I recently contributed a guest post to Sorted.org.nz – a very well known and widely respected personal finance website here in New Zealand. My post talks honestly (as usual!) about past money mistakes and what I learned. I’m quick to point out my failures that caused my credit card to turn into a money leak, as EMBARRASSING as they are…
…"I thought that having a credit card was a badge of adulthood. A gold card was even better! Ah, such a status symbol!…" 🤦🏻♀️
Honesty – always honesty
My policy with The Leveraged Mama blog has been total honesty from the beginning. If I really want to help people get out of debt, and positively influence their financial futures, I need to be honest about where I’ve come from.
I need to show you how mistakes and failures, can actually be turned into one of your biggest assets.
But… once my guest post was published on Sorted, I had a freak out!
NOW, ALL OF NEW ZEALAND WILL KNOW I’M A WALKING FINANCIAL DISASTER.
Have I overshared?
Well I reckon that depends… There will be people who feel totally awkward about my honesty, and think that I’m oversharing. I’ve actually lost ‘friends’ over this blog, people who can’t just agree to disagree.
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No judgement. It's what I expect from my friends and loved ones, so it's what I owe them too. Just because I've chosen to spend less, it doesn't mean I get to judge those that spend more than me. Just because I've chosen to downsize, it doesn't mean I get to judge those who upsize. Just because my eyes have been opened to consumerism, it doesn't mean others know, or even care about it. Or ever want to, or ever would. All these views and opinions we have, are formed during our own journies through life. We make assessments CONSTANTLY, to help us navigate through life. You'll find some people who agree with you and some that don't. The truly special people are the ones who can agree to disagree, and love you nonetheless. For me, writing a blog about the heavy topics that I do, and presenting my opinions so openly - there's a big risk of my friends and family thinking that I'm judging them for their spending decisions and life choices. I don't. No judgement. Just because they're on a different path it doesn't mean they're lost. To my friends and family that have gifted me the same, I appreciate you ❤️ #debtfreejourney #debtfree #savemoney #debtfreecommunity #financialfreedom #debtfreedom #frugal #frugality #declutter #savingmoney #downsizing #debtfreelife #freedomlifestyle #dailyinspiration #simplify #motivator #inspireothers #mindsetiseverything #selfgrowth #wahm #sahm #debtisdumb #noshame #lessismore #womenwhohustle #successcoach #helpothers #nojudgement #mompreneur #laptoplifestyle
While I do care if I make people feel awkward, or upset them with my opinions and stories, I also accept that this will happen, as part of what I’m trying to achieve.
Because if just ONE PERSON reads one of my shameful admissions about my money stupidity and thinks twice before the do the same thing…. then it is worth it.
It’s worth it one hundred times over.
So in the spirit of oversharing, come and revel in my shamelessness over at Sorted!