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July 30, 2018

Why You Need an Identity Outside of “Parent” and “Employee” – with Mark Bovair


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As young parents, we can easily lose our identity. If we're not feeding, clothing and cleaning up after our children, then we're at our full-time jobs grinding away trying to pay the bills.

Where is the “me” time?

When do I get time for my hobbies and interests?

That's what I'm exploring today with my special guest, Mark Bovair.

Mark is a single father of 3 who hails from the great state of Michigan (like me). Personally, I really enjoy his conversations and perspective around fatherhood, balancing work with a pursuit of your passions and discovering who you really are.

Fatherhood, Pursuing Your Passion, Quality of Life

What are we covering?

Mark and I discuss:

  • Finding purpose in the daily grind
  • Why having your own interests and hobbies is good for your children
  • How minimalism can aid in reducing your stress

This is just two 30-something guys chatting about parenthood, work and the general meaning of life … you know, no big deal.

Join us as we navigate the murky waters of being a young parent and make some revelations that help us both.


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About Our Guest:  Mark Bovair

Minimalism, Personal Finance
Mark Bovair

Since Mark went to school for finance, he has had a lifelong interest in helping others get their money right. His personal finance journey has seen him escape the grips of debt twice.

Mark is an accountant by day and a personal finance coach in his free time. He's also a father to 3 kids and a very average golfer.

Money Master of the Week

Jess and Josh Boyce from Florida paid off $147,000 of debt in just 3 years!

Debt Free
Josh and Jess Boyce

I discovered Jess and Josh’s story as I was scrolling through Twitter the other day … Here are the high-level details of their big victory:

  • They racked up $147,000 in student loans, car debt, bedroom furniture loans and credit card debt
  • Figuring everyone just sort of lived with massive debt, they let it fester for a while until they met a couple that had retired early.
  • They were so inspired by this financially independent couple … they wanted in!
  • The debt pay down started right away in 2015
  • With their combined $95,000 income, they started tracking their income and expenses with a zero-based budget, started living below their means and slowly but surely they chipped away at the debt each month.
  • Three years later in May of 2018 … they became DEBT FREE!

This is how it’s done, my friends!  When you clean up your debt, you feel free and ready to take on any challenge. 

Now, these two are all excited about pursuing financial independence. Talk about true freedom!

If you want to learn more about Jess and Josh, check out their feature in Time from this past week. 

Jess and Josh are our Money Masters of the Week!

If you have a financial victory you want to share on this show, please leave me a voicemail (or an email) and include the following:

  • First name
  • Location
  • Your recent big win
  • How you did it
  • Your plans for the future

Your story will inspire others to save more, make more and plan for their family’s future.

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Carpe Diem Quote

“Don't live the same day over and over again and call that a life. Life is about evolving mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.”
― Germany Kent

Are you a young parent seeking out a new identity?

Please let me know in the comments below.

Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and relaxing on his hammock.

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