I had the pleasure of attending FinCon for the second consecutive year and I haven’t a single regret! (You can check out my review from last year here if you’re curious.) I learned SO much about myself, my fellow FinConners, and about the big wide world in general. Here are the reasons why #FinCon17 was lit and why I enjoyed every minute of it! So, let’s dive right in, shall we?

Let’s talk travel

First of all, kids, don’t be like me. Plan your travel better than I did…lol But I had a good excuse for the suffering I imposed upon myself. My original flight was going to take a few hours to get from California to Dallas. But at the last second, I got an opportunity to participate in the FinX experience and I needed to get there earlier. I was so excited that I was able to reschedule my flight to get there in time, I didn’t really think it through. It was all fun and games until the time changes lol My enthusiasm never waned though. And I’m so very glad that I was able to participate in FinX!

What’s FinX?

I went directly from the airport to the conference to start my first activity, FinX. I won’t go into too much detail here because I have another post about that. But the short version is that it’s a unique, eye-opening, and immersive experience to better understand the challenges people face navigating the financial services industry.  Our challenge was to navigate certain tasks without a bank account. We had to cash checks, send money to another person and a few other items. To say that it was frustrating would be a drastic understatement, but I am very thankful for the experience! My biggest takeaway was that I am definitely moving in the right direction. I’m so excited for the future and the different ways that I can make an impact. FinX was most definitely a mentally and physically exhausting way to begin but it was worth it.

Meeting my internet friends in real life!

I FINALLY met my internet pals. We’ve been internet friends for a hot minute now so it was perfect that we ran into each other! There were much more than the pictures below. FinCon is honestly like summer camp for adults. You get to see your friends from the year before, fangirl over your favorite bloggers, stay up all night planning your world domination and such. Here are a few my favorite selfies from the conference. Be sure to check out my friends and their amazing content!

The most important thing for me that I solidified from last year is that we are all people at the end of the day. I met some really amazing people like Nicole Walters, Dee-1 and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. True stars! At least for the personal finance community, I can tell you that we are down to earth and want to help as many people as possible!

Texas BBQ

*WARNING: I am not a food photographer*

Some friends and I went on an epic BBQ adventure and somehow ended up with a massive trough full of food for the 5 of us. I tried brisket for the first time, and even though I’m not really a red meat kind of person, I’m really glad that I can log this in my memories. It would have been a sin to leave Texas without having some downhome BBQ!

FREE SWAG!

In addition to the free journals (I LOVEEEEE journals!), t-shirts, tasty snacks and random goodies, I was gifted 3 wonderful books that I cannot wait to read!

I’d like to give a special shoutout to Scott Alan Turner for sharing his new book, Money A to Z, with all of us. Thank you!  I’ll be donating my copy to a local hospital’s pediatric oncology center.

The Financial Diaries will likely be the source of many more posts and social media content in connection with my FinX experience. I cannot wait to dive in and learn more! Thank you to CFSI for the amazing experience and this information-packed book.

David Bach was one of our keynote speakers for #FinCon17 and he’s a lot of fun! This was my first time seeing him live and it was a good time!

The concert life w/Dee-1!!

 

Dee-1 came through to hang out with us at FinCon and it was SO much fun! I haven’t been to a concert since I saw Beyonce in the Formation tour. I was expecting fun, but I wasn’t expecting a party! I was able to meet with him in the hallway before his performance. He is just as kind and down to earth as he seems on video! Also, his cologne smells really good…lol #justsayin

Overall Review

FinCon is still my FAVORITE conference of all of the conferences. We have concerts, swag, and amazing locations! But, what is most important to me is the community. There are so many kind, creative and generous people in the personal finance space. What I love the most about this group is the wide variety of interests and perspectives. Some people focus on frugality, early retirement, debt elimination, emotions and behavior, business and more. There’s space for everyone! If you’re interested in attending next year in Orlando, go scoop your ticket. It doesn’t matter how far along you are in your blogging or personal finance journey, you’ll be able to find your tribe in the FinCon cloud.

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