I thought it would be good to update everyone on the State of the Blog since we all were just updated on the state of the Oil Spill the other night. Now I don’t have a Oval Office to film this update, this written version is the best I can do.
First: I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to check out all the cool money saving tips from my 600 Money Saving Tips post.
Second: I’d like to thank you for your continued support and kind words you’ve sent through email and/or comments.
Third: It’s summer time, I hope you have some fun vacations or activates planned. Even as I continue to pay down my debt I understand the importance of some good R&R time. I’ll be traveling “Up North” (as we say around here) for a week of relaxing with my family. Sun, sand, and water – what a great combination. Oh yeah, it will be paid for in cash that was saved up from the beginning of the year. It was one of my New Years Goals, it’s always nice to check off a goal.
I’ve got a few things in the pipe line for DeliverAwayDebt. You’ll start to see some slight design changes happening shortly.
The first happened Monday as I dumped Google Adsense. I just can’t stand the look of it and I think it just takes away from the feel of the blog. I’m also going to be moving things around the sidebars to make it look smooth and clean. I have a new footer in the works that will be making a debut in the next month.
Up Coming Posts
Many of my previous posts have highlighted some of the tools and systems I use to destroy my debt. I’m currently working on a series that will explain the Debt Destroyer (soon to be trademarked, or not 🙂 ). The Debt Destroyer is just a fancy (or stupid) name for my system.
- The System
- Capture your daily expenses
- Category Development
- Blow money
- Sinking fund set-up
- Cash envelopes
- ING Account set-up (electronic envelopes)
- Budgeting worksheet
- ING Account usage (how it all works together)
- Debt snowball
- Extra income (i.e. get a second job)
I’ll be packaging the posts into a nice little free eBook for anyone who would like one. It will take a little time to get all the material out. My current 2am to 3:30pm work schedule is making it increasing difficult to get write new content and stories for you to read. The hours suck but all the extra money is helping to increase my debt snowball payments. I will be posting the above topics at a minimum of once per week. I would rather give you some great and useful information, than to just post crap.
I’ve also been looking into my Crystal Ball to try and see the future. I know you may call it a Magic 8-Ball but calling it a Crystal Ball just has a certain mystique about it. The ball is telling me I need to put energy into something that can really help people get out of debt. This blog has helped a number of people so far but I want to go deeper. As I look at how I’ve transformed my view of money, debt, and my future I keep coming back to two people who have helped me.
The first is Dave Ramsey. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be delivering away my debt. I can still remember the nice sunny spring day that I heard him telling a caller to get over his butt and get a pizza delivery job. In that moment I made the decision to find a delivery job. The funny thing was that in less than 2 minutes after making the decision I drove past a local pizza joint with a “driver’s wanted” sign. That night I spoke with my wife about it and the next day I was hired to be a driver.
The second is Chad Pennycuff. Chad was my Financial Coach. Chad is the person whom helped put our money management system in place. He helped to get my wife and I on the same page financially. He showed us how talk about money together and learn to make the best decisions with our current income. He showed us how to live off of my current income while banking all the pizza money for debt repayment. At the time, the pizza money was only subsidizing our income and not being used to pay down debt.
I’m amazed at the impact these two men have had in my life. They’ve helped me so much, I want to do it for others. I want to be a coach like Chad. I want to help people understand their money better and blast away their debt. I want to give others the knowledge that I was given. In short, I want to be a Financial Coach.
Beside learning to be a coach, I’ll also have to build a business around it. I’ve been intrigued with small businesses for as long as I can remember. My Grandfather was a small business owner and self-employed for over 45 years, so I know it can work. I’m currently going through Chris Guillebeau’s Empire Building Kit. It’s a slick training programming that helps you find an idea you are passionate about (yes, that word is a little over used) and helps you begin to put your ideas to use. What makes it nice is that it’s taught in bite sized pieces everyday for 365 days. With all of my current work and family commitments it’s a perfect fit for me. If you’re looking to start a business or just looking to learn more, I recommend you check it out. Build Your Own Empire in 1 Year (affiliate link)
Thanks for listening, I just want you to know what’s been shaking on this end of the CAT-5 connection. Have a great weekend and make sure to get out there and enjoy the summer. If anyone is interested in some one on one debt busting help, I would love to help you. Drop me a line and we can get to work.