#61: Julie Rains: The Essentials of Growing Wealth

My guest for this episode is Julie Rains, author of, "Growing Wealth: Essential Money Lessons from My Garden to Yours."

Julie is one of those people who has a real knack for getting down to the essentials of the thing she is learning about and the thing she is teaching. In this case, she is teaching us about growing wealth, while also sharing her journey on learning to garden.

This conversation covered a lot of topics, such as learning how to ask for help, how to stay balanced, and how to create a give and take in areas like spending and saving. There is a lot of wisdom packed into a very practical conversation.

Here's her bio:  Julie Rains is a writer and investor.  She has worked as a financial analyst and accountant for Fortune 500 corporations, and as a freelance writer for individual clients and media companies. Her work has focused on analyzing financial information and crafting narratives to make sense of the math. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Years later, she returned to study communications and undergraduate level certificate in technology and communication from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

She and her husband Tim raised two sons, now grown, live in North Carolina, just down the road from me, where she attempts to grow vegetables, and fruit, rides her bike and occasionally organizes group hikes.

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Additional Notes

  • How did you develop a green thumb? (2:36)
  • Catching something before we lose it. (6:36)
  • Growing tomatoes in pots. (12:20)
  • The value of learning from others. (15:22)
  • Gardening as a kid. (20:59)
  • The fruits of stress and how stress works. (27:01)
  • The importance of having cash available to invest. (34:45)
  • Stuck in Canada during 911. (39:11)
  • You know it is okay to spend money. (43:27)
  • The importance of having a mentor. (50:15)
  • Beating nature and expectations of success. (55:09)
  • Netflix’s reinventing itself. (59:18)
  • Cultivating different kinds of soil. (1:05:58)
  • Tips for a good night’s sleep. (1:13:24)
  • The three essentials of financial planning. (1:17:14)
  • Advice for people who are questioning their next step. (1:20:33)