I am a 40-something woman on a collision course with 50 in 2017, living in Istanbul, Turkey.
I have never been married and I have no kids.
I got obsessed with the Personal Finance World after finding several dozen great Personal Finance Blogs and started a blog in Turkish back in 2007 but, apparently my country folk is not so much interested in being debt free or making smart choices when it comes to finances, so, I took that blog off-line.
I have a rather small family. Mom and sis, brother-in-law, uncle, two cousins and their mom (aunt), brother-in-law's parents. That is all. As for extended family there is not much to extend. Few cousins of mom and dad.
My dad passed away back in 1994 but, I still miss him dearly. I have been blessed with the best parents in the whole wild world. I love my mom and sis from here to the moon and back. They are the most precious people in my life.
I use a pen name T'Pol. I am a bit of a trekkie but the real reason why I picked that name was both simple and stupid: As I was trying to figure out a pen name, Star Trek was on TV. So much for my creativity.
I live alone in Istanbul and I have a wonderful circle of friends here.
I own the 2 bedroom apartment I live in free and clear. I own another property in Ankara which I rent out. I bought another apartment from a family member just to keep the place in the family and am paying mortgage on a house again just to keep it in the family. The apartment will be paid off in 2025, and the house in 2019. Once we own the house free and clear, I think pull down the old house and put a pre-fabricated house on the land. But who knows?
In my previous career, I have traveled quiet a bit and I especially like visiting the US every once in a while since I have lived there for 3,5 years.
Needless to say, I am a very independent person. I hope I can stay that way. I guess I must concentrate on my health more to be able to do that.