And Then I Trusted My Gut (Even More)…

anna newell jonesI’ve been thinking about what I’m going to say for a while. How to start. If I should or shouldn’t do it… but I know, it’s time. This blog has been such a HUGE part of my life for so long. I started it with a crap ton of debt and a sliver of hope that life could be different. Since then, I’ve learned SO much, met SO many people, we’ve published over 1200 blog posts, I’ve been able to write a book!, be on TV, and in magazines. Like, what?! How’d that happen?! As a community WE’VE PAID OFF/SAVED MILLIONS of DOLLARS!! It’s so incredibly wild to think about the magnitude of amazingness that this blog has brought to me and how it’s helped so many people live life in a new way!

I am so beyond thankful for all my readers and for all I’ve learned from you over the years. Life is a lot different for me now than when I started the blog way back on December 29, 2009! Now, I have a kid, I have a few other thriving businesses and I’m feeling pulled to go other directions. This blog has kept me accountable and it gave me a place to write and share everything I was struggling with as I got out of debt using the Spending Fast and Spending Diet, and as I tried to make sense of everything! You let me know that I wasn’t alone and I’m so, SO THANKFUL!

What does all this mean? It means, I’m gonna take a break from blogging for a bit. I don’t know how long it’ll be but I don’t want to have the pressure of keeping the blog going when my heart isn’t fully in it anymore. Blogging is kind of like a marathon with no finish line. You just keep going and going!;)

I’m trying to be even more true to myself and go with my gut, go with what HAS been moving me lately. We all have a limited amount of hours in the day so I’m trying to be authentic to how how I want to spend my time. These days, I feel more compelled and inspired by my Spending Fast Bootcamp participants who are kicking ass every single day and not letting debt get a say in their lives any longer. I’m being drawn to grow my Spending Fasters Facebook group more. The way they cheer each other along and are so damn supportive is beyond cool. I’m ready to spend more time with my son, on our wedding photography business, and on my side gig (that has been one of the biggest surprise blessings ever and a complete game changer in the whole “make more money” thing!)

With all that said, I’ll still be around! There are exciting things in the works and I still want to spread the get-out-of-debt message and people still need the hope of getting out of debt quickly by using the Spending Fast method… so, instead of blogging, the message will be spread in a different format. I’ll still post new content here and there but it’ll be more “every blue moon” then “a few times a week.”;P

Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, I’m beyond thankful to every single reader and supporter of me and this blog throughout the years. You helped me get through one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and now, because of that, I have a new life. One free from debt and the awful weight that comes with it. That’s not something I take for granted. It’s not something I take lightly.

If you’re new to the blog, Welcome! Use the search bar to find a ton of amazing posts, take advantage of the resources, go back to the beginning to read about the Spending Fast from Day 1 and work your way through. And, please know, above all else, that YOU ARE NOT ALONE and THERE IS HOPE out of debt!

You can find me here:

– In the Spending Fasters group on Facebook
– In your inbox with the 5-day FREE Bootcamp Challenge!
– In the Spending Fast Bootcamp!
– My personal Facebook profile:
– The And Then We Saved Facebook page
– On Instagram: @annanewelljones

Let’s connect and please, keep on slaying that damn debt! The Debt-Free Life is SO good and it’s SO worth it!

Yours in financial badassery,

Xo, Anna

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23 thoughts on “And Then I Trusted My Gut (Even More)…

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  1. Holly

    I have truly enjoyed the blog, and thank you for sharing your heart.
    You may have changed the way people connect with their money, as most people I know are so embarrassed to talk about it. If they have it together, they don’t tell anybody. Learning what to do and thrive is secret knowledge.
    I was already well on the way to paying off debt when I joined the group, and perhaps your next blog will focus on “The Next Steps”. I will be thrilled to read whatever you come up with.
    Best wishes and prosperity to you and yours.

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Thanks so much for your support, Holly! I’ll def keep you all posted on the next exciting stuff I get into! ;) In the meantime I hope you join us over in the Facebook group! xo

  2. Steveark

    That’s cool, you will still be helping people and there is no higher calling than that. When it is time to make a change it takes courage and you’ve got more than your share. Good on you Anna, from one of your many readers who appreciate what you’ve done and what you’ll no doubt do in the future.

  3. Tom Beem

    Just stumbled on your blog. because of your picture. Pink is your color. Congrats on paying down your debt. I agree that less is more, and as I have two small kids, I can tell you for sure, I need less ‘stuff’ in my life.

    I’m checking out some of your posts now, but wanted to say thanks for sharing your experience.
    Now i’m going to find out what ‘spending fast’ which is see as a link here.
    Cheers. Tom

  4. Leigh-Ann

    I respect your decision and think it’s better to pause than disappear (like i did, lol). Good job following your gut and ESPECIALLY– for being an inspiration and partner to so many people in debt and getting out of debt. I’ve also loved the visual style of your blogposts (mega!) and your newer site design with Tuesday. I’ll always be a big fan of you, keep following your heart!! xo, LA

  5. Little Miss Fire

    I’ve only just found your blog and this post rings very true to me. I’m just on my journey now and whilst i dont have much debt yet I think it will pile up since having to leave my job due o health issues. I’m hoping to get some guidance and inspiration from your journey. Any pointers are gladly received :)

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      I’m so glad you can relate and be sure to come on over to the Spending Fasters Group on Facebook. I’m interacting more over there these days. I think the key is to listen to that little voice inside really!

  6. Daisy

    It IS the right thing to do, and good on you for going with your gut, Anna. I’ve been a follower for years and ATWS is dear to me as the first blog that pushed me forward. I knew this stuff about debt and money in my head, but I didn’t start to care enough to change until I stumbled here from, of all things, a negative Amazon review on a book that said the reviewer had learned more from you (this was pre-book btw) and your website was even free lol!

    I have noticed over the last year that the blog hasn’t been all there while the community on FB has picked up the spirit that used to be on this blog. And things change when we grow so that’s completely fine. Thank you for sharing your experience with us almost 8 years ago and bringing us along on the ride. Wishing you well and see you in the group, Anna!

  7. Kimberly Strickland

    I am late to the party. Just found your blog and am reading as much as possible. I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your wisdom and best wishes to you.

  8. Robin Graham

    Good Morning,

    Just saw your story on channel 7 in NY.

    I would like to advertise your book in my magazine, Spotlight on Recovery.
    Please contact me via e-mail.

    I plan on picking up your book also to deal with my financial struggles.

  9. Patty Cosgrave

    I would love to pay off $24,000 in 15 months. How do you do this when your income is just enough to pay the bills. Sometimes when I read the articles of people paying off debt they don’t seem to mention if their income is already so close to their regular mortgage, electric, phone, I already have no cable, sit in the dark as much as I can. I have really got to look at my expenses like Anna’s article said and try paying off the mortgage so my children don’t have to worry about it.

    1. Danielle Ogilve

      I agree with this but I think having a more realistic timeline (all things considered) will make it easier. Not having the pressure of paying something off hanging over your head will make things much much easier and less anxiety-inducing.


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