EP. 21 Keeping up with the Joneses: Parenthood Edition

EP. 21 Keeping up with the Joneses: Parenthood Edition

In a society that loves to flash their material possessions on social media, the comparison game can be really hard…especially when you’re on a debt-free journey…and even more if you’re a parent!

One of the hardest aspects of our debt-free journey was trying to raise our kids through it. Although it was hard, it wasn’t impossible! I’m sharing my best words of advice + encouragement on how to break free from the Keeping Up With The Joneses mentality…from the perspective of a parent.

EP. 20 How To Create Dinners For A Dollar

EP. 20 How To Create Dinners For A Dollar

Reducing your food bill can sometimes sound overwhelming or even impossible, then add on a good-sized family and kids will food allergies…and most people just give up altogether. However, taking control of how much you spend on your meals is a crucial step to getting intentional with your money! Like it or not, we all have to eat…and multiple times a day…but you don’t have to go broke keeping your family fed.

Shelly from Dinner for a Dollar is sharing how she cut her family of 6’s food budget by $12,000 per year! Her system is realistic and down to earth and she has a passion for helping families reduce their food bill so they can accomplish their real financial goals – not just spend all their extra money at the grocery store. Shelly is here to bust the myth that you have to spend a fortune to eat whole foods and to share why cutting back your food budget is actually the fastest and easiest thing you can do to save money.

EP. 19 Choosing Gratitude Over Guilt With Your Holiday Budget

EP. 19 Choosing Gratitude Over Guilt With Your Holiday Budget

Spending money while you’re on a debt-free journey or just simply living on a budget can be a touchy subject! And it seems that the Holiday Seasons only amplify the anti-shopping talk all over social media.

I'm sharing about why I choose to shop for Christmas with a heart full of gratitude instead of mind full of guilt. I'll also explain why budgeting, especially at this time of year, should bring you freedom, and how to create that freedom for yourself.

EP. 18 How To Create A Budget-Friendly Meal Plan

EP. 18 How To Create A  Budget-Friendly Meal Plan

Spending money on food is just a part of life, we’ve got to eat…but we don’t have to blow our budget or be stressed out in the process. I wanted to bring my friend, Christine from The Mostly Simple Life, on the podcast to share all of her simple tips for meal planning, being intentional with your food budget, + making the most out of your grocery purchases.

EP. 17 How To Stay "Sunny"

EP. 17 How To Stay "Sunny"

Survival mode is such a dark and lonely place. You feel alone. You feel like you’re the only one who feels the way that you do. You feel like you’re the only one struggling. Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone.

I often get asked how I stay positive + “sunny” all the time. Well, the truth is that I don’t! I’m a normal person with normal struggles, but I do have some words of advice + encouragement to share with you for the times that you feel depressed, defeated, and discouraged.

EP. 16 Debt-Free Journey Goal Setting 101

EP. 16 Debt-Free Journey Goal Setting 101

When you have big dreams for your life you don’t want to waste time working towards things that don't align with your goals. You want to be intentional with the precious life that you have been given and truly "cultivate what matters"!

Writing out your goals is a vital step to achieving your dreams and becoming who you were called to be. Setting good goals for your money is basically just like drawing out a road map of how you want to be intentional with your money. Without these goals we wouldn’t know what we were working towards and we’d just wander around, waste our money, and ultimately waste our lives not working on the things that matter most. 

EP. 15 Crushing Goals Together

EP. 15 Crushing Goals Together

It’s pretty common for there to be one spouse that’s the spender, and one that’s the saver. This can cause tons of disagreements when it comes to budgeting, saving, and planning out your financial future. Two people who are constantly arguing over the future of their money will never be able to reach their goals together!

Think about it this way...imagine you're both in a rowboat, and paddling in opposite directions, you're going to get nowhere fast! That's essentially what you're doing with your money if you don't realize that you're in the same boat....you're on the same team...and you should be on the same page about your money!

EP. 14 Why Your Financial Journey Is About Unlocking The Magic Within Yourself

EP. 14 Why Your Financial Journey Is About Unlocking The Magic Within Yourself

When most people start on a journey to financial freedom all they think about is the numbers and the money, but through my 4 years of experience on this journey, I have found that it’s about so much more. I’ve found that this is actually more of a personal development journey than anything else. I think that when we go on these journeys what we are really searching for, what we are screaming out for, is for our money to be aligned enough that we can reach our full potential...that we can be who we were called to be, that we can unlock the magic that is within ourselves. What we’re truly searching for on our financial journey isn’t “happiness”, it’s peace + fulfillment.

EP. 13 How To Get Creative With The Holiday Season

EP. 13 How To Get Creative With The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season can easily be the most expensive time of year, and if not done intentionally, it could quickly break your budget! Heidi Nash from Debt Free Charts + I sat down to share a few of our favorite tips on how to get creative with the Holiday Season. We shared some budget-friendly gift ideas, where to find some extra money, + how to step up your savings game. Plus, I got to ask Heidi all about how she started Debt Free Charts + what it’s like to a part of so many people’s financial journeys!

