Author of Work Optional (Hachette) and Wallet Activism (BenBella Books)
Tanja Hester retired at age 38 from her career as a political consultant and journalist. The author of Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way (Hachette Books; February 2019), and a top influencer within the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) movement, Tanja bridges the gap that so often exists between life and money, shifting the conversation to life purpose, fulfillment, and happiness, rather than wealth for its own sake. She comes to her audiences with love and empathy, not judgment, and inspires and empowers them to live their best lives as soon as possible. Her second book, Wallet Activism, was published in November 2021 with BenBella Books. In addition to her books and speaking, Tanja writes the award-winning blog Our Next Life and cohosts the women and economics podcast The Fairer Cents. Tanja has global speaking experience, and has been featured in The New York Times, ABC Nightline, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, CNBC, MarketWatch, and more. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Tanja spent most of her career in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles before moving to Lake Tahoe, California.
Tanja Hester travels from Lake Tahoe, CA.
Hachette Books, February 2019
“Ms. Hester gets you to think about how you might retire early, forc[ing] you to ponder how you could cut current spending and increase your income, savings and the rates they earn.”
“Inspirational, grounded, and thought-provoking, Work Optional cracks open preconceived ideas of what it means to work and what it means to live a fulfilling, purpose-driven life. Go on this adventure to learn not only the practical steps of early retirement, but more importantly, to discern what you truly want out of life. With Hester as your guide… you just might find yourself living a life you never imagined possible.”
“Work Optional outlines a realistic yet awe-inspiring path to a life where work is optional. There are plenty of books out there about how to save money and build wealth but if you want to weave financial excellence into a life full of adventure, contribution, and meaning – this is the book for you.”