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

I had slowly broken free from survival mode…key word 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.

EP. 51 Takeaways From The Rise Conference [part 2]

Rachel Hollis + her Rise Weekends have become world-renowned and I recently had the opportunity to attend the conference for myself. I learned so much during my couple of days in Dallas and I couldn’t wait to share my light-bulb moments, the quotes I wrote down in my notebook, and the exercises that made me cry. In the first part of this episode I dug into everything we worked on during “Day One: Owning Your Past”, and now this week I’m continuing this conversation with “Day Two: Owning Your Future”.

EP. 50 Takeaways From The Rise Conference [part 1]

Rachel Hollis + her Rise Weekends have become world-renowned and I recently had the opportunity to attend the conference for myself. I learned so much during my couple of days in Dallas and I couldn’t wait to share my light-bulb moments, the quotes I wrote down in my notebook, and the exercises that made me cry. In the first part of this episode I’m digging into everything we worked on during “Day One: Owning Your Past”, and next week we’ll continue this conversation with “Day Two: Owning Your Future”.

EP. 49 How To Homeschool On A Budget

EP. 49 How To Homeschool On A Budget

So many questions surround the topic of homeschooling, especially for families who are already on a strict budget or a debt-free journey. The thought of taking on such a big life change can be overwhelming enough, but then add unknown costs, and it can be enough to completely scare off newbies.

You don’t need an entire extra room as a designated classroom. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on curriculum. Homeschooling can be done on a super frugal budget!

I’ll share how my family has been able to homeschool throughout our entire debt-free journey…from $490k in debt, all the way to 100% debt free!

EP. 48 Dealing With Goal-Oriented Burnout: Counseling Session Takeaways

The reality of living an intentional goal-oriented life is that we sometimes get burnt out. And in order to actually achieve our goals, we have to invest time in ourselves, break the mindset that busy equals productive, and learn to find contentment along the way.

I recorded this episode as I was leaving my monthly counseling session so I could share my biggest takeaways on this topic with you!

EP. 47 Battling in the Arena For Your Success

EP. 47 Battling in the Arena For Your Success

Brene Brown, through her “Call To Courage” special on Netflix and her best-selling book “Rising Strong”, has brought a new perspective to my view on succeeding on a debt-free journey. She quotes Teddy Roosevelt who said, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly.”.

Brene interrupts that quote into battling for success + whole-hearted living in the arena of life. Being vulnerable and going against the grain of society, being willing to fight our way to our goals, and being willing to have dust and sweat on our faces along the way. When we live this way we are being brave and are daring greatly with their lives. We are going to battle for what matters most to us.

EP. 46 The Importance of Community For Your Debt-Free Journey

EP. 46 The Importance of Community For Your Debt-Free Journey

When you’re on a big life-changing journey like becoming debt free, community can play a huge role in your success. Although there can be negatives to being involved in an online community, like dealing with other people’s opinions, the pros definitely out-weigh the cons. Having people who understand, support, and encourage you can often be the thing that keeps you going when times get hard.

This week, I’m joined by Amanda from Debt Free in Sunny CA to talk about how and why she started The Debt-Free Community, how it’s grown over the years, and a little bit about her own personal journey to financial freedom.

EP. 45 Frequently Asked Budgeting Questions From The Community

EP. 45 Frequently Asked Budgeting Questions From The Community

I get asked so many great questions and there’s not always enough time for me to answer every single email or DM, which is why I wanted to share this Part 1 of a Frequently Asked Questions series. I got asked some great questions for this first episode, questions that I think will apply to most people on a debt-free journey, and I hope that they’re helpful to you as well.

EP. 44 Creating a Positively Delighted Life

EP. 44 Creating a Positively Delighted Life

Positivity is a learned behavior, it’s a muscle that can be grown over time through intentional habits and practices. Kelsey Henry from Positively Delighted is sharing her best tips for creating more positivity in your own life. She’s talking about her favorite affirmations, hobbies, books, and life lessons that have helped her transform her life.

EP. 43 How My Fresh Start Weekends Prepare Me For The Week Ahead

EP. 43 How My Fresh Start Weekends Prepare Me For The Week Ahead

The idea behind a “Fresh Start Weekend” is about preparing for the week ahead, instead of feeling like you’re catching up from the previous week.

By adopting this mindset and taking care of these 5 main tasks you’ll be setting yourself up for success for the next 7 days.

Note that this doesn’t have to be done on Saturdays and Sundays. Whatever days of the week that work for you can be your “fresh start”. Look at what day or days you could plan to do these tasks and commit to it, prioritize it, and grow the habit.

