Because of personal finance blogging, events like FinCon and Camp Mustache exist.
Because of FinCon, more people than ever have been inspired to share their personal finance journeys online, which I hope means more people will be inspired to get out of debt and make progress on other financial goals.
Because of this blog, we get to attend events like FinCon.
Because of this blog, our crazy lofty goal of getting out of debt in
one year two years, was doable!
Because of this blog, our loftiest goal of achieving FIRE in the next 557 days might actually be possible!
And it was all because of one Google search back in 2015…
In April 2015, we had more than $200k in debt and sought no professional help for getting rid of it. We used Google to find free resources to help us get out of debt and that’s when we stumbled across the personal finance community. So we started a blog to join in the fun.
Our blog kept us accountable. We made fewer financial mistakes along the way because I didn’t want to have to write about the mistakes later, like when we almost got tricked into a timeshare in TN or when we quite nearly convinced ourselves that a new car was a good idea.
Our blog is something that’s been in the media. If you told me in 2015 that we’d be featured on CNN Money, I would have laughed out loud. No way. Not us. Who would really care that we downsized our home to get out of debt?! Turns out, we’re weird and people like weird.
Our blog kept us in touch with others in the community. You know how some families send letters to people at the end of the year to recap life changes? Blogging and Twitter means not having to do that because we get to keep in touch with friends on a weekly basis.
Our blog has accelerated our progress. We’ve learned things at FinCon and from other bloggers we talk with weekly that we can apply to our business and our side projects that will help us achieve FIRE. FinCon is full of CPAs who pointed out a few things for us to look into.
Our blog gave us the courage to put ourselves out there. It’s one thing to type your thoughts into a computer but it’s a whole other thing to get to debate those thoughts live and in person at FinCon.
If it wasn’t apparent, I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to FinCon as a member of this community.
There’s no place like FinCon. Seriously!
Since we became personal finance nerds in 2015, we have yet to find a community like that which FinCon represents.
FinCon is full of our people. It’s a place we can go where other people understand who we are and our personal finance journey. No other place in our lives do we get such overwhelming support from so many people.
Here’s an abbreviated list of our awesome experience at FinCon 2017…
- Met a ton of bloggers I hadn’t met in person yet
- Hung out with a ton of bloggers I had met in person and who’ve since become friends
- Held a workshop
- Won a trivia contest that resulted in someone’s loan getting paid off
- Participated on a panel
- Met David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire
- Met new clients for our biz
- Gained inspiration for taking my online hobbies seriously
- Watched live music (yes, at a conference!)
- Won the costume contest
We had the great privilege of being recognized for our contribution to personal finance. We received the Plutus Award for Best Debt Freedom Blog. Thank you to everyone who voted in support of us! We were so surprised to have been recognized. THANK YOU!
Many of our friends were there, cheering us on. Thank you to those at the celebration and for your high fives and photos and videos! You are awesome.
If you’re in Orlando next year for FinCon 2018, be sure to say hello on Twitter ahead of time so I know you’ll be there. I love meeting new people in this community.
I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to have found this community that’s forever changed our lives for the better. That’s why I think everyone should find a community of like-minded people (maybe that’s personal finance!) and get involved.