Growing up in Sycamore, Ill. (pop. 10,000), I dreamed of moving to New York City to be fabulous: To have a fabulous career, attend fabulous events, hang out with fabulous people.
My dreams came true, for the most part. Including the people part: I spend much of my free time with Betsy Smith, my friend from Sycamore, Ill. (pop. 10,000).
You’ve met Betsy in previous episodes. She’s married to Kris, a podcast maven with whom she co-hosts the epic Croncast show and who produced this very show. Betsy is also principal of social media marketing agency AllinSmith, and mom to two awesome kids, whom my kids adore. In fact, this weekend my children are staying at the Smiths so I can spend time with my European lover who is flying in for the weekend.
In other words, Betsy and I are all up in each other’s business, and business is what she and I like to talk about most. Business and money. And how those things differer in Sycamore compared with New York, and why we used to not make money and now we do, and how we can make much more. Also: relationships, as we were both raised by single moms.
Have a listen, laugh your ass off, thank me later.
Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.
The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, Oprah.com and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.
Her popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.
A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.
Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.