The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you.
Just a few short years ago, I was just starting my first “real job” after college and I thought I had everything together. This is what I had worked so hard for for so many years – to land a good job so I could finally start life after school.
After working at my new job for a few months, I began to have a nagging feeling that there had to be more to life than just working at a job that I didn’t really “love” and paying bills. I was struggling to make ends meet and to “keep up” with those around me with large houses, newer cars, and different outfits every week. I began to inadequate, bored, and restless with my life.
My low point was when I was unable to sleep through the night because of how much I was worrying about the state of my bank account and wether or not it would be negative when I got up in the morning. I was earning more than I had ever earned before and I was still spending it faster than it was coming in. This is when I turn to Google to help me figure out how to make my money last longer and pay off debt so I could stop worrying so much about money.
Shoeaholicnomore Was Born
Personal finance blogs saved my life. I learned everything I needed to know to get started tracking my spending and setting up my first budget. After reading along with several blogs and “lurking” without leaving comments over a period of about 4-5 months, I decided to start my own blog to chronicle my new budget and my plans to pay off debt and live a simpler life.
I started with a free Blogger website and began blogging almost daily about my budget, my spending, my temptations, my wins, and also my failures with finance. I had no idea what “financial wellness” was, or that I was working on achieving it by blogging about my life and money.
Working on Financial Wellness
The more I learned about blogging and personal finance, the more I loved it. I loved reading about money, writing about money, and building relationships with others who were also pursuing financial wellness.
I struggle to think back and imagine what my life would be like now if I hadn’t started my blog when I did and if I hadn’t changed my ways in pursuit of financial wellness.
My blog helps hold me accountable, and even though I’m still not perfect with my budgeting and spending, it’s nice to know that no one else is either. I’ve formed friendships and learned a lot over the past 2.5 years and I can’t wait to see what comes next for each of us.
This is part of why I’m honored to get to participate in the financial wellness blogging event related to Jason’s campaign. If you get the chance to attend one of his events across the U.S. this summer, I doubt you’ll regret it. Learning about and blogging about money has changed my life for the better and I know it can help you too. In fact, it might be just the push you need to get your own financial wellness in order.