Morning friends, old and new!
Welp, it’s that time of the journey where I start phasing out of the blog here and pass the torch on to a younger, more impassioned, person to continue spreading the good word!
One of the scariest things I’ll ever do as I’ve been blogging here for over *a fourth* of my life now (!!!), but as novelist Paulo Coelho once said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal!” And I think it’s finally time for me to move onto that next project :)
But the good news is – I’ll still be here for the next month! So no sappy goodbyes until then! (And you know there’s no way in hell I could leave the community forever, haha… My heart and soul is too tied to it!)
But what does this mean for the blog, exactly?? What’s going to change, and who’ll be taking it over?! Where will I be moving to and how can we stay connected as bffs?
Answers to all these questions, and more, below..
The Plan For The Blog
In a nutshell, it’ll continue as-is for the entire month of MAY, with me blogging daily Mon-Thur and then my younger successor hopping in on Fridays to start, then come June 1st I’ll officially retire from the blog with him taking the reins from there and moving to a Mon, Wed, Fri schedule.
And then every few months I’ll pop in just so say hi and shoot you all updates as I’m sure I won’t be able to keep my trap closed forever ;) So I hope you’ll still be here and at least give the new guy a chance!
The New Blogger Taking Over The Reins!
I’m so SO excited to share this with you, and won’t even leave you hanging for any longer ;)
The new face of the blog come June will be a personal friend of mine, and fellow blogger who I’ve been following for over a year now, who goes by the name of “5AM Joel” from 5AMJoel.com :)
I started reading his stuff well before I even considered selling this blog, and every time I finished an article of his I felt a little bit happier than when I first got there. Always a good sign you’re doing something right!
In fact, I literally created a list of bullet points my “perfect” successor would have, and as soon as I was finished he was one of the first names that popped in my head.
I’ll let him share more of his story the next time he comes on here, but here’s that list of bullets I came up with just so you know what was most important to me:
- being real
So basically – the perfect lover, only of finance ;) And fortunately for us he was up for the job, as he certainly didn’t need one already living the FIRE LIFESTYLE we all so want!! But yet another reason he’s such a good fit to take things over here – he’s doing it purely out of wanting to continue his *own* internal mission of helping people live their best lives!
He’s literally a younger, more energetic version of myself – only without all the lol’s and emoji’s pasted everywhere ;) He even likes dabbling in real estate! *gasp*!
Here’s more about him over at his lifestyle and finance site –> 5AMJoel.com. And then here are some of the recent posts and notes we’ve already featured from him on the blog lately:
- Let’s Play a Game
- Budgets are Sexy? Budgets are NECESSARY!
- 10 Ways to Help You Get Closer To Your Best Life
- 4 Great Ways to Spread Investments Around
Total coincidence, btw, that his name starts with a “J” :) But I’m absolutely taking it as a sign! Haha… Welcome aboard, brother!
J. Money Going Forward…
So as I mentioned, I’ll still be here on the blog writing for the entirety of May except on Fridays, and then once June 1st rolls by I’ll be logging off for good, but still very much in the community.
Here’s everywhere you’ll be able to stay connected with me if you’re not already:
- Twitter: @BudgetsAreSexy (where I hang out daily)
- Email: [email protected]
- My personal newsletter: jmoney.biz/newsletter (a bi-weekly email that goes out on Fridays, sharing what I’m up to lately and all the cool stuff I find across the web)
As for what I’ll be working on next??
Well, I’ll give you a clue: if you liked Rockstar Finance, you’re probably going to like what we’re brewing over at Soapbox.com :) The company that now owns Budgets Are Sexy, and who tapped me for this new project they were dreaming up.
I can’t tell you anything more than that just yet (except that I’ll be the Lead Curator on it – oops!), and that it’s tentatively scheduled to launch on July 1st with my boy Nate helping out (oops again!!), but rest assured you’ll know when it’s out the door… ;) And it might even include some daily videos I shoot too! (Oops again, damn it!)
So TL;DR: I’m here for one more month, then Joel will be taking over, and in the meantime you can follow me in all those places listed above so we remain BFFs forever… And then if you wanna get in on the next project I’m working on, just stay tuned and I’ll give you a shout as soon as it’s launched!
In the meantime, questions, comments, concerns – pass them all over below! Crazy stuff to think about, so let’s just not for the next few weeks and continue enjoying each other’s company before we part :)
Love y’all more than you’ll ever know, and SUPER thankful for everything you’ve done to help my personal dreams come true.
Looking forward to where these next adventures take us 👍
PS: For those who missed it, here’s the thinking behind why I decided it was finally time for me to move on: New Beginnings, and The Future of Budgets Are Sexy
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!