The Return

Oh Yeah, I’m Back

It has been nearly a full year since I wrote anything for Gundomoney and I must say I’m glad to be back.

Where did I go? I was in school!

As a result of living a financially responsible existence I was able to quit my full-time job and not work. I spent my days in the school computer lab hunched over calculus textbooks eating day old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

During that time I learned how to challenge myself again with math I thought I would never be able to comprehend. I remembered that I’m actually pretty smart.

There’s one main thing I learned from all those math and finance classes: no traditional education system will teach you personal finance. You learn it by practicing, and you learn it in online blogging communities like this.

Throughout my life there’s been this pervasive idea that my destination is always around the corner. A magical “there” where things will be better. When this happens, I will have made it. The past year in school has been that “there” for me.

Now that I’ve come to the end of my Associate’s degree I’ve mostly realized that it isn’t the destination oasis I had imagined it would be. Maybe the next level degree will be, but probably not.

Being away from writing reminded me that there isn’t an outside source that is a reservoir of happiness. It almost always comes from inside as a result of helping others through common issues. Personal finance is what I’m good at, and so personal finance is what I love to share about.

Also, most people who are true writers can’t take a shit without telling someone about it.

What seems to fill me and fulfill me  is to offer my challenges as lessons for others. I have an entire year of life experience saved up to tell you guys about.

A quick note on blogging…

The thing about writing a blog is, there is a lot to keep up with. On top of writing awesome blog posts I find myself writing all sorts of social media posts and engaging on other blogs to find out the news in the personal finance community. I have to stop being a one-woman marketing agency.

I might not be able to keep up with the social media aspect this time around but I will do the best I can.

In the past I didn’t write about some of my past, such as being a recovering drug addict. That is a huge part of my life history and the main reason I have the level of wisdom I do today.

I’m no longer willing to write about some things, and omit others. Get ready for 100% pure unadulterated Elsie Gundo.

So this is my introduction to the new Gundomoney. A place to write about personal finance as it relates to all areas of life, not just numbers.

The best time to start is the present, I for one am glad to be back.


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