About Me

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

I’ve traveled to 33 countries. I own six seven 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 movement is about growing wealth, not pinching pennies.

Afford Anything believes in harnessing money to buy back your life. Our movement 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.

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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 remember me).

I followed a murder investigation (which was creepy), lunched with Senators (which is crazy when you’re 23) and appeared live on primeĀ­time MSNBC (although I’m pretty sure I had food on my shirt).

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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 Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

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. That’s a limiting belief. It’s negative self-talk. And it’s simply not true.

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

You can’t afford everything. But you can afford anything — traveling 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.

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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. We drove 10-year-old cars, bought clothes from TJ Maxx, got $8 haircuts, and almost never ate at restaurants. Believe me: I was not born rich.

But I saved money like crazy during my early twenties. Those savings gave me the freedom to travel to 33 countries, quit the 9-to-5 grind, and launch my own marketing and writing company.

I invested the profits from that company into real estate, building more than $1 million worth of assets by age 30. The passive cash flow from those properties covers my entire cost-of-living. In other words, I can live entirely on passive income — which means I’m financially independent.

(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.”)

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.

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. (Heck, I’m not even tall!) 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 …

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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.

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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. Start today. It’s time to embark on your epic adventure.

This is The Anti-Frugality Blog.

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I believe your time is more valuable than money. That’s why you’ll never hear me talk about clipping coupons or bisecting dryer sheets. This site is devoted to maximizing your life, building wealth and creating freedom.

Afford Anything isn’t about money — it’s about freedom. Money is a tool that brings you freedom from debt, stress and worry. Money creates the ability to quit a job you despise (or stay if you love it, knowing that you don’t need it), spend more time with the people you love, and buy back your life. Money is here to serve you, not the other way around.

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Want more? Here are the Seven Afford Anything Tenets:
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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..

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Want to learn where my real estate passive income comes from? Here’s the story of:

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