Hi, I'm Dr. Brenda

Sociologist | Speaker | Financial Coach | Author

Biography . . . the Short Version

Dr. Brenda seamlessly blends her sociology and personal finance expertise with a profound dedication to environmental stewardship. In her transformative book, Money Road Trip: Chart Your Course to Financial Freedom, she guides readers on an enlightening journey to achieve both financial freedom and joy. As the visionary behind PlanetSmart Finance Fest, she advocates for a sustainable future where wealth building and planetary health are in harmony.

Her programs, celebrated for their clear-cut wisdom, engaging resources, and visually stunning graphics, inspire individuals to achieve both financial prosperity and ecological mindfulness. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she addresses critical topics like burnout and financial freedom, including her popular “From Ramen to Riches” talk, specifically tailored for college students.

In 2020, Dr. Brenda embraced a life on the open road, demonstrating that anything is possible when you dare to follow your heart's desires. When she’s not anchored at her southern California base, you can find her RVing, with her adventurous cats in tow, discovering new sights around every bend as they roam America together.

Dr. Brenda's journey is a testament to living boldly and pursuing dreams with courage, one mile at a time, inspiring others to do the same. 

Dr. Brenda is a nature enthusiast. She is trained as a California Climate Steward and volunteers as an Archaeology Technician.

My Passion

Nothing makes my spirits soar like a grand adventure. Challenging hikes, immaculate sunsets, and the tranquil sound of crickets under the stars all provide a unique rush that makes life so meaningful. I believe that life's true essence is found in the allure of simplicity, and treasuring every moment of joy that crosses our path.

Origin Story

Have you ever felt like you were running on fumes, but didn't realize it until it was too late? That's exactly how I felt when my career suddenly ended. It was a wake-up call that forced me to explore new paths. I'd spent my early 30s climbing out of poverty and in the aftermath, had become a money nerd. So, it seemed a natural fit to pivot to financial coaching and help others build financial freedom.

But it wasn't long before I found myself back where I started, on the brink of burnout. After 18 months of working from home, I was running on empty. I was helping others reach their goals while my own life was miserable and stagnant.

I knew I had to make some drastic changes. As someone who loved to travel and seek adventure, I knew that the Internet gave me the flexibility to work from anywhere. So in 2020, I hit the road in an RV with my three lovely cats, and have been journeying across the US ever since.

I can't even begin to describe the joy and simplicity I've found on the road. I've rebuilt my life and work in a way that allows for freedom and flexibility. And, in 2023, I returned to public speaking, spreading the message of living our best lives and simplifying where possible.  Check my availability to see how we can work together.

listen to dr. brenda on "from the hip" podcast

Financial Freedom, Mindfulness and a Life of RV Living 

My Values

Trust

I believe that trust is the foundation of all human connections. It is a powerful force that can lead to amazing results.

Freedom

I believe that the freedom to express our true selves, and be celebrated for it, is vital to our personal happiness.

Time

I believe that time is our most valuable asset. When we prioritize our time, we shift our energy, intention, and outcome.

Fun

I believe that finances and work should be fun. It's all about building our dreams, and what's more exciting than that?

I am committed to . . . 

  • Demolishing the outdated concept of work-life balance that puts work ahead of life. I believe we are in the midst of a workplace revolution, where the most forward-thinking organizations will place a premium on employee wellbeing.
  • Eradicating burnout culture that measures worth by hours worked and projects juggled. It's time to embrace a wellness culture that values a healthier and more sustainable work environment.
  • Achieving economic and social justice. I am passionate about amplifying the financial standing and voices of groups that have historically been dismissed or belittled in  policy discussions.

Just for Fun

Enjoy the sights from my first three years of RV life.

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