November 9, 2016

[Ep. 73] How to Overcome Life’s Major Obstacles Like Erika

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Erika emailed me a little while ago to answer my call-out for more interviewees for my Listener Series, and I’m so glad she did. Talk about a strong woman who has overcome some major life challenges. Not only did she have to experience extreme poverty as a child, then foster care, then being adopted by a new family, but she was also diagnosed with MS in her early 20s.

It’s not surprising that she struggled with striking a balance between living frugally and spending her money freely to live in the moment. Luckily, she soon realized that YOLOing it up wasn’t the answer, nor was living like an extreme cheapskate. She needed to find a system that worked that gave her clarity, freedom, and balance.

Now she’s well on her way to being debt-free, and I absolutely have it on my calendar to see if she achieves her goal of crushing her debt by this time next year. Actually, I hope to follow up with all of my Listener Series guests to see how they’re all doing in a year’s time, how cool would that be!

Thank you Erika for sharing your story with me and with all of the More Money Podcast listeners. You are a rockstar, so keep up the great work!

Erika’s Budgeting Go-to Software

YNAB (You Need a Budget)

Her Words of Wisdom on Living with MS

  • I really just want to get rid of that stigma of being shameful. 20-plus years ago it was very much don’t tell anyone…it was a black mark. It’s no longer that way and I want to work towards making sure that people no longer feel that way about it.

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