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    How to Empower Yourself Through Personal Finance

    1. Kate @ Cashville Skyline

      September 24th, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Great post, Stefanie! Taking control of my finances empowered me to quit my job and change careers. And I have no doubt my newfound confidence will spill into other areas of my life.

    2. Stefanie

      September 24th, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Pretty freakin’ awesome 🙂

    3. JC @ Personal Finance Utopia

      September 24th, 2015 at 10:38 am

      The expression goes something like “life is what happens while you are busy making plans.” Sometimes it just takes a while to naturally gravitate to what is the best fit in your life. I remember checking in here a few years ago and you have definitely come a long way – congrats! It’s great to see you striving to help others find empowerment through their personal finances.

    4. Stefanie

      September 24th, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Thanks JC. Getting busy with mundane numbers definitely helped me discover a lot of big and exciting opportunities.

    5. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

      September 24th, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Great post!! So much to say so I’ll just say this: You can define your life any way you want it, at any time. I used to just think of myself as a video editor. I set my own limiting beliefs. Through my own blog and personal finance journey, I opened up so many new worlds for myself, and I now believe you can do just about anything, or call yourself anything that you like. You just have to believe it. Even Oprah has a bazillion titles. There is no ceiling.

    6. Stefanie

      September 24th, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Couldn’t agree more Tonya! I limited myself for way too long, so glad to have found freedom in the least likely place 🙂

    7. Lila

      September 24th, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Totally non-related but will you be willing to do a post one day on how people become Broadway stars like Idina Menzel? How do actors get to her level? I’m not an actor but I am curious.

    8. Stefanie

      September 24th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Like anything else it’s a combination of doing the work, persistence and timing. I have friends at that level of fame and friends with no fame at all, there’s really not much that separates them when it comes to talent or even work ethic.

    9. Ramona

      September 24th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Wonderful story 🙂

      I was ‘trained’ to become a teacher, worked as a radio DJ for 10 years, got an obsession with web design (now it’s my business) and blogging. Hated anything related to personal finance, until I found myself, at 30, jobless, with debt and nothing else to do but read, learn and start appreciating my work / time /money better.

      Personal finance has clearly changed the way I see my life and I hope to build a great future for our family.

    10. Stefanie

      September 24th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story Ramona. I find people are pleasantly surprised at how awesome personal finance can be when they give it a chance.

    11. Brian @DebtDiscipline

      September 24th, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Great post Stefanie. I’ve been struggling a bit with that question of what do you do. Currently in in job search, but trying to transition to something on the personal finance side. Once I saw the power of using money as a tool and not letting it rule my families life I was hooked.

    12. Stefanie

      September 25th, 2015 at 9:04 am

      I think “What do you do?” is always a surprisingly loaded question. Best of luck Brian!

    13. Sarah Noelle

      September 24th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Hi Stefanie!

      Thanks for this post. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how empowering it is to take hold of your finances rather than letting them rule your life and emotions. Money is, in the end, about choices, and I think becoming aware of this (as I have only in the past year or so) can give us a huge amount of power. Sitting around worrying about my student loans or how I am ever going to make any money or retire is not particularly productive, but taking stock of my budget and making conscious decisions about saving, spending, budgeting, and investing is extremely productive.

      Sarah 🙂

    14. Stefanie

      September 25th, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for Sharing your story Sarah. Best of luck and congrats on getting started!

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    16. DC @ Young Adult Money

      September 24th, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      I think personal finance can be extremely empowering. If you take a step back and think about what gives people a feeling of self-worth, typically making money at a job is the starting point. Once you make money, though, you can take it to a whole new level by being financially literate. It’s pretty incredible the positive impact that adequate finances can have on your life.

    17. Stefanie

      September 25th, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Absolutely. The impact on me personally has been tremendous which is why I find it unfortunate that so many negative money scripts are still alive and well.

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    19. Jen @ Frugal Millennial

      September 26th, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I always felt limited by money until I started Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball plan with my student loans. It’s empowering to see the principal balance decreasing every month and to know that my loans will be paid off in three years instead of 10.

    20. RAnn

      September 27th, 2015 at 11:08 am

      I work for a law firm. The salaries of the attorneys are noticeably higher than the salaries of the staff. Back in the day when paper paychecks were distributed I noticed just as many attorneys bolting for the door to go to the bank as I did staff members. In other words, it became quickly apparent that making more money did not mean the end of money woes.

    21. Stefanie

      September 27th, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Making more money is nice, but without proper financial habits in place, it won’t do you much good. Personal finance fundamentals are critical regardless of your income.

    22. Mel

      September 27th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      What a terrific post!! This summer is the first time I didn’t really know how to answer what I did for a living. There’s so much stigma about not being a professional stage manager unless you’re union that I’ve always been adamant that I am a stage manager, because I’ve paid ALL my bills by being one since I graduated from college – union or not. I still managed to this summer, but found myself in the weird position of my blog actually making more than I was making stage managing. And telling people you’re a blogger often seems to open a really odd discussion.

    23. Kim@Eyesonthedollar

      September 27th, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      There is nothing more empowering than being in control of your money. Whether making minimum wage or millions, taking charge of your financial life builds self esteem, takes away fear, and ultimately opens doors.

    24. Shannyn @ Frugal Beautiful

      September 28th, 2015 at 10:36 am

      I absolutely love this post! You’re so right, and having limiting beliefs is one of the worst things we can do to ourselves. We have so many options these days to create the life we want to live all thanks to the internet, stigmas be damned. We should own what we do and empower others to embrace their calling, too.

    25. Stefanie

      September 28th, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Yeah girl! Holding onto stigma and limiting potential possiblity because of it is just that- limiting.

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    27. Abigail @ipickuppennies

      October 1st, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Personal finance empowers me by giving me a sense of security. I don’t know if that’s a little too basic for the points made here, but that’s how it works for me.

      I was on disability, sure I’d never be able to work again. Now I’m bringing in a paycheck and am actually the one supporting my family. Hard to see that as anything other than empowerment!

    28. Kara

      October 11th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      I found taking control of my finances and educating myself about money changed my entire life. I got out of debt, jump started my savings and have found more strength and joy in myself. And that’s just been 2015! Money is a tool and can be empowering for everyone.

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