ImagiNation with Lauren Bowling

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Lauren Bowling

Blogger and Editor for Financial Best Life

Occupation: Blogger, FinancialBestLife.com

Age: 30

Favorite Productivity ToolTrello

Most Recommended AppLearnvest - I use it to stay on budget!

Last Thing You ReadThe Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Websitehttp://www.financialbestlife.com 

Twitter & Instagram handle: Twitter - @finbestlife Insta - @thelaurenbowling

Tell us about your journey? Graduated in 2009 with a degree in theater. Moved to NYC with $300 in my pocket to pursue my then-dream of becoming a Broadway actress. Had a lot of credit card debt from a legit shopping addiction I had in college, and so I had to get a job at a hedge fund. This is where my interest and education in money began and when I left that job I was so inspired I started a blog where I chronicled all the things I've learned/continue to learn about money. It was formerly "L Bee and the Money Tree" from 2012-2016 and I rebranded at the end of 2016 into "Financial Best Life!"

I've had lots of success, all because I sat down one day and decided to blog: I've been featured in almost every major financial publication you can think of, made over $100,000 in advertising revenue from the site, and as I was finding my way with my blog I leveraged it to start a new career in Atlanta in content marketing and freelance writing. I've been super blessed!

What what's your favorite part of your day? I get up early in the mornings to journal. It's a great way to clear my mind, and get myself focused and positive for the day ahead!

When do you feel most successful? Getting emails from readers about something that really resonated with them on the blog. 

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? Not the healthiest habit, but I love binge-watching TV and just turning my brain off for a minute. 

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? I think I was very cavalier about blogging full time. I was unhappy at my job and just decided "okay I'll go do this instead!" there wasn't a plan, there wasn't any type of accountability. Biggest piece of advice was that I wish I'd taken it more seriously from day one - I learned over time and eventually got there - but doing things in advance will make the journey much easier. 

How do you optimize your day? I tackle emails, calls and "administrative" tasks in the morning, and try to keep my afternoons free for writing. Since most of what I do is creative writing centric - it's important to have those uninterrupted stretches of time. 

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? My mom, honestly. She was the one who initially gave me the idea to start a blog. And all of the women/other bloggers in my life who have also started their own businesses showed me it was possible to go for something bigger - as long as you have the guts to pursue!

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? I think imagining more also closely relates to the message of my blog - that you can have your own "best life", absolutely, it just often takes smart money planning to get there. I adore the idea that you can have the life you want - you just have to imagine it. I'm living proof!

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? Sleeeeep. (Is this the thing everyone says?)

Favorite social media platform? Tough because I like them all for different things, but I probably use instagram the most. I like watching the stories of my friends and seeing what they're up to!