Kali Hawlk WriterMy name’s Kali Hawlk, and I’m passionate about using my skills and abilities to help others achieve their goals and dreams. And I know what it takes!

I built my own website up from scratch, going from absentmindedly blogging to an audience of two (thanks, Mom and Dad) to being named one of US News’ and World Report’s 37 Personal Finance Experts to Follow on Twitter.

Now, I help creatives learn how to live mindfully and with intention through Off The Rails, a mentorship platform for creative women I co-founded with Shannon McNay. I also work as a freelance writer and marketing consultant for financial advisors.

I believe we should all strive to forget about using someone else’s instruction book for life. Stop following the general guidelines that keep the sheep safely with the flock, and start asking questions about how you can create and make more for yourself.

Wait for nothing and no one. Start digging into your own self and discover what you truly want. Then get after it relentlessly, tenaciously.

I write about my own experiences in trying to live this way on my blog and support other women doing the same at Off The Rails.

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Who I Am: I’m a.. Writer. Fan of finances. Creative, artistic, quirky soul. B.A.-of-history holder. Bookworm. Animal lover. Outdoorsy person. Passionate about helping others achieve happiness by recognizing and fulfilling their callings. Introvert. Enthusiast of all things marketing and media. Positive thinker (most of the time). Perpetual learner.

What I Do: By day, I’m the marketing manager for XY Planning Network. By nights, weekends, and sometimes lunch hours, I’m helping educate and encourage others to make something fantastic in their lives at Off The Rails. I’m also focusing on freelance writing and helping financial advisors build better businesses.

Where I Am: Best place to reach me is on Twitter @KaliHawlk or dropping me a line at kalihawlk [at] gmail [dot] com

Why I’m Here: My drive to do and be all of the above comes from my desire to be productive, useful, and helpful. My purpose is to blaze a different trail to the top so that others may find an easier path to the same success.