Introducing “The Little Intern That Could” Series

The Little Intern That Could


I’m Claire, the newest intern/writer at ReadyForZero. I’m super excited to be introducing myself to you, the readers of the ReadyForZero blog. Consider this as the intro to my first series which I’m calling “The Little Intern That Could” – an homage to the classic children’s story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles.

The Little Engine That Could

The Inspiration

As you might imagine, I’ll be using this opportunity to tell you all about my flawless financial decisions and my instinctive budgeting savvy. Not to mention I’ll be chatting quite a bit about the fact that I own an island shaped like a donut.

Oh wait, you mean I’m not allowed to lie in my blog posts?

Okay, then. Instead of describing my imaginary donut-shaped island, this series will cover some of the things that people like me (and you) grapple with as we try to overcome the financial challenges of living in the modern world. It will be a holistic look at how to approach your own goals and challenges, with insights from my own life.

Although, can I just say that my imaginary donut-shaped island happens to have trees on it that actually grow donuts? Coconut covered of course. Yeah – it’s a pretty awesome fake island.

Anyway, here’s the real intro to my series:

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This series is where I’ll be sharing that I haven’t always been the most financially informed person. I was too busy drinking lattes and eating trendy cookies to realize that I was making some less-than-responsible decisions with where I spent my money. But having to confront $23,000 in student debt acted as a very real wake-up call. Faced with the inescapable financial facts, I knew it was time to reassess my financial situation and soon after realized that there are some changes I could and should be making to help me lay sturdier financial tracks along the way.

In the series, I’ll be looking at the habits and switches that helped me take hold of my finances, confront my debt and maintain a positive lifestyle in the process. Here’s what you can look forward to in the Friday posts from “The Little Intern That Could” for the month of June:

Other things you’ll learn about me?

Office donut

Even though I can’t really pick donuts from the imagined trees on Donut Island, I still manage to eat them in the office.

I really like alliteration and word play. I studied Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz. And while it might seem a little funny for a writer to be so excited about personal finance, it just goes to show you that everybody is impacted by finances – we all benefit by paying attention to the choices we make with our money. I’ve become more and more comfortable talking about my personal financial situation, and I’m happy to share with you as I offer some tips, concerns and thoughts. Let me know in the comments below if you have specific things you’d like me to address in this series!


Credit for Image 2 ToastyKen

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  • erica o

    Claire, I love your positive energy- I think you’re going to be a great read, especially for the summer, where it’s tough to stay on track at times financially…

    • Claire Murdough

      Thanks for reading and for the nice words Erica! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series, and let me know if there are any other topics you’d like to see.

  • Excellent. Great to have you on the team!

    • Claire Murdough

      Glad to be a part of ReadyForZero!

  • Niloofar

    Looking forward to reading them. And I am now stuck on an image of a palm tree that grow donuts. What a delicious concept 🙂

    • Claire Murdough

      I always aim to make mention of donuts every chance I get – thanks for reading!

      • Niloofar

        Good call 🙂


    Great, I am trying to eat and buy food responsibly and now I have various images of donut growing trees in my head…breath…breath… 😉 But seriously, how bout a little help on shopping and cooking economically?!

    • Claire Murdough

      cookiemonster, I’m on the exact same page – we’ll get through it together! And I’m happy to say I have some shopping and cooking tips planned for future posts. Until then, no harm in a couple donut daydreams 🙂



  • Cathy

    This is such a great conversation for all of us. I am looking forward to hearing how you have coped, learning some creative solutions to money issues, and of course, reading more about food!

    • Claire Murdough

      Thanks for the support Cathy! I owe a lot of my momentum to sincere encouragement from friends and family – can’t wait to share more!

  • You had me at donuts! Yum 🙂 Welcome to the RFZ team Claire. I know you’ll enjoy working at such an awesome company! Looking forward to reading more about your story and your personal journey.

    • Claire Murdough

      Thanks for the wonderful welcome Carrie! I love reading your posts and am happy to be alongside such talent 🙂