Welcome to the 2015 Financial Literacy Awareness Carnival. It is my great honor and privilege to host this celebration of financial literacy. As someone with great passion around the subject, it always saddens me to see how many people are financially illiterate. It affects all people, regardless of education or the size of their nest egg. They don’t how to use their money joyfully and their lack of knowledge prevents them from making confident decisions. The worst part is many don’t even realize it. Many of their problems, even those that don’t appear finance-related, could be solved by getting Financially Real.
Let’s get real: Life is messy, complicated, emotional and amazing. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), I’ve been in the trenches with people for 23 years as life happens to them, helping them make the best decisions possible. It’s not always easy to do, especially if your money controls you, rather than you controlling it. Financially Real people own their financial lives, every single day, regardless of what the day brings.
Learn more about the The 4 Pillars of Financially Real and how they can help you find money happiness.
There are many reasons that hold people back from confronting their financial truths and getting real. Many times fear is what hold them back. The fear that their problems are too big and unsolvable. Or the fear that they can never achieve their dreams. For others, they may feel overwhelmed before they even begin. Because I know that starting is sometimes the greatest obstacle we face to reclaiming our financial lives, I wanted to help inspire and motivate you to take that big step and get Financially Real today.
I’ve invited my friends to help me celebrate Financial Literacy Awareness Month by sharing their personal stories on how they got Financially Real, whether it’s the moment they realized they needed to make a change, the mistakes they made along the way or tips to help you be successful. We are Financially Real. Are you?
Broke Millennial: The Day I Got Bullish with Money
Budget Blonde: How Being Financially Real Is Helping Me Achieve My Goals
Cents and Sensibility: Money Rules to Make Your Marriage Better
Club Thrifty: Get Real Moments that Changed Our Financial Lives
Color Me Frugal: How Getting Financially Real Kicked My Butt into Action
Debt Round-Up: What Happens When You Get Financially Real
Disease Called Debt: When We Finally Paid Our Finances a Little R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Eat Laugh Purr: How Getting Financially Real Helped Me Figure Out What Matters
Enemy of Debt: Are You Lying to Yourself about Your Finances?
Eyes on the Dollar: Getting Financially Real: Financial Literacy Awareness Carnival
Femme Frugality: When Things Got Financially Real
Financially Blonde: Suddenly I See
Frugal Rules: How Getting Financially Real Empowered Me
Living Rich Cheaply: Going from Ordinary to Extraordinary
Luke 1428: How I Got Financially Real in 5 Minutes
Million Dollar Ninja: Why I Got Financially Real?
Monster Piggy Bank: Getting Serious about Your Finances
Money MiniBlog: Why I Finally Decided to Step Up and Take Control of My Finances (And How You Can Too
Reach Financial Independence: Getting Financial Real
See Debt Run: Getting Real About Getting Out of Debt
Shoeaholic No More: It’s Time to Be Financially Real
Shop My Closet Project: Getting Financially Real: The Moment When I Decided to Switch to a Cash Only Budget
Stacking Benjamins: The Value of Sharing Your Financial Life – Warts and All
The Broke and Beautiful Life: Is It Time for Financial Reality Check?
The Finance Girl: Examining Your Relationship with Money
The Frugal Farmer: The Process of Getting Financial Real with Yourself
Young Adult Money: Now is the time to get “Real” about your Finances
Thank you to all the participants for creating awareness around financial literacy. Your continued support makes a big difference. Thank you.
I read these blogs every day and highly recommend them. Be sure to subscribe to their feeds and follow them on your favorite social media channels. You want them in your community. It’s my hope that their stories will inspire you to join us and become Financially Real. Grab a coffee or your beverage of choice and happy reading!