Welcome! I am Brittney Castro.
[mks_dropcap style=»letter» size=»52″ bg_color=»#ffffff» txt_color=»#8224e3″]I[/mks_dropcap] help people define their ideal lives, and then support that with the structure of financial planning. I teach people how to love their money, understand their money and then use their money to live a life they actually love, not the life they feel they “should” be living.
In other words, my mission is to make financial planning fun and easy, and help you use your money to create of the life of your dreams—free from stress and anxiety about money.
You see, I was the weird kid growing up who loved to play with my fake cash register and pretend checkbook. Something about organizing my money and being methodical with those toys just came naturally to me. I grew up in a middle-class family where my dad was a police officer and my mom managed the day-to-day finances like most women do. By watching my parents manage their money, I learned the power of living within your means, budgeting and having good credit. My parents taught by example, and while I, like you, did not have any formal financial education growing up, I learned early on that if you love your money, it will love you back.
In my nine years as a financial planner–working for a major financial planning firm, then an independent one; getting designations like CRPC®, AAMS® and the most important one of all, CFP®; and being a pioneer in the financial planning industry and breaking as many norms as possible,–I help women gain clarity around their money and fall in love with financial planning so they can create a life they love using their money—for the long term.
I’ve got the personality, smarts, and heart to help you rid yourself of your financial woes and heartaches once and for all. I believe that money is just a tool that you can use to live a life you love. I can teach you how to use that tool and create a new mindset about your money that will serve you for many years to come.
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About Financially Wise Women
[mks_dropcap style=»letter» size=»52″ bg_color=»#ffffff» txt_color=»#8224e3″]A[/mks_dropcap]fter working four years at Ameriprise Financial, a large financial planning firm, and three years with LPL Financial, an independent broker/dealer, I launched Financially Wise Women as a registered investment adviser, offering advisory services in the state of California. I focus my practice on helping people like me: busy professional and entrepreneurial women who are passionate about life. Financially Wise Women continues to grow and allow me to help even more individuals through my financial planning practice, online money class, YouTube channel videos, public speaking engagements, and live workshops. I have worked with hundreds of people and helped them love their money and take their financial lives to the next level. I look forward to helping you do the same.
[mks_dropcap style=»letter» size=»52″ bg_color=»#ffffff» txt_color=»#8224e3″]A[/mks_dropcap]fter graduating from University of California, Santa Barbara, I started my career as a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial. While there, I learned how to run a financial planning practice, how to excel as a financial planner, and that I loved financial planning. However, most importantly, I realized I did not fit into the traditional financial planning mold. Although I was successful, I was unhappy. I tried to fit in with an old-school model of financial planning and was not living an authentic life. I wanted to do things differently, and serve my clients in a way that made sense to me. I needed an environment that would allow my entrepreneurial side to shine and that would give me freedom and flexibility when working with clients.
After observing many other advisors communicate with women clients in counterproductive ways, making them feel more confused, shamed and humiliated, I knew something had to change. Women struggle with different fears and frustrations than men do. Women want clarity around their money and their financial strategies. They want to worry less, have more time to do the things they enjoy most, and they want a financial planner who listens to them and understands their unique goals and concerns.
I know this because this is what I want, too. I’ve been there: worried about money, stressed by the future, feeling misunderstood. It is my goal to change that for the women I work with.