I did not have the opportunity to attend Fincon 2017. This blog was newly created in April and in all honesty, FinCon was not even on my radar of things to do this year. After reading the many blog posts about FinCon 2017, I am defiantly going to attend next year’s event in Orlando, Florida. I was, however, able to attend the New York Personal Finance Meet Up (#NYPFMeetUp).
The New York Personal Finance Meet Up was not a formal convention. There were not any vendors or presentations. It was an informal meet-up of people from the RockStar Finance Forum and the FinCon Community.
Most of the people who attended the meet-up were from New York City. I was one of the few people who came from out of town to attend. To attend this event, I traveled from my home in Pennsylvania.
When you think of New York City, you normally do not think of it as a place to live if your goal is to reach financial independence or early retirement. Don’t get me wrong, Manhattan is about making big money. It is also about spending big money because of the high cost of housing, taxes, transportation, and just about everything else. The group of people who I met prove that you can reach financial independence while enjoying everything that New York City has to offer.
Prior to attending the event, there were some people who I wanted to meet because I was familiar with them from the financial independence community. There were others in attendance who I did not know. The financial independence community is very big and it is hard to read everyone’s work. As the result of attending the event, I had the opportunity to meet a few new people and am looking forward to reading their blogs in the future.
I was the first person to arrive at Tacombi in the Flatiron Section of New York where the meet-up took place. I was only there for about two minutes and Stefanie O’Connell arrived. Stefanie asked me if I was there for the blogger meet-up and our conversation took off from there. Stefanie is a big deal in the financial independence space. She is a full-time professional blogger and has been at it for 5 years. She has over 10,000 followers on Twitter and has been featured many times in the financial media. Stefanie’s target audience is millennial women who want to be as confident with their money as they are in their lives. Stefanie O’Connell has an impressive blog and is doing a great job at helping her audience reach financial independence.
Chief Mom Officer
The second person to arrive was Liz from Chief Mom Officer. She did not have to introduce herself because her gravatar is of her likeness. Like me, Liz traveled from out of town to attend this meet-up. Liz was one of the bloggers who I was looking forward to meeting. I stumbled upon her blog not long after my own blog was launched.
Even though I am not a mom, I can relate to Liz in other ways. We both attended college and graduate school the hard way. We worked full time jobs in the day and went to school in the evening while managing our other responsibilities. Liz’s blog is about reaching financial independence, raising her three children, and caring for her husband who has serious health issues. At first, I was going to write that Liz is a good role model for moms, but she is a great role model for everyone to follow.
I had a great conversation with Liz about blogging and personal finance. As a new blogger, she gave me some solid information on growing my blog. We also spoke about her recent experience at FinCon. She gave me some tips and suggestions for next year’s event.
Big Law Investor
Another personal finance blogger who I was looking forward to meeting was Joshua from Big Law Investor. As the title of his blog suggests, Joshua is a lawyer and personal finance blogger who is living in New York City. While Joshua’s blog is about personal finance for lawyers, the principles that he writes about are useful for anyone who wants to achieve financial independence.
Even though I am not a lawyer, I enjoy reading his articles that are written for lawyers. His posts about the legal profession are objective and educational. He writes about the challenges that lawyers face in their career, with student loans, and as investors. I would highly suggest his blog to anyone who is interested in personal finance or is considering attending law school. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with Joshua. He is a rising star in the financial independence community.
The Luxe Strategist
It was also a pleasure meeting Luxe from The Luxe Strategist. She and I launched our blogs around the same time. We also follow the progress that each other is making.
Luxe was one of the coordinators for this meet-up. Luxe is living an awesome life in New York City. She writes about saving 50% of her salary while indulging in the finer things that New York City has to offer. Who says you cannot have the best of both worlds? If you want to learn how to have a high savings rate while living a posh lifestyle, check out The Luxe Strategist.
Again, since there are so many people in the financial independence space, it is hard to know everyone unless you are J. Money. Another new blogger who I met at this event was Church from My Mattress Money. I enjoyed chatting with Church. I am not just saying that because he is a Philadelphia Eagles fan. He and I had a good conversation about how important it is to first focus on reaching financial independence before considering early retirement. His blog is about one year old and has some great content about tracking your net worth, insurance, and how his family shaped his views about money.
As the meeting went on, I had some other great conversations. I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman named David. We spoke about using Pinterest to grow blog traffic, the optimal frequency for blog posts, and about different personal finance forums.
About 15 minutes before the meeting was scheduled to end, a gentleman named Jack walked over to me and struck up a conversation. I was not familiar with Jack’s blog because he is not on RockStar Finance. Jack explained how his blog is about travel hacking. He also explained to me how he gets to take great trips for almost free by applying travel hacking strategies. Jack and I exchanged contact information and he has provided me with some solid tips on how to implement these practices. Thanks Jack, you rock!
As you can tell from my post, I had an awesome time. It was great to be able to meet this group of people who are working towards financial independence, helping others, and living exciting lives in New York City.
There was only one part of the evening that I regret. As my wife and I were walking back uptown to catch our bus home, I realized that I did not get to talk with everyone who attended the meeting. It was my fault for not taking the time to introduce myself. It was difficult because there were 15 people at the meeting, the meeting was only 2 hours long, and as you can imagine the conversations with this group of dynamic people went way beyond small talk. Next time, It will be my priority to talk with everyone who attends.