What This Site Is
Empathic Finance is a site for those who want to rewrite their narratives with money.
Many of us have money narratives, stories that we tell ourselves, such as:
- “I’m not good with money.”
- “I’ll never have enough money.”
- “All rich people are evil / bad / part of the problem.”
- “Everyone says I should care about money, but I don’t.”
Do any of these sound like you? If so, you’re not alone.
So much of our lives are affected by our relationship to money (career, relationships, self-assessment) that looking into your own story, and assessing whether it is truly serving you, can lead to breakthroughs that can cause you to make progress in all other areas of your life.
What if you were less afraid? What if you replaced the nagging feeling that you should be doing more with an actual plan? What if you could change your story?
I’ll tell you what: you could accomplish anything.
That’s what we’re doing here.
This site was launched in 2012 as Unlikely Radical (tagline: “Practical Strategies for Sticking It To The Man“) and was a lifestyle blog with a focus on not just money, but also travel and community. In 2019, it was rebranded as Empathic Finance to showcase more effectively its refocused message on healing your relationship to money.
A little about me
Hi, I’m Mike. It’s nice to meet you.
I grew up in a first-ring streetcar suburb where I fostered my love of public transportation. I spent many years working on various musical and auditory pursuits, and learned all-too-well how working hard does not necessarily mean working smart.
I went to multiple colleges where I fostered my love of physics and math. I moved to New York City, where I learned (by counter-example) how it feels to have a strong sense of community. I also fixed computers, and learned that one’s relationship to technology is not much different from one’s relationship to others.
A few years ago I decided to start a new life in Portland, Oregon. It has turned out better than I could have expected on every possible level.
I’ve spent a lot of my life being anxious: anxious toward the future, anxious toward the risk of being destitute, anxious toward being alone, anxious toward failing, anxious toward success. And all the while, I continue to push through these challenges, and to help others do the same.
In everything I do, I want to help people build more meaningful connections with themselves and with each other. I have a responsibility to work to my own happiness, and I take that seriously.
Though I don’t really take myself all that seriously. 😜
These days, among much else, I offer personal financial coaching. Not just the how-to-get-rich stuff, we tackle the heart as well as the head, a technique I call “integrative finances“. After all, so many of us know what to do, but we have emotional blocks that keep us from doing it. I can help with that.
I have lots more plans too. For now, please connect on these pages, say hello, comment on a post, and let’s work together. I don’t have all the answers, but I have learned a lot, and am happy to share what I know.
Thanks for being here,