Living Outside the Boundaries
Inspiring Families and Young Adults to Develop Money Habits That Lead to
“I don’t like the word retirement because it is usually anchored to a specific age, 65 or older. I prefer to use financial independence because that can happen at any age.”
A young military family coming out of a bookstore in Germany gave Jasandra (Jay) a huge hug and went on to explain that they saw a presentation two years before that had a major impact on their family and she was the speaker. The family went on to say that because of her passion, motivation and simple strategies they were able to track and change their spending habits, double down on saving and lean into delayed gratification. They believed she was the reason they were first time home buyers and were on their way back to the states to move into their new home. Buying a home was something they never imagined could happen and definitely not in such a short time period. “You made it seem so simple and you were so excited about it you got us all excited too” they shared. It was at that moment she realized the full impact of her words and how knowledge of basic money management and a bit of discipline could impact future generations.
Jasandra believes in honest disclosure when speaking and her presentations are filled with tales of epic failure and financial self-sabotaging that would make Oprah have an ah-ha moment; like the time she closed out an IRA account to buy a dress at Macy’s. That was not a pretty moment on the road to financial independence. Her audience appreciates her openess and willingness to be vulnerable while sharing moments she would prefer to forget. She calls the time spent after her presentations “True Confessions” because people, mostly women, come up to her and whisper in her ear about the time they too made a financially foolish decision and laughter ensues. Her audience knows that they are not alone and that past failures don’t have to equal future failures. She connects with her audience through honesty, humor and a sense of connectedness. After her presentations audience members walk away with easy to implement strategies that will help them identify poor spending habits, make lifestyle changes that will increase the amount of money they can save, decrease debt, understand items that appreciate and depreciate, and make realistic financial goals.
The heart of her presentation comes from the wisdom passed down from her father at the “University of Life”, the kitchen table, which was the center of family life in her childhood home. The kitchen table is where he delivered messages on family, love, life, relationships, poetry; you name it he talked about it. But the life-lessons that had the biggest impact on her life were his lessons about money management. Although her family was poor her father was very smart and well read and he loved sharing knowledge with family and friends. He believed that knowledge was power.
An engaging speaker known for her passion and humor, she speaks about the financial lessons she learned from her father so future generations can move from a mindset of consumerism and materialism to a life of responsible money management with an end goal of financial independence. Using advice from her father, and the examples of her mother Jasandra was able to achieve financial independence at the age of 56. She left her teaching career behind and is currently on the third year of an around-the-world travel adventure, 25 countries and counting. She is excited to share the joy she has achieved from financial independence.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana Jasandra always had a sense of adventure and wanderlust. After teaching fifteen years in the United States she received her master’s degree and began teaching with the United States Department of Defense in Japan three years, Germany eight years and Italy, five years. She loved it all. With exposure to international audiences for sixteen years Jasandra has presented workshops throughout communities in Germany, Italy and once in Argentina. She has spoken in thirteen countries. She loves volunteering and her proudest volunteer moment came while volunteering in Ghana, West Africa where with the help of the local university she made a video to teach a group of female first-time politicians the art of public speaking. Earlier this year, 2017, she worked with a group of middle school students and their sponsor in an after-school program in Cape Town, South Africa teaching communication skills. She has also volunteered feeding the homeless in South Africa, making mattresses for children in rural Mexico, teaching women self-sustaining crafts and giving motivational speeches to students in surrounding villages in Ghana, practicing conversational English in Spain to after school programs during her teaching years, Jasandra has a special place in her heart for volunteering. Her experience and love for public speaking and volunteering shines throughout her workshops and keynotes. Voted Audience Favorite in the 2015 San Miguel de Allende International Storytelling Festival in Mexico, Jay loves delivering her messages through compelling and entertaining stories.
Jasandra currently lives out the year between Thailand, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and sometimes Italy. She enjoys the nomadic lifestyle and is definitely not ready to settle down. No matter where she is, she finds time to teach and make presentations about financial independence, communication skills and volunteering.
"A recent poll stated that only 18% of Millennial women demonstrate a level of high financial literacy. Only a small percentage of states make financial literacy a requirement for graduation. Poverty and money mismanagement are generational. We have to break the chains of ignorance where financial literacy is concerned." Jasandra Brown
- International Storytelling Festival San Miguel de Allende - Audience Favorite 2015