About Mika and Not Mad Yet

My name is Mika, and I’m a process.

This process has included so far:

  • a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from Universidade de Brasília, a Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and two years of research as a postdoc in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen — this made me a mathematician;

  • a series of months long, independent, overland travel experiments cycle touring, hiking, or hitchhiking in Europe and South America; having lived in Brazil, the US, Denmark, Serbia, and Ukraine; having climbed mountains, trees, and rocks in those and many other places around the world — this made me an adventurer;

  • pursuing my intelectual interests and outdoor explorations with resolve since my teens, deploying whatever resources I have available, and writing a bunch about it, as well as giving presentations and interviews; eventually graduating from the YNAB Certified Budget Coaching Program¹ in 2022 and teaching the YNAB method since then; developing my own mentoring practice, integrating my experience all those years chasing my dreams — this makes me a financial educator.

These are the three threads along this process I want to acknowledge and develop in the mid-term.

You may follow the links to learn more about my Integrated Budget Coaching program, find out what I’m working on right now, check out The Not Mad Yet Newsletter, or contact me to discuss any of that 🙂

1 Disclaimer: I am a YNAB Certified Budgeting Coach, which means that I have been trained to coach people on using YNAB software and the YNAB budgeting method. I have met select requirements of You Need a Budget LLC in order to receive this certification, which means that I have the ability to competently coach YNAB to others. I am not an employee of YNAB, and all non-YNAB related opinions and recommendations are my own. My views do not reflect the views of YNAB and its employees or its affiliates.