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Welcome! I'm Jillian Leslie, host of The Blogger Genius Podcast and founder of MiloTree.com and CatchMyParty.com. In each episode, I interview other successful bloggers, online entrepreneurs, and online business experts to talk about what's working NOW in the digital space. If you're a blogger or an entrepreneur, you'll definitely want to learn how to implement these newest strategies! I break it down. I'm not afraid to ask hard questions. I promise there are will be real takeaways in every ...
 
How would your life change if you reached Financial Independence and got to the point where working is optional? What actions can you take today to make that not just possible but probable. Jonathan & Brad explore the tactics that the FI community uses to reclaim decades of their lives. They discuss reducing expenses, crushing debt, tax optimization, building passive income streams through online businesses and real estate and how to travel the world for free. Every episode is packed with ac ...
 
So many inspiring podcasts out there allow us to hear all about how well-established stars got to where they are today. But those actors are so faaaaaaar away from where so many of us are today! Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his ...
 
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I'm excited to share my newest podcast interview with Cheryl Garove, from the blog, Grounded by Grace. In her blog, Cheryl doesn't hold anything back. She discusses her food addiction and her family's addictions to drugs and alcohol. She does this with bravery, clarity, and of huge dose of grace. Many people would feel uncomfortable writing so deep…
 
What You'll Get Out Of Today's Show 2021 kicks off the fifth year of the ChooseFI podcast. Despite being at different points in their own financial journeys, Brad and Jonathan have experienced the benefit of incremental growth with both their finances and self-improvement. While it may seem simple and even mediocre, they are living amazing lives. Y…
 
Happy New Year! For those wanting to up their SEO game in 2021, this is the episode for you. I’m interviewing Marieke van de Rakt, the CEO of Yoast, the must-have WordPress SEO plugin. She shares all about how to get your content to rank in Google. In this episode, we discuss: Why you need to write something people want to read The importance of ke…
 
When it comes to investing strategies, one of the most influential books available claims that if you keep it simple, you'll actually do better. Here to talk about the philosophy behind his investment strategy is one ofChooseFI's most requested guests, JL Collins, author of The Simple Path to Wealth, and popular blog series, The Stock Series. The i…
 
It's Part 3 of ChooseFI's end-of-year wins where we hear directly from our community members. During this live event, listeners shared the actions they've taken during the past year that have helped them to spend less, earn more, and enjoy the journey. This year, the year-end-win episode took place in a three hour live Facebook and YouTube event fe…
 
I want to announce that if you are ready to grow your blog in 2021, join our MiloTree Entrepreneur Coaching Group, which is starting January 12. This might be the only time we host the Coaching Group in 2021, so don't miss this chance! It's for six weeks. We meet twice a week, live on Zoom. There is a private Facebook group for connection and quest…
 
It's Part 2 of ChooseFI's end-of-year wins where we hear directly from our community members. During this live event, listeners shared the actions they've taken during the past year that have helped them to spend less, earn more, and enjoy the journey. This year, the year-end-win episode took place in a three hour live Facebook and YouTube event fe…
 
It's the ChooseFI Christmas Edition where we hear end-of-year wins direct from our community members. During this live event, listeners shared the actions they've taken during the past year that have helped them to spend less, earn more, and enjoy the journey. This year, the year-end-win episode took place in a three hour live Facebook and YouTube …
 
This episode is one of my most popular from 2020. It explores how Lauren McManus went from a blogging failure to massive success. I find Lauren’s story interesting, especially the part where she and her business partner started a blog that didn’t go anywhere. Not everybody hits it big with that first try. After the failure, they started another blo…
 
Teachers have been getting taken advantage of when it comes to their investment options. Thankfully, the internet and technology have made it easier to get the word out and help teachers wanting to do better. During his first year of teaching, Dan Otter was asked if he cared about his financial future. He politely listened to a hardball sales pitch…
 
Here are my 9 ways to get your blog off on the right foot in 2021. After a crummy year, I'm starting to feel much more optimistic about the New Year. So, I recommend you take this time during the holidays to get yourself prepared to jump in in a new way come January. Some of the ideas I present relate to mindset shifts, like believing in abundance …
 
Don't fall for the misconception that financial independence is just for 20 and 30-year-olds. It is for everyone at any age and it's not too late to get started. Amy had a wake-up call in her early 40s. Starting with no net worth, through flexibility and adaptability, she got started and reclaimed decades of her life. Amy describes herself as a tri…
 
