Meet the Author: Guest Interview with Alexandra Makowski

This week we took the time to step back and appreciate the importance of investing in your most valuable asset -- YOU. Now, Interview Captain Britt MacLeod takes the time to see just what that means for the mind behind the advice, guest author Alexandra Makowski.


You talked about some of your ambitious financial goals. What are some of your hobbies and personal goals “off the clock”?

          One of my personal goals is to learn how to play the guitar. I am a singer so I want to be able to accompany myself. I’ve been taking lessons for about 3 months (it's WAY harder than it looks!), but I am slowly making my way. I am also trying to get in shape. I have always hated the gym and I am not athletic at all. So after trying a bunch of different gyms, trainers and classes over the years I finally found my perfect fit, Orange Theory Fitness. I go 3 times a week but I am trying to push myself to go more. I don’t really have a fitness goal. I’d love to say when I get abs I know I’ve met a huge goal of mine but I’m not willing to give up wine and really change my diet hahah, so I don’t know if that’s going to happen. 

I LOVE your take on investing in your education! What books have you read recently that you’d recommend we get our hands on?  

          I am currently reading the book "Business Adventures" by John Brooks. It’s a collection of short stories that have business lessons in it. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are big fans and it is actually very well written and pretty entertaining. "Automatic Millionaire" by David Bach is a good book for anyone to read about setting up a plan to pay yourself first and let your money work for you to pay for your present lifestyle and future goals. A book on leadership I suggest, which is a classic, is "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. It’s a best seller for a reason!

          Also reading for pleasure is a great way to increase your vocabulary and keep your imagination going which is really important for creating goals. I’m in a book club with my family; there are 4 mother/daughter pairs and we meet 4 times a year over dinner and drinks and it really is so fun! I definitely suggest getting involved with something like that, we read the books and talk about them for about 15 minutes then just catch up on life. 

Photo by: Wall Street Journal, " Bill Gates's Favorite Business Book " (July 11, 2014)

Photo by: Wall Street Journal, "Bill Gates's Favorite Business Book" (July 11, 2014)

I’m a Parks and Rec fan and fully believe in the “treat yo'self” mentality! When was the last time you treated yo'self and what did you do/buy?

          When I first started working I was treating myself a lot! I actually had to delete a shopping app off of my phone because I was getting a little carried away, hahaha. But recently I bought a few pairs of boots for the fall/winter and I revitalized my make-up drawer with a mini shopping spree at Sephora. If you can leave there without spending at least $100 you’re a champ. I'm really trying to save some money to go on a ski weekend somewhere in January/February with my boyfriend, so that will definitely be a big “Treat Yo'self” trip.

For more from Alex, you can follow her on Linkedin; and, if you haven't already, be sure to check out her guest post!