Welcome to Cashville Skyline!

Greetings, friends!

If you're reading for the first time, you may have stumbled upon the article, Nashville Promoter Pulls Off a Career Switch, with photo of me in front of the Golden Gate Bridge from this week's Wall Street Journal.

As a friend or family member, you may have had no idea this blog existed or that I even had any interest in person finance! I'll start from the beginning.

Two years ago, I started taking a free personal finance course from the University of California Irvine via Coursera. I was one of 80,000 students from around the world learning about investing, insurance, estate planning, and more. As I grew more curious about the other students, I began sifting through the forums and discovered a thread labeled, “favorite personal finance blog.”

I had never read a personal finance blog, so I definitely didn't have a favorite, but as I started clicking the links to visit each student's choice, I found myself becoming fascinated with these bloggers' openness, their frugal lifestyles, and inspiring financial accomplishments. Before I knew it, I was regularly reading dozens of personal finance blogs on a daily basis.

I felt empowered to take control of my own financial situation and slowly began chipping away at my own budget. Along the way, I felt an unquenchable thirst to be part of the discussion, share my own story, and hold myself accountable publicly in the process. So I stopped being a lurker in December 2013, I purchased the domain, hosting, and published my very first blog post.

For the first nine months, I blogged under the alias “Addison Cash” and worked hard to keep my true identity a secret. It wasn't until I attended FinCon, and was teased by some blogging buddies, that I finally revealed my true identity.

Since then, I've been semi-closeted. I say semi-closeted because I now mention this blog in both my personal twitter profile and on my LinkedIn profile. Once I began steering my career toward digital marketing, it didn't make any sense to promote two separate identities.

While I've had a few big media mentions over the past six months, including Lifehacker, The Globe and Mail, and now The Wall Street Journal, I'm most proud of my decision to leave my last job. It was heartbreaking to leave my job as a concert promoter, a career I had dedicated the majority of my professional life to, but I was so thankful to explore new opportunities.

The four month break between full-time jobs was one of the greatest gifts I've ever been given, and it never would have been possible without first getting control of my finances.

The personal finance blogging community is, without a doubt, the most generous and supportive group of people I've ever known. Cashville Skyline would not exist without them. If you're looking for some recommendations, check out my blogroll.

Obviously, I'm deeply passionate about financial literacy, especially among lower income individuals, creatives, and young professionals. I believe in discussing these topics openly without fear, shame, or embarrassment. We all have room for further growth and I wholeheartedly believe these goals can more easily be accomplished together.

Thanks for reading, y'all.

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Discussions — 14 Responses

  • Brian @ Luke1428 February 4, 2015 on 7:54 am

    Aren’t those big media mentions fun! I don’t think I had ever read your personal journey. Cool stuff Addison…uh, Kate. 🙂

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach February 4, 2015 on 8:29 am

    Yay nice job on the press! It took me a long time to be FULLY out too about my blog, which was kind of silly because at least I haven’t noticed any repercussions and have only found good things to come of it. BTW, see you at fincon 15? 🙂

  • M from theresvalue February 4, 2015 on 11:38 am

    I didn’t know it was coursera that for you into this! That’s really cool actually, I love talking online courses!


  • Shannon @ Financially Blonde February 4, 2015 on 5:53 pm

    Congrats on the WSJ feature Kate!!! I am so proud of your blogging journey and love that you decided to “come out of the blog closet” and share your story to an even greater extent!

  • J. Money February 4, 2015 on 8:01 pm

    Rock on! That’s huge!!

  • Amos @ Modest Money February 5, 2015 on 3:36 am

    Solid post! I am also thankful to explore new opportunities too. I’m not a financial expert but thats my career too.Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Melanie @ Dear Debt February 5, 2015 on 7:34 pm

    I loved your write up in WSJ! Congrats. It feels good to be out huh? I’m so glad I’m not anonymous anymore! Much success to you and I better see you at FinCon girlie!

  • Kate @ Money Propeller February 9, 2015 on 8:58 pm

    Wow, you really made a good job Kate and you made the best decision! I don’t read blogs too before especially personal finance blogs, thankfully, my client hired me and from then, I enjoy reading PF blogs.

  • Dividend Mantra February 9, 2015 on 10:16 pm


    Congrats on the WSJ exposure. Awesome!

    I’d take the professional analysis with a grain of salt. I had similar backlash when I was featured on Today. Listening to everyone else won’t get you to where you want to be, though. Keep striving!

    Best regards.

  • Andy@artofbeingcheap February 15, 2015 on 9:14 am

    Holy Crap! That is huge! Congradulations!

  • Amit Talpade February 23, 2015 on 8:35 am

    Love your blog.
    What did you do for health insurance while you were in between jobs?

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