Jillian Johnsrud

Writer. Speaker. Coach.

Become Financially Independent. Find Work You Love. Design Your Best Life. 

Hi, I’m Jillian!


It’s my mission to help people custom build a lifestyle that perfectly reflects their values, passion, and purpose.

all About Jillian

My Money Story

Fifteen years ago when Adam and I were married, we had $55,000 in debt (credit card, student loans, and medical debt). We also had big dreams. We wanted to take mini-retirements. We wanted to travel the world. And we wanted to adopt.

We wanted financial freedom: to never worry about having the money to put food on the table or pay the bills again. I grew up poor, and never ever wanted to feel that way again.

In the last 15 years, we paid off all our debt, traveled to 27 counties, lived abroad for 4 years, took 5 mini-retirements, adopted 4 kids (plus had 2 biological kids!). We paid cash for our very first home and bought 2 rental properties that we fixed up ourselves. We have served on boards of nonprofits, mentored kids from tough situations, and volunteered in all sorts of roles.

At 32, I became financially independent. Now it’s my mission to help others build a life that perfectly lines up with their values, passion and purpose.

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Get Started with a Free Course


Intentional Living Course

You can write your own rules and design a life that reflects the things that matter most to YOU! This course covers 10 simple exercises to get you started on living your one wild and precious life. 



Mini Retirement Small Course

Retirement is too far away. Enjoy some of these adventures sooner. Stop pushing things out or missing seasons of your life.  Enjoy some time while you are fit and healthy, your parents are young, or your kids are still at home.

Content Strategy Course

Creating a customer journey helps you see what is working well and what needs to be improved when reaching your customers. This course will help you identify where to invest your energy and build content assets to improve the effectiveness of your marketing.

1-on-1 Coaching

Interested in a Coach?

What does a mentor do? I look at your big, long-term goals and dreams. We confront the challenges that have held you back and find solutions. I examine all the details of your current situation. Then we work together to plot out a plan, breaking big goals into small actionable steps and habits.

I specialize in Financial Independence (FI) planning with career transitions, and creating or scaling service based businesses. 


Fire the Haters Jillian Johnsrud

Author of

Fire The Haters

Sharing your creative and entrepreneurial ventures online can feel like traversing a rough and uncharted ocean. Full of setbacks and obstacles that might sink your ship. 

Unless you have an experienced friend to help you navigate it. Someone who will show you the ropes and share the map. Pulling from the collective wisdom of creatives and entrepreneurs of every strip, Jillian compiled this guide book.