About Bria + F|F

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Oh, hey, I didn’t see you there.

But, my spidey senses told me you were here and I’m so happy that you are! My name is Bria and welcome, welcome, welcome to Finessing Finances, a blog geared toward millennial women who are struggling with the day to day nuances of #adulting. This is a safe space to talk about money matters, lifestyle choices, travel, and to receive inspiration and motivation.

This is actually Finessing Finances 2.0 because of the first blog getting deleted entirely. I’m sure you can imagine the devastation I felt when the Siteground support told me everything had gotten wiped out and there were no backups, but the only thing that I could do was wipe away my one gangsta tear and build it right back up. There’s always a silver lining in a seemingly bad situation and my silver lining was that I could re-vamp my brand and bring better content to you guys, so I’m happy!

The only thing I want to do here at Finessing Finances is build a community and keep it real with you, ladies. Life is hard enough without any extra added BS, am I right? Whether you want to figure out the best way to power through your credit card and student loan debt, travel the world without breaking the bank, side hustle your way to a new wardrobe (blogging is one way!), or whip up a nice home cooked meal for your honey, I’m here to help and keep you uplifted while you’re working to create the life you want.

Disclaimer: I’m not an expert in anything mentioned above, but I’ve learned a thing or two in my 24 years of life and I’m continuously learning every day. Through my life lessons and ever-growing knowledge, I’d love to help and inspire other women, which will then continue the cycle for their friends, sisters, mentees, daughters, etc. We’re learning and growing together.

Digging a lil’ deeper

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Going a little bit deeper and getting a better glimpse at the woman behind the keyboard, I’m an awkward, chocolate-fueled and oddly grandma-like young lady with a heart of 24 karat gold. I go out of my way to help those that need it and I’m not going to lie, I really need to work on saying no sometimes! I’m very deliberate with most things that I do in life and whatever I say I’m going to do, I find a way to get it done.

Which leads me into the story of how my passion for traveling started. When I was a sophomore at Florida State University (Go Noles!), I was interested in studying abroad. At first, I was dead set on going to China during the summer, but ultimately that didn’t happen and I’m glad it didn’t because a better opportunity came along to study for an entire semester in *drumroll, please* London!

That was definitely the spark that ignited my love of traveling and specifically on a budget without sacrificing experiences. I got to visit the set of the Harry Potter movies, wander through old mansions and castles, hang my feet off of a cliff, visit Oxford University and bath and even lived through a terrorist attack in Paris *phew*.

From there, I worked hard my senior year to plan and pay for my dream trip to Japan. I made it happen and was pretty proud of myself for it. Most recently, I taught English in South Korea for a year and that in itself is an experience, but one of the perks of living in Korea was the close proximity to other dream countries. I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this: I took advantage.

Traveling, especially solo teaches you so much about yourself, how independent you can be and how you can handle yourself when challenges arise. It’s honestly exhilarating. With the tips and guides I’ll provide to you, you’ll get to know that feeling very well.

Fun facts

Hanbok in Seoul

  1.  I’m a dog-mom to a Shiba Inu named Eri that I rescued while living in South Korea. She’s been to more places than most people have!
  2. I’ve lived in 3 countries so far and have visited 6 others and counting.
  3. I studied 3 languages and can’t speak any of them.
  4. I met my boyfriend of 2+ years back in high school but decided to give him a chance recently, haha.
  5. I’m not doing anything related to my college major, criminology. I’m a teacher!
  6. I have 3 tattoos and planning for more.
  7. I’ve shaved my head completely bald about 3 times now.
  8. I’m an extremely picky eater, but I do love seafood!
  9. I absolutely still believe in the Boogie Man and wear socks to bed every night so that he doesn’t eat my feet.
  10. I can only think of 9 😭

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to shoot me an email at Bria@finessingfinances.com!