10 Fun Facts:
- We have an 18 year old Jack Russell named Cookie
- James’s favorite musician/artist is NF
- Emily’s favorite genre is EDM
- Bought 11 rental units in 2 years
- We are both the youngest of three kids (James, a twin, is technically the youngest)
- Set 18 State Records between the two of us in two states in Powerlifting
- Both of us are huge fans of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter
- James shamelessly knows every word to ‘NSYNC’s debut album
- Emily’s favorite video game is Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Emily has been to one more state (22) but James has been to one more country (11)
Emily, or Mrs. RRR
I am a 27 year-old systems engineer with a passion for leading a happy, healthy life and a goal of having an unconstrained life to travel the world with the freedom to take advantage of every opportunity that life brings. My father is from Cyprus, so I have Greek heritage and Mediterranean roots. I grew up in a family where my father supported our family while my mother was a stay-at-home mom due to developing MS (Multiple Sclerosis) while I was growing up. My parents have always been conservative with money (living on a budget and buying used cars) and lived well within their means. However, like many kids, I was never really taught about successful money management. Ever since I started working at 16, I tried to save, but with no financial skills to keep me centered, shopping and spending money got the better of me. Luckily, I have a husband who has not only taught me how to manage money, but we are well on our way to financial independence through real estate and saving as much money as possible.
James, AKA Mr. RRR
I’m a 28 year old medical office manager who is obsessed with financial and physical health. Both my parents are deaf, which means that I am a CODA (child of deaf adults) and I am fluent in ASL. My parents divorced when I was 6, and my father passed away when I was 13 from complications due to his unmanaged diabetes. So being raised by a single mother, who worked at Wal-Mart to afford raising three kids, it’s safe to say that my family was pretty poor growing up. My grandmother was kind enough to watch us while our mother worked third-shift, but she didn’t contribute much in the way of finances other than helping my mother manage the little money that she had coming in. I coundn’t count how many times the water or electricity was cut off, and we had numerous cars repossessed. For a while, I overcompensated for my humble upbringing by spending every dime I had to buy nice things to prove that I wasn’t poor, which just perpetuated the cycle and made me poorer. I had plenty of examples growing up on how to not manage your money or your health. These are a couple of the reasons why I am passionate about maintaining health and building wealth. Luckily I found a wife who is not only supportive, but also open minded and willing to work toward a large common goal of retiring early so we can focus on living long, healthy, happy lives.