At first, I was going to make this post a digest solely about the highlights of my trip to Nashville where I shared my testimony on the Dave Ramsey show. I will get to that, but I want to start out with the ripple effects of sharing the unembellished truth of my story to millions of viewers and listeners.
What It’s All About
If you know me or have read any of my posts, you know I hit a pretty hard bottom. By the grace of God, I am on the other side of things. My life has been totally transformed and I now get to help others who are trying to overcome similar things.
When I decided to go on the Dave Ramsey show and share my story, I decided to give the full picture – the good, the bad, the ugly and the transformation. In an effort of being real, I shared:
- A glimpse of my darkest hour before getting sober
- That I had a mountain of debt to overcome
- The fact that I lost a house to foreclosure
Here is the good news – this story has a happy ending (hint: I am now writing to track my progress in achieving financial independence while being sober).
The sole purpose of being raw is to help people. If it helps even one person, it’s all worth it. It’s painful to remember the darkness. It’s s humbling to admit defeat. But, alas it’s redeeming to talk about how God has totally transformed me and my life.
I cannot change the painful parts of my past, but I can live the life I want to today. That life involves using what once was my greatest weakness, to help others find freedom. Because God has comforted me in my time of trouble, I am able to comfort others in their afflictions.
Since I was on the show, I have had strangers reach out to me via this website to connect. There were tons of congratulatory messages on the socials. Most importantly several women have reached out to me for help – both for recovery from substances and for gaining control of their finances. I consider it a big privilege to walk with another on their journey to overcome. I don’t take it lightly either. Service to others is what it’s all about.
When I got the call to come to Nashville and do a debt-free scream, my friend, Tricia offered to accompany me. She was the first person to sit with me and teach me some fundamental things which helped me gain control of my fiances. It seemed apropos to bring her with me.
This trip gave me the opportunity to pay homage to some of the mentors who walked with me on my journey.
Now onto the highlights…
I’m not going to make this a post detailing cost so I can focus my energy on the phenomenal highlights of my experience. I will, however, throw in some frugal hacks 🙂
What a fun town! The Broadway scene was a little too touristy for my taste. Fortunately, Tricia felt the same. We did like the live music and in Nashville, there is no shortage of live music. Our hotel was close to Printer’s Alley which has a great little blues bar called Bourbon Steet Blues and Boogie Bar. We stopped in one night and got to enjoy a funky blues band called the Stacy Mitchhart Band. Phenomenal!
Being that I don’t drink, I am a cheap date. My friend that went with me is not a big drinker so stopping to hear live music was free.
Our biggest expense was eating out and we managed to eat well and stay within our allotted budgets for the trip. When you are willing to split things and drink water, you can keep your dining out costs low.
We found a great little Brittish pub, also in Printer’s alley, called Fleet Street Pub. It was a dark little pub in a basement but the food was to die for and cheap! Um, let me just copy & paste (from their menu) the description of a dessert we split:
Now I am going to bombard you with a good amount of photos. That is because a Ramsey team member, Kat, made sure to capture every moment.
Something that I was not expecting, is how the culmination of everything hit me. It happened once we got inside the studio and settled down. The tears started flowing as I reflected on five things:
- I am here
- My debt is paid off
- I get to meet Dave
- I get to share my story on a national radio show
- Now I can really focus on building wealth and being generous
I wasn’t sure I could pull it together to talk, but God gave me peace before I went live. The pause was profound and I highly recommend doing this often on your journey.
Dennis is the name of the man above who came to watch the show. I didn’t get to try his hot sauce yet, but I will pimp it with the disclaimer that you should try at your own risk. He said it has a kick but is not too hot. Find out more about it here.
In case you missed the link above:
(My testimony starts about 10 minutes and 38 seconds in on the podcast)
Life is short and precious. A lot of us work really hard to achieve our goals. My hope in sharing this experience is that you are inspired to:
- Reflect and Pause
- Pass It On
We all have a different path with different mentors but as I have discovered, the key to achieving any goal is intentionality. I have also learned that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Cheers!
Edit: Here are two important follow-up articles I’ve written about my experience on the Dave Ramsey Show: