About Money with a Purpose
Hi! I'm Fred Leamnson. Welcome to Money with a Purpose! I'm glad you're here.
On this page, I'll tell you what you need to know about me, and why I decided to start this site. I'll also show you how to make the best use of the site so you can find what you're looking for.
I'm the Founder and President of Leamnson Capital, which I launched in 2011 after almost 25 years in the brokerage industry.
I started my career with a regional brokerage firm in Indianapolis, IN cold calling, or as we said back then, “dialing for dollars” trying to convince people to open an account with me. My opening product was a conservative municipal bond to get the door open. It was brutal.
From there, I moved into the conflict-ridden bank brokerage business, where I spent the majority of that part of my career. It was the motivation to move out of the sales-oriented culture of the brokerage industry that helped me decide to form Leamnson Capital.
Now, my sole purpose is to help people accumulate, grow, and protect their wealth so they can achieve their most important goals and desires.
At both Money with a Purpose and Leamnson Capital, I get the pleasure of focusing on what I do best – help people align the way they spend, save and invest their money with what's important in their lives.
As you're about to see, the things I write about have expanded beyond personal finance into a much broader list of topics. The change came as a result of reader feedback.
I've been featured in Money Magazine, Rockstar Finance, MarketWatch, Dollar Sprout, and Campfire Finance. I've been quoted in Forbes, and US News discussing passive income and the 4% rule. I have content on The Good Men Project and Thrive Global.
Why This Blog
The tagline here “Knowledge to Help you Align Your Money with Your Life.? Why is that important? Because if it doesn't, it will be next to impossible to stick with a plan. You'll be jumping from one thing to another looking for solutions that often won't fit.
My goal here is to educate people on topics related to personal finance and money; to simplify what are often very complicated financial topics. We want to help you think about why you're doing what you're doing with your money. How does it fit with who you are; with what's important to you.
We all have opinions, (whether valid, well researched or not). Often, the “experts” quoted, be they financial advisors, industry “experts” or reporters, are advocating positions that benefit them. In most cases, they're trying to sell us something.
When I started Money with a Purpose, my focus was almost completely on personal finance. The something happened that changed how and what I write. You see, our son is a recovering heroin addict. In May 2019, he was one year sober. In the summer of 2018, I told our story of dealing with his addiction in a post titled – Dealing with Addiction and Its Financial Consequences – A Personal Story. That became the most read story on the blog. It led me to create a separate category highlighting people who have overcome significant adversity and come out stronger after getting through it.
Below are the current categories of the blog.
Posts in personal finance cover several topics. Many who write about personal finance regurgitate the same tired old topics. I try to write about things others don't. At the very least, I hope to offer a different perspective. I have a few sub-topics within the personal finance section. Here are some examples, including the most popular posts in each.
General Personal Finance
25 Best Personal Finance Blogs (Why You Should Read)
Why Money is not the Most Important Thing in Life
What Gives Personal Finance Bloggers the Right to be Arrogant
Estate Planning in a Second Marriage – How to Protect Your Kids
Many of the posts in this category are interviews. I've talked with people who have overcome abuse, divorce, attempted suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and many more. Here are the top posts on overcoming adversity
Dealing with Addiction and Its Financial Consequences – A Personal Story
How To Overcome A DUI And Depression
How to Overcome a Gambling Addiction – A True Story
Get Through Med School Reading at the Bottom 5 Percent of Students
Here you'll find posts about different ways to think about things. There are no limitations on topics here. I've covered everything from cell phones to meal prep. No topic is off limits. The Lifestyle category is more of a fun category. However, there are some serious posts about how lifestyle changes have saved us a lot of money. Here are some examples.
Who we are
My wife, Cathy, is the better part of me by a long shot. As the saying goes, I married up. We got married back in 1984. We have one son, Jason (mentioned earlier), and two beautiful Akita's, Titus and Kaylee.
Cathy is a Business Specialist for Aerospace Corporation. She manages budgets for one of the largest groups in the company. They are a quasi-government agency. Aerospace is a Federally Funded Research and Development Company (FFRDC). Oh, how we love our initials in DC! She is extremely good at what she does and takes care of the nuts and bolts of our budget.
Since we first got together back in 1984, I can probably count on one hand the number of weeks Cathy and I haven't worked out at least a couple of times a week. We love doing hot power yoga. Also, we enjoy traditional aerobics and weight training.
We have attended and have been active in Reston Bible Church for a number of years. I interviewed our pastor, Mike Minter on Money with a Purpose about overcoming a cognitive disability. Cathy and I facilitate a weekly PAL Group meeting to provide education and support to parents dealing with addicted loved ones.
We enjoy hanging out with Titus and Kaylee. We take them on walks. They go with us to the beach every year and often accompany us to our favorite Virginia Wineries. We’ve lived in Reston, VA since moving to the DC metro area in 1998 and enjoy all the history, nature and activities the DMV offers.
Your opinion matters
I am here to get the information you, my visitors, want to read. I want to hear from you. Are their topics you'd like to learn more about that you don't currently find here? If so, let me know what those are. Contact me here or shoot me an email at Fred @ money with a purpose dot com.
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