This book is based on years of experience and is influenced by the many amazing people who have contributed to my life’s story. I hold you dear in my heart and am appreciative of the love you’ve given me throughout the years.
This book would not have been possible without three amazing people who believed in my message and connected me to my publisher, John Wiley & Sons. Many thanks go to Marge and George Alexander and to Fred Wied IV. I also thank my Wiley team: Tula Batanchiev, associate editor, who after hearing my story and idea for the book, cheered me on; and Kathryn Duggan, my development editor, who took my ramblings and helped develop the story and flow.
To the thousands of people I met on the Road to Financial Wellness tour, I thank you for listening to my story and sharing yours. And to the Phroogal community and those living the Smile Lifestyle: This book was inspired by you.
To my road trip team: Larry Valente Solha, Austin Strickland, Juliana Anselmini, Melanie Lockert, and Will Lipovsky, who made the Road to Financial Wellness tour a success. I couldn’t have done this without you.
To Yaroslav Tashak, who after hearing my story during a Montclair State University entrepreneurship event offered his help in making my dream come true. Thank you for joining me on the road trip and spending an additional 14 days to head back home. Your friendship has been influential and invaluable to me.
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