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Four years ago I moved from NYC back to Atlanta. During a job interview, they asked me what I wanted for my future (as they do in most job interviews.)

I want to publish a book by the time I'm 30.” I said.

Truthfully, I've wanted to be a published author since I was a little kid when I would spend my free time indoors writing plays and short stories.

30 was just an arbitrary number, but I saw having a book published as a great trajectory for me and my (then) baby blog.

After four years of writing about finance and a handful of self published products of my own, I'm excited to announce that I'm finally going to be a published author to not one, but two books with Coventry House Publishing.

They'll be publishing an as-yet unwritten (and untitled) book about my experiences with money AND the paperback version of my recent release, “The Millennial Homeowner: A Guide to Successfully Navigating Your First Home Purchase.” Click here to buy your copy on Amazon!

So, now I'll have two books in print shortly after my 30th birthday 🙂

Dreams do turn into realities if you work hard enough and hold on long enough. (Read why I think tenacity is important here.)

Aside from being the publishing home to some of my favorite bloggers like Stefanie O'Connell and Melanie Lockert (of Dear Debt), they were also the only house I felt really “got” what I was trying to do with this book and didn't try to force their agenda on me.

I've been shopping around a proposal for this book since last December (yup, almost a year ago) and had a literary agent and several interested publishers. Deal after deal fell through because they weren't really on board with my vision and after the last one backed out in early March…I took a step back.

Maybe this book wasn't meant to be, I thought, and I focused instead on releasing my own products and working to grow the blog to an even bigger audience.

I literally began to think a book was never going to happen for me. I'm so glad I was wrong.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE…..

I'm going to talk about turning 30 a little bit more. It's not until March, but can you tell it's been on my mind? On top of one big birthday for me, this coming April, LBMT will turn five years old.

In this midst of all these great (new) opportunities, thinking about where I've been, the amazing places this blog has taken me, and where I want to go, I've decided to re-brand the site. (You may have gotten a heads up on this when I asked for feedback in a recent email newsletter and if you keep up with me on instagram.)

So yes, there's going to be two news books and a brand new look, feel, and NAME for my site.

The name…..?

I decided on Financial Best Life (financialbestlife.com).

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Why the name change? Well, for three big reasons.

1 – I wanted a new brand that could grow with me as I enter a new decade and phase of my life (I'm no longer the lost little girl with the shopping addiction hoping to grow her money tree….)

2 – I'm not like other money bloggers, and I wanted a site that reflects my own money mantras. The biggest one? You can't live the best life you're meant to live until you get right with your money. So whether you want to start a business, travel the world, or stay at home with your kids – it only happens when you have the money component figured out.

3 – I love sharing bits and pieces of my life with readers. The relationship I have with you guys  is what has kept me going for nearly five years. But in moving forward I wanted the blog to be less “me, me, me” and more about “you, you, you” – giving you guys the think pieces, resources, and free courses to help you live your financial best life.

For me and the small business I run, the decision to re-brand has been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I've loved the name and loved people thinking of me as “L Bee and the Money Tree.”

But the truth is sometimes you have to let go of things you love in order to rise higher.

And really, I've been feeling like the name has needed to change for over a year. I promise, this wasn't a decision I made on a whim. I'm an intuitive and impulsive decision maker by nature, but this big change was one I mulled over (and over) for many months.

We're working on rolling out the new site sometime before the end of the year. I hope you guys stick around to see what's in store because I sure am excited about everything that is happening!

 

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  • Congrats on the exciting news! Excited to get my hands on your book and see your re-brand!

    • Thank you! I”m very excited to share the new website…it’s going to be so different from before!

  • SO many exciting things! Congrats lady!

    • Thanks for leading the way Stefanie – I definitely took inspiration from your rebrand last year 🙂

  • Congrats on publishing your books! So inspiring. And looking forward to the new direction!

    • The new direction has literally been giving me so much life. I’m very excited to share once it’s all finished!

  • I’ve just recently found L Bee and the Money Tree and I love everything you stand for so I know that these new adventures and experiences will be even better! Congratulations!

  • Dia

    This is so amazing. Congrats to you. I think it’s amazing you are published not 1 but 2 books. Like you said dreams do come true!

  • Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog

    Congratulations on the book deals. Looking forward to the site change. 🙂

    • I’d love to hear your thoughts once it is all up and running.

  • Melinda

    congrats to you..well deserved. Continue to chase your dreams, I will be cheering you on!!!

  • Andrea Haw

    Wonderful! Even your reasoning for changing things is inspiring. I will definitely continue to follow you. Congratulations on both books.

    • Thanks Andrea – I’m excited to share the new direction.

  • Giulia Lombardo

    CONGRATS Walt Disney said : if you can dream It you can do It your testimonial demostrates that is absolutely true!!!

  • Congrats on all the success! Looking forward to seeing the new site and continuing to follow along with the new content!

  • Congrats girl! So proud of you!

  • Mustard Seed Money

    Wow congrats on the awesome news. You must be super pumped reaching your dreams. Congrats!!!

    • Yes, but now I have to find some new ones to go out and achieve. It’s a good spot to be in but even more questions to answer 🙂