The Journey to Financial Rehab Begins — Part 2

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After my “forced confession” to my mother, the changes really started! Over the next six weeks, I resigned from my old job, accepted a new job completely across the country, and packed up a lifetime of belongings into my 2011 Honda CRV. On a balmy January afternoon, I tossed one last box of essentials into the car, tucked my beloved 12-year-old dog, Mika, into the co-pilot seat, and started the 1,750-mile journey to a new life of financial health and wellness. Some anxiety but mostly excitement filled our hearts that day as we left the frozen comforts of snowy Minnesota to what would be our new home in sunny Arizona. When we left that day, I had no idea of the magnitude that one little choice would have on my life.

The three-day road trip was long and tedious, but we managed to make it to our new home in southern Arizona without any major detours or snafus — PRAISE THE LORD! As we pulled into my parents’ driveway, I knew I had started a journey that would forever change my life.

I had just three days to get settled in before I began my new job as a Spa Assistant at a luxury resort just a pond’s distance away from the Arizona/Mexico border. It was this job, which was low-pay, low-status, definitely NOT my dream job and definitely NOT as glamorous as one might think job that allowed me to become debt-free in just 17 months.

This article is the second installment in a series of seven. Stay tuned to find out how I learned to live on a shoestring budget and pay off 25K in debt in just 17 months.