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Hey there! It’s Amon & Christina, your guides on the journey to financial independence… 

Please allow me to preface this introduction by stating a great lesson I learned in fifth grade (shout out to Ms. Korboltz!): A good introductory paragraph starts off by capturing the reader’s attention. So, here goes our introduction: BAM! BOOM! MONEY! STOCKS! FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE!  PICKLES! Pickles?!  Wait, what?! 

Photo bombed again :(

Photo bombed again :(

Okay, two things here: First, I’ve just decided that all caps aren’t for me. It’s like I’m screaming – and no one likes to have someone scream “PICKLES!” at them.  Second, full disclosure: We rushed out of the house this morning, I didn’t get a full breakfast, and (for some reason), I’m craving a pickle. Why does this matter?  Because in this website/blog (site), we write about things that we like – things that interest us.  You may read about the occasional pickle craving from us but mostly (99.99% of the time), our site is about helping you master your money so that you can reach financial independence and live the life you’ve dreamed without money being a concern.  Our site focuses on ways you can make money, save money, and invest money – all with an eye towards financial independence. 

To be clear, we’re not financial advisors, but we are on a journey towards financial independence and we’ve educated ourselves along the way.So why not share our financial independence journey and what we’ve learned?!

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Amon and I met in college at a faculty-sponsored barbeque.  My friend convinced me to go to the barbeque even though I knew I wouldn’t know anyone there.  To this day, I’m not quite sure why I went.  The whimsical side of me likes to assume it was fate.  Realistically, as a starving college student, it was probably because I would have pretty much went anywhere for free food.  And good thing I went!  Because it was at that barbeque that I first met Amon – standing in the buffet line with all the other starving students.  Food piled on his plate, he approached me. I ecstatically did what any reasonable girl would do when approached by the guy of her dreams – I rushed to grab an extra plate (two plates total!) for myself of faculty-paid-for food.  My reasoning: In case Amon and I hit it off, I didn’t want to have to interrupt him to leave to get a second plate of food.  I know what you’re thinking – what girl wouldn’t want to double-fist two huge plates of food when talking to a hot guy for the first time?  Actually – you’re probably not thinking that . . . maybe I’m the only type of girl that would do that, but it was free food y’all!

No doubt, Amon and I have always been hard-core “free-ninety-nine” seekers – which could have been one of the reasons why we hit it off so well.  I wasn’t looking for him to take me out on a fancy $250 restaurant date (although I was looking for him to ask me out on a date) . . . and he wasn’t looking to pay (nor could he afford) to take me out on a fancy $250 restaurant date. 

Our wedding day (at City Hall) and our 15 year anniversary (in Japan)

Our wedding day (at City Hall) and our 15 year anniversary (in Japan)

Our journey has taken us around the world and back!

Our journey has taken us around the world and back!

Fast forward several years: We’re now married with two kids and we live in Japan. 

Too big of a jump?  Let me fill in a few holes.  After graduating from college, Amon and I moved to San Diego.  Amon had already started investing in the stock market, but we had no accessible money and we wanted to get started in the real estate game.  We purchased a lease option on a property and eventually sold the lease option to buy a condo.  We lived in San Diego for about two years, got married, and then moved to Spain.  Shortly after that, we moved to Japan, had both our girls, moved back to Spain, and then moved back to California so that I could go to law school.  Fast forward to now, several properties later . . . and we’re in Japan!  I work as an attorney in Japan and Amon works as an urban planner. 

A beautiful day in Japan

A beautiful day in Japan

We also have two amazing daughters: Our oldest daughter, Sunoa, is twelven-teen years old.  Yes, I realize “twelven-teen” is not really a number.  Technically, Sunoa is only twelve, but she has teenager tendencies.  Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with teenagers (says the mom without teenagers) and Sunoa is an incredible child!  She gets good grades, shows empathy for others, and is an amazing basketball player . . . BUT . . . the child has feet the size of boats and is just as tall as me!  How is that possible for a twelve year old?!

Our youngest daughter is Melea.  She’s ten years old. Yes – just “ten.” She hasn’t reached the soaring vertical heights of her sister yet.  Nonetheless, she gets good grades, excels at swimming, thinks her daddy is the funniest person on the planet, and she loves to read.  The other day, she finished reading Freakanomics and explained to me why terrorists should purchase life insurance.  I cannot make this stuff up. 

Bangkok, Thailand….on a HOT HOT HOT day

Bangkok, Thailand….on a HOT HOT HOT day

So, that’s us – a family of four in pursuit of financial independence! Please join us on our journey.We’ll be posting new financial independence blog entries and videos each week here.You can also find us posting new financial independence videos every week over on our YouTube Channel (Our Rich Journey). And remember, whether you’re along for the ride or you’re just interested in learning more about the financial independence movement: Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to get up-to-date information from us about financial independence and about making, saving, and investing money!

 
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