Creative Twist on Debt Freedom Revisited
- Created on 08 January 2015
Aja McClanahan was a guest on the Midday Money Show in 2014, shortly after she and her husband, Kelvin, paid off their final debt and celebrated a new found debt freedom. They've been included as a New Year New You 2015 profile because thinking outside of the box to achieve debt freedom is a great source of inspiration for others.
Oh yeah...paying off $110,000 in debt is another great reason to include them too!
Facing Down Debt Fears
- Created on 07 January 2015
Brittany Williams is a 20-something, recent-ish graduate school grad facing new frontiers in life. She's getting married soon!!!!! Yay!
She's also facing a $55,000 student loan bill and a $15,000 car loan with a bit of trepidation. Or at least she was.
Brittany, like many of us, felt isolated while facing this debt burden. Should we keep our struggles to ourselves? What will others think if our money mishaps become public?
Thankfully, she and a co-worker hit upon an idea - the Power of Community! They began working together, sharing ideas, and providing each other accountability. They became Money Buddies!!! They share their progress toward financial freedom (while enjoying life) on a blog called Fun on a Budget.
Brittany shares her story of overcoming fear as she faces down debt in this New Year New You profile.
Popping the Debt Myth Bubble
- Created on 05 January 2015
Jackie Beck and her husband are completely debt free - mortgage and all. While she was dumping debt, she gained inspiration from reading the success stories of other debt dumpers. Now she's in a fabulous position to pass along that same inspiration in our second New Year New You 2015 series profile.
Think you have to live miserably to get out of debt and fix your finances? Jackie has something to say about that. Enjoy her feedback, but most of all, acknowledge that this can be your story in the future! DON'T GIVE UP!
Knocking on Debt Freedom's Door
- Created on 05 January 2015
Rachel Gause is a bit of a cause celeb around these parts. She's received a lot of well deserved attention as she nears the end of a mammoth stretch. In 2006, this single mom and U.S. marine made a decision.
She planned to retire from the military with no debt. There were only two problems:
- She was almost $180,000 in debt.
- Her retirement date was 10 years away, but she had no idea of how to get started.
New Year New You 2015
- Created on 04 January 2015
We like to begin the year with a New Year New You project. In the past we've done Give Yourself a Raise in 21 Days. 21 days is generally accepted as the amount of time needed to form a new (or break a bad) habit.
Beginning on Monday, the Debt Free Divas will again harness the Power of Community to immerse you in stories of those just starting, steady in progress, or already done with their debt dumping goal. When you can see it, you can be it.
We'll get to learn from, celebrate with, and cheer on a group of brave individuals who've agreed to put fear aside and open up about their struggles, their mindset, or their hopes for a better financial future.
There is something indescribably freeing when you pull back the curtains and let your light shine...even if the light is currently just a flicker.
Running a Fabulous Finance Committee Meeting
- Created on 31 December 2014
I can't believe we've never defined a Finance Committee Meeting!!!
What is it?
Only the quintessential step in organizing your debt free journey. Or, at least it should be. The Finance Committee Meeting (even if yours is a committee of 1) sets the foundation for all stake holders engaged in dumping debt.
We borrowed the name from a good friend and member of #teamdebtfree who is skilled at developing creative monikers. I'm not ashamed to borrow, and thus adopt as my own. I'll give credit where credit is due...for a little while. LOL!
One Thing in 2015
- Created on 29 December 2014
As a self-described lover of lists, the first of the year is generally my time to shine. I love making lists; and checking them twice; planning to ensure the next year goes just right!
It rarely does though. This girl will not be dissuaded!
I've had the same goal journal since 2008. It's filled with the optimism for the New Year and the transferred goals from the previous year's...we'll call them...opportunities for improvement.
As I scan the pages, I can definitely see progress in print. I generally break my goals into categories: Spiritual, Personal, Family, Business, and Leisure. 2014 was the final year for our Laundromat related goals. That story is still winding down; I hope to have an update soon. If you need a refresher, I started spilling the beans in Failing Forward.