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not your typical finance person

  • Accredited Financial Counselor®

  • 5+ years experience 1:1 financial coaching and counseling

  • Master Financial Educator, Virginia Cooperative Extension

by Working with me, you will clean up your financial clutter, get super clear on where you stand, and create a plan to fund your joy.

Julie Duszak, AFC®

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I started Fund Your Joy...

...because while there are plenty of people trying to talk TO women about money, there is a lack of talking WITH women about money. One-size-fits-all advice doesn’t get us very far when the real emphasis on personal finance needs to be on the “personal” aspect.

like you,

I have a complex relationship with my money. Growing up, my parents shared stories of how they had to work very hard for what they got and how they made sacrifices for what was important. Then there were messages from Hollywood like the bad guys drive fancy cars and live in really cool Bond-villain mansions, and women need to be rescued by the [fill in the blank]. Then came the biggest “life is short” lesson there is: my father passed away suddenly when I was fourteen. Throw in a liberal arts degree with no clear path to gainful employment and a healthy dose of the self worth issues so prevalent in girls and women, and you can see why I entered adulthood with a very confused idea of money and success. 

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my career path...

...took me around the private and public sectors  for 15 years, never finding quite the right fit. I didn’t think I had the right to want more. I lacked the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone and the creativity to dream about something bigger. And to be honest, I liked the pretty fat paychecks I was getting. 

In a classic case of silver lining,

when I had to leave my career in 2013 due to a long distance move for my husband’s job, I was forced to take a good look at where I wanted to go next.  I've always had a keen interest in personal finance (money books and cookbooks battle for space on my nightstand) and I had become really good at teaching adults about pretty boring stuff.  Add that to my burning desire to help women feel confident, empowered, and generally badass, and a career as a Financial Coach was born.

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My personal mission...

...is to use my humor and problem-solving skills to help improve the lives of my family, friends, clients, community and myself.    

Through Fund Your Joy, I work with women who want to get their financial life sorted out so they can have the confidence, clarity and freedom to pursue their own “something bigger.”  My goal in life is to find joy.  I will help you find the joy in personal finance management.  Stop laughing, I'm not kidding! There's a difference between taking it seriously and being too serious.  We'll give your money the respect it deserves and have a bunch of laughs along the way. 

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Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

-Dolly Parton

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