Sunshine Blogger Award

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Wow, we are so humbled to have been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award! As a brand new blog, we are trying our hardest to spread positivity and make positive contributions to the blog-o-sphere. We are thrilled that our efforts have been noticed!

We want to extend our deepest gratitude to Jason of 196 Trip for nominating us for this award. He’s one of my absolute favorite travel bloggers and a true inspiration. He’s incredibly supportive of other bloggers and always willing to share his insights or offer advice. You can read about his adventures here.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers that are inspirational and supportive of their fellow bloggers. Sunshine Bloggers spread creativity and positivity throughout the blogging world. I’m so honored that Jason thought I met these criteria!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


Questions from Jason (answered by Melanie):

What is the first blog post that you ever wrote about? 

Our First ever Blog Post on Partners in Fire is called “Getting Lucky with Real Estate”. It discusses whether luck or hard work played the biggest part in our awesome real estate win, and we also talk about why we decided to move away from Southern California.


If you could only travel to one more place, where would it be and why? 

Only one place??  That’s so unfair!  Well, I’m a fan of the Go Big or Go Home idea. If I could only travel to one more place for my entire life, it would be one of the Earth Like Planets that scientists have just discovered. Ross 128B is the closest, so I’ll go with that one. You only live once, right?


What is your favorite book?

God, I have so many favorite books. I love reading!  It changes depending on my mood to be honest. I love the romance of Jayne Eyre, the friendship in It, the magic of Harry Potter, the suspense of Dracula, and the ending of A Tale of Two Cities (though I didn’t much care for the rest of that book).  I usually read non-fiction though, I love anything that describes the history and mythology of ancient cultures.


What three bloggers do you get your inspiration from?

There are so many inspirational bloggers that it’s hard to pick. I would have to say that April at Travelling Wanderer has inspired me the most. She’s the most positive person on the internet, and she’s inspired me to spread the love to other bloggers the way that she does.

Mister Money Mustache is also an inspiration. He was one of the first PF bloggers who said “yes you can be financially independent, and yes you can retire early. Here’s How”. I don’t think the world of PF blogging would be what it is if not for him. 

Finally, I’d have to pick Travis at Travis and the Brain. He’s overcoming a traumatic brain injury yet still finds the time be supportive of other bloggers and encourage newbies.  I think  that’s truly amazing. 


What is your favorite form of social media to use for your blog?

My favorite to be on is Twitter, hands down. It’s ok for traffic, but it’s the best for quickly and easily building a community. The people that I’ve met on Twitter are super awesome and amazingly helpful. I’m so thankful to be a part of that community.


What is your favorite form of content (written, audio (e.g. podcasts), or video) to personally consume?

I love love love to read!!!  I’ll watch tv if I want mindless entertainment, but I’d much rather read a blog post than watch a video or listen to a podcast (talk about snoozeville!! Am I the only one who falls asleep to podcasts?) I’m actually one of the few people on the planet that’s irritated by the fact that most news stories on the web are videos now. I don’t want to watch a video!  I want read the darn news story.


Who do you look up to the most?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is my personal hero. She grew up in Somalia and was persecuted throughout her life for her gender and her religion. She had the fortitude to question the values that were taught to her from her youth, reject them, and become a champion for women’s rights. She’s an amazing woman.

She also wrote a book about her journey, called Infidel*


Why do you blog? 

I blog for many reasons. I’d love to someday make money off the blog, but I actually enjoy doing it. I like writing and I like helping people. We started Partners in Fire to help other people realize that they could find a way to achieve financial independence. I want others to be able to break away from the nine to five slavery too!  I also love all the new skills I’m learning as a blogger. I’m a social media manager, photographer, SEO expert (and by expert, I mean I know very little), and I’m becoming a better writer. 


What has been your biggest struggle as a blogger?

Gaining traffic is the hardest part about blogging. I feel like our content is pretty good, but it’s hard to compete or even get noticed given the vast amount of information on the web. It can be discouraging at times, but I think if we keep posting awesome content our traffic will grow.


What is your go to song right now?

My go to song is always (and I know, this is going to date me) the Anthem by Good Charlotte. I freaking love that song! I feel like it embodies what I want to do with my life, even though in reality I did the complete opposite. Still, there’s time to fix that and go against what society tells us to do, and I’m working on that.


If money and time were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?

Traveling, studying, and writing. I wouldn’t be working at my job, that’s for sure!  Hopefully I’ll get to that point in the next few years though. That’s the plan!


My Nominees:


It’s so hard to pick!  I’m going to try to focus on the newest bloggers that I know who have been positive influences on my blogging journey. Everyone on this list started blogging (at least their current blogs) in 2017 (according to Twitter). These are the most awesome, inspirational NEW bloggers that I know (and I’m sorry if I skipped anyone else who started in 2017, I only had room for 11!)


  1. The Gritty Millennial
  2. Frugasaurus
  3. Damn Millennial
  4. The 76K Project
  5. GenyMoneyCA
  6. Defined Sight
  7. Stop Ironing Shirts
  8. Tread Lightly, Retire Early
  9. Winning Personal Finance
  10. Handy Millennial
  11. Married with Money


My Questions for my wonderful Nominees:

  1. Who or What inspired you to start your blog?
  2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  3. Who inspires you?
  4. What has been your greatest achievement?
  5. What are your three favorite blogs?
  6. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  7. If you could wake up tomorrow magically knowing one aspect of blogging, what would it be?
  8. What are your plans for retirement?
  9. What is your favorite investment type/fund/vehicle?
  10. If you knew 10 years ago what you know now, what would you change?
  11. What is your number one life goal?


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6 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. Thanks for adding me onto this list 🙂

    Who or What inspired you to start your blog? – To be honest, not sure who. I got laid off early 2017 and wanted to document my recovery, and help others get a better handle on their money so they don’t scramble if they’re in a similar situation.

    What is your favorite thing about blogging? – Definitely the interaction with the rest of the community, and the emails or notes I get from readers who say I’ve helped them in some way.

    Who inspires you? – All the bloggers who have been doing this longer than I have and keep sticking with it!

    What has been your greatest achievement? – When it comes to blogging, honestly just sticking with it and being consistent with 3 posts a week. It’s been a struggle sometimes but I’m really proud of it.

    What are your three favorite blogs? – Millennial Money Man, Adventure Rich, Picky Pinchers

    If you could have any super power, what would it be? – Time control.

    If you could wake up tomorrow magically knowing one aspect of blogging, what would it be? Perfect marketing plan, or infinite ideas 🙂

    What are your plans for retirement? – Continue to educate people about personal finance. I’d love to do couples coaching or something as well, helping young couples start their lives out together on the right foot.

    What is your favorite investment type/fund/vehicle? – Low cost index funds for the win.

    If you knew 10 years ago what you know now, what would you change? – Not much. I’d have invested more for sure though.

    What is your number one life goal? – Be happy every day by making a positive impact on people’s lives.

    1. You’re welcome! I love your life goal. Whats the point in all of this if we aren’t going to be happy and help people?

  2. Congrats on the nomination! I really like your answers. I’ll admit, I actually like podcast for their ability to turn my walking commute into a learning experience, but I am also not a fan of news always trying to force feed you videos these days. I want to read these things, not load up on noise!

    1. I should give podcasts another chance. Everyone is raving about them! I tried to listen to a book on tape during a long road trip, and it just put me to sleep (two different books!) so I haven’t really tried much. Listening to one while walking is a great idea though!

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