Are you happy at the moment?
I am very happy at the moment. I have a rewarding career, a supportive family, a great son, and wonderful friends.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would it be?
I would tell myself to be highly aware of the dangers of falling into credit card debt.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I learned the incredible power of better time management in my professional life.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to get caught up on my retirement investing.
What’s your secret to happiness?
My secret to happiness is to never lose the ability to laugh at yourself, don’t sweat the small stuff, and always strive to become a better person.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Spending time with my son keeps me grounded. Even if I’ve just had the worst day ever, he can always make me smile and forget about my problems for awhile.
What’s your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is letting a petty family squabble result in being estranged from a family member for more than a year. Life is too short to let minor disagreements have such a negative effect on your relationships.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
The best lesson I’ve taught my son is how to handle money properly. He already has a bank account and has $300 saved, and he’s only six years old.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I would like to commit to a plan of more physical exercise.
Aside from parenting, what are you most proud of in your life?
I’m most proud that I’ve found a way to put my God-given talents to work in order to be able to work from home full-time.
When were you happiest?
Actually, I think I am happiest right now.
What ten words best describe you?
Responsible. Mature. Hard-working. Humorous. Kind. Generous. Frugal. At peace. Stable. Creative.
David Bakke was educated at the University of South Florida. After a long career in restaurant management and a brief stint in financial services, he began writing full-time for the personal finance website Money Crashers. Money Crashers is dedicated to educating its readers on how to better handle their finances. It offers tips and resources on a wide variety of finance-related topics, including creating a personal budget, saving for retirement, investing, establishing an emergency fund, and more. Follow them on Twitter at @MoneyCrashers.