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About the Five Journeys

I started The Five Journeys blog in 2017 as I realized that my energy, health and spirit were in serious need of an overhaul.  The negative mood of the country was affecting me, and not in a good way.  I desperately needed to make some changes, so I began to carve out time for fun things, like writing.  As I sat down to build the framework for this blog, I kept returning to the elements that contribute to my efforts to build a fulfilling life: a healthy lifestyle, financial independence, community, happiness, and inner peace. Voila! The Five Journeys was born.  I hope you’ll join me on this journey of discovery.

I am the middle of five children born into a Midwestern farm family.  I grew up milking cows, baling hay, enjoying Friday fish fries, and cheering for the Packers.  Yet even as a child, I knew there had to be more to life than what I saw in my small town. I left the farm for the university – an adventure that would open my eyes to an amazing and diverse world.

I traded the Wisconsin countryside for graduate school at Syracuse University, where I eventually earned my doctorate degree in Sociology. I was positive that the PhD behind my name, combined with my extreme work ethic, would open many doors for me.  Reality was another matter. I experienced many years of hardship before finally landing on my feet.

In April 2018, after spending more than 16 years building a career on justice reform and aging issues, I was fired!  And I was more than ready for it. I traded in a toxic work environment for a new future, working on The Five Journeys and creating the Early Exit Academy. My current passion: helping the everyday person strive for and reach financial freedom and newfound happiness.

I remain close with my family and enjoy occasional visits to the farm.  Simple things, like hiking on forest trails and admiring the sun rising over the Atlantic, are a source of contentment and inspiration.  In my spare time, I am an amateur naturalist, aspiring  artist, world traveler, and knowledge seeker.  I call Williamsburg, Virginia home. Life is good!

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Brenda

P.S. You can find a more formal bio here.