Diania Merriam is the founder of The EconoMe Conference, a two-day event with roots in the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early), the lifestyle movement that aims for financial freedom.
The FIRE movement taught Diania how to save 60% of her income, and she’s now on track to be financially independent before she’s 40 years old. She’s passionate about personal finance and thrilled to be the new host of the Optimal Finance Daily podcast.
We welcome Diania back for her second appearance on the show to discuss how she got inspired to explore the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) space and why she wanted to put together the EconoMe Conference.
“People talk about having financial bandwidth to deal with the obstacles life throws at you, but life throws you just as many opportunities as it does obstacles.” – Diania Merriam
She shares details of her life portfolio — what people, places, or things keep her trending upward, even when things are going down. Diania also explores balancing saving versus wealth generation, why the root is the gap between your income and your expenses, and why getting on top of your spending habits is critical.