Setting up your financial life includes updating your investor policy statement and examining the rationale for equal weighting inside your index funds. Brad is giving his physical fitness a boost in December with a month-long burpee challenge. A full-body exercise that can be done quickly at home without any equipment, Jonathan asks what would cha…
 
What is Pinterest saying now to be successful on the platform? I’ve got Alisa Meredith from Tailwind back on the show for her fourth visit. She is a dear friend and alway willing to share the most cutting edge news about Pinterest. As we all know, Pinterest wants “new content” on the platform. But what is new content? Back in February this was a ne…
 
Continuing the conversation discussing financial basics, today's episode covers how to get started investing, banking, and setting up your financial life. As a recent college graduate, Brad had the motivation to get his financial life together but didn't really know how to go about doing it. During his first job, he wanted to open up a Roth IRA aft…
 
It's no secret that Brad and Jonathan's families are board game fans. One way they can typically save 20-60% on the cost of board games is by watching for price drops on Amazon using CamelCamelCamel. Brad was able to save a substantial amount on the purchase of a squat rack simply by being able to stand by and wait for the price to drop. Listener L…
 
If you listen to this podcast, you know I talk a lot about how to write content that attracts your ideal audience. If you listen to this podcast, you know I talk a lot about how to write content that attracts your ideal audience. I think of my content as the top of my purchasing funnel. If I can get it right, I've set myself up for success—whether …
 
It's end-of-year tax planning time. As you get further along in your financial independence journey, there are likely more end-of-year tax planning items you'll need to be aware of. Having a checklist to review annually is useful. It's been an unusual year and December is that time to begin making end-of-year tax considerations. In addition to the …
 
As the ChooseFI community continues to grow, it's necessary to discuss some fundamental basics that serve the audience who are just getting started, as well as provide a refresher for those who have been on the path for a long time. In this episode, we revisit the magic of compound interest and investing for beginners. Getting to financial independ…
 
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I'm releasing a guided meditation on gratitude. Given how strange and unsettling this year is, I thought intentionally focusing on something positive in our lives—all things we're grateful for—could help make this time a little easier to stomach. My hope is that this will offer a few minutes of peace and calm. Just re…
 
Want to learn how to drive enormous traffic to your blog? Today I'm talking with Melanie Ferguson from Southern Crush at Home for a Part 2 interview. Melanie starting focusing on her blog about a year ago, and since then has grown it large enough to be accepted into the ad network, MediaVine, which has a minimum of 50k sessions per month. You will …
 
One of ChooseFI's most popular guests is back! Dominick Quartuccio returns to talk about after the shock of 2020, how to bounce back and what it looks like to design your life for next year. Brad's relationship with Dominick goes back to when they were in college together. After reconnecting several years ago, Dominick has become a source of inspir…
 
ChooseFI Facebook Community Manager recently posted a meme that hit home with Brad. It said, “Plot twist: 2020 has actually been the best year of your life. You faced challenge after challenge, you've adapted, and you've overcome. 2020 has forced you to grow exponentially. Don't take that for granted.“ 2020 had been Jonathan's best year ever. Inste…
 
In this episode I share my thoughts on the perfection of B- work and how to get stuff done in your business. This is a personal solo episode I recorded about my deep and conflicted relationship with perfectionism. I call myself a “recovering perfectionist” and believe I will be dealing with its affects for the rest of my life. There have been times…
 
Optimize your finances during your 20s, no matter what your income is, and build significant wealth. But what are your options when working an entry-level job when you have a large amount of student loan debt? Amy's first job out of college was an entry-level position earning $30,000. By the age of 25 had a $100,000 net worth and has tripled her sa…
 
Today I'm talking with my friend and Pinterest expert, Jennifer Priest, from Smart Creative Social, about how to be effective on Pinterest today. Pinterest is getting a bad rap these days because people are seeing their traffic from the platform plummet. Jennifer and I debunk some of the myths swirling around Pinterest, and talk about how there is …
 
Yanely grew up in a low-income household in Brooklyn and then attended Brown University. But by the time she graduated, she had accumulated a bunch of credit card debt that she was hiding from her family. She tried to figure out dealing with her debt on her own by reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching YouTube videos. After paying it of…
 
