The gift of self-reliance

 

Those moments when you really wish you had a photographer that magically followed you around so you didn't always have to rely on a selfie…

Brought my little sidekick (Priya) with me to speak to a gymnasium full of women tonight. I love speaking to groups. In fact, public speaking will beat out just about any offer. I love seeing your faces, and making eye contact, and feeding off the energy of the audience. Screens are so cold! (Literally. And figuratively. They don't even laugh at my jokes.) But tonight I did things a bit differently.

A-typical of me, I skipped the tips tonight. You can find those all over my blog, social media, and videos. I focused instead on finding peace through financial self-reliance.

My heart nearly burst as I bore my soul to the group that you CAN have the life of your dreams! You can! It's possible! It's ripe for the taking! And along with that, you can help others. You can grow and learn and conquer. We all were given the gift of life and existence. Plenty of people die before we do. We are still here because we still have a purpose! We each have a light that isn't meant to be hid…it's meant to be put on a hill to light the way for others.

I talked about how we found ourselves drowning in ($15k) credit card debt, hopeless and fearful…then turned it around in 13 months on just a $31k income and have never looked back since. The greatest blessing we have ever given ourselves and our children is the gift of self-reliance. To be debt free (except for a mortgage) is an indescribable feeling (said arms wide on a magic carpet of course…).

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