Jennifer Streaks is a nationally recognized expert on money and lifestyle. She delivers practical and cutting edge steps to help you face the challenge of getting and keeping your financial house in order. Due to her extensive background in all things money, she has been an on-air commentator for years and is an established columnist and reporter having written for The Huffington Post, Motley Fool and Black Enterprise. Jennifer has been featured on ABC, MSNBC, FOX Business, HuffPost Live and TVOne, her sought after financial tips show consumers that you can achieve an “affordable lifestyle” and that finances do not have to be a chore.
Getting to Know Jennifer Streaks
A&RBC: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.
JS: Right now I would have to say, I don’t have a writing style. Thrive!…Affordably came out of the passion that I have for financial management and helping others. So it really just poured out of me over a weekend.
A&RBC: Tell us about your current book.
JS: Thrive!…Affordably is an accomplishment that I am really happy about. Like I said, it came out of my over a weekend. I just remember furiously writing and then it was done. The response to it has been great and the message of “living your best life without breaking the bank” has been so well received. No one wants to just go to work and pay bills. Everyone wants to enjoy life as much as they can and my book helps you do that from a financial perspective.
A&RBC: How did you come up with the concept for the book?
JS: The concept for the book came from the kinds of questions I would receive from people struggling with their finances. I began to see that these were not large questions about retirement or investing, they were more about how to live every day, how to stop living from paycheck to paycheck, weekly transportation costs, building a savings or emergency fund. I realized that people needed a guide to help them with everyday expenses and money issues. The idea of Thrive!…Affordably was born! The book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Walmart.com
A&RBC: How important is it to check your credit report yearly?
JS: It is very important to check your credit report. You want to make sure that there isn’t false information on there and you want to know your credit score so that if and when you need credit you can obtain it. So many people wait until they want to buy a home, want to get a credit card or need a line of credit to check their credit report and by that time it can be too late.
A&RBC: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?
JS: My favorite thing to do before a book signing it to pray. I am still getting used to going out and talking about my book and that quick prayer that things will go well before a signing settles my nerves!
A&RBC: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?
JS: I would love to have a speaking event in Atlanta, GA. I think my message would really help a lot of people there.
A&RBC: Are you an early bird or night owl?
JS: I am such a night owl! I love to stay up late, whether it is organizing for next steps or watching old movies!
A&RBC: What is one thing you do to show appreciation for your readers?
JS: To show appreciation to my readers, I try to be available on my website www.JenniferStreaks.com and I have a blog there as well. I write on financial topics and discuss valuable money tips!
A&RBC: What advice would you give your younger self?
JS: What advice would I give to my younger self: You can always find out who your true friends are in two ways: Either fall off or become successful.
A&RBC: What is one thing you would change about your life?
JS: I would not change a thing about my life. Everything brought me to where I am today and I am very happy with where I am.
A&RBC: What is your motto for life and career?
JS: My motto for life and career: A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water!
A&RBC: Thanks for the interview.
JS: Thank you so much for the interview! Here is where to find me on social media:
Twitter: @JStreaks, Facebook: Jennifer Streaks fan page, Instagram: Jennifer Streaks
Life is meant to be enjoyed, but let’s be honest: It’s almost impossible to live a life of abundance when you are drowning in a sea of debt and suffering under the strain of financial struggle. So many people are not free to enjoy life simply because they don’t have control over their finances. As a result, they go through life surviving and not truly living.
Thrive!… Affordably, takes the headache and the guesswork out of financial management. It is a monthly “how-to” designed to help the reader meet financial goals one step at a time. The book offers tips, advice, and basic financial management lessons geared towards helping the reader highlight strengths, identify missteps, and take control over finances. If you are looking for a way to permanently free yourself from debt, this book is for you. Jennifer Streaks takes the mystery out of management, making financial freedom attainable for anyone willing to do the work.
You deserve to live your best life. Don’t just survive… Thrive!