Today we’re talking about why it’s worth growing an engaged Facebook audience and how this could be a game-changer for your business. I’m interviewing Melanie Ferguson from Southern Crush at Home. Melanie has a Facebook page with over 100k followers. We talk about how valuable followers are when growing your online business because they show up for…
 
Your money story informs so much of your life even if you're not aware of it. For 30 years, Leisa Peterson has been researching and studying how trauma in early life contributes to the money challenges faced later in life. Growing up with a scarcity mindset, money became an escape that gave her motivation. Leisa decided in her mid-twenties that she…
 
Jonathan draws a parallel between the episode on Monday with professional poker player Annie Duke and hitting his weight loss goals. Finding himself well over his desired weight, Jonathan took a health challenge and has kept the weight off for six months making him a weightloss statistical abnormality. Where most people diet and get to a goal weigh…
 
Ready to learn how to win selling on Shopify? If you are a blogger, you know I recommend finding something to sell to your audience, and Shopify might be the perfect platform for you to do it on. This is why I'm excited to share my interview with Shopify expert, Elle McCann. In this episode, we delve into lots of important Shopify strategies and ta…
 
Annie Duke is a world champion poker player and author of Thinking in Bets, a book which makes the case for embracing uncertainty in our decision-making framework. In Annie's latest book, How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices, she answers the question, what does a good decision-making process look like and how to incorporate that in…
 
After 18 years of ownership, Brad says goodbye to his beloved Honda Civic, Golden Boy. When it comes to car ownership, ChooseFI often talks about only buying a new car every 15 years. Over a 45 year adult lifetime, the savings, when invested, can amount to almost $750,000 when compared to someone who leases or just manages a constant car payment. A…
 
In today's episode of The Blogger Genius Podcast, we're digging into how to easily design Pinterest pins to get more traffic. Face it, there's no better way to get traffic to your blog than Pinterest. And now that Pinterest has come out and said it wants "new content," it behooves you to create lots of new pins for the platform. But how do you do t…
 
Immigrating to the United States as a child, by early adulthood, Jully found herself caught up in our consumer culture and had acquired five figures worth of debt. After working to dig her way out and starting on her path to finical independence, she's become an advocate. Drawing from her experience, she now help Latinas become financial powerful t…
 
In our eighth Households of FI touchpoint episodes, Kristi was successfully following the standard path with a six-figure job and keeping up with the Joneses but waiting to take a breath and enjoy life. After finding FI, she realized the money was no longer the goal but simply a tool. Kristi has been connected with Big ERN, from Early Retirement No…
 
If you want to know how to use analytics to increase your end of the year blog income, this is the episode for you! Who doesn’t need more money over the holidays? As we approach the end of the year, I always recommend bloggers dust off their holiday content and give it a refresh. But a good question to ask is what posts should you update, and how d…
 
Brad has been taking part in a mastermind group and teaching its members about financial independence. While they understood the “Why of FI”, how to get started wasn't as clear. The Back to Basics series of episodes covers just that, how to get started on the path to FI. The journey to financial independence is not about deprivation. It is about a …
 
In this ChooseFI Back to Basics episode, we review Health Savings Accounts (HSA). What happens when you need to finally pull money out after funding it year after year? ChooseFI Chief Content Officer, MK, is just weeks away from having her baby. For years, she and her husband, Jason, have been funding separate HSA accounts without making any withdr…
 
Here are the 5 secrets successful bloggers know to grow their blogs. Given that I work closely with bloggers in our MiloTree Coaching Group, and I interview successful bloggers on my podcast, I get to see consistent patterns. In this podcast, I share what I see works for many bloggers and online entrepreneurs today. The word I use over and over aga…
 
How can you recognize the value in the secondhand market, begin optimizing a strategy, and turn it into income? Today's guests, Rob and Melissa Stephenson, the Flea Market Flippers, have built a six-figure business flipping the bargains they find. Rob spent weekends as a child with his parents visiting yard sales. They bought items and then listed …
 
Picking back up with the Household of FI series, Vivian is a single mom who found FI in the last year, but initially, it seemed impossible. It wasn't until she was introduced to the ChooseFI podcast and saw real people reaching financial independence that she believed she could do it too. Vivian has been dealing with a number of challenges: a cance…
 
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