Hello Internet Friend!

My name is Ginna (pronounced “Gin-na”) and welcome to my little corner of the Internet. I’m a 30-something year old who thinks that the little things in life are worth celebrating and it takes a little bit of work and a whole lot of grace to live a life with intention.

My husband “J” and I live in Raleigh, NC. I am a mom to my daughter “L”, and I’m currently pregnant with our second daughter due in September 2017. 

About this Blog

The My Pretty Pennies blog has evolved since it first began in March 2009 and has been a creative outlet I’ve had fun writing for the last few years. When it first began I was fresh out of college and living in DC. I had just started a long distance relationship with J, and was navigating how to save, pay off debt and survive in a big city on an entry-level salary. During the first years of writing this blog anonymously, I learned that a little bit of hard work + a lot of faith can make big things happen.

After two years of long distance, I moved from DC to Raleigh, and then promptly got engaged. We got married on the coldest April day in 2011 (read more about our wedding here). We rescued our dog Leia in the fall of 2012 and we are best buds. After working a couple of jobs in the agency world, I found a job I love working in healthcare marketing. We welcomed our daughter into the world in 2016, and I am currently learning what it’s like to balance life as a working mom.

Since I became debt free, this blog has evolved from a personal finance space to a lifestyle journal where I write about my faith, goals, recipes, healthy living, home projects, and all of the pretty people, places and things that inspire. Here’s a recent post on why I write

My perspective on money:

  • You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life.
  • Spend money on things that matter.
  • Experiences over stuff.
  • People over luxuries.
  • God’s kingdom over this world.
  • Money has the power to change, and I think we can all change this world for the better, one pretty penny at a time.

Things I love:

  • Early mornings
  • A good cup of coffee
  • Newborn babies
  • Dinner parties with friends, preferably at a round table
  • The BBC’s version of Pride & Prejudice
  • Creating and achieving goals (and I have a lot… learn more on why I set so many.)
  • TV marathons with my husband
  • Leslie Knope
  • The month of June and October
  • Tackling projects in our new house
  • Exploring cities (see some of the trips I’ve blogged about)
  • That weird salty feeling on your face after running for an hour

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This blog is for entertainment purposes only, I am not a financial advisor or licensed financial professional in any state. All comments are property of their authors and do not represent my opinions.

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