Posts Tagged ‘financial freedom’

Where I’ve been…

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

I can’t believe it’s been over two years since I last posted on this site! The past two years have been eventful and not-so-eventful simultaneously.

Very long story…let me sum up.

Two summers ago I was working as CFO of Destiny Image and Publisher of Sound Wisdom. At the end of that summer, I had the opportunity to step into the President role of the newly formed parent company, Nori Media Group.

What a roller coaster ride. Nori Media Group is a family-owned business primarily in the rapidly changing industry of book publishing.

I dove in with grandiose visions of transforming the company into a conglomerate making 10x the sales and profit.

Last summer (less than a year in) I found myself extremely discouraged that the transformation hadn’t taken place yet!

The role of company president has taught me huge lessons about myself, my relationships, my abilities, my potential, my passions. And I’m still learning. Maybe even more now than two years ago!

This year I hit a point where I was forced to re-evaluate my priorities. I was allowing my JOB to take over my life–not just my time–my energy, my emotions, my vision of the future. I literally HAD to take a step back to recognize the other dimensions of my little world.

So one of the passions that I’ve recently reconnected to is the topic of money. Financial freedom is an area of interest I’ve had for MANY years. Especially the lifestyle that financial freedom allows. By reprioritizing and making sure I invest time for those people, things and experiences that give me joy, life is better.

I’ve started sharing some of those stories and tips at

After re-evaluating and revising my schedule, I am still active as president of Nori Media Group. I still see the potential to 10x that company. Book publishing is changing–there are even more formats and channels to get important messages to the audiences that most need them.

I’ll do better at staying connected going forward. Connect with me on social media or sign up for the email at Thanks for caring.

Financial Independence

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

adirondack jakeMy friend Paul recently asked me to define Financial Independence.  I gave Paul my short version and promised to expand in an upcoming blog post.  Here we go…

To me financial independence is when you have enough money coming from sources other than your job to support your desired lifestyle.  You can live “independent” of your day job paycheck.  You may love what you do and choose to go to work anyway, but knowing that you don’t have to will free you from the stress and worries that the paycheck to paycheck employee often feels.  Your monthly bills may be paid by dividends from stocks that you’ve invested in, rental income from real estate that you own, or distributions from a small business that you own.  The important thing is that the sources of income don’t require your day to day involvement to continue paying you.  The freedom that comes from investment income is freedom of time.  You have complete freedom to choose how you spend the limited resource called time.

I haven’t arrived at full independence yet, but I’m working toward it…how about you?