[Ep. 11] Life After Debt with Jordann Brown

July 28, 2015

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I actually first met Jordann at the Canadian Personal Finance Conference in 2013 and she was just as sweet and friendly in-person as she is on her blog.
We also hung out at FinCon 2014 in New Orleans last September, partially because we Canadian bloggers stuck together for a lot of that conference, and partially because Jordann and I are both major introverts who aren’t good at networking in big crowds.
What I think is so cool about Jordann’s story is that it’s the same story as a number of millennials out there. She went to university, graduated with a whack of debt, then expected her post-grad life to be relatively smooth sailing.

I thought the same way after graduating, expecting a full-time job and an awesome apartment right out the gate. Well, that just isn’t how life goes, especially when you graduate during an economic recession.
But instead of just putting her hands up and wallowing in self-pity about her situation, Jordann worked hard at turning everything around. She’s now completely debt-free and living the life she wants. Listen to the episode to find out all the details.

Jordann mentioned a few links during our conversation, so here they are below. I also wanted to include links about student debt repayment and forgiveness that may be helpful to any of you who are currently chipping away at your student loans.

Note these are resources just for Canadian student loans as I don’t have much experience with student loans in the U.S. or overseas. Maybe that would make for a good future episode though. Any experts out there want to hit me up?

Blog Posts Jordann Mentioned

Helpful Debt Repayment Resources

British Columbia (B.C.)






Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.)

Shout Outs

Thank you so much to everyone who has given me a review on iTunes and Stitcher so far. In this episode I give some shout outs to some of my awesome reviewers. Thanks so much to Anthony Lohan, Tom Drake, Eadange and DerekM1111, you rock!
Are you struggling with student loan did, or have you in the past? What is/was your game plan to crush it?

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  1. Tara says:

    Is there any chance you’ll be on Stitcher soon? I like using that for my podcasts.

  2. Dyson says:

    My hope is that these stories will inspire others to get out of debt and live the life that they want to!

  3. Amanda says:

    I just discovered your podcast a couple of days ago through Cait Flanders at Blonde on a Budget. It is so great that you, Jordann, Cait, and many other people in our age demographic (18-34 year olds) are openly talking about the ups and downs of their personal finance journeys. My immediate circle of friends and family are not at all very open about talking about money, so I really enjoy discovering the stories of other people online to whom I can relate. This podcast was definitely one that resonated with me and my own experience. Thankfully, I (imperfectly) made my way through and got out from under a mountain of debt, and am now enjoying the freedom that has allowed me to have.
    Thank you for all you do in promoting the importance of good personal financial planning. I look forward to your next podcast. 😀

  4. Susan says:

    Hi Jessica! I’ve only recently discovered your podcast and have gone back to listen to many older episodes that are relevant to my situation and interests. I enjoyed this episode (#11) about life after debt, especially relating to Canadian student debt reduction. However, when I was reading your show notes I noticed Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is missing from the list of student debt reduction programs. Here is the link for NL Student Aid which includes eligibility and instructions on applying for our NL Debt Reduction Grants. As a graduate student from St. John’s, NL, it is very important to me to see a full representation of options for students with debt from each and every province across Canada. This is especially important if there are more interested and eager students from NL like myself who may still be catching up on your old podcast episodes and show notes.

    I’ve really enjoyed listening so far and am looking forward to following along with your new content.



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