My guest this week runs a blog that comes with a pretty big reputation. Sydney is the principal writer for Untemplater, a blog that was started by 6 well known bloggers that have gone on to do big things in their own right. Sydney has done a fantastic job of carrying on the spirit of the blog, so make sure you get over there and enjoy all the great content on offer.
Why do you blog and how long have you been doing it?
I started blogging in early 2011 when I took over Untemplater.com. I’ve always been into computers and writing, so blogging came naturally to me. Untemplater is such a rewarding experience for me and I love helping people, sharing my own experiences, and hearing the stories and thoughts of my readers and contributors.
Do you believe in budgets?
Definitely. Too many people are financially irresponsible and spend carelessly beyond their means. My parents were always bad with money so I knew early on I’d have to work hard and do well in school to be able to stand on my own financially. I update my budget twice a year as well as my savings goals.
Who is your hero?
I can’t name one person because I have many heroes that inspire me: my family, professors, mentors, entrepreneurs, fellow bloggers, and all of those who put their lives on the line to protect our amazing country.
What are some of your favorite wealth resources?
I’m a big fan of the Yakezie Network Member blogs, and Sam of Financial Samurai who founded Yakezie.
What is the worst financial mistake you have ever made?
Fortunately nothing substantial. I’m not a big spender as I’ve grown fond of a simplistic lifestyle. I sometimes think I’m even a bit obsessed with minimalism.
What is the best lifestyle decision you have ever made?
Maximizing my free time over the last year has really changed my life for the better. I’m busier than I’ve ever been and I’m loving it!
What is the best piece of advice ever given to you?
My parents often said to me growing up “Study hard and do your best.” They weren’t always able to help me with my homework, but they taught me how to be disciplined and work hard. I strongly believe that my successes over the years wouldn’t have been possible if they hadn’t encouraged me to apply myself when I was young and taught me the importance of being responsible.
Something that people that currently read your blog may not know about you?
I’m a bad cook lol. I can make simple recipes, but I’d much rather go out to eat and not have to make grocery lists and clean up the kitchen. Even though I don’t make many homemade meals, I choose healthy dishes when I order and eat lots of veggies.
An article written by someone else that you think everyone should read?
I was just thinking about Steve Jobs earlier today and his commencement speech, Find What You Love.” There are so many priceless quotes in his speech and it brings me inspiration every time I read it, even more so now that he’s passed.
An article written by you that you would like everyone to read?
I had a great time writing Untemplate Your Mind which covers many of my beliefs and the reason I love writing and encouraging people to shatter the template lifestyle.
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