most ambitious ones to date: F.I.R.E. (financial independence to retire early). For me, achieving FIRE was not just about hitting a certain number in the bank account. It’s really about lifestyle design–intentionally shaping the best version of your life. It just so happens that figuring out how to take away the stress of finances or the stress of relying on a tradition paycheck for income is a major facet of lifestyle design for most people.

    “Living from your future” is the best way to reshape your life into what you are aiming to achieve.

    In order to live from your future, you need to dream big and get very clear on what that dream looks like and feels like.

    More:

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    • 17 min
    Ep. 10 - (Meet my husband, Jeremy) Former Mechanic Now Enjoys a "Life on F.I.R.E."

    Ep. 10 - (Meet my husband, Jeremy) Former Mechanic Now Enjoys a "Life on F.I.R.E."

    So this week’s podcast episode bio will be a little different than usual. No Forbes articles and blogger awards to list out and such. But man, is he awesome in all the other ways! This week, I can’t wait for you to meet my husband, Jeremy Fowler. He’s amazing.

    Originally from lower Alabama, he attended the University of South Alabama and Faulkner University for civil engineering and explored all sorts of engineering, until at the very end, realized he would make more money and --enjoy more-- being an auto mechanic. Which he did enjoy very much until...he didn’t. To be clear, he does still love mechanic work, he just no longer enjoys working for a boss for a dealership or for anyone else. So after 15 to 20 years, he officially had his last day of work on April 12th, 2021. Three months ago, almost to the day today.

    He’s so much more than that job, though.

    Jeremy is an avid surfer...he lives and breathes the ocean. He barely owns any clothes--he just lives in swim trunks, barefoot and bare-chested 99% of the time. (No complaints from me…) He also is a passionate woodworker. He’s always been a builder, an engineer, a tinkerer, an inventor, an incredibly handy and curious and mathematical minded man who loves to take things apart and rebuild them and make them better. He’s always dabbled in woodworking but he’s finally getting the opportunity to put in the time to try and master it, now that he’s retired. So these days, I’m getting used to seeing a layer of sawdust on him. Salt and sawdust.

    He’s also a musician. It’s how we met, actually. I had just turned 20 and it was the day before he turned 24 and I wandered into the bar where he was playing with his rock band--which he’d been playing with since he was like 14 years old--he was the lead singer and bass player and wrote most of their music. He still picks up his guitar and plays pretty much every day. He still dabbles with writing and is always working on a new song to learn. He’s got a great voice.

    He’s always reading a book or listening to an audiobook or binging some podcast. He never stops learning. He doesn't really do downtime. His downtime means he’s learning how to do something new by watching someone on YouTube. He just doesn’t sit still. But it’s a burning curiosity that drives him--not busyness, which so many people fall into that trap. He just wants to learn and create and I love that about him.

    He loves to cook. He loves to bake. He loves to garden. He’s unbelievably frugal. He’s an enthusiastic cyclist.

    He’s an adventurer. He’s traveled to 26 countries now and is nowhere done scratching more off of his bucket list.

    He’s a father to two adorable little girls, a 2 & 4 year old, who he is constantly teaching and playing with--he’s an amazing Dad. And he’s my husband. We met fourteen years ago and we’ve been married now for 5. It’s been a Great Love.

    So with that as his bio, let me introduce you to my husband, Jeremy Fowler, who was a little begrudging to sit down and do this, but I’m so glad he did.

    Tune in to today's episode to hear about what his FIRE lifestyle has been like thus far, and his strategy with investing. We talk about his childhood and how that affected his relationship with money and the big gems of knowledge he discovered in his teens and early twenties that shifted his mindset towards money, saving and investing. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 9 - Lessons Learned from Minimalism with Diane Boden

    Ep. 9 - Lessons Learned from Minimalism with Diane Boden

    Today on the Journey to Freedom podcast, I have a conversation with Diane Boden, also known as The Minimalist Mom. Diane is the voice behind the top-rated podcast, the Minimalist Moms, which began in 2016, where she spreads her ideas on minimalism during the chaos of motherhood and interviews others in regards to living a life in the pursuit of less. Her goal is simply: think more and do with less. 

    Diane has been featured on other popular podcasts: Find the Magic, With Intention, Pure Nurture, Sustainable Minimalists, The Simple Home Podcast and many others that I’ve also been tuning into for years. She’s been featured in 614Magazine and Columbus Parent magazine. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three children. You can follow her at @dianeboden on Instagram or “Like” the Minimalist Moms page on Facebook. You can also follow the podcast at @minimalistmomspodcast on Instagram for weekly motivation and encouragement.

    Diane has also just recently published her first book, titled “Minimalist Moms: Living and Parenting with Simplicity.” Her book gives the tools to  begin curating and editing their home and lifestyle so that they can gain their time, space and sanity back again. This is the Journey to Freedom podcast and it’s not just financial freedom that I want to explore here, it’s all types of freedom--especially time freedom.

    Learn more about Diane at:

    https://minimalistmomspodcast.com/

    Show Notes: megnordmann.com

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

jrode851 ,

Enlightening Show!

I started reading the becoming minimalist last year and somehow found this podcast. I’m enjoying the perspective with some of the investment strategies. The purple/green haired lady was intriguing with the ptsax stock. Keep up the great work!

John

samshadows6000 ,

5 Star

Love your vision and your show, Meg. I hope new episodes are in the future! Best wishes. :)

mcstl25 ,

Love it!

I’m really enjoying this new podcast featuring some of the best personalities in the personal finance space. Check it out!

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