Finding Love Magazine

Read about Shay's journey to self-love on page 14.


Financial education speaker and author Shay Olivarria is featured in this month’s Finding Love Magazine. She talks about sticking out from her peers and being kind of … odd.

Shay Olivarria is a wonderful, loving person. She’s run her own financial education business, Bigger Than Your Block, for five years. She’s earned an undergraduate degree and studied for a graduate degree. She’s traveled to nine countries on three continents. By every definition she’s accomplished, so why didn’t she love herself?




Turn to page 14 and check out Shay’s article in Finding Love Magazine this month.

I’m working through my issues. They are definitely not over yet, maybe they never will be. I’m better than I was, though and that’s all that matters to me. I’m still considered strange to most people I meet. I still have to give myself pep talks before I step on stage. My jokes still fall flat sometimes, but who cares? We’re all works in progress and right now I’m having a great time settling into myself.




Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. She speaks at high schools, colleges, and companies across the country. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on,, and The Credit Union Times, among others. To schedule Shay to speak at your event visit

What Will You Sacrifice to Get What You Want?

Today, I was reading an article about slowing down and I wanted to share it with you. Mostly, I wanted to get your feedback: what will you sacrifice to get what you want?

For some reason, people equate working hard with getting ahead. As I’ve mentioned before, that’s not how the world works. You have to work smart. You have to leverage your networks. You have to build a solid foundation for yourself and your family. The questions is …. what will you give up to create the life you want?

What’s more important, time with your loved ones or having a huge house that costs an arm and a leg in upkeep? I travel because I love having experiences. I’ve been to 9 countries (Japan, France, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Canada) but I drive a crappy car. To me, it’s worth it. When you’re on your deathbed you probably won’t think about the reports you didn’t finish or 3% raise you got you’ll think of your experiences. I want to be able to say that my family was comfortable monetarily, but I also want to be able to say I spent time with them. I showed them that I loved them. I laughed and cried with them.

My goal is to work smarter and build the life that I want, I’m willing to forgo some of the things that people tell me I should have. What about you?

Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. She has written three books on personal finance, contributes to multiple online media platforms, and is a foster care alumni. She’s been quoted on,, and The Credit Union Times, among others. Visit to find out more about her work.

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Mavs teach money lessons

As we all know, the Dallas Mavericks beat out the Miami Heat to become the 2011 NBA Champions. Most people had their money on the Heat winning due to the hype about the “Big 3”, the perceived skill of the team members, and the age of the players on the Maverics. The only thing that was not taken into account was who wanted it more.

Never give up

There was a lot of focus on LeBron getting a ring, but no one took the time to consider that if the Dallas Mavericks won it would be the first Championship ring for Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki too. Some thought that the Mavericks had no chance to win because of their finals defeat to the Heat in 2006. No matter how far gone you think you are in regard to your financial solvency, it’s …. read the rest of the article here.

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Invest in Yourself

Read Shay's new weekly personal finance column on Black Voice News.

Starting this week the most dynamic financial education speaker working today has a weekly column on personal finance at Black Voice News! You can read her pithy insights and personal views on all things money in the physical paper and online. Check out this excerpt from her first article “Invest in Yourself” and leave a comment on

Every day we make decisions about how we will spend our money. Most of the time we spend our money investing in things that will not increase the value of ourselves, our families, and our communities. In 2010 African-American buying power was valued at $836 Billion by the U.S. Census. How much of that money went into purchasing things that increases the net worth of African-American households?

There is an idea that you’ve had for a while now about generating more income. It could be starting a business. It could be furthering your education. It could be cutting unnecessary costs to create, or add to, your emergency account or retirement account.

What’s stopping you from investing in yourself? I bet you invest ….

Read the entire article here.

Shay on African Speak

I’m excited to be featured Saturday, July 10th on African Speak “Honoring Powerful Black Women in our Community”. As usual I’ll share some financial literacy tips, but I’ll also be talking about my journey from foster care to professional speaker and author in the personal finance arena. Along with me will be:
Jewel Carter – Community Activist / President Urban De’Version
Zekita Tucker – Author / CEO Zeniam Publications
Shanquil Merriwether – Community Activist / Milwaukee Chapter Pres. Action Network.

Join us every Saturday at 6:00pm (Central) for our Live Radio Show. We are dedicated to a rise in awareness of Afrikan people World-wide. We will cover topics that concern our Nation. Come share your views in our Chat Room with individuals of like mind. Call in your questions: (646) 381-4162 / Email your questions at or Text us at 414-379-7969

As a special treat I’ll be providing a discount code to purchase 10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money and Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook. Listen in online or by phone Saturday 4pm PST and 6pm CST.

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