5 Surefire Ways to Finish Strong
- Created on 03 October 2014
Can you believe ¾ of 2014 is already behind us? Where has the time gone? Thinking back, my year involved a number of major life changing events. We welcomed a new addition to the clan. More people required more space and a short sale warmed its way into our hearts. We journeyed to Hawaii and seriously considered relocating (well maybe not we). Not all events were joy-filled. The family business of 10 years – our Laundromat – came to an abrupt end which promises to present beneficial lessons one would rather avoid. More on that soon.
Pay Cash for Christmas 2014
- Created on 01 October 2014
We’re bringing back the Pay Cash for Christmas challenge with a twist! This time, the Debt Free Divas have partnered with Just Another Mom to increase the prize and spark your competitive spirit. Fall is here and we have exactly 12 weeks until Christmas. Yes, I’m talking about Christmas. Have you seen the crazy commercials already trying to pry money from your pockets? We need to be proactive.
We’re on the cusp of one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year. The National Retail Federation reports that Americans spent an average of $730 on holiday spending in 2013. How much of your total landed on credit cards subject to interest? This year, let’s try Christmas with no strings attached. Will you pledge to take no new debt into 2015? To that end, we’re giving one lucky winner $250 towards the holiday spending.
Yakezie Challenge Part Deux
- Created on 29 September 2014
If at first you don't succeed (as with a debt free journey or coaxing a 9 month old into a much needed nap), try again. I came across the Yakezie challenge as a new blogger. This is a great community of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers who really were central in the development of the Debt Free Divas blog. The challenge goal to lower your blog rank is doable. Plenty of great bloggers that I heavily respect have walked this road before.
Life happens. Plans change. Priorities evolve. Well, I'm back. My current rank is 575,000 and my goal is 200,000 by the end of 2014. I must commit to regular, weekly posts and support other bloggers reach their target in the challenge. That I can do. As with the Power of Community experiment, the momentum to reach goals is supercharged with the power of accountability. My original goals haven't changed. I may have back-burnered the challenge before, but that wasn't the end of the story. Has your debt free journey hit a snag or bend in the road? Let's dust ourselves off and jump back into these challenges with both feet. Let's do this!