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Wondering if financial fulfillment and an offbeat creative lifestyle can work together?  This site explores current research and offers a personal case study.

Savvy History is About Music

Michelle and Adam write folk-rock songs based on true characters from history.  After recording numerous albums together and separately, they started this blog to document where they went right in the past, where they went wrong, and the day to day process of making their new niche music (along with the financial aspects of making an album while creating a life that maximizes financial choice).

Savvy History is About Financial Independence

Do you feel like you have to choose between a creative lifestyle or financial fulfillment?   FI and creativity work together.  DIY creatives benefit from taking their finances as seriously as their ideas.  FI is about establishing options for you and what you can offer the world.   Michelle and Adam created this site in order to show the ins and outs of their money saving tips, tricks, and fails (including how they cut their expenses to do exactly what they wanted for three years and what they learned from that experience). 

They have since remodeled houses in order to drastically increase their net worth, rejoined the workforce in jobs they enjoy (teaching and sound tech work), and paid off their mortgage while investing in IRAs.  They are passionate about journaling throughout the rest of their journey to lean FI and are excited to document their experiences on this blog.

Savvy History is About Creativity Research

Creativity has several definitions depending on who you talk to.  After years of being a full-time musician, Michelle gravitated back towards teaching in her mid-twenties, finished a degree in education, and obtained a Master’s with a focus in gifted psychology.  She has formally and informally studied the creative process, the theory of positive disintegration,  twice-exceptional students, the autistic brain’s love of systems, the under explored connection between Asperger’s manifesting as anorexia, mental health struggles among individuals with high potential, giftedness vs. narcissism, and bibliotherapy. 

Obsessively consuming FI blogs for the past several years, she is in love with the under-explored connection FI has to creative psychology.   She has an exciting vision for how the above subjects can connect to FI in order to benefit many others.  

Adam explores creativity daily with a more hands-on approach in regards to home design, remodeling, DIY decor, parenting hacks, and cost effective meal prep.  As a sound tech in the music department at a local private college, he also knows firsthand what it is like to work in a creative environment with a focus on the arts.

Our Main Message: Show Your Work

FI is for people who strive to live their lives with intense analyzation and intention. 

Michelle and Adam have always believed in reflective writing.  From writing songs to help them make decisions in daily living to intensive lists used to help them make major life-changing decisions, writing has always been there to help them along.  Michelle used to journal daily and extensively in a private manner.  She hopes to take this old habit and turn it public (mistakes and all) with this blog. 

Michelle and Adam have big questions to sort through in the next few years (along with ambitious pursuits).  Will they buy the house by the park and remodel it?  Will they stay in their current home and buy a rental?  Will they have a second child?  Will they intentionally develop one of their side-hustles into a full-fledged business?  Will they continue to play live shows or try to sell music online?  Either way, they will navigate their creative financial life in the FI community in order to hold themselves accountable while learning from others.

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