EP112 Milli Moves: Financial Fitness Tips from listeners Kelly & Vanesa

Kelly Fillman is the Operations Manager for Eleanor Beaton & Company, an organization that advises women entrepreneurs on presence, power, and strategic growth. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western University in 2017. Kelly is a volleyball coach, animal lover, and mentor to young girls as well as a community volunteer for Autism Nova Scotia and the Alumni Coordinator for Rothesay Netherwood School.


Vanesa Cotlar is a strategic leader and Business Development Manager for Economic Development Winnipeg, where she focuses on growing the Winnipeg economy by increasing the strength of the talent ecosystem. She was the co-founder and CEO of Octagon Careers, an HR-tech start-up, and in 2019, Vanesa made the shortlist for the Business Leader of the Year award at the Women in IT Awards. Voluntarily, she has worked in leadership roles for Youville Centre, North Forge Accelerator Program, and Sunnybrook Next Generation. Vanesa earned her Bachelor of Commerce from Smith School of Business at Queens University


Kelly and Vanesa join me today to share their financial fitness tips for Young Money listeners. Kelly reveals the goals and concerns she had when leaving university and the economic advantages of moving back into your family’s home. She highlights why it is vital to set yourself up for financial success by starting an emergency fund and looking after your credit rating. She also shares why it is essential to balance having fun with being financially savvy. Vanesa shares her unconventional story and experiences of remote working. She also talks about why it is vital to be open to opportunities and align your goals with the things that make you happy.


“It is important to be knowledgeable about where your money is going in order to secure a financial future for yourself.” – Kelly Fillman


This Week on Young Money:


  • Kelly’s goals, worries, and concerns upon finishing her degree
  • The financial benefits of moving back to your family’s home after university
  • Setting yourself up for financial success
  • Why it is vital to have a good credit rating
  • The benefits of setting up an emergency fund
  • Finding a balance between being financially smart while also enjoying life
  • Leasing versus buying a car
  • Vanesa’s unconventional story as a digital nomad and living in 12 countries over 12 months through the Remote Year program
  • The great number of professions that can be done remotely
  • Being part of a remote workforce
  • Why a flexible mindset to take opportunities is the best success strategy


Key takeaways:


  1. Be mindful of your credit rating
  2. Set up an emergency fund
  3. Find a balance between enjoying life and being financially fit
  4. Be open to possibilities

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