About Me

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I’m Paula Pant: Journalist. Globetrotter. Entrepreneur. Investor.

I’ve traveled to 30 countries. I own six rental property units. I’m my own boss and I live on my own terms.

I believe money can fuel your wildest dreams. That’s why this website is about growing wealth, not pinching pennies.

Afford Anything is about harnessing money to buy back your life. Our revolution believes that life is too short to sit in a cubicle. Master your money, so you can ditch the 9-to-5 and embark on an epic adventure.

I don’t work in a cubicle and I never sit in rush-hour traffic. I live life exactly as I want. I’ll spend 4 hours hiking on a random Tuesday if the mood strikes. Or I’ll stay up all night writing blog posts. Or I’ll travel to Bali on a whim.

That’s because I cut ruthlessly on things that don’t matter so that I can spend lavishly on the things I love most: freedom, travel, adventure.

My Background

I used to be a newspaper editor and reporter, where I interviewed influential leaders like Joe Biden, Roger Ebert and Patch Adams (none of whom know who I am). I followed murder investigations (whoa, dude), lunched with Senators (which is crazy when you’re 23) and appeared live on prime­time MSNBC (did my hair look okay?).

It was exhilarating work, but it wasn’t enough. Something was missing. I was STUCK. I had to live in one spot. I couldn’t travel. If I wanted vacation, I needed to submit a formal request to HR.

That’s no way to live.

In 2008 I quit my job and sold all my worldly possessions. For the next two-and-a-half years, I backpacked across the Mid­dle East, Asia, and Europe.

During that time, my friends kept saying: “I’d love to do that, but I can’t afford it.

I cringe when I hear that. It’s simply not true.

This website is based on one radical idea: You can afford anything.

You can’t afford everything. But you can afford anything — trips to Rome, buying your dream home, quitting your job to launch your own business.

If you’re open to this idea, learn how to shatter limits and maximize your life.

Maximize Life.

I was born a hundred miles from Mt. Everest in a little Himalayan country called Nepal. My parents and I immigrated to the U.S. back when I was diaper-clad and drooling.

My dad taught classes at the local college; my mom stayed at home to raise me. Believe me: I was not born rich.
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But I saved money like crazy during my early twenties. Those savings gave me the freedom to travel to 30 countries, quit the 9-to-5 grind, and launch my own company.

When I’m not wandering the world, I’m based in Atlanta, but I designed my life to be “location independent” (I can work from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection). I set my own hours, I’m my own boss and I do what I love.

In addition to everything I’ve described above, I also make around $30,000 a year in passive income, entirely through rental properties. (That’s passive, as in “doesn’t require an ounce of time or effort.” I also make active income, as in “requires time and effort.”)

I’m telling you this because you can do it too. I’m not special. I’m an ordinary person. I wasn’t born rich, I’m not a prodigy, and I didn’t win the lottery. If I could do this, then so can you.

My goal in creating Afford Anything is to share how to do all this, and more …

Break Free.

My mission is to help you break free: launch a business, start a charity, travel the world. The world is overflowing with opportunity.

To achieve it, you have to overthrow all the myths that society teaches us about money. Affording Anything starts with your mindset. You have to break free from the misconceptions that buying junk equals happiness while also avoiding the common trap of getting fixated on the “saving” side of the equation. Frugality keeps your focus on consumption, and this website is about creation.

Building wealth and creating cash flow are more important than pinching pennies.

I believe in cutting ruthlessly on things that don’t matter and spending lavishly on things that do. We only live once. Savor it.

This is The Anti-Frugality Blog.

I believe your time is more valuable than money. You’ll never hear me talk about clipping coupons. If you want to read about penny-pinching, go elsewhere. This site is devoted to maximizing your life, building wealth and creating freedom.

I relate money to travel, work, productivity, and living life on your own terms. Afford Anything isn’t just about money — it’s about freedom and abundance.

Afford Anything is based on the radical idea that you deserve to live life on your own terms. Join the revolution:

Want more? Here are the Seven Afford Anything Tenets:

1. Pave your own path.

2. Ruthlessly prioritize.

3. Focus on creation, not consumption.

4. Cultivate an owner mentality.

5. Use your money to make money.

6. Pay yourself.

7. Time is more valuable than money..

Want to work with me? Here’s my “official” bio. You know, the “professional” one. And here are the services I offer.

Want to learn where my passive income comes from? Here’s the story of the first $15,000, and then the next $5,000, then another $5,000, and then $4,000 more.