We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Eaton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monica, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
One of my favorite books is A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s about Abraham Lincoln’s assembly of his first cabinet. He chose to surround himself with his former political rivals because they each possessed certain qualities that he did not. I love the book because it’s a reminder that we do not have to do and be everything. We can focus on the areas that we’re strong in and surround ourselves with individuals that enhance our overall effectiveness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I consider myself a financial literacy creative. My work focuses on introducing children to money management. I am the author of Money Plan, a rhyming picture book about budgeting, saving, and working hard. Money Plan was named one of the best books to teach kids about money by Parents Magazine and that’s something I’m really proud of. I chose to publish independently so that I could have creative control over the artwork in my stories. Diverse representation in books is so important and I’m proud that Money Plan adds to diversity in children’s literature. The journey to publishing is not easy, but the independent book community is incredibly welcoming. I owe a lot of my success to the transparency and helpfulness of other authors. My brand is all about empowering kids and parents to have meaningful money conversations. My method today is through books and content and I’m looking forward to exploring other avenues of bringing financial education to young people.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My perfect day in Houston would be all about food, shopping, and relaxation. We’d brunch at the Breakfast Klub before heading over to Kindred Stories to pick up some new books. We’d take pictures in front of the River Oaks Theater then stop by Macaron by Patisse for their goat cheese and fig macarons. The rest of the afternoon would be spent popping in and out of the boutiques on Montrose. After tiring ourselves out with shopping we’d spend a little time in Milk + Honey getting pampered before heading to dinner at Bloom & Bee. I couldn’t ask for a better day!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout Sam Houston State University. From their McNair Scholars program to their Student Money Management Center, the access and opportunities I received at Sam have played a big role in my story.

Website: monicaeaton.com

Instagram: moneywithmoni

Image Credits
Rebekah Flores

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