37 Things You Didn’t Know About Me



YFS here and I have a surprise for you. I’m going to give you a bit more about my personal life.  I’m going to be on a weekly podcast with some of my other personal finance peers, and I realized this being anonymous stuff is boring. I also realized that I’m faux anonymous anyway. All my friends, co-workers and associates know I have a blog. Hell, in a radio interview about my article on poverty I disclosed my real name.

Here is the link to the first episode of the podcast:  The worst of the freefinancialadvisor podcast

I come in around the 36 minute mark.  I highly advise you to listen to the whole podcast but, I know you want to get to the good stuff.

Time to pull the curtain back and reveal the brains behind Your Finances Simplified.


  1. I’m a Capricorn, ENTJ personality, and an only child.


  1. I got married at 24 years old to my college sweetheart.


  1. I used to be a huge video game fanatic.  I had every game system from Atari all the way up to PS3.


  1. I used to play World of World Craft.


  1. I like to debate!  I used to argue any point with anyone.  Until, I read  the book “How to win friends and influence people”.


  1. I am the coolest Nerd you know. Trust me, I am.


  1. I’m very athletic and competitive. I’ve played a sport since I was 6 years old. I’m a runner by nature with freakishly long arms. I’m 6’1 and 182 with a muscular build.


  1. I believe your health coincides with your wealth.  What’s the point of making money if you have to spend all of it supporting your bad health decisions?


  1. I can dance… Very well. (No I can’t teach you how to Dougie).


  1. I can repeat word for word the movies Friday, Next Friday and Friday After Next.


  1. I love comedies and jokes.


  1. I’m very outgoing and find comfort in any situation from the barber shop to a gala.


  1. I use to have ADD. I say use to because I had selective Attention Deficit Disorder. I can focus intensely on financial topics or things of interest, but when I’m bored I just can’t focus. Funny, I haven’t taken any medication since sophomore year in college and my attention span is just fine. I guess it’s all about doing what you love and loving what you do.


  1. I love love love music.  I can find a song to represent any mood that I’m in.


  1. I have a fear of failing. Fortunately, this fuels me to prepare for all situations. I would say I have a fear of being inadequate as well, which motivates me to do the things I need to do to become successful. This motivates me to go the extra mile.


  1. I sleep roughly 2-5 hours a night. The rest of the time I’m working on projects or chipping away at my to do list.


  1. I tend to plan for everything and focus on efficiency.


  1. I can’t stand messy clothing stores. Have you ever walked into the mall and took a glimpse into a Forever 21 or something like that? How in the hell do they find clothes on those racks of clothing mess?


  1. I prefer loafers, oxfords, and boat shoes over sneakers.


  1. I workout roughly 5x a week. Generally, I run in the morning followed up by a weight lifting session at night.


  1. I’m a man (I’m a boy Damien! #KatWilliamsVoice all my Friday After Next fans know what I’m talking about).  A lot of people when they see my name on paper think I’m a female.


  1. I have over 30 bottles of fairly expensive (this is relative) cologne, which I shuffle through regularly. I like when my wife says “Damn you smell good babe.”


  1. I used to have braids or cornrolls. Whatever your prefer. The weird thing is I had to get them done every week or every two weeks because they needed to be fresh. Funny, my wife used to braid my hair… hmm quality time?


  1. I’m black, but you probably realized this from my affection for the literary works of Friday, Next Friday, and Friday After Next.  Oh, and the conrolls thing probably gave it away.


  1. I no longer have cornrolls. Sorry, but I wanted a damn real job and a brush cut it is.


  1. I get my hair cut or shaped up ever week like clockwork.


  1. In a job interview I was asked what my weakness was, and I said my inability to grow facial hair. We all laughed and yes, I got the job.


  1. I  can’t grow facial hair, but I get stubble so I still have to shave, lol.


  1. I prefer value and material quality over the name brand.


  1. I want the ability to retire at 40, but I will not retire at 40.


  1. I want a luxury car but, refuse to get one until we reached our financial goals (see #30)


  1. I prefer button downs and polo’s over t-shirts.


  1. I’m 80% jokes and 20% serious. I believe you should have fun along the way.


  1. I smile a lot, eat out 4-6x a month, and meticulously track my expenses down to the penny.


  1. I believe a family without a spending plan is a family without a plan. How can you get to where you’re going if you don’t know where you are? It kills me when I ask people do you budget, and they say no. But you’re asking me to cure your financial problems right?


  1. I’m not frugal…not in the slightest. For things I care about, I buy the best value I can buy. For things I don’t care about, I buy the best value I can buy. You won’t dare catch me making my own toothpaste, cleaning supplies or laundry detergent. Nothing against people who do, but I value my time more than anything. I tend to focus on big gains rather than small gains. I know, the pennies add up to dollars, but I would rather watch the C-notes first and get down to the pennies later.


  1. Last but not least my name is Dominique. Not Dominick. You can remember me by either thinking Dominique Wilkins, Dominique Dawes (yea yea yea I know) or the song “Dominique” By The Singing Nuns. But, please please please don’t associate me with Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Wow, this list got out of hand really fast!  I could have gone on and on, but let’s stop at 37.  Maybe I’ll finish this up later but you know enough about me now. So here are a few pictures of what Mrs. YFS and I look like. Don’t forget to check her out at www.shoeAcidal.com.






















































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