Diana E. Young
Diana lives with her husband Peter of 34 years. Six months of the year they reside in a ski resort in Vernon, B.C, close to family and friends - the other six months of the year they sail around the world onboard their sailboat QuickStar. They have four children, one grandson and a new granddaughter.
Diana was forced to retire from her business at the age of 47, due to an illness. Fortunately she lived a life where she spent less than she earned and saved the rest, so her situation, which could have been a financial disaster, was simply a challenge to make the most of. Her teenage life included moving out of the house and quitting school the day she turned 16. Not something she recommends! Shortly thereafter she completed her high school diploma through correspondence and night school and then put herself through university.
She worked for ten years in various positions within the travel industry including being the first manager at Wardair who pushed for, and achieved a four-day work week, which became her signature work style. After moving out west she bought a travel agency with her husband so they could job-share and have one parent home on any given day with their pre-school daughter.
Diana’s greatest achievement, she claims, is prioritizing their life, so that neither of them ever had to miss a Christmas concert, a sporting event or any other important activity of their children’s life. She became financially free from her innovative internet travel agency business, her real estate investments and her adherence to the financial fitness programs of this book -particularly of living a life of thrift, without sacrifice, rather than consumerism.
Diana’s personal philosophy about money, which she shares in this book, is that doing is more important and meaningful than having. Giving to others, either through financial donations or time, is the foundation of a fulfilling and purposeful life. Time freedom and quality of life remains her top priority. She believes to be truly wealthy you have to be rich in love. With her family and friends from around the world, her life is over flowing in abundance and she is truly grateful every day.
Diana encourages everyone to keep money in its proper perspective:
Work to live… don’t live to work
Money is a renewable resource… time isn’t.