Growing up I was painfully shy, I had such a hard time talking to people I didn’t know and it continued until adulthood. In fact, as I got married and had to move around in the military spouse world rumors began to filter back to me that other spouses thought I was aloof and perhaps even snobbish because of how quiet I was. When I heard that it broke my heart because that is the farthest thing from my personality-I was just terrified to talk to new people!! I realized that I needed to “fix” that lack of confidence in my life. Funnily enough, this blog was the answer I had been looking for!
I started The Happier Homemaker in 2011 while my husband was deployed and over the years it turned into a full time job that led me to speaking engagements, media interviews, and coaching opportunities. Talk about out of my comfort zone! Over the years though I realized that I LOVED talking about my work and it helped me to break through that lack of confidence and extreme self-consciousness I had experienced when I was younger…in fact, I even do live webinars and Facebook Live Q&As with other bloggers now-I never would have done that before!
Funnily enough, the blog transformed our family’s financial confidence as well. As I began to earn an income from my blog we continued to live off my husband’s income and threw all of my extra income onto our heaps of debt. Last year we were finally able to pay off the last of our debt and for the first time in our lives felt truly financially confident. The difference in how we feel each payday knowing that money is ours-ALL ours-we don’t owe anyone anything-I can’t even describe how amazing that is. Since paying off our debts last year we’ve been able to focus on the future-saving up for new cars when the Army moves us back to the US this summer, saving up for a house down payment for a “forever home” after my husband retires-these big, fun goals are now what we can focus on rather than paying off bad financial decisions from our past.
April is Financial Literacy Month and I’m once again teaming up with Suntrust’s onUp Movement to encourage my readers to take positive steps towards achieving financial confidence. What steps do you need to take financially to help get your family’s finances in the best shape they can be? Are you paying off debt? Saving for college or retirement?
My #1 tip for achieving your financial goals is to FOCUS! Sit down with your family and state your exact, specific goal-for us it was being debt free, then saving enough to buy two cars when we move, and now we’re laser focused on saving a house down payment. Name your goal and then put up a reminder on your mirror or refrigerator-anywhere you’ll see it daily to help you stay on track!!
At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.
The onUp Movement is 1 million strong…and growing. onUp is about having the confidence to move forward one smart step at a time.
Join now and start building your financial confidence today.
This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own.
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