One of the biggest rewards of having a personal finance blog and podcast is being part of such a great community. Throughout my almost 5 years in this sphere, I’ve met and talked to so many amazing people who want to learn more about money, improve their lives and achieve some significant financial goals. 

I’ve shared the stories of a few of these people in my recent debt-crusher post, but for a while now I’ve wanted to do something more. As much as I love this online community, to me it felt like it was time to take it offline. That’s why I’m throwing my very first event called the Millennial Money Meetup!

What is the Millennial Money Meetup?

I’ve had this idea to host an event specifically tailored for millennials for a while now, and thanks to the financial support of EQ Bank it’s really happening! I got the official go ahead a few weeks ago, so I’ve been scrambling to get everything booked and organized for the big day on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in downtown Toronto.

So what exactly is this event all about and why am I doing it? First off, this event is about getting millennials together in a safe space where we can learn and talk to each other about money issues we can all relate to. And the reason I’m throwing it is both simple and ambitious — I want to improve people’s lives.

I can’t tell you how much learning about personal finance has changed my life. When I graduated university back in 2009, my future did not look good. I was in debt, unemployed, still living with my parents and didn’t even know what the difference between a chequing and savings account was.

When I did finally move out on my own, I was flat broke and making a salary that was just above the poverty line. I was honestly terrified that I was going to be broke forever, and that was not the life I wanted to lead.

So I started educating myself, reading books and blogs, and eventually started documenting my own personal finance journey.

Fast forward to 2016 and that honestly sounds like someone else’s life. I’ve been able to make some amazing progress in my life and career, and a big reason is because I took control of my money, instead of letting it control me. Now, I want to give back and help other millennials achieve the same thing.

What’s the Event Gonna Be Like?

I’m a go big or go home kind of person, so don’t let the “meetup” part of the event name fool you. This isn’t some small shindig help in a library basement. I’m doing it up right with free drinks, appetizers, and room for over 100 attendees at the ultra trendy 2nd Floor Events in the Entertainment District.

Not only that, but the main event will be a panel discussion featuring myself, Barry Choi from Money We Have, Michelle Summerfield from Budget Bloggess and Daniel Teo from Urban Departures.

Oh, and did I mention this event is totally free?

For those of you who would like to attend, but don’t live in the area, I haven’t forgotten about you! The entire panel discussion will be recorded as a special episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast, and I’ll also be live streaming the event on Facebook!

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