084 | Montana Money Adventures

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Jillian, from Montana Money Adventures, talks about simplifying her life while raising five children, valuing grit and resilience, taking risk, and the value of financial independence.

What you'll hear in today's show:

  • What does Jillian mean by “big family minimalism”, and why did she consider it a survival tool? <– LINK
  • How did Jillian decide to adopt several children?
  • What role do grit resilience play in her story, and how does that play out in her life?
  • How does Jillian manage the chaos that she invited into her live?
  • What is a “Quit List”?
  • What is the process for deciding what things to quit?
  • How does Jillian pursue minimalism with children?
  • What does life minimalism look like to Jillian?
  • How much involvement do Jillian’s children have in the decision-making process?
  • What does the ideal day look like to Jillian’s family?
  • How does good conversation become a part of Jillian’s life?
  • What did Jillian’s combined income look like during their journey toward financial independence?
  • What was Jillian’s “flash point”?
  • How did her childhood experiences impact the way she approached life and finances as a young adult?
  • What are the highlights of Jillian’s journey toward financial independence?
  • How did Jillian and her husband get to the point of purchasing a house with cash?
  • What did friends and family think of Jillian’s $50k home purchase?
  • How does Jillian teach people to lean into discomfort and own their choices?
  • What does Jillian think about a culture that values comfort and safety?
  • How many things can go wrong before someone will walk away from a pursuit?
  • When did Jillian start to plan her life?
  • Best way to connect with Jillian: email list.
  • How is Jillian learning to be more generous?

 

Links:

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Big Family Minimalism

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8 thoughts on “084 | Montana Money Adventures

  1. This was a great interview. I love that you have a family and are FI and minimalist life style. Very inspiring to me as I am trying to live the minimalist life style with my family of 6.

  2. This was a great episode. I’d love to hear from more folks who come from backgrounds with lower incomes like Jillian.

  3. This is my favorite interview.
    At first I thought it wouldn’t really apply to me that much, however I decided to listen anyhow.
    So grateful that I did! What a treasure! This was very interesting and inspiring.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  4. Wow! My favorite interview ever! Jillian’s struggles resonated with me. As a widow trying to raise 2 kids on my own and achieve financial independence, I too, would love to hear more from low-income families and single parent families that do not have the luxury of a stay-at-home parent.

  5. This was a wonderful episode- thank you! It was the first time I’ve heard someone’s story in the fi community that was so close to my own-
    – moved out on my own in high school
    – went to college
    – medical debt

    Comparable income level

    It was hopeful helpful and refreshing!

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