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How I Improved My Financial Wellness by Blogging

June 7, 2016

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When I first started blogging, I had no idea how much it would change my life for the better. Here's how blogging has improved my financial wellbeing.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.

When I first started blogging, I had no idea how much it would change my life for the better. Here's how blogging has improved my financial wellbeing.

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13 responses to “How I Improved My Financial Wellness by Blogging

  1. Great story – it’s very similar to my own. I too credit the blogosphere with saving my life. Reading about non-traditional ways to live life and use money to buy freedom instead of stuff gave me the motivation to set meaningful goals for the first time in my life. We’re going to get out of this debt hole together, and then we’ll all be blogging about our success 🙂

    1. Yes!! I agree. It’s going to be great to see all of us get out of debt and start using money for other things once we are debt free.

  2. I think your blog was one of the ones that started about the same time as I started reading personal finance blogs, so I’ve followed along with your online journey almost from the start… It has been so much fun watching how you have progressed and has inspired me to work on my own financial wellness! Keep up the good work!

    1. That’s so sweet! Sometimes I feel like I haven’t made a lot of financial progress, but then I look back and I can see that my mindset and my life have both changed so much since I started blogging.

  3. Great post! Even just being a “lurker” has helped me and my financial goals immensely. Trust me – as I have been lurking on a short list of pf blogs for probably 2 years now. Consistently reading your blog, as well as others, has helped my motivation to get my finances in check. 🙂

    1. I agree! I was lurker and I already started making some changes to my finances. But having a blog for accountability has helped too.

  4. It’s great that you have used blogging not just in improving your own situation but to inspire others as well!
    Keep up the wonderful work!

    And thanks for being a part of this blog tour!

    1. Thanks Jason! Looking back, it’s hard to believe how much a simple thing like blogging has changed my life. I’m always telling people they should start a blog too since it’s been such a great change in my life.

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