It’s Fashion Friday with Cents of Style. That means you can get a great deal on inspirational shirts.
I haven’t ever purchased from Cents of Style before. I am quite picky about my clothing and like to try things on to cover my “not-so-perfect” form. But I fell in love with this shirt:
I love this shirt because it speaks to the message of my life and of our site.
Do you know my past? Do you know how financially devastating and dark it was? Do you know how hopeless it seemed…how hopeless it felt?
Do you know how financially devastating and dark it was? Do you know how hopeless it seemed…how hopeless it felt?
Do you know how hopeless it seemed? how hopeless it felt?
Do you know how hopeless it really felt as my hopelessness shook me to the core?
I was about to be a new mom, lying in my bed, pregnant, broke, hopeless, scared and hiding secrets from everyone.
We were stuck. There was no out, there was no way to recover from the financial mess we made for ourselves. There was no way I could be a stay-at-home mom. The guilt of our foolishness was so haunting that life seemed to be spiraling downward so fast.
We were hiding the secret that we foolishly got ourselves into $108,000 of consumer debt in four years. That’s over $2,000 a month of new consumer debt we accumulated.
No one knew.
And now we were expecting our first child.
Everyone knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, this had been my goal from the beginning. But now there was no way. In fact, I was there lying in my bed after first discovering I would be a mom with $108K of consumer debts and 60, 90 and 120 days late on our bills. I had to keep my job and probably get 15 more to get out of this mess.
Or perhaps declare bankruptcy and “start over.” But ironically, I was a paralegal working in a field of law that handled many bankruptcies and bankruptcy was not a “re-set.” It made the lives of our clients much worse as most still had numerous amounts of debt to pay and a dark history scarred on their financial record officially for the next 10-years, but unofficially for life.
I didn’t want our child to be 10 before this scar faded. Bankruptcy was not an easy out.
So here we were – hopeless.
Here I was – hopeless.
But, I wasn’t willing to lay there and accept my hopeless state. We knew we needed to get out of our debts and we needed to change our habits, and I was going to do what I could to be a stay-at-home mom!
I Chose Hope that day! I refused to be hopeless despite all odds. Despite our six figures of debt. Despite our massive amount of debt months late. I refused to give in.
I refused to be hopeless despite all odds. Despite our six figures of debt. Despite our massive amount of debt months late. I refused to give in.
Choosing Hope was the ticket we needed to move forward.
Fast forward 13-years later…..
We paid off all of that $108K consumer debt. We struggled to pay it off the first 3.5 years of our attempts using popular programs. We only paid off $15k. But we didn’t lose hope! We kept going, creating a new plan – our 2% rule plan. Armed with this new, easy, scalable and manageable plan…we paid off over $85k in 3 years!
How did we do it? Hope, prayer and the 2% rule!
We are debt-free, we got out of our mess. I am a stay-at-home mom (albeit, work at home so happily) and have been since the day our daughter was born.
We are now a family of 8 and we live on much less than we did the first four years of our marriage. We live well, we enjoy life and we enjoy the financial freedoms we have today….all because we Chose HOPE that day!
Although our story started as a tragedy, it is continuing as a fairy tale.
That’s why when I saw this shirt from Cents of Style, I knew it was my style! And I LOVE the way it feels and fits! It’s perfect!
Cents of Style has many inspirational shirts on sale this weekend. The Life is Inspirational Collection by Cents of Style celebrates life and all of the amazing things that come with it. For me, hope was the loudest inspiration and I HOPE that our site gives you that HOPE too!
Right now, you can get 50% off the lowest marked price on any Life is Inspirational Collection shirt and FREE shipping!
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We hope you Choose Hope, no matter what it is in life that is currently sucking that hope from you. Claim it back, put your feet on the ground and move forward in a positive direction!
Just yesterday I realized that I’ve been obsessing about eating right to correct or avoid health issues, about the possibility of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (my sister is in a nursing home at age 56 because of early onset Alzheimer’s), about the possibility of getting cancer (my dad died young because of a huge tumor in his abdomen), the need to exercise more, etc., etc.
Unfortunately, all this has left me feeling guilty for not making 100% good decisions. I have become overwhelmed with so much information that I’m having trouble implementing any of it. (And of course, much of the information conflicts with someone else’s information…..) I tend to worry that I will someday soon have to pay for my years of poor diet choices and lack of exercise, and that my possible genetic issues will catch up with me.
HOWEVER, I am now deciding to choose hope. Obviously I need to let go of the worry and need to live with a positive attitude. Thanks for the reminder of this! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thanks for sharing.
I like the “choose Joy” shirt. Through a variety of input, I’ve chosen “JOY” as my focus word for 2017. I’ve realized that I haven’t been really enjoying the gift that Jesus offers – that of joy. So I’m choosing to accept and live in the gift of His JOY.
Have a great day,
I tried to buy the choose joy shirt but the INSPIRE17 coupon code didn’t work.
Ayokunnumi A. E
Life can be that funny at times. By funny I mean the situation might not be funny, but you’ve got to find fun even when there isn’t any logical reason for one.
Another thing I like to do is show some love. We sometimes can imagine how thrilling it is to be in that vantage position as a lover. For me, I chose to adopt a dog from a shelter and show it as much love as I probably needed.
trust me, those amazing canine creatures (dogs) are good at reciprocating the favor.
Once again, thanks for the insightful and relevant write-up. looking forward to more of such
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