Who is this Beautiful Minimal Millennial anyways? Let’s start with the beautiful part first. My husband lovingly calls me Beautiful. Even when I don’t feel so much as ok let alone beautiful. Zits or no zits, makeup or no makeup, he still calls me beautiful. Wearing second-hand clothes or right off the rack, he calls me beautiful. When I burn dinner or make a truly awesome dinner he calls me beautiful. And after time I have been able to own my own beauty because of his love. He has helped me see my natural beauty inside and out.
Minimal. I started out in this world accumulating stuff. I am pretty sure that I am part of the first kid generation to reap the benefits of the 4am Black Friday Door Buster Sales. It was all fun and games until my biological parents downsized and gave me all of my kid stuff back. Every hand-drawn picture, card, toy, and you name it I got back. All of that stuff occupied half of an extra-large two-car garage. I was literally paralyzed with panic whenever I thought about decluttering. Magically a dumpster showed up during a kitchen renovation and I blindly started tossing boxes into the dumpster. Then on a personal dare one summer day, I walked into the library and found The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I told myself if that book was in the library that day then it would be a sign from the Universe that it was time to fully declutter. That’s how I became an accidental minimalist.
Millennial. I remember the day when I realized that I was considered a millennial. This was right after I heard others say some terrible things about millennials. Millennials are lazy, lack goals, and care more about avocado toast than getting and keeping a real job, those job hoppers. I wanted to be one of the kids on “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” because I didn’t want others to see me as a millennial. And then I decided to own the title and show the world how amazing millennials really are.
That’s how the Beautiful Minimal Millennial was born. I’m an accidental minimalist on a journey to enjoy and find beauty around me all while embracing my millennial tendencies. I’m currently on my third no-spend year as I work to pay off student loan debt and house debt and work towards achieving financial independence. My husband, Mr. BMM, appears in some of my blog posts along with our furry baby. Our little family enjoys going on adventures and being tourists in our local area. Mostly we want to be debt-free and financially independent to live life on our own terms.
That’s a beautiful summary of my personal life. Professionally, I’m a total nerd. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science (B.S) in Accounting from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited college. Then returned back to school for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a management specialization. Most recently I completed Harvard’s Online Business School’s Business Analytics certificate course. I’m a nerd through and through. I love working with large sets of data, I’m not a fan of journal entries. I enjoy tedious and problem-solving work but I don’t do debits/credits really well. I love learning about operations, helping to improve processes, and translating operational decisions into a financial impact. I have worked in healthcare, transportation, insurance, and consulting. I love learning about new processes and businesses so I’m not afraid to take my nerd skills to a new industry!
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