Hello, I’m Anita and so glad you are here. Back in the day my job was a UI Product Designer & Architect for Microsoft, AT&T, MSNBC and others. I have a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Washington and it was a great mix of Technology skills and Art. Hey I got paid to color on a computer instead of with a paintbrush and work with smart, creative people what funner than that? It was a ton of fun and I loved it.
Even right after college one of the first pieces of software I bought was a money managing software. I remember showing someone while at the Apple store and he asked if I would teach he and his wife. I said yes. Little did I know that history would come back for me.
While at Microsoft I worked as a UI Designer for Microsoft Money an app to manage personal finances and investments. Being involved first hand in usability testing helped me see exactly how people struggled with using applications. Money had a beautiful design and we made it easy for people to set up and use. I was involved with launch of MSNBC and Information Architect Apple iPHone debut at AT&T.
After 20+ years of design for corporations I really wanted to be more involved on a consumer level. Helping people one on one. I taught technology at church and helped friends and family. I created a big life change from the hi -tech city pace when I decided to make a move from Seattle to the Midwest. It was here I found I really enjoyed teaching technology.I began teaching Seniors computers. I still love teaching all ages and its a calling and mission.
I see so many people with gifts and talents and its fun to see them bloom and blossom once they get a little boost in how to do some things with the computer. I started teaching a Money app (YNAB- You Need a Budget) because it’s one that I needed so greatly. I found people who were not naturally numbers minded, and artistically bent like myself could easily understand it but sometimes needed a boost to get started.
I taught people one on one and then realized one of the things that was a stumbling block for people was getting in the habit of doing it. Through the years I had worked with friends on my numbers in coffee shops, over the phone. I mean I’ll be the first to admit wanting to do my Budget is not the first on the list of fun things to do. I found though that doing them with someone else kind and supportive --that I could do it. I’ve also joined Focusmate and group they have to get all kinds of things done. But how about a Focusmate group --with a focus of doing your Money stuff? I wanted to mitigate the word Budget with a more nice word like Beautiful. So it was a Beautiful Budget. Then with adding the group work element --it’s kind of like working together on your own project like a quilting bee. Thus a Beautiful Budget Bee was born.
Now they Actually have Fun Working on Budget together :)
Carol and Jim set up Date nights now and have fun.
Carol: " We would laugh instead of argue, that's nice and is nice"
The Rest of the Story:
I always wanted to inspire people. What better way than to help them accomplish their dreams and visions.
To do a Budget let’s face it you must really have some motivation. A dream, a vision a reason for tracking all that stuff.
I used to create cards and inspirations sayings and affirmations for people. That was great. But I am even more energized in seeing people reach their goals. Generally for each and every one of us that involves dealing with money. What if you could easily see your visions and dreams everyday easily from something your use daily like your smartphone, iPhone or Android?
So one of the first classes of the year is creating a digital vision board. The first class is for your phones Wallpaper but it can be easily adapted for other poster sizes to print out later.
Get a focus and a vision for the year.
When I’m not teaching tech apps on Art or Money I’m playing with my 2 chihuahua who look like two mini German Shepherds with a curly tail. Hanging out with my family and fellow creatives. Walking and gardening, reading, studying history and genealogy.
Budgeting and Staying comfortable in Retirement
Eric, as a more creative, nonnumbers person becoming more precise about where the money goes and how he and his wife are managing it.
"We have an absolute clear picture that creates
I am non-math whiz, designer techy artist who enjoys teaching technology for over 20 years. I worked on budgets as a Product Designer on Microsoft Money to my own personal budgets from pen & paper. spreadsheets, to Quicken to the latest online tech like YNAB (You Need a Budget)
I've also worked it from the emotional and spiritual side of money. Abundance, debt, a little or a lot. I understand and relate to the angst and difficulties surrounding money. Whether it's tracking or planning technical or emotional.
A Beautiful Budget Bee was created so that we can have fun together exploring using money and techie apps.
Being a part of a small community has been a big part in my beautiful budget journey.
Knowing I am not alone.
Hearing others strengths and struggles, setbacks merged to victories helps remind me I am not alone.
And when I feel like I haven’t succeeded at all-- the community REMINDS me of my victories.
We have a long shared history.
Learning and growing together.
The results are awesome. Not just for me but because I get to see the victories.
It reminds me that we are one and that together we can do it. Even if alone, we could not.
Increasing the buzz about Budgeting and inspiring you to peacefully spend, save and increase your money-honey!
And we are “Bee” Hive to help!
Instead of a Quilting Bee
You’ll have FUN working with your money when you can budge-it not fudge it.
You will have someone assist you who is gentle, patient, kind and understanding. Someone who’s been through the difficult times too.
Who believes in your dream and will help keep you moving toward it at a pace you can deal with.
Getting clear quality information step-by-step saves you time.
You’ll have software work for YOU. providing ease of use and you’ll excel in your finances. You will have clarity and order in your finances allowing you to move forward in clearing any wreckage from the past to track both personal and or small or side business finances.
You will get launched off the ground, have support and really consistently use the program. Your fear of technology will dissipate, you will find a system to keep up with your finances and aware of where you are at all times. As well as have a real person to call when you get confused about a process or need to correct a mistake.
You’ll be proud of how you handle things.
You will enjoy the fruit of your labors.
You can clear debt with through a snowball process and planning. You will be so happy you invested in yourself, in a course that will pay you back 10 fold now and in years to come.
What Others are Saying
Anita's ability to assess each individual users needs and then provide coaching and guidance is valuable, beyond words. Her passion to help you see the value in YNAB comes through when she helps you have those "lightbulb" break through moments.
Recent College Grad & Business Woman, Entreprenuer
Amazing teacher and support
Carol & Jim
Course has been helpful and very good at addressing personal questions.