Hi! I'm Carlos (C. Osvaldo Gomez). In 1983, when I was six, what I consider to be the greatest event of my life took place: My mother led my older sister and me across the state of Chihuahua, Mexico to the U.S. border. With borrowed money, my mother arranged our safe passage across the Rio Grande, and a flight from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, where we would eventually reunite with my father. We resided in San Jose, CA where I would go to school, learn English, and become Americanized.
I grew up poor. There were days my parents couldn't make ends meet and we'd eat canned soup and bread for dinner. Growing up poor wasn't as bad as living with an alcoholic father. My father had a bad temper and his alcohol consumption made it worse. For many years I suffered his beatings and verbal assaults. I was made to feel worthless. Aside from being angry, something happened to me throughout those years living at home with my parents.
I realized that my only escape from living at home would be to excel at school, and go to college. That's exactly what I did. I became one resilient young adult. After 2 years at San Jose City College, I transferred to UC Santa Barbara and earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences. I stayed at UCSB one more year and earned a Masters in Education and teaching credential.
Now I'm a master teacher to 8th graders, and I've also trained many new and veteran teachers as a school administrator. I relate well to the students in public schools, particularly the "broken" ones who need a person who can understand where they are coming from. My students have dubbed me, Homie G. I know that the school day isn't enough time to help these teens out so I started a YT channel: Homie G and have made videos that provide positive advice, real talk, humor, and motivation to teens.
I started this blog in 2014 originally to help teachers with their finances. However, I realized there were so many more people who needed personal finance solutions. So I expanded.
I blog about the following topics:
- Real Estate
- Stocks and the Stock Market
- Personal Growth
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Contact me if I can help in any way or if you just want to send me some hate or love. My personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of my personal highlights:
- I was featured positively in an article on San Diego's Union Tribune. Here's the feature on the writer's (Fred Dickey) website: http://www.freddickey.net/vistaviceprincipal.htm.
- Became a published author of creative fiction (short stories/poetry) and non-fiction. My Google site: Cosvaldogomez
- Featured on Money Magazine (April, 2015) as well as on a Money Magazine video:
- Mentioned on Community Investor magazine: Articles/march-2015-articles/357-restoring-detroit-making-a-direct-connection
I have a beautiful African-American wife, Jessica, and two beautiful children, Rehani and Ajani. I also have many loyal and true friends, and of course, a loving family. Some of my hobbies include: road cycling, salsa dancing (that's how I met my wife, Jessica), reading, and writing.
The Benefits of this blog for YOU:
You will learn the true ins and outs of investing.
You will learn about the challenges of starting a business when I share all of my mistakes.
You will get financially literate, as I am an excellent teacher, and will not just be giving a bunch of money saving tips.
You will be entertained as my writing is interesting, funny, and controversial most of the time.
You will be inspired to make success a priority in your life and beat every last one of your excuses to a pulp!
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Here is my core belief:
- Every person has limitless potential to be successful, wealthy, happy, and helpful to others.
- I believe financial literacy and entrepreneurship should be taught with as much fidelity and accountability as any other school reform curriculum. I also believe financial literacy has the power to transform the lives of members of ethnic minorities (especially Latinos and Blacks) who are economically challenged.
This Blog Launched on 3/19/2014
Common Core Money mission is to provide the financial knowledge people need to become inspired to succeed, to battle the future and not the past, and to connect wealth building with a purpose.
Thanks for visiting!
Disclaimer: I am not a certified financial planner, accountant, psychologist, etc., so what you read on this blog (it's a blog!) is not professional advice. Please read my disclaimer.
|Getting make-up for Money Magazine Photo Shoot|
|Jessica looking absolutely stunning!|
|With my sweetheart|
|Ajani and Rehani|
|At my little brother's HS graduation, May 2009.|
|Feb 2007, San Simeon, CA on a bike tour with my Boomer Asst. Principal colleague and friend, Larry|
|Made it to the top of Mount Palomar! 2011 Burr....|
|Salsa Dancing with then girlfriend, Jessica, at the La Jolla Marriott, 2010. I got the moves!|
|With English Language Learners in 2012. Inspirational Talk.|