About Me

Hi All!

Welcome to Smile & Conquer, my little section of the internet where I talk about money.  I’m Sarah, and I’m 32 years old and have lived in the Edmonton area for my whole life, minus one short stint in Southern Ontario. I live with my boyfriend of twelve years and our two dogs and two cats. Clearly we’re animal lovers, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll get a healthy dose of their cuteness. When I’m not working or blogging you’ll probably find me curled up on the couch with an oversized lapdog and a good book or a terrible movie (I have a thing for junkie action flicks). I love to travel and try to do it as much as possible; whether that’s exploring a new city, hitting the beach to escape an Edmonton winter or a weekend getaway to the mountains.

So how did I get into blogging about money…

I went to the University of Alberta straight out of high school and did a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology, and now I work in finance…wait, what? I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career and going to University felt like the right option at the time. Now don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot in school and even though my degree hasn’t directly helped my career path it did give me skills I use all the time, like better writing and communication skills. I loved my time at University and would do it all over again if I could.

After graduating University, I took an admin job in finance and have worked my way up through the ranks, and it looks like I’ll continue on this path. I’ve worked for a couple of different companies over the past ten years and in different roles, but I’ve stayed loyal to finance. I enjoy my job (most of the time) and like having an impact on how people live their lives. The problem was that it didn’t give me a creative outlet. I was learning a ton about money and thought a blog would be the perfect way to combine my new found love of finance with my old love of writing. I took the leap, and Smile & Conquer was born. I knew little to nothing about blogging, but it’s been a fun adventure!

If you’re new here, let me help get you started. I have posts covering topics from debt, to investing, to buying your first home. The menu up top will help you narrow it down by category. You can also find a full listing of all my posts here. A few of my most popular posts include:

You Don’t Need to Love Math to Love Finance

No, I Won’t Do 61% of the Housework Because I’m a Girl

Choose Your Budgeting Adventure

I hope you guys enjoy the blog and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or input.

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain