PWF 3: The Why of FI with Jillian Johnsrud from Montana Money Adventures

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What’s This Episode About?

Jillian from Montana Money Adventures achieved Financial Independence at the age of 32. At an early age Jillian found herself in a difficult home environment.  When she pressed her mother to pack up and move them away she was crushed to hear that they could not afford to live somewhere else.  Her mother was unable to support them alone with her pay.  Jillian vowed to never be trapped in a situation like this again and used this determination to sacrifice, save, and achieve financial independence.

Meet Today’s Guest

Fifteen years ago when Adam and I were married, we had $55,000 in debt (credit card, student loans, and medical debt). We also had big dreams. We wanted to take mini-retirements. We wanted to travel the world. And we wanted to adopt.

We wanted financial freedom: to never worry about having the money to put food on the table or pay the bills again. I grew up poor, and never ever wanted to feel that way again.

In the last 15 years, we paid off all our debt, traveled to 27 counties, lived abroad for 4 years, took 5 mini-retirements, adopted 4 kids (plus had 2 biological kids!). We paid cash for our very first home and bought 2 rental properties that we fixed up ourselves. We have served on boards of nonprofits, mentored kids from tough situations, and volunteered in all sorts of roles.

At 32, I became financially independent. Now it’s my mission to help others build a life that perfectly lines up with their values, passion and purpose.


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