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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Mar 6, 2024

We have such an incredible guest joining us for today’s show! Bola Sokunbi is a certified financial instructor (CFEI), money expert, speaker, and founder of Clever Girl Finance, one of the largest personal finance media platforms for women in the U.S.

Bola received the 2021 Financial Education Instructor of the Year Award from the National Council of Financial Educators and is a 4x best-selling author of the Clever Finance Series and her book, Choosing To Prosper. She is passionate about helping women take control of their money stories and live life on their terms.

Bola has such amazing things to say about breaking free from a limiting money mindset, being intentional, and giving yourself grace along your financial journey. I could not be more excited to have her back on the show with us today to share her story and wisdom with all of you!

4:49 – Bola 201

  • Bola’s life as a business owner, mom, and wife
  • Releasing 4 books
  • Bola’s career journey and mission
  • Pursuing her business on her own terms

22:35 – Embracing Imperfections in Money Management

  • “Low dough March”
  • Tips for curbing impulsive spending
  • Embracing imperfections and finding solutions that work for you

40:57 – The Wealth Paradox

  • The cultural attitude towards money 
  • Wealthy individuals being idolized and demonized
  • Common misconceptions about wealth
  • Money as a tool

51:24 – Final Takeaways

  • Breaking free from a limiting money mindset
  • Learning from others, being intentional, and open-minded to opportunities
  • Changing dynamics in the financial planning industry
  • Connecting with Bola


“I had an idea that I wanted to build a business that would help women- that would empower women to not feel any shame or any judgment about their finances.”

“Automation is a tool that can help you save and help you get out of debt faster, that can help you invest more. Leverage the tools and resources that can help you help yourself.”

“Give yourself that grace. We’re all making money mistakes.”

“Money is not anything. It's a tool. It doesn't make you good, it doesn't make you evil, it doesn't make you kind, it doesn't make you hideous… it… amplifies who you are. If you're a good person, you're a great person with money. If you're an evil person, you're a worse person with money. It’s a tool.”

Learn more about Bola:

Clever Girl Finance Book Series

Bola’s book, Choosing To Prosper

The Clever Girls Know Podcast

Clever Girl Finance on social media

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About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.