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Hello! I know I’ve paused Thursdays posts; however, I’ve been able to do a couple of guest posts recently so I’d thought I’d share them with you…
Tim from Life for the Better reached out to me about swapping interviews for each other’s sites. His interview went live last week on my site. If you haven’t read his interview yet, I highly recommend it. Tim & his wife are killing it financially and you get to see a picture of their tiny home!
Additionally, I participated in an interview for his site which went live on April 25th…
Living a Better Life Interview
My name is Deanna and I’m a 46-year-old single female on the path towards financial independence. Even as I write those words, I’m in awe that this is even possible. My life has been a wild ride thus far. At the end of 2017, I finished digging my way out of debt. All in all, I paid off $46,763 in about 3 & 1/2 years.
However, the more miraculous part of my story is that I was able to get sober in late 2009/early 2010 from drug addiction/alcoholism. I came from a good Christian home but I grew up with a lot of insecurities and was always looking for my worth in things outside of myself.
Unfortunately, I found a false solace in drugging and drinking. I was a high functioning addict/alcoholic for many years which I think is the worse kind because we can go under the radar for too long.
The fact that I’m even on this redemptive path towards financial independence overwhelms me with gratitude every day.
How are you living a better life than you were last year? 5 years ago? 10?
Oh my on this question! I’m sure by my answers, you’ll see the polar extremes of Deanna. Five years ago, I was just starting to work on my financial life. At that point, I had been sober 4 years and had really worked deep on the roots of all of my issues.
I had found peace and reconciled with my past.
Although, I was craving financial peace so I put out the call for help. Many people steered me towards Dave Ramsey and a woman from my church met with me and helped me get on a budget. That really was the first key to gaining control of my financial life.
Ten years ago, was another story. At that time, I had long since walked away from a promising teaching career and gave into a life of addiction. I had also accepted to be in a destructive relationship where I was beaten down by words.
I was at the lowest of lows in my life.
In August of 2009, I had a vision and prayed/asked for help for the first time in years. Furthermore, I got out of the destructive relationship and quit drugs. On February 1, 2010, I committed to full sobriety and quit drinking.
By the grace of God, I haven’t found it necessary to take a mood or mind-altering substance since.
Creativity at Work Interview
Prior to that Michelle from Savvy History and I decided to also swap interviews for each other’s site. I was able to feature her interview here on Ms. Fiology. Likewise, if you haven’t read her interview yet, I highly recommend it. Michelle and her husband are making very intentional decisions with their lives and careers. They are both musicians; however, that now is just a side hustle.
Additionally, my interview went live on her site on May 5th…
Do you consider yourself creative?
Yes, I like to be the originator of things. Furthermore, I am particularly fond of crafty things like painting or crocheting. Additionally, I enjoy arranging a room in an optimal way.
However, lately, my creativity has come in the form of writing. With the birth of my blog in April of 2018, I’ve fallen in love with writing. Actually, it’s better to say I re-kindled my love of writing.
When I moved into my apartment this past spring and unpacked boxes which had been in storage for about 4 years, I found evidence. My findings included poetry, plays, letters, and journal entries which spanned from my 40-some years of life here on the earth.
Apparently, writing has always been an outlet for me to understand and express my view of the world around me.
Moreover, I’ve come to realize I was born to write.
What role has creativity played in your working life?
In my working life, I manage accounts. There are some process-oriented parts of my job and then there are more nuanced things like analyzing risk. While I’m efficient at executing the processes, I love spending time in the analytical phase.
Because things are not black and white, they require creative thinking. Solutions which may work for one client are not necessarily the right fit for another one. There are so many different variables to factor in when doing a cost/benefit analysis:
- Risk profile of the client
- Product availability
Analytical thinking is a very creative process.
As I go back to pausing my Thursday posts, here is what I’m working on:
- Continuing to produce a fresh post every Monday.
- Cleaning up and promoting old posts…cus why not?
- Writing and launching a financial literacy curriculum at some recovery house for women (I will release some future articles on this).
- Trying to consistently write & work on my book every week. I have not done so great at this but am hoping the pause will free up some space to improve.
- Building up a backlog of posts so that when I do bring Thursdays back, I’ll be better prepared.
- Occasionally writing guest posts for other sites which I always consider an honor.
- Saying yes to podcasts when asked.
That is about it for me. I hope all is well with you. As always feel free to give me feedback and/or constructive criticism in the comments…