Hi, I’m Kat!
Hi! I’m Kat, and I’m a “retired” CPA. I ditched my 9-5 corporate job in June 2022 and became a full-time real estate professional. I now get to do what I love and am passionate about. I started this blog in 2020 to inspire others feeling trapped in their job to start their financial freedom journey. My goal is to help you build the life of your dreams by making great financial decisions and investing in real estate.
4 Facts About Me
> I Love Obstacle Races
> I Love Sushi
> I Love Hiking
> I Have 4 Dogs and 1 Cat
“Often, the more money you make the more money you spend; that’s why more money doesn’t make you rich – assets make you rich.”
-Robert T. Kiyosaki
Despite being an accountant, I wasn’t always great at managing my finances.
I was born in the US, but I grew up in Colombia. Financial literacy wasn’t taught at school or home. My family never talked about money or investing. We didn’t have much money to begin with.
I grew up with the mentality that investing was for the wealthy and unless I became wealthy, I wouldn’t be able to invest. Eventually, I realized how wrong I had it. You build wealth BY INVESTING.
Growing up, my goal was to come live in the US, pursue the American Dream, and become wealthy.
I came to live in the US permanently when I was 16 years old. I was a high school graduate with big dreams. I wanted to live the life you see in the movies. Little did I know, I was pursuing the wrong thing. I was going to go to college, obtain my degree, work hard, climb the corporate ladder, get married, buy a house, have kids, and continue working hard until my job made me wealthy. That’s exactly the path I was on until real estate came into my life.
I had never even considered real estate investing as an option. I became obsessed with the idea while working as an assistant property manager for a real estate investment company. This was back in 2011 and I was 20 years old at the time.
The investment company was owned by a wealthy family, so it proved my theory that investing was only for the wealthy (or so I thought). My new goal was to become wealthy so I could invest in real estate too. I even came up with an elaborate 10-year plan.
The problem was that, by then, I was already a financial mess. I had credit card debt, student loans, and a car note. I was living the good life, but paycheck to paycheck. I had no idea how to get out of this cycle. I unsuccessfully tried for several years, but I was still pursuing the wrong thing.
Then I met my husband, Ryan, another accountant who was also in the same endless cycle. Although Ryan was in a better financial position than I was, he was also trapped in the rat race. He owned a house and had retirement accounts, but still had bad debt and no options. Ironically, it was the fact that he was better off that triggered me to finally get my financial situation in order.
It took me a couple of years to figure it all out and correct the mistakes that I made early on.
In 2017, I found myself working for another real estate investor and this was the last push I needed. After getting his portfolio turned around, I felt that it was time to start my real estate investing journey. By then, I had read several financial literacy and real estate books, so I knew better. Real Estate Investing is for ANYONE.
We bought our first investment in 2019. In just 3.5 years of investing in real estate, I was able to accumulate more wealth than I ever thought possible.
When I started this blog in 2020, my goal was to retire from corporate in 2027. Fast forward 2 years later, and here I am!
Of course, I couldn’t have done it without my amazing and supportive husband. For this to work, we both had to jump on board and together venture into our financial freedom journey. Ryan is due to retire his job as an accountant in the summer of 2023.
Our chosen path to early retirement was through real estate investing and other side hustles while still working the 9 to 5 job.
Real estate has allowed us to build the life of our dreams one house at a time. It has given us options that we never thought possible.
I would love for everyone to experience the same and this is why I am here. My goal is to inspire you to choose your path and start your journey.
I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to share my financial freedom journey with you.
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