This is the final group of bloggers on this year’s financial wellness blog tour. The following blogs address the power of dreams and the crushing blow of debt. They all have one thing in common and that was to break the debt stronghold. In fact, many found ways to grow assets and invest ensuring their get on the road to financial wellness.
I encourage you to read through these 6 financial wellness stories and share your journey in the comment sections.
Aja from Principles of Increase wrote:
“As a 16-year-old, I was pretty certain I’d be a high-powered CEO at the helm of a Fortune 500 company making a few million dollars a year. Then, life happened. I went to college, nearly drowned myself in student loans, got married and had kids. At the outset of our marriage, we were in over $60,000 in debt. We were so smart that we went on to add another $60,000. Thankfully, we rebounded and paid everything off in 2013, but the road was not easy.”
Read how Aja’s definition of success has changed.
Jason from The Butler Journal wrote:
“I graduated from college in 2008, which was right at the beginning of the recession. My mindset was much different back then. I didn’t look for a full-time job until the summer after my graduation. For one, I was just happy to graduate. I had a couple of trips lined up, so I was ready to celebrate. I also had a part-time job where I was making decent money. I also figured that the $50,000 job would be easy to find. Boy, was I wrong.”
Read Jason’s plan to payoff his student loan debt.
Kalie from Pretend to Be Poor wrote:
“I’m a saver by nature, but I didn’t receive the most thorough financial education, nor did I come from a “Rich Dad” household. I never realized that just about anyone can “get to a million” using time, compounding interest, and basic earning and saving disciplines.”
Read how Kalie’s 4-year old son taught her about investing.
Med School Financial wrote:
“Access to information allows us to think, act and execute differently. Personally, this blog has served as a great platform and resource for my accessing as well as sharing the information that I continually implement and use to make progress in my financial growth.”
Taylor from The Freedom From Money wrote:
“The entire pre-determined structure of our lives (9-5 until 65) pushes us towards consumption and waste because we have no spare time. Regardless of our salaries, we are poor when it comes to time. By the end of an eight-hour day in the office, we are so emotionally and physically tired that we are happy to spend money to ease our pain.”
Pia from Mama Hustle wrote:
“Here’s what I’ve figured out: I want to be a weirdo. I tend to be in the baller dollars camp, rather than the homemade deodorant camp, but there’s room for everyone at this party. It’s no secret that half of Americans would struggle to cover a $400 emergency. With stats like that, I don’t want to be normal anymore, especially if normal comes with a suffocating load of debt and worry.”
It has been 108 days on the road. We’ve accomplished a lot and the bloggers who participated helped us reach more people.
I am so grateful to the 46 bloggers. Their stories are very compelling and powerful. The bloggers wrote with so much detail and emotions. I was compelled to challenge my very own beliefs. I learned a great deal from their stories and have used many of their tips to help me on my financial wellness journey.
I want to close off these series by stating:
In my talks and writing, I have shared why I believe storytelling is important in financial education. It’s through stories we become compelled to make changes in our lives. Sure facts are helpful but they don’t motivate us into action.
Stories give us HOPE. Again, if you’ve read through previous posts, I reiterate that HOPE stands for Hearing Other People’s Experiences. It’s through sharing these experiences we can effect change.
Catch up on all the other compelling money stories from other great bloggers. Read them here:
What’s your financial story? Comment below. I’d be interested in reading them.