If you can believe it (I can’t!) this blog started 5 years ago on 12/29/09! I started it just as a way to keep me on track while I attempted my year-long Spending Fast to try to get rid of my 6k in credit card debt (a task that I thought was insurmountable, btw). I never, EVER would have guessed that not only would I be able to absolutely CRUSH that $6,000 in debt but that just 15 months after I started the Spending Fast that I’d be completely debt-free (my mind is still constantly blown that it happened so fast!). And, who would’ve guessed that I’d still be typing away on And Then We Saved a whole 5 years later…!?!? (Not me, for sure.)
There are so many cool things I’ve got in the works for 2015 that I can’t wait to share with you. The main thing that I’ve been working on is my book that will be all about How to Do a Spending Fast! Writing it has been such a crazy experience: fun, tedious, rewarding, sometimes absolutely overwhelming but mostly completely fulfilling. Throughout the whole process, before I start writing, I’ve read this little yellow sticky note that’s taped to my computer screen. It says, “Please guide my words as I write so this book so it can be a channel to help the most people change their lives.” That’s the goal: make the book the vehicle for the Get-Out-of-Debt-as-Quick-as-Humanely-Possible-So- You-Can-Get-On-with-Your-Life-Already message! That’s the goal I hope to accomplish with the book. I absolutely cannot wait for you to read it, and have a tangible, complete and comprehensive Spending Fast guide right at your finger-tips! The book will be published in January 2016, and I’ll keep you posted about its status as I learn more throughout this upcoming year up to (and beyond) it’s release date.
A few other things I’ve got in the works:
– Developing an e-course (! can’t wait to share it with you! I think you’re going to love it!)
– Structuring a coaching program to help readers who need (or just want) more individualized attention and assistance through the Spending Fast or Spending Diet.
– Monthly updates about the TOTAL AMOUNT of debt our community has paid off or saved as a result of the Spending Fast or Spending Diet (I’m SO excited to share the current debt pay-off total with you. It’s unbelievably inspiring how much debt we’ve all paid off and put into savings so far!).
– Developing a few tangible items to help remind you of your goals every day!
Everything changed when I gave up, stopped fighting against my debt, and faced my excessive overspending. I put my hands up and succumbed (succumb?) to the reality of my reality. As soon as I realized that everything I had been trying to do to get out debt was failing miserably, and once I came clean with my friends and family about being straight up broke, and overwhelmed THAT’S when the real changes starting happening. When I gave up, when I let go, that’s when I got my power back. To gain power by giving up? Trust me, the irony is not lost on me.
I realized that I didn’t have to be a victim of my past choices, and when I made the choice to do the Spending Fast, I found that money starting coming TOWARDS me instead of being REPELLED by me. Everything got flipped around when I let down my “I’ve totally got all my shit together!” facade, and was honest about who I was and where I was at. I stopped agreeing to do things I couldn’t afford, I stopped getting myself deeper and deeper into debt trying to look more successful than I was, and I was able to just be who I really was… minus all the struggle, misery, and guilt.
This thing – the debt-free thing – is (excuse my language) F -ing amazing. (There is just no other way to emphasize my passion for it without swearing, I guess.) I want you to have this feeling too! I want you to be free from that horrible DEBT that is hanging over your head, and weighing you down.
I don’t have incredible willpower, and I didn’t do anything that you can’t do. You can start today, and you can change your life. There is nothing I want more for you than this. You deserve this. You can do this.
To celebrate this blog’s anniversary I want to give a reader a poster (of the beautiful art above by shopannshen) with a saying that sums up what it’s all about: Don’t Give Up. When the Spending Fast is tough, when you want to quit, when you lose sight about why you wanted to get out of debt in the first place, when you get discouraged, when you get overwhelmed… I want you to always remember, Don’t Give Up. You absolutely can do this. YOU CAN BE DEBT FREE.
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I’m not going to make you sign up for anything or follow me on any social media channels, or anything. To enter, just leave a comment below telling me how And Then We Saved has helped you, and be sure to fill in the name and email fields so I can contact you if you win. Since we have readers all over the world this giveaway is open to international readers, as well! I’ll select a random winner on Monday, January 5th at 9:00 MST, and I will contact the winner shortly after. Good luck and thank you so much for reading my blog, and for being so amazing and supportive throughout the years. xo – Anna
The winner is Ashley! Congratulations! You’ll get an email from me soon! – Anna
P.S. You’ve got this. Take the Debt-Free Life Pledge.