Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We're debt free! {Our yell on the Dave Ramsey Show}

When I started on this journey to debt-freedom, I knew that going to Financial Peace Plaza to yell on Dave Ramsey's show was going to be part of my celebration. Yesterday my dream was realized. Jarrod, Wesley and I went to Financial Peace Plaza outside Nashville and met Dave Ramsey. Above all else, I need to say how incredibly hospitable the staff was. Everyone we came across was funny, polite, helpful, and kind. They were helpful when I accidentally broke a Christmas tree ornament, compassionate when Wesley threw his ball all over the lobby, and very sweet by watching Wesley when we were giving our debt-free scream. Wes watched us on TV while a sweet staff member read books to him. Hospitality and the whole place smells like delicious cookies. It's a little bit like heaven.

If you follow Dave Ramsey on Instagram, perhaps you caught this gem - that's a video of us doing our debt free scream. Want to check out the whole video? Here it is!
Here are a few awesome shots I got with my phone while we were there.

I was terrified that Wesley would break a Christmas tree ornament. He didn't. But I did. They were incredibly gracious and assured me that it happens every year. Yeah, but does it usually happen before Thanksgiving?
Wesley ran all over the lobby where there was a high school class and a bunch of people... plus TV crew, videographers, and cookies. Wesley was a maniac. Besides that, it was naptime! He did great!

This verse has been my favorite and one that has shaped my life in different ways for the past 5-6 years. It came up earlier this weekend and hit me between the eyes. Then today I saw it on the wall. I know that God us using this word to change my heart.


If you've been around here for a while, you've read about our financial journey. If you're new, you can check out the post when I officially announced our debt-freedom. We got married over 4 years ago and have been feverishly paying off student loan debt ever since. I wrote this post just after our 1st wedding anniversary about how serious we were. Check out this story to learn more about why we got on this plan in the beginning.
We've worked VERY hard over the past several years. It is starting to sink in that all the money we make is now completely ours. We are currently stocking all our money in the bank for our emergency fund (and buying a new-to-us car), but we're starting to loosen the reigns a little bit. We are beginning to make 6 month, 1 year, 3 year, and 5 year goals. I'll be sharing those soon.
It might seem like we're lucky. We are, but that's not why we're out of debt. We're out of debt because we worked REALLY hard. We were on the same page, had intense focus, and believed we could do it. We planned, stuck to our budget, and didn't give up. If we can do it, anyone can do it.
I'll write more next week about what we're going to be doing next. I'll also share more pictures. We're traveling home for Thanksgiving, but I'll continue to write about this and our plans for the future. Thank you so much for being on this journey with us!
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2 comments:

  1. Very cool Leanne! Proud of you!

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  2. This is so very cool. What amazing dedication on both your parts. So inspiring!

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