We’re Not Lucky.

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Hi friends! I’ve noticed an interesting pattern ever since becoming debt free. When we speak of our accomplishments, the response “you’re so lucky” gets thrown out as if our success was completely random. Believe it or not, luck had nothing to do with it. It took blood, sweat and a lot of tears to get where we are today {ok, no blood, but that list sounds weird without it…but there were definitely tears}.

To clear up the confusion and put credibility back into our hard work, here are some of the things we did to earn our freedom: Continue reading


My 2013 Year in Review

Hi friends, I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and are excited about 2014! My 2013 was definitely one for the books! Here’s a rundown of the high points:

Notes from START Conference


A few weeks ago I was gifted a trip to START Conference. There were more speakers than the three I listed below. Admittedly, sometimes I stopped writing so I could just listen and soak up the wisdom. The ones in bold are my fave. :) Continue reading

START Conference 2013: #alltheAwesomeness


Ooh man. START Conference officially wrapped up four nights ago and I’m still recovering! Let’s just say that 5 Club this week has not been pretty… :)

These are only 1% the memories made with Start Experiment friends…

  • Not hearing my alarm and waking up 2 hours late
  • Reading an “I’m at the airport!” text from Malori as I woke up
  • Casey stalling our flight because he’s awesome
  • Malori waiting for me so we could run to the gate together <3
  • Arriving at the gate 1 minute passed “last call” Continue reading


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I’d like to say that I’ve never known the power of community until now, but that’s probably not true. However, all experiences before The Start Experiment have been blocked in my mind thanks to all the awesomeness that’s happened. Continue reading

You know you’re in 5 Club when…


I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a morning person. I want to snooze later than possible or I’ll get grumpy, whiny and take on other characteristics of a zombie (yep, zombies need sleep, too)!

However, it’s been my experience that waking up at 5:00am to work on my dreams isn’t totally horrible! :) Once I go bottoms up on my coffee, my tired eyes start to sparkle. The result is awesomeness and a few things I have trouble explaining to my friends… Continue reading

2 Movies I Never Saw Coming


This past Labor Day Weekend was spent doing as little laboring as possible! I house sat some more for our #debtfreeXmas goal and took extra care of the family’s pool.

I also saw two really great movies with my husband. They’re the kind of movies that take you through character struggles, heartaches, growth and triumphs then leave you wondering “what happened next?” They make you want to jump out of your seat and start something awesome the moment the credits start rolling. I don’t think they had a ton of marketing behind them, but then again, we don’t attend movies that often and we don’t watch live TV or cable (we’re weirdies). Continue reading

Dude, You’re So Weird.


It’s been a reoccurring theme in my life the past few years to be totally weird. Here’s one definition of what that means:

weird  (wîrd)
adj. weird·er, weird·est

  1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of the preternatural or supernatural.
  2. Of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange.
  3. Archaic Of or relating to fate or the Fates.

However, I think it looks a bit more like this!

NEW SERIES: Fear Punch Friday!


Since beginning to read Jon Acuff’s START book and participating in The Start Experiment, I’ve learned to recognize when fear runs its dirty mouth inside my head.

It spits out nasty things like this: Continue reading

Be Audaciously Awesome

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Hello, friends!

The Start Experiment, Round 2 officially began 4 days ago and what an adventure it’s already been! The theme for us #startalum from Round 1 is “Audacious.” That looks like a fun fancy word, but what does it mean?

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