EP. 52 Where Could You Be In 5 Years If You Started Today?

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A little over 5 years ago my family and I started on a journey that would change everything for us. In the Summer of 2014, I had finally had enough of living in survival mode so I started to take action. I started by reading the Power of Positive Thinking and following a few intentional living influencers on social media. Then I focused on decluttering my house, and before I knew it I was budgeting and knocking out debt. Fast forward another baby and a few months later, I was waking up before my kids to practice a morning routine, I was exercising, and actually enjoying healthy food for the first time in my adult life. Life was getting simpler, my marriage was improving, I had a crazy amount of free time, and for once I could actually think about my goals for the future…starting a business, retiring my husband early, and homeschooling our three daughters.

I had slowly broken free from survival mode…keyword being “slowly”. This didn’t happen overnight, it wasn’t a magical quick fix, but it worked. I put one foot in front of the other, day-after-day, for 5 years to get to the place I am today; a debt-free, minimalist, business-owner, homeschooler, personal-development obsessed, happy soul.

In this week’s episode, I’m sharing my story, plus what I wish someone would have told me at the beginning of my journey.


In this episode, I share about:

  • My journey through personal development, minimalism, debt-freedom, time management, goal setting, and more

  • How all of these topics tie into each other

  • Why growth is so important

  • The advice I wish someone would have given me when I first started

Memorable Quotes:

“Day one or one day…you decide.”

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I'm the wife to my high school sweetheart, Daniel, + homeschooling momma to our 3 girls. I'm the Budgeting Coach + Motivational Speaker behind 
A Sunny Side Up Life

My family used to be in $490k of debt + living paycheck-to-paycheck, but after we hit rock bottom everything changed for us!

Now that my family has become debt free + gained financial freedom, I want to help your family do the same! My passion is inspiring women to live abundant lives through budgeting, intentional living, and positive thinking.

I offer a jump start into budgeting with my free 8-day Declutter Your Budget Challenge + full budgeting experience with my course, Your Sunny Money Method.


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