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.
Simplify Strategically and Stress Less this Season
- Created on 26 December 2014
That's the sound of my Christmas holiday. It was (and remains to be) very relaxing and a great opportunity to recharge. I've been intentional over the last decade to implement a less is more approach to many areas of my life. For many years, we opted for less house. That meant less space, yes, but also less cleaning required, less to maintain, and less space to collect "stuff". Fewer cars meant less parking hassles, less in garage rent, and less opportunity to become a ticket magnet.
This holiday was no exception.
3 T's for Alternative Gift Giving
- Created on 23 December 2014
As the hustle and bustle of gift giving winds down for 2014, I want to share an absolutely fabulous alternative to gift giving inspired by one of my more creative girlfriends. We'll call her Brown Suga (no r's please).
Ms. Brown is a budding sewing enthusiast and she offered her newly acquired skill set to a grandmother and her teen girls for a holiday sew-along. I am not blessed with the gift of stitch. However, I do enjoy a good, nontraditional fellowship opportunity. I invited myself and seized upon the opportunity to document the festivities.
Financially Savvy Saturdays #69
- Created on 19 December 2014
If it ties into personal finance, we want to read it!