While out on a run recently, I was reminded that time and perspective have a way of extinguishing pain.
You see, my mind tends to wander while I run… it’s a therapy of sorts. On this particular day, my mind wandered to our financial situation over the past few years, something that’s felt a bit like a roller coaster ride… and not a fun one!
However, we recently paid off all our debts and refinanced our home to a 15-year mortgage. All in an effort to get back on track financially after getting seriously off track (spellbound!) in recent years, spending too much trying to get ahead (you can read the whole story in my book, Breaking the Spell, coming out later this month).
After a foreclosure on an investment property three years ago, I figured our refinancing days were over. In fact, at the time, I pretty much felt like my life was over.
Those were dark days to be sure.
The debt we incurred in my 2009 personal and business development “binge” didn’t help. While I truly felt like I was investing in our future, in the end we found ourselves with less money and assets not more.
But just three years later, the sun has risen, and it’s shining quite brightly.
In fact, I’m finally at a place where I can truly feel grateful for all of the people and situations that came into my life over the past seven years, even those that up until recently I was more likely to curse than feel gratitude toward.
And, as I wrote last week on this blog, financially, we’re back on track.
I’ve made lots of money in the past. And, I’ve given it all up and made nothing.
All in my search for happiness. I’ve seen both sides and it’s taught me a ton. Because of all I’ve been through I can relate to other people going through similar experiences. I’m not just sharing information that I read in a book or learned in a class. I lived it. And, as a result I have some great stories to share. Stories that I hope will give others comfort, hope, and inspiration.
And, quite honestly, that’s what Breaking the Spell, and this blog are all about. Thanks for allowing me to share my journey, and what I’ve learned, through these vehicles.