I graduated from Colorado State in 2006 with a degree in Project Management. I landed a great job, made great money, had just gotten married and bought a brand new house. Life was just falling into place. Sounds dreamy, right?
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The reality was that I had 40k in student loan debt, shiny (financed) appliances, a brand new (financed) vehicle, gorgeous (financed) furniture, and balances on multiple credit cards.
I looked successful on the outside with my postcard-perfect, facebook post-worthy life and my Coach bag (that I'm ashamed to admit, did not come from the outlet).
I think we can all guess where the story goes from here. The economy crashed in 2008 and reality came crashing down around my ears in the form of job loss, divorce, and an unexpected back surgery.
I put myself through college again, this time as a registered nurse, racking up another 35k in student loan debt, and another 16k in credit card debt. I had dug myself such a deep hole, I just couldn't imagine I would ever get out. I had been keeping up with the Joneses, I just hadn't realized it yet! I was just doing what everyone else was doing. I was living the American Dream, (which, spoiler alert, is a total Nightmare)! I had made a mess that would take me YEARS to clean up. I was Broke, and if I'm being totally honest, a little broken too.
I said never again! I began a systematic, step by step, financial plan and slowly, but surely, started to dig my way out! Did I sacrifice? You bet! Was it easy? No way. Is it worth it? Absolutely!
When I tell you I get it, it's because I have been exactly where you are, and I know exactly how it feels to be there! Anxious, scared, worried, embarrassed, not sure who to pay and who to delay. Sound Familiar? I am passionate about helping women and families take control of their finances, once and for all, to finally get out of debt, start saving, start dreaming and start living intentionally so that you can build the life you've been dreaming about! (Because I want you to have those cute boots!)
I am a Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach. Yes, Ramsey Solutions as in Dave Ramsey. I am also a Compass Finance Coordinator. I meet you wherever you are on your journey. I can't wait to hear about your dreams and help you get there!
Here, there is no shame, and no guilt! We dream, we hope, and we celebrate wins!
Let's do this!