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Celebrating 7 years of blogging!

photo (5)Last week I celebrated this blog’s 7th birthday. Can you believe it? It’s been seven years since I started GMBMFB, and it’s been a roller coaster for sure. Many of you have been with me through the ups and downs of both my personal and professional life. Over the years, I’ve e-mailed, talked on the phone, and met quite a few people through this blog. It’s been amazing, and GMBMFB has changed my life.  You’ve seen me through my twenties, and now that I’m in my thirties, I’m really looking forward to continuing this blog, and seeing what the future has to offer. :)

For long-time readers, you know that things have changed a lot since February 2007. In the past seven years, I’ve had 7 jobs, move 6 times, and went through 3 tough break-ups. In 2011, I bought my very first home. In 2012, I moved to Germany. Other notables over the past few years include getting adult braces, having LASIK eye surgery, and my big blogging break with the Toronto Star/

And as I transition into the newest phase of my life, it’s been hard to think of things to write here. In fact, I’ve avoided everything to do with my blog and social media (for the most part) since getting laid off. I gave myself two weeks to do whatever it is I felt like doing (stretchy pants and Netflix), and now that my time is up, I’m excited for my next opportunity. It’s been difficult, and I know I still have a long way to go, but I’m staying positive. I’ve gotten interviews, good feedback on my resume, and have had wonderful support from family and friends. In fact, when BF found out that it was my 7 year blogoversary last week, he surprised me with cupcakes the very next day. :)

So, from the bottom of my heart – thanks for supporting me all these years, and thanks for reading my blog. I really appreciate it, and am looking forward to continuing my journey with GMBMFB. ♥

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Karl says:

    Congrats Krystal! That’s awesome. You’ve put out a ton of great content and its great seeing you have success with the site (and in the ‘real’ world too).

  2. Congratulations, Krystal. GMBMFB was one of the first personal finance blogs that I discovered! Looking forward to reading about your transition and next exciting opportunity.

  3. Congrats Krystal! Lots of changes over the years but life is like that. I look forward to reading your site for years to come. Keep up the great work, helping and inspiring others!


  4. Aranka says:

    Congratulations Krystal! I am reading your blog from before you had your braces and before you bought your first car. You are an inspiration and am sure that you’re going to have an exciting new job in no time.

  5. Happy Belated to GMBMFB! Seven year is quite a milestone for a blog. You were one of the first pf blogs I read and I followed you when you were writing for Moneyville. Wishing you many more years of blogging success!

  6. Laura says:

    Congratulations on 7 years!! I’ve only been reading this past year, but boy am I glad I subscribed – looking forward to many more years to come.

  7. Congrats on the 7 year blog-versary! That’s so cool that you’ve stuck with your blog for so long, I feel like there aren’t a ton of blogs around that are so old!

    Good luck with the job search, I can’t wait to read your “I’ve got a job” post.

  8. Wow – 7 years is quite the feat! Congrats on the blog and all of your accomplishments

  9. Happy Blogversary Krystal! :D

  10. kruggle says:

    Glad to see you posting more and please keep on posting!

    Honestly, I think even though this blog is all about personal finance, I have learned more than just that. I only found your blog several months ago and I can’t help but look through the older posts as well. Your blog is entertaining, down to earth, and informative. Happy 7 years and keep up the good work. :)

  11. Congratulations! What a Milestone! Keep up the good work!

  12. J. Money says:

    Well that was fast! I remember when your blog turned 1 :) Mainly because mine turned 1 month around the same time, haha… Keep rockin’ it, girl.

  13. Congratulations on the 7 years! And the cupcakes!

  14. Congrats on seven years! You have two more on me but I sadly can’t remember the day I actually started…Awe man no b-day for me

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