My name is Deanna Broaddus and I am a Christian, sober, middle-aged, single woman. My story is a messy one, but it is filled with transformative hope. I had always lacked discipline with money but things got epically bad when, in my 30’s, I found myself in the throes of addiction/alcoholism.
In my darkest hour, I had a vision where I saw three paths. On the first path, I saw myself rocking back and forth in an insane asylum and I knew if I kept doing what I was doing this is where I was headed. On the second path, I saw complete darkness and recognized this choice to be death. Then on the third path, I saw a tiny glimmer of light and knew this to be God.
Everything in my life changed that day when I chose the third path. I returned to a faith in Jesus Christ and embarked on a journey of recovery. Today I get to use my experiences to help other women find the same level of freedom.
Above The Line
Since late 2009 I have been doing the hard work that comes with recovery and in mid-2014 I became ready to work on my finances. I employed the Dave Ramsey debt snowball method to dig my way out of debt. On December 29, 2017, I made my final student loan payment and became 100% debt free for the first time in 23 years!! I am excited to be on the other side of the equation and living/writing about personal finance, budgeting, debt payoff, investing, tax optimization, career, travel, retirement planning, and the overall mind-shift that comes with being above the line.
I discovered the concept of financial independence through the ChooseFI podcast in the Spring of 2017 and knew that achieving financial independence it fit into my life’s mission. Since getting out of debt, I’ve become a DIY investor and am on the path towards achieving financial independence.
I want to thank Brad and Jonathan for giving me my first platform to chronicle my journey at ChooseFI. Shortly thereafter I launched my first blog, Ms. Fiology. Now I’ve found my home here at Recovering Women Wealth.
I have a thriving career managing accounts for a small broker/third-party administrator. I’m an extrovert and love to be with people. My hobbies include spending time with family, biking, skiing, swimming, working out, and reading.
My faith is the center of my life and I know that I’ve always been called to teach and write. God wastes nothing and so everything I’ve been through has gained me the honor of helping other ladies in recovery.
Today I work with recovering women who are wanting to get better at money management and mental wealth. I enjoy public speaking & sharing my testimony. Additionally, I have a financial literacy course I teach at women’s sober houses.
If you wish to contract with me for any of these services, please reach out.
RecoveringWomenWealth [at] gmail.com