If you have been with me awhile, you may have ended up on one of my financial webinars, where I shared a pretty personal story from 2011-2012 when my husband and I decided to foreclose on our home in Las Vegas and file bankruptcy, due to the huge down turn in the economy in our area (and most of the country).
It was a tough decision and one that left us living with friends, applying for food stamps and re-assessing our financial goals and our future.
We had done a lot of home renovations on our home before losing it, and it was money we had at the time, so quite the bummer to think that we lost it all!
The whole experience was a HUGE wake up call on how we lived and how we looked at our finances.
I’ll admit, for awhile I was scared of money.
I was scared to have it, for fear it would just be taken away!
However, I started to do a lot of research. Read books written by financial planners. Read blogs from banks and from money websites.
I realized that our thoughts around money can shape our lives in ways that affect our confidence and ultimately our relationships and more!
We were always taught to “Save for a Rainy Day”, but the funny thing is, no one WANTS a rainy day.
When Nate and I moved into an RV last year, EVERYONE thought that was cool and asked how we did it… well.. we decided to save for a SUNNY DAY.
We started reading all about budgets and saving and different plans.
We decided, that we were no longer going to live how we lived before and we were going to put away money for emergencies but also save for the things we WANTED because you never know when things can change.
We did it. We bought a 1996 Fleetwood Southwind and it needed quite a bit of remodeling inside!!
Home Depot seemed like our second home!!
I just came across Sun Trust Banks Resource Center, and I love it because it walks you through and helps you set up different accounts and gives you ideas on what is possible.
I think when you are in a financial hardship, you really lose sight of what is possible.
I wish I had a road map or just an easier way to look at things when we were struggling and Sun Trust has really made this possible!
For us, the freedom of a mobile “house” was a dream. We also wanted to remodel, just like our old house.
Here is our kitchen!!
Maybe moving in an RV isn’t your right now deal..but I want to know– what is YOUR Sunny Day?
Is it owning a home? Remodel? Trip of a life time?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.