Millennials: Getting the right mix of financial advice

Casie 24, has dreams of being another Paris Hilton, only with a $24,000 income, she has amassed a $31,000 debt.

I never thought I’d be in an article about having good finances, let alone millennials and good financial advice.. It seemed impossible back when I graduated from collegge and uni, faced with debt from school, and every major credit card.

'MAKE IT GO AWAY' Casie Stewart, iPad: This is my photo, I am very deep & emotional. Andy Warhol drew the knives, I drew the blood and showed emotion. Someone on Twitter just said I am cute when I'm mad, why do boys always say that? I AM NOT CUTE. I AM ANGRY. - See more at:

I moved back from Australia and was BROKE. I had mounting debt and wasn’t making nearly enough money. I was on this show called Maxed Out (now on the Oprah Network!) where I confronted my debt with a financial advisor and through that experience, got a better paying job. If you don’t think you’ll get a spot on a show so you’re able to tackle your financial issues head-on, instead just get in touch with a service like Traverse City wealth management firm so you’re able to fix your finances.

The host thought me making a living by being ‘Casie Stewart’ was a total joke and nearly impossible since I didn’t come from money. She compared me to Paris Hilton and I officially launched my website at the end of the show. I had been writing THIS IS MY LIFE at blogspot but finally went to my own url.

Casie 24, has dreams of being another Paris Hilton, only with a $24,000 income, she has amassed a $31,000 debt.
Casie 24, has dreams of being another Paris Hilton, only with a $24,000 income, she has amassed a $31,000 debt.

This week, an article that I consulted on recently came out with a study from TD bank. It quotes me and was published on PR Newswire, Yahoo Finance and some other places. This is my real story and my actual serious advice is if you are having money worries, no matter how broke you are, it is helpful to see someone who can get you on the right track. I’m 31 and debt free now! When looking into loans and finance advisers, you’ll need to do your research and learn to understand the alternative lenders and options you have.

I have also learned a lot about managing money and utility bills that can also be applied to business scenarios. For example, I recently discovered Utility Bidder – a site where businesses can compare different gas and energy providers to ensure they are getting the best deal. Shopping around to find the best utility provider for your business is so important in today’s fast paced and competitive economy.

I’ve also found that by using the best credit cards to build credit, my credit rating has seriously improved. When I was in college and collected a lot of debt, my credit rating wasn’t great at all! In fact, it was pretty embarressing. Now, although I don’t have a perfect score, it’s much better and I am proud of that.

AND to the host of Maxed Out who looked at me like I was crazy, LOOK AT ME NOW!

TD survey finds more than two in five Gen Y Canadians consider parents their most trusted financial advisor

Casie Stewart is a 31-year-old social media specialist and blogger who recently spent five years paying off her student debt. She agrees her parents are good role models when it comes to responsible financial habits but says their specific financial advice doesn’t always apply to her situation.

“My parents always taught me to save, but it’s difficult when you don’t have much money coming in,” she said. “It was haunting to have debt from school and I didn’t know how to manage it.”

Casie says that’s why she also turned to a professional financial advisor for help, after explaining to her parents some of the difficulties she had saving money.

“I met with a financial advisor because I knew I needed help to turn my finances around,” she said. “I set a goal to be debt free by 30. For five years I made monthly payments and never missed one. It was really helpful to keep that five year goal in mind, and now I’m looking at different types of financial goals.”

Read the full article here: Millennials: Getting the right mix of financial advice

Photo by Kelly Kruschel
Photo by Kelly Kruschel

Urban Farming is Big in Japan

Urban Farming is Big in Japan

I never really thought I’d be into farming but urban farming, now that’s stylish. Came across this video about urban farming in Japan via @tasdesignbuild. I love sustainable architecture that either helps the environment or uses technology to make it functional.   This my friends, is an awesome beginning…

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In other news, you can now buy Joe Fresh online. Weeeeeeeee!


The 7 Vices of Highly Creative People

The 7 Vices of Highly Creative People

An oldie but  goodie, came across this again while cleaning up old bookmarks. The article blog post was originally published on Salon in February, 2000THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND. I was born a creative person and at times I’ve wondered if my vices are helping or hindering. It gives me comfort that many of the greats were open about their vices too. This list is a pretty good one, you’d enjoy the whole article on Salon too I’m sure.

creative brain head @casiestewart #thisismylife

The 7 Vices of Highly Creative People

  1. Drinking – For [Winston] Churchill, like many other great drinkers, alcohol was a tool used to feed creativity and social discourse. 
  2. Smoking – Smoking has often been linked with creative genius.
  3. Gabling – The world is full of stories of highly creative people whose success was based on the big gamble.
  4. Oysters – Certain foods are frequently associated with highly creative people. None more so than the oyster.
  5. Fashion – The highly creative always choose their wardrobes with a more consistent flair.
  6. Sex – The sexual appetite and prowess of those possessed by creativity can’t be argued.
  7. Abuse the Card – The highly creative travel an expensive road, and the best way to stay between the yellow lines, or at the very least keep food on your table, is to Abuse the Card.

Flashing highway on bridge! #YOLO @casiestewart #thisismylife

Here’s to the crazy creative ones!

Oh yeah! Ace Ventura! #thisismylife

Love to know if you have any to add to the list below? LMK in the comments or Twitta.


Magic Happens

Magic Happens

Screen shot from this week’s episode of Girls on HBO. I really like this show.  Below is a similar one I Pinned  21  weeks ago, that I drew on iPad months ago. I love when things like that happen. It’s a thing from the internet. I don’t know where it originated. There are lots of versions. It’s a good reminder.



Ordered these Shosh and Jessa rings for Lauren and I from Etsy.  I love ordering from THE INTERNET.



Have Confidence in Your Business

Watched this talk last night by Mike Monteiro about being a person who works in the business of being creative. He talks about relationship building and uses good language. The start is amusing and I learned a few things. I drew on iPad while he was talking.

He brings in his lawyer, who is quite insightful. Especially when it comes to how to take care of client service contracts as a small business. Sounds boring but it’s not. I watched the whole thing. Having a business lawyer like Weisblatt Law Firm can really help expand and build on your business in the best way possible with sorting out legalities.

If the person you are working with has their lawyer on the call, you should have yours.

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from San Francisco Creative Mornings

I like when he says ” I would like designers to stop being bottoms, realize the power you have in the relationship”. (You’ll enjoy that part I’m sure.) I love listening to entrepreneurs talk. It’s like candy for your brain. At the end he says something that I say to you and myself like, errrrrrrry day.

Go do something awesome.

“this is a Cinderella moment for a science nerd like me’, she said.

Angela is my hero today! Check out this cure for Cancer she’s working on.

Way to go girl! What were you doing at 17?