Women Who Inspire

Meet Tonya Rapley

Since 2010 Tonya Rapley has been an agent of change, working to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck and be financially free. She founded her blog, My Fab Finance, as a platform for the mission and has since created the #BanishTheBalance challenge, a debt elimination challenge that helped over 4,000 participants pay off more than $200,000 of debt in sixty days.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FINANCE? I was working with low income women in Brooklyn and saw what happened when you let life happen to you as opposed to planning for it.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG? I started my blog because I felt like there was a lack of women who looked like e discussing finance. I wanted to make it fun and easy to understand.
HOW HAS BEING A FEMALE IN A MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY CHANGED YOUR VIEW OF FINANCE? I have realized that there are a lot of women doing this work. While the approaches vary by gender and background our common motivators are often the same: to help others make better decisions regarding their lives.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT WORKING FOR YOURSELF? Creating my own path and really tapping into my power. There is a certain confidence you develop when you trust yourself and it works out.