Did you ever develop bad financial habits because of your conception of what was “cool”? Check out my post at Fruclassity about “Time Travel Therapy for Debtors”. Yuppy culture and The Big Chill had a negative impact on many areas of my personal finances – including grocery shopping!
Rules for Sunshine Blogger Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
- Write the same number of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
- Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
Rules for Liebster Award:
- Write a post about the fact that you’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award.
- Answer the questions about yourself.
- Nominate other blogs.
Let me begin by thanking Laurie and Kay. I never used to understand it when people said they had “online friends”. How was it really possible to be friends with someone over the internet? Well, I have discovered that it is indeed possible, and I am both honoured by your nominations and grateful for your friendship. I would love it if some day, we could get together IRL : )
My Answers to questions for Sunshine Blogger Award
My Answers to questions for Liebster Award
#1: How did you decide on the name of your blog?
Prudence: I wanted to be anonymous, and I thought of Mrs. Doubtfire and the way he/she combined two words to create a name. Debtfree was perfect. I talked with a colleague about what I wanted for a first name, and in response to her questions, I said I wanted a name that denoted wisdom. “Prudence” she said, without skipping a beat. And Prudence it is.
#2: Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
Prudence: It comes from real life experience. I was worried at first that I would run out of things to say about personal finances and getting out of debt, but I find that this area of life is connected to all other areas of life – so there is no running out of material.
#3: What is it that you love most about blogging?
Prudence: I love the interactions with people. There is a taboo on money talk in society, and so many of us have carried a secret shame about our finances – including our debts. Online, people open up. I love it when I read another person’s post and connect with it, and I love receiving comments from readers who connect with my posts. I’m convinced that personal finance blogs are the way our society is going to overcome our current record breaking levels of personal debt.
#4: What is your favourite food?
Prudence: I LOVE food, and I am open to all kinds of it. If I have to choose a favourite, it’s Asian food. There’s an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in town that I don’t visit nearly as often as I used to before our journey out of debt began. Mmmmm…. Dangerous for me to think of it.
#5: What is your favourite thing to drink?
Prudence: I really like red beer : )
#6: What is an item you cannot live without?
Prudence: Uh … I know! Toe-nail clippers. My toenails become lethal weapons when they get too long – like now (because I can’t find my toe-nail clippers).
#7: What are eleven random facts about yourself?
Prudence: Really? Kay said, “Just let it free flow.” So here goes:
- I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Made it to the snow, but not the peak (altitude sickness). BEAUTIFUL!
- I LOVE Jane Austen.
- I have a really hard time doing push-ups.
- I can say some things in the Somali language because I work at a very multi-cultural school, and some of our Somali staff teach me. I can say: Good morning; Good afternoon; Good noon hour (something we just don’t say in English); Good evening; Happy New Year; Happy Eid; I’m tired; I’m hungry; I’m eating breakfast; Yes.
- My favourite book from my childhood was Anne of Green Gables.
- I went to a garden party at Buckingham Palace when I was 20 years old. (My dad worked as a research scientist for the government, and he had a one year work term in Hertfordshire, England. I think he got the invitation because he was working as a Commonwealth guest of the British government. As the youngest of their children, I was living with mom and dad in England after my first year of university, so I got to go.)
- My favourite summer job as a teen was as a day camp counselor for children aged 3-6.
- I self-published two children’s books and sold about 5,000 copies. (That life came to an abrupt end when I had to return to full-time work after DH lost his job. I have hundreds of copies that I’d like to donate. Anyone know of a good venue?)
- One Sunday after church, I fell into a conversation with two other women. We just could not stop talking, and we closed the place down. “Let’s get together at my place this Friday,” said one of the women. That was three years ago, and we’ve been getting together almost every week since – including last night.
- I’ve always done sports. I’m no champion – more of a jack of all trades. These are the sports I’ve competed in or done regularly: basketball, volleyball, track and field (high jump and 3000 m), cross-country running, cross-country skiing, competitive swimming, rowing, aerobics, cardio kickboxing. (Cardio kickboxing is what I do now, and I wrote about it at Fruclassity just this week in a post about the question of gym memberships for the frugal-minded.)
- I would love to time travel.
#8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Prudence: In Jane Austen’s house. (Village of Chawton in Hampshire.)
#9. If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be?
Prudence: Jesus. I’d time travel to the Sermon on the Mount.
#10. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
This is a tough one . . . I think it’s hiking.
#11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Prudence: Location-wise? Right where I am. Financially? Both debt-free and financially-free.
There you go! That’s more information than you ever wanted to know about me! Thanks again to Laurie and Kay.
Now for my nominations:
For the Sunshine Blogger Award, I nominate Laura Harris of Piggy Bank Dreams and Jennifer of Wanderlust Wallet. Laura is a personal finance coach whose focus is a combination of practical finance and personal development. Jennifer blogs about her frugal living as an American expat living with her husband in Switzerland and traveling all over Europe.
For the Liebster Award, I nominate Brian of Debt Discipline and Hannah from Unplanned Finance. Brian and his wife have succeeded in paying off $109,000 in credit card debt and in saving up a whopping emergency fund. Just recently, Brian lost the job he’d had for 20 years. His journey continues, and he shares it with humility and honesty. Hannah’s life hit her at high speed shortly after her husband left his job to go back to school and she became pregnant with their first baby. Nothing like a baby to bring reality home! Hannah and her husband are establishing a foundation for their family’s future with frugal choices. I love the honesty of her blog.
The personal finance community provides such a great network of support. Let’s keep on blogging!