About Me

Hi. My name is Tom; I am a Writer, Speaker and Life Style Coach with a background in finance but…

I am also a son, dad, husband, grandpa, painter, plumber, chef, taxi driver, maid, lousy golfer, horrible auto mechanic and part-time comedian.

By now I hope you are smiling.

This is my personal blog. I write about life. More specifically, I write about living a life of purpose, focusing on the things that truly matter and taking control of your time and money.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your life. I want to help you make better decisions and live with fewer regrets. I’ll encourage and inspire you to create a life full of memories. If you are looking to make positive changes in your life, then this blog is for you.

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My Biography

I am the founder of Live Financially Smart. I have worked in the financial industry for the past 13 years and I have been in leadership roles most of my career.

I began working in retail while I was still in high school. After about ten years, I decided to switch tracks and enter the world of sales. After just two short years, I realized that was not the career for me.

In 2003, I started working in the financial industry, where I held both leadership and non-leadership roles.

We were living the American dream…all on borrowed money. We had two car payments, a couple of personal loans, a ton of credit card debt, and a student loan that was bigger than some mortgages.

I remember thinking with all of my experience, how did we get here. Then I realized, we were just living a normal life style. The problem in normal is broke.

It was that experience that inspired me to create Live Financially Smart and AskTomSwan.com. Through writing, speaking engagements, and coaching I am able to help people transform their lives.

Every day, I try to share what I have learned with others. I am a Certified Credit Counselor and I have hosted more than 60 financial workshops.

Most recently, I have expanded my writing, speaking, and coaching to include leadership, life, family, money, and personal development.

I have been happily married to my wife, LeAnn, for twelve years. We have seven awesome children including some foster and adopted children. I enjoy reading, writing, and an occasional game of Frisbee Golf.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

If would like me to speak at your next event you can visit my Speaking Page.


My blog is built on WordPress 4.6 (self-hosted). I use GetNoticed, a premium WordPress theme Andrew Buckman and Michael Hyatt.

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