Hi, I’m Jax! I am 30 years old and live in a relatively low cost of living college town in the Midwest.  I have a MLS and work at a university library. I also have an Area Studies MA.  My BA is in History and International Politics. I also have a Certificate in Persian Studies. And an Associate’s degree.  I have more degrees than a thermometer.

Here's a rare photo of the two cats together. Bones (left) pretends she wants nothing to do with Bourbon, but we've "caught" them playing with each other enough times to know that she is a big fat liar.
Here’s a rare photo of the two cats together. Bones (left) pretends she wants nothing to do with Bourbon, but we’ve “caught” them playing with each other enough times to know that she is a big fat liar.

My partner (Mr. Beach Life) and I have two cats- Bonaparte (Bones/Boney) and Bourbon (Berbs/Boyband/Berby the nickname list is endless).  We bought a house in January 2015. We LOVE it. Every day I come home and want to hug it. We like to travel, though we don’t get to do it nearly as much as we would like (does anyone?).  I love, love, love baseball.  My team (The Angels) is basically sucking right now but it’s been a rebuilding couple of seasons.  Mr. BL’s team is the Cubs and  if you know anything about baseball you know that Cubs fans have been waiting for the past 108 years for a season like this one.  My other hobbies include reading (a lot), sleeping, drinking IPAs, hiking, travelling, eating out, food, petting cats, talking to dogs and playing Civ5.

My hope with Project Beach Life is that 1. By mindful spending and consumption we one day wind up living by the beach and 2. I hope that somehow our saving and spending strategies help or motivate someone else to set their goals high and quit being afraid to dream big.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Email me at jax@projectbeachlife.com