EP. 12 The Way You Do One Thing,Is The Way You Do Everything

EP. 12 The Way You Do One Thing,Is The Way You Do Everything

The way you do one thing is the way you do everything. I used to not fully understand this saying, however, the farther I’ve gotten into this journey the more I’ve found this to be true. I believe that intentionality is contagious, and it spills over into everything that we do. When you start being intentional with one aspect of your life, you'll start a ripple effect with the rest of your life...almost like magic. 

EP. 11 How to Declutter Your Budget

EP. 11 How to Declutter Your Budget

This might sound a little surprising, but my family actually got our start with Budgeting through Minimalism! I quickly learned that Minimalism spills into every aspect of your life. It’s about decluttering and simplifying your home, your calendar, your relationships, and even your budget! There are so many benefits to living a simplified clutter-free life, and gaining financial freedom is one of them!

EP. 10 How To Not Become Another Money Statistic

EP. 10 How To Not Become Another Money Statistic

Teaching your kids about personal finance isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially if you’ve made your own fair share of financial mistakes. Most schools don’t include budgeting + personal finance in their standard curriculum, so it’s up to us as parents of the next generation to educate them the best we can.
...but where do we start? 
This week's guest, Alli Rosenblum, along with her co-author/best friend, Shelly Hawkins, have given us a great new resource, Not Another Money Statistic: Lessons We Wish We Learned in High School. This book is a MUST READ for any teenager, parent of a teenager, or honestly any beginning budgeter.

EP. 09 Why We're Renting Instead of Buying a House

EP. 09 Why We're Renting Instead of Buying a House

If you've ever felt like you're in over your head with your house, if you've ever felt like your monthly payment is too much, if you've ever felt like the cost of living in your current city is too high, or if you've ever felt like your home just doesn't align with your big vision...then this episode is for you! This week I'm talking about the ongoing debate in the financial world of Renting vs. Buying, and why we decided to rent instead of buying a home.

EP. 08 You Can't Stop Time

EP. 08 You Can't Stop Time

Time is such a precious thing, but there is one truth to it...you can't stop it! Time honestly doesn't care what you do, it's just going to keep ticking on. BUT we can use this to our advantage on our intentional living journey and be productive with the time that we have been given. 

In this episode I'm going to share the lessons I learned from wasting so many years procrastinating and dragging my feet about getting on a budget, paying off our debt, and just overall being intentional with my life. 

EP. 07 30 Questions for my 30th Birthday

EP. 07 30 Questions for my 30th Birthday

Who doesn't love a fun random Q+A session!? In celebration of my 30th birthday, I'm answering 30 questions from you! Some are silly + random and others are personal + full of wisdom. 

Find out how my husband and I met, if we'll have any more kids, what I wanted to be when I grew up, what I'd buy if I won the lottery, and lots of other fun facts! 

EP. 06 Creating Your Big Vision

EP. 06 Creating Your Big Vision

Has survival mode has become normal? When was the last time you were truly excited about the future, not fearful of it?
You keep trying to ignore that whispering voice telling you that there is a better way. You keep telling yourself that every "normal" family struggles...right!?! You say maybe you'll start next month...or maybe you'll just wait until the New Year.
But the whisper grows louder and louder...and it's growing to a point that it's becoming impossible to ignore. Something HAS to change friend! Never-ending survival mode is not what you and your precious family deserve!

Are you living the abundant life that you have always dreamed of?
If you answered no, then this episode is for you!
...but where do you start?
You start with your dreams...and in this episode I'll walk you through each step of creating your big vision and give you some specific questions to ask yourself.

EP. 05 Tips for Breaking Bad Spending Habits

EP. 05 Tips for Breaking Bad Spending Habits

I know that you have a big heart for your family and big dreams as well...BUT you also have a spending problem that is holding you back from achieving your goals!

In this episode I'm sharing 5 of my best tips for breaking your bad spending habits. I know that taking control of your spending is hard work and not something that will happen overnight...but now is the perfect time to start! With steady progress and giving yourself some grace over the next few months, you'll be breaking those old habits before you know it.

EP. 04 Do or Do Not. There is No Try.

EP. 04 Do or Do Not. There is No Try.

Have you ever used the phrase "oh well, I tried" after you failed at achieving a goal? I think we all have. In this episode I want to share with you the power of replacing "I'm trying to do it" with "I am going to do it". This subtle change in your wording can be the difference between quietly disclaimer-ing your way into a life that doesn't make you fulfilled or actually believing in yourself enough to succeed. I want you to be bold enough to believe in your success and learn how to either do something or don't...and how to stop just "trying".

EP. 02 Shifting into an Abundance Mindset

EP. 02 Shifting into an Abundance Mindset

In this episode I'm talking about how budgeting, minimalism, + intentional living can all lead you to an abundant life. However, the first step to achieving any goal is to shift your mindset. We have to learn how to think about the bigger picture and start to be intentional with every aspect of our lives. We have to break free from survival mode and learn how to feel worthy of a better life. 

I'm sharing with you some examples of the scarcity mindset versus the abundance mindset, and how minimalism + budgeting can help you achieve true abundance in your own life.