For help—direct or indirect—with the book, my profound thanks to:
My online tribe. When a person has a tricky brain, such buddies can make 100% of the difference. You helped me through the final steps of achieving financial security, but also encouraged my “voice” and weird way of seeing normal things, and have been my biggest cheering squad for releasing the book. As you know, if it weren’t for you, I would have pulled it from Amazon several times over by now. You guys are amazing. Thank you for all your caring and kindness and silliness and funniness and acceptance and love and compassion.
Andrew Hallam, author of Millionaire Teacher and The Global Expatriate’s Guide to Investing. He was the first fancy famous person to kindly mention my book, in his article here. Unbeknownst to Andrew and me until after we started corresponding, our paths crossed, in a sense, over two decades ago. Our starting points were night and day, and somehow he ended up generously mentioning my work these decades later. I get such a kick out of that!
Mr. Money Mustache. Again, I feel deeply grateful that people whose journey has been so profoundly different than mine have been gracious enough to believe another experience, and to so kindly mention it. Thanks a million, Pete!
Captain Awkward. Having followed her blog for several years, I was blown away (and then oh so nervous) when she invited a guest post. What an honour to be able post to this incredible site. Thanks so much, Jennifer, for spreading the word (and for everything else you do)!
Janet Upton. A strong and enduring woman I have been privileged to know for some years, as we accidentally stalk each other from one forum to another. Janet, you were the first person to receive a draft of Rising. In a busy time, you offered detailed suggestions and edits, the vast majority of which I incorporated. More profoundly, you urged me to continue with and complete it, firm that this was worth writing.
For help with my own financial journey, I am thankful to so many individuals, advocates, policy makers, authors, and forum buddies, as well as all the doctors, nurses, and administrative staff of medical and social service centres who managed to be kind and patient with me despite my weird brain and chronic confusion.
To all of the above, your efforts have made all the difference in my life, and in the lives of all those I have managed to “pay it forward” to. Thank you.