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

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One Way to Stop the Crazy Cycle

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Every day is a new opportunity in our marriage for the Crazy Cycle to make an appearance. It’s ugly, vengeful, and has no plans of ever leaving for good. You know what I’m talking about… She says something snarky about unfinished laundry. He says he washed it so she should dry it. She starts naming off a completed chores list like it’s a resume, and no one is happy about anything. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs defines the Crazy Cycle as an “endless cycle of negative reactions when couples try to resolve conflicts.”

One way my husband has taught me to fight the negativity that the cycle creates is with humor. I refer to it as “calling me out on my (or his) crazy.” If I get annoyed that something isn’t put away, it will either end up in my work bag or under my pillow. If I leave a post-it note for him with a “To Do,” I come home to post-its all over the apartment (ALL over).

Why is this a wonderful way to break the negativity? Because you can’t be mad at someone for long when they make you laugh. :) It breaks the tension, causes you to relax in a place that probably hurts, and encourages you to be creative in similar silly ways.

Here are some of the ways my husband has broken the Crazy Cycle in just the past few days: Continue reading

Debt Free Bohons

Well, I admit this update is waaayy overdue, but better late than never, right? :)

Remember our “Debt Free by Christmas” goal turned “Debt Free by Thanksgiving” goal turned “May Needs to Find a Job” goal? Yes, that was a fun 3-month season. :) It was the best time I ever had being unemployed {only because we already had a plan})!

Well, I am happy to announce that by the grace of God, WE’RE DEBT FREEEEEEE!!!!

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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:

UPDATE: Debt Free Christmas

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Hi friends!

I have an exciting update for you regarding our Debt Free Christmas goal! But first, here’s the back story.

For a few weeks now, I’ve been completely torn about attending Jon Acuff’s super awesome and amazing START Conference while still tackling our debt. My internal struggle went something like this:

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Our New Money Goal

Hi friends,

I hope you all had a great Sunday! Jerod and I had our mid-month budget meeting today and I’m still amazed by how the more we talk about finances, the easier it gets! I probably get more excited about this meeting than he does {read, FPU Nerd}, but at least he’s a willing participant! That being said, we’ve come up with a new goal & I’d love to share it with you!

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