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.
They'll be publishing 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.
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, will be my five year “blogversary.” 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.
L Bee and the Money Tree will Become….
I decided on Financial Best Life (financialbestlife.com).
Why the name change from L Bee and the Money Tree? 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.
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!