Financial Peace. Rarely did these two words appear in the same sentence. Not in my family.
Financial stress? Yes. Quarrels? Absolutely. Tension? You bet. Staring at the ceiling at 3am? Countless times.
Financial Peace UNIVERSITY. Add that one word, and the conversation changes.
Learning how to handle money the right way. God's way. Knowledge. A written monthly budget (more on that later). Baby steps. An opportunity to change my dialogue - internal and external - around money.
This past spring I participated in a class developed by financial professional Dave Ramsey, titled FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY. In nine weeks, I learned, and relearned, how to relate to and handle money differently. What Dave calls the 7 BABY STEPS. At the risk of sounding dramatic or cliche, it was a life changer. It truly was.
Honestly - I am amazed at how much I enjoy talking about money now. Ask me about my experience of using a monthly written household budget - something I thought was ridiculously intimidating and impossible - and I will share with you how amazingly liberating it has been for me. Instead of saying "I can't afford that" with a downtrodden, victimized feeling, instead I simply say "that's not in the budget this month!" I get to tell my dollars where to go now, instead of them controlling me. I'm working my way out of debt. Making wiser choices. I have a plan.
Financial Peace University has had such an influence over my financial circumstances that I have decided to sign up as a volunteer Financial Peace University class coordinator, to share the course with others.
Notice my title is coordinator, not teacher. Dave Ramsey teaches the course via videos, shared in a class setting. Small group discussion after each video locks in understanding of the principles. And like any other major life change, the process is facilitated by learning and growing in a group setting, supporting one another in the process. The cost of the class is approximately $100 (group purchasing may reduce that slightly so if you are interested please do not buy the class on your own - more info on this to follow). Best $100 I have EVER spent!
The purchase of the class kit includes lifetime membership. One may repeat the class as often as liked. And the membership is considered a family membership, so couples may take the class together - and in fact are encouraged to do so. A family legacy is begun.
At this time, the details of time, day of the week, and start date are not yet determined. I am simply collecting names of those who might be interested. If this is you, please send an EMAIL or CALL ME.
Even if you are thinking "oh - I'm all set - I don't need that" - I encourage you to watch THIS VIDEO. We all can learn and grow. And you never know who you might be able to influence, in turn, with some simple new ways to talk about money.
It's not a dirty word. It's not a forbidden topic. And as Dave says about baby step 7 - "giving is possibly the most FUN you will ever have with money!"
Ask me more if you'd like... I love talking about this. Would love to put together a great big class or two!
Thank you for reading this far. Class overview at THIS LINK.
ps - pictured below - the contents of the 'kit' that is included with class registration.