EP. 42 Dealing With Debt + Depression

EP. 42 Dealing With Debt + Depression

Mental health and money are arguably two of the most taboo topics of discussion in our society. However, so many people are struggling with not just one, but both, depression and debt. It's important to recognize that while on a debt free journey, you may struggle with a depressive dip - or experience anxiety surrounding money. This journey is not always easy, and your brain may try to sabotage your financial goals and dreams.

Thankfully, there are people in this community like Vee Weir from Vee Frugal Fox, who are open about their own journeys. Through her openness, Vee is helping to eliminate the stigma surrounding both subjects in our culture, and is sharing her best tips with us!

EP. 41 My Best Advice On Starting Your Own Business Or Blog

EP. 41 My Best Advice On Starting Your Own Business Or Blog

Starting a business has so many amazing benefits that have helped me on my positive living journey in the form of self-care, a productive hobby, a creative outlet, giving me something to be excited about, + most importantly a way to help other women by sharing my story.

But I know that starting your own business or blog…whether it be a part-time, full-time, a side hustle, multi-level marketing, or a hobby…can seem a little overwhelming at first, especially if you’re brand new to the online business world. So, for all my ladies who are thinking about launching their own brand, business, or blog, I’m sharing my best pieces of advice + my favorite digital resources with you!

EP. 40 How To Pay Off Debt While Your Kids Are Still Little

EP. 40 How To Pay Off Debt While Your Kids Are Still Little

A common thought in our society is that if you have children you’ll automatically have to struggle financially. It’s far too common for the average young family to be drowning in debt and feeling like that’s their only choice. However, Merliee from Easy Budget + her family are here to show others that getting out of $71k worth of debt, while having little kids, is not only possible…it’s actually pretty easy!

EP. 39 Flipping Your Clutter Into Cash

EP. 39 Flipping Your Clutter Into Cash

When you first start out on your debt-free journey you’re probably going to need to find some extra cash to kick your budget into high gear. One of the best things you can do is to start selling things to make some quick extra money!

I’m sharing my best tips for taking all of the random clutter laying around your house and turning it into some extra cash to speed up your debt-free journey!

EP. 38 The Crucial Link Between Mental Health + Financial Health

EP. 38 The Crucial Link Between Mental Health + Financial Health

Success in personal finance is much more about behavior and mindset than the numbers. Though you should know your numbers too, there is a crucial link between your mental health + your financial health. This occurs when inner self-confidence + contentment becomes more important than outward validation from peers or society in general. Mix that self-confidence with persistence and you have the formula for a successful life.

EP. 36 How Budgeting Can Improve All Areas Of Your Family's Life

EP. 36 How Budgeting Can Improve All Areas Of Your Family's Life

There’s this movement of intentional living happening, and one of the awesome things that has carried over from this is a push for financial freedom. It has proved to be true that when you’re hyper-focused on one area of your life, it eventually carries over into all of the other areas too. This shows up in not only your budget, but always your marriage, parenting, + self-care.

In this episode, I sit down with Deedra Broodram from Slay This Debt to chat about our financial journeys, how it’s affected our motherhood, and how we know that we’re on the paths to becoming everyday millionaires.

EP. 35 How To Get Your Kids On Board With Budgeting

EP. 35 How To Get Your Kids On Board With Budgeting

Getting your kids on board with any lifestyle change can be challenging. Especially from the mother’s perspective…the mom guilt is so real! And because as the mother, you’re usually the one to lead or go first with a change in the family, we have to set the tone in a strong + positive way.

In this episode I’m going to share with you how keeping the lines communication open with your kids, how to speak words of abundance over them during this journey, how to make all of these changes fun, and most importantly…how to do this as a team!

EP. 34 How To Balance Spending vs. Saving Money

EP. 34 How To Balance Spending vs. Saving Money

The hardest part of getting started in budgeting is deciding how much to spend and how much to either save or pay towards debt. It’s the age-old question in the budgeting world…and you’ve probably wondered the same thing!

I think we all can relate to the struggle behind wanting to spend because hey, we’re only human, but yet wanting to save because we know that those big goals aren’t going to fund themselves. So, how do we balance this? How do we move forward with our financial goals without completely depriving ourselves of all fun?

In this episode I’m sharing my very best tips for finding balance, learning to shop guilt-free, prioritizing savings, and continuing to enjoy your life along the way.

EP. 33 How To Travel On A Tight Budget

EP. 33 How To Travel On A Tight Budget

Being able to travel more is one of the biggest motivators when it comes to getting your finances in order. You can ask almost anyone what’s on their bucket list and they’ll most likely mention international travel, adventures with loved ones, or relaxing on the beach. New experiences are one of the sweetest parts of life, but it does require at least a little bit of money!

In this episode I’m joined by Shelly Hawkins from The Eclectic Voyager to share all of her best advice + tips for traveling on a budget. Plus, she’ll also share some stories from her adventures, her favorite travel resources, + how she’s able to merge travel, photography, + personal finance into her blogs.