Subject Matter Expert On:
- Real Estate Investing
- Early Retirement
- Life Optimization
- Financial Independence
Regions of Travel:
- North America
- Las Vegas, NV
- Podcast Interview
- Keynote address
- Small Audience (250 or less)
- Mid-sized audience (251-500)
- Large Audience (501 or more)
- Media Interviews
Las Vegas, NV
You can afford anything but not everything. Paula teaches her audience how to make smarter decisions, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and align their habits with their values.
Paula uses the mini-retirement model to teach her audience how to “retire early and often.” Drawing from personal experience, she reveals how anyone can escape the daily grind of 9-to-5 employment and live a life of financial freedom.
She immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal as an infant. She witnessed her parents, who were in their 40s when they launched their careers and lives in the U.S., begin to build a middle-class life through painstaking frugality, hard work, and meticulous planning.
She graduated magna cum laude from college, then landed a job as a newspaper reporter with a starting salary of $21,000 per year. She found that her life lacked autonomy within this role. She decided to quit.
She lived frugally, slipping every extra penny from promotions, pay raises, and side hustles into savings. After three years, she amassed $25,000 in savings; with that cash in hand, Paula resigned from her job and spent the following two years backpacking around Asia and Australia while writing freelance articles.
After she finished traveling, she shunned the idea of returning to a cubicle. Instead, she built a successful career as a self-employed writer.
She knew that self-employment would create income volatility, so she decided to start building investments that could diversify her income stream and serve as a safety net. She lived more frugally than most people would feel comfortable doing, at times saving half of her income. She maxed out her retirement accounts and bought rental properties. By age 31, she and her then-husband became millionaires.
Paula is the creator and host of the award-winning Afford Anything podcast and founder of the companion personal finance website, AffordAnything.com.
She has been quoted in major financial publications, including Money Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Kiplinger, The New York Times, Marketplace Money, and The Washington Post, while her articles have appeared on websites such as MSN Money, AOL Daily Finance, AARP Bulletin, Franklin Templeton, Bankrate, The Balance and more.
Paula speaks at many conferences and events, including giving a Talk at Google and delivering a keynote at the World Domination Summit in 2018.