I've never had a problem talking about money. I've been open with everyone I know about my finances. Even when I had huge debt with large interest rates I had accepted it. My friends, family and boyfriends over the years all knew I had debt and that it bothered me. I found that by being very frank about my own finances that people were eager to talk to me about their own with great ease.
Everyone needs support when it comes to finances. We should all be able to talk freely about money. After all, we all use it and we all are aware of the rewards and repercussions it brings.
I feel lucky to be living at a time where personal finance is such a hot topic. Thanks to people like Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Suze Orman and Alison Griffiths, to name a few, the topic of money is no longer so taboo. We are lucky to have so much information available. We can communicate and gather valuable information through blogging and online support. We don't have to be ashamed about financial problems, we just have to make a decision about it and take action.
I now have friends asking me about money and talking to me about their struggles. It feels good to know that people want to talk to me about money. I know I'm not an expert by any means but I can give some friendly advice and direct people to some good resources. I'm slowly seeing my money habits and theories playing out in the lives of people around me and it makes me feel really good. I'm happy these people are making positive steps in their lives. When your finances are in order it eliminates so much unwanted stress and worry.
When I was a little girl I used to think to myself that the one thing I never wanted to do would be to get into debt. Well... life happened, and I had to fix my mistakes. Making the decision to take hold of my finances and sticking to it was the best change I've made for myself. Money problems can make you doubt so much about yourself and can sometimes make you feel less of a person. Money should never control our emotions but we let it. This needs to change.
I am so happy and proud to be part of such an amazing blogging community. The support I have received since moving to Blogger is unbelievable. The comments on this blog brighten my day every time I log in and see them waiting for me. My only hope is that this new trend sticks around and that we are able to see many more bloggers go from debtors to savers.
Cheers to a new age of personal finance!