On the Road to Financial Wellness: Blogger Stories Part 3

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Financial wellness is about your health and wealth. These stories touch upon the impact of money on our wellbeing.

I’ve been loving these money stories because they are inspiring. I am learning so much from my blogger friends.

Each of these stories has tips and action items to improve your relationship with money, pay off debt, spend better, and make a million dollars.

These stories on the road to financial wellness are powerful. I selected quotes from each of the money stories and I encourage you to read each one of their posts.

You’ll find many nuggets of truth and a path forward to achieve your financial and life goals too.

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Christina from Adventures in Frugal wrote:

“When I find myself among a group of fellow New Yorkers talking about money, the conversation invariably gets to how expensive the city is, with everyone in the circle agreeing that they can’t imagine living in this city earning less than they do — whether that number is $60K or $150K.”

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Mario from Debt Blag wrote:

Sure, flailing out of a plane is a great you-only-live-once adventure for the few minutes it takes, but so is taking a vacation for a few weeks, having the spare time to train for a marathon for several months, or the biggest, longest adventure of them all — all the things one can do with an early retirement. Knowing that I only get to live once motivates me to live responsibly and to otherwise avoid going deeper into debt. In this one lifetime, I’m glad that I’m more able to make important life decisions centered on my dreams as opposed to limiting myself to choices based on a need to forever pay off debt.

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Candice from Young Yet Wise wrote:

“Don’t just say I want to pay off my credit card debt. You need to be more specific. I want to pay off my credit card debt by April 15, 2016. I will pay $300 a month towards my credit card debt. It’s important to give yourself a debt date. So you’ll be encouraged to stick to your goal. It’s also very important to pay more than the minimum amount on your debt.”

Read Candice’s 7 steps to take when you’re serious about money.

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Candice from Get Your Money Back wrote:

The thing is that in this great country of ours most people don’t plan for the long-term.  76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. 33% believe in college for their children but don’t save for it.  Heck, lots of people don’t budget when they can use a credit card to cover expenses (just dig a deeper hole).  If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it on credit.  But I’m not here to judge, only to offer whatever help I can.

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J.D and D.M.D from Red Two Green wrote:

“I try not to work too late. I try to spend time every second I can soaking up my two favorite guys. I try to work out and eat right– all that good stuff. But to be empowered financially– to really be strong, ideally, I would have passive income that would allow me to still continue to work hard but only by choice. The rest of my time I would spend with my family, traveling, reading/writing for fun, playing piano/guitar, working on my Mandarin, that kind of thing.”

Read what it means to be financially empowered.

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Eva from Teens Got Cents wrote:

“That’s a tricky subject when you are a teenager. Chances are that you don’t feel particularly empowered. It’s likely that someone tells you what clothes you can wear, where you have to go to school when you can go out, who you can be friends with and what time you have to be home at night. Don’t even start to think about the financial decisions that aren’t yours to make.”

Read Eva’s journey to financial wellness and how she’s empowering teens.

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Miranda from Planting Money Seeds wrote:

“When trying to give my money a purpose, I started with my values and my goals. I was really disappointed the day I realized that my house was full of clutter that I didn’t really care about. In fact, if I had saved that money, instead of buying things of dubious interest to me, I could have taken a luxury vacation to just about anywhere in the world. That’s when I decided to rethink how I used my money.”

Read how Miranda clarified her values to do more of the things she loves.

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Alaya from Hope & Cents wrote:

“A two-year journey began that started with us living within our means for the first time in our lives and concluded with every single penny of the $74,000 being paid off. In hindsight, I should thank my husband’s employer at the time, for cutting his hours (no, not really), because it woke us up from our slumber. It forced us to admit that we weren’t okay.”

Read Alaya’s take on being “fine” that keeps you complacent.

Remember, we all have money stories and to share them with others has a profound impact on our wellbeing. It sort of feels like removing a heavy rock you’ve been carrying on your shoulders.

These amazing stories are very powerful. I hope you’re enjoying them.

You can read more stories in the series:

On the Road Series Part 1

On the Road Series Part 2

On the Road Series Part 4

On the Road Series Part 5

What’s your financial story? Comment below. I’d be interested in reading them.

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