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I’ve talked about it before: how money isn’t taboo anymore. Or at least, it doesn’t need to be. I grew up in a home where money wasn’t talked about in front of us. Eventually knowledge was passed on as I got a job, a car and a credit card, but by then I already had my own ideas. Then Gail taught me a thing or two about money when I was in debt at 19(simply because I didn’t care enough to not be). And now here I am only a few years later, still in debt, but with a clear idea of how I got there and how to get out. Now, after spending so much time being taught about my money, I am ready to turn around and offer it back. Through this blog, it seems I have become a bit of a trend setter:
—Right about the same time my husband and I started on “the Gail way” my sister and her husband were reorganizing their finances. Ideas were passed back and forth, and my nephews food jars were rinsed out. They were only the first.
—Eventually my younger sister in law decided she liked the look of “all homework and no sleep make happy students”—at least thats what I assume my husband and I look like. So she came to me with her past bank statements and empty mason jars. University is something she can actually save for now with a well organized budget.
—A coworker is looking to move out on his own, but doesn’t know how to do it on a barista’s buck. He looks at me, married and going to school, working less hours than him and somehow making it all work. I have been commissioned to help him with a budget that will get him a car of his own, paying rent and saving for nursing school.
—Sometime between then and now my mom started to realize that her and her husband wanted some things out of life that their current situations weren’t going to give them. And theres always that magic age creeping up to them. So, albeit a slow process, I am passing the advice onto my mother. She, soon will be adjusting her attitude and taking her money back. Funny how those roles reversed now that I’m all grown up.
I love it when people talk to me about something I have written in my blog, or about the conversations it has generated. I love it when you all respond with your own stories! I’ve heard my fellow baristas share the story with regulars at my store. I have had opportunities for my writing come up through this blog, opportunities for being on a publishing board at school, and countless other new avenues to explore all because I took a minute to listen to Gail and take back what is rightfully mine: dollars and cents. Through my crazy story I have been able to inspire people around me to think about money in a new and conversational way and it’s awesome!
But this has been a very “I” heavy post, so let’s have your stories! What do people say when they see the jars of money in your purse, or the budget binder in your jacket? Does it spark conversation or is it still “that which shall not be named”? What trends have you started in your circles? Happy Wednesday!