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ABOUT

ME

This is my life's mission...

Growing up I was always interested in money, but ironically I didn't really "get" how it all worked until several years into my career as a CPA. I had a degree AND a license in money and still didn't get it, so I totally understand why personal finance is such a conundrum for others. My mission is to simplify and de-mystify money for even the most numbers-averse so you can find your own version of financial bliss. 

Throughout my career as a CFP® professional and financial coach, I've worked with over 2,500 individuals and couples on all aspects of their money. My philosophy is that there is a technically correct answer to every money decision, although we sometimes may not know that answer until it's too late to change the path. But there is also a correct answer for YOU, and those are often not the same thing. My role as a financial coach is to help you understand the pros and cons of your decisions so that you can make your choices with confidence and joy. 

For people who aren't even in a place yet to be discussing decisions, my role is to help remove the shame and help you see a clear positive step to begin the journey. Each person's path is different - it's my privilege to help you determine yours and get comfortable along the way!

Certifications & qualifications

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional

  • CPA/PFS (PFS = Personal Finance Specialist, a designation awarded by the AICPA exclusively to CPA financial planners.)

  • Member of Retirement Resource Center Speakers Bureau

  • Member of AICPA Consumer Financial Advocacy Council

  • Member of Illinois CPA Society

  • Member of Financial Therapy Association

Random facts

  • I spent over 5 years as a financial wellness coach with Financial Finesse, the only completely unbiased workplace financial wellness provider in the nation. Remaining unbiased is of the ultimate importance to me, which is why I'm not aligned with any financial services companies.

  • Prior to that I worked for a variety of financial services companies including Deloitte, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank and Morgan Stanley.

  • I am an expert on Health Savings Accounts.

  • I keep a worm compost bin in my office.

  • My husband and I have fostered multiple cats through ALIVE Rescue in Chicago.

  • My favorite job ever was bartending at Scott's Harbor Grill in Traverse City, Michigan, my hometown.

  • I know more about household recycling than you probably want to know, but would love to share if you ask!

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DISCLAIMER: This website and the services offered by Kelley C. Long Consulting LLC (dba Financial Bliss with Kelley Long) provides information and education on a variety of topics, including education on investment fundamentals. We do not provide investment, tax, or legal advice. We do not recommend particular investment funds or strategies. Such advice should be obtained from a qualified financial, legal, or tax advisor based on your individual situation.