Hello and Welcome!

Are you looking for more out of life? Better finances, improved health, or maybe a kick-ass career (or all three!)?  If so, you are in the right place.

I’m Jenny and I started Good Life. Better. because just like you I want to have the best life I can create for myself.

My journey began in 2016.  I was in my early 40s and no longer satisfied with the status quo.  By focusing on what I could control, I tackled my debt—paying off almost $60,000 in 16 months, sought out new opportunities at work, and focused on managing my anxiety and getting healthier.

Why “Good Life. Better.”?

A lot of women I know—including me—reach a certain age and can’t help but wonder if this is all there is to life.

They look at their finances and wonder if they are doing enough and if not, what they should be doing instead.

They like their job okay, but wonder if they should stay put, try for that next promotion, or even seek out something completely different.

Some may also know it’s been a while since they stepped on a scale or went to the gym, and wonder how much longer they will be able to get away with not prioritizing their health.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, you are not alone!

Here’s What You Can Expect From Good Life. Better.

  • Thoughtful articles on how to improve your relationship with money and plan for retirement
  • Inspiration and how-tos for saving money, paying down debt, and budgeting
  • Career advice to help you figure out your next move
  • Information about healthy habits and bringing more happiness into your life.

How I Made My Good Life Better

I sometimes jokingly refer to 2016 as “my year of discontent.”  Knowing that nothing was going to change until I did, I undertook some serious soul-searching and formulated a plan of action (you can read more about what I did in my first three posts: Getting Unstuck, Staying Unstuck, and What I Did to Start Making My Good Life Even Better).

Since then, I have been able to get out of non-mortgage debt, tackle my anxiety, and pursue new career options in a new city.

I am still a work in progress (who isn’t?).  But I am trying to change my life for the better every day.

More Stuff About Me

My catsWhen I am not at my 9-5, I spend time with my amazing circle of friends, talking to my sister and her family, or hanging out with my goofball cats (aren’t they cute!).

Want to know more?

  • I played bagpipes in my high school marching band.
  • I have sworn off ever going back to school (I have two post-graduate degrees so should probably have done this sooner).  It has been a surprisingly freeing declaration to a formal education junkie.  I highly recommend adopting it!
  • I hate onions.
  • I dislike odd numbers (except—strangely enough—for 13 which is my birth-date).  When I go to close out of my inbox, I always try to have an even number of emails.  It is a quirk that help me keep this folder cleaned up so I have embraced it, even though it is undeniably kooky.
  • I sadly have lost several family members at young ages.  When I was 15 my father died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm.  Eleven years later, when I was 26, my mother died from a rare autoimmune disease.  Finally, when I was 39, my older brother committed suicide (you can learn more about how his death affects my life here: I Hate Birthdays—But Not Because They Mean I am a Year Older).  These deaths don’t define me—or at least I don’t want them to define me—but they are a part of me and affect my perspective on life, especially when it comes to money.

Thank you for sharing my journey—I’m so glad you’re here!