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Stephanie has navigated payday loans, credit card debt, student loans, a foreclosure and an eviction. Through it all, her mindset facing these concerns has been inspirational. She’s been skillful at putting out each fire but she’s also working towards a future state where she can better absorb a financial shock. 

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2:48 Stephanie discusses what led to her losing her condo in foreclosure.

8:00 She gets evicted after falling behind on her rent but is now exploring resources to help her transition from her women’s shelter.

12:05 She talks about the decisions she faces with completing her education.

14:36 Stephanie considers the financial impact of her getting partial student loan forgiveness.

18:08 She describes her experience reaching out to GreenPath.

24:00 Stephanie explains why she obtained and how she eventually addressed her payday loans.

26:44 She shares her goal of building up a savings cushion to better handle unexpected future hurdles.

29:17 Stephanie discusses how she could create an income stream for herself and the other women in the shelter.

32:00 She details why she is inspired to share her story with others.

36:01 Stephanie buys a $120 coat for $18!

38:01 She advises others to seek out help without fear.

40:42 Our cohosts reflect on Stephanie’s story. Topics include trust, accountability, growth mindset and quality of life.

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Throughout 2022, we’ve had lots of amazing guests. Three of our guests not only shared their personal stories but their professional expertise. So, today’s episode features the best of their advice.

Danny Kofke

Danny has written five personal finance books and appeared on numerous national television shows. He has given hundreds of presentations across the country helping others with money management. His mission is to show others that if a former schoolteacher can do well financially, they can too.

Shannon McLay

Shannon is the founder and CEO of the Financial Gym.  Her podcast, Martinis and Your Money has been going strong for seven7 years and 400 episodes. On her show, Shannon is not shy about talking about her own challenges.

Amanda Clayman

Amanda is a financial therapist – in other words, a clinician specializing in money issues. She believes money can be a tool for transformation: something she learned firsthand. You can hear her on WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money podcast. She also leads personal finance courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Key Moments

1:14 Danny offers advice on how to gain a sense of control with your budget.

2:21 Shannon emphasizes the importance of an emergency fund for life’s inevitable surprises.

4:03 Amanda discusses a budgeting technique that offers flexibility.

5:51 Danny describes how to balance needs and wants when adhering to a budget.

6:24 Amanda shares how to treat yourself in a healthy way.

8:14 Danny’s personal journey illustrates how making sacrifices opened up more possibilities in the future.

10:27 Shannon details her experience making a tough decision that eventually led to more financial freedom.

14:22 Danny and Shannon discuss the importance of having open and honest money conversations with their children.

16:45 Amanda talks about the benefit of using “benign curiosity” to examine our own money behavior.

18:03 Amanda shares a word of caution when it comes to automated spending.

19:14 Shannon discusses why starting as early as possible to address financial health is important.

21:27 Amanda questions the wisdom of chasing the perfect credit score.

23:14 Amanda and Shannon remind us that although we’re all financially unique, we still have a lot in common.

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]]> Episode 34 features the best financial advice from three experts: Danny, Shannon, and Amanda. Listen to their tips on how to achieve financial wellness. Episode 34 features the best financial advice from three experts: Danny, Shannon, and Amanda. Listen to their tips on how to achieve financial wellness. GreenPath Financial Wellness 34 Practical Tips from Three Personal Finance Experts clean 26:58 Real Stories Ep 33: Derek – Inspiring Change in His Community (Pt. 2) https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories/real-stories-ep-33-derek/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 13:00:17 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=50973 In part 2 of Derek's story, he talks about his inspiration to start a financial education program for his fellow inmates which he enhanced with materials from GreenPath.

In last month’s episodelast month’s episode, we introduced you to Derek. Today, we continue our conversation with him.

Derek runs several small businesses, something that seemed unlikely several years ago. Despite spending ten years in federal custody, he remained laser focused on learning as much as he could when it came to money. He even started a financial education program for his fellow inmates which he enhanced with materials from GreenPath.

Upon his release, he faced an economy and world turned upside down by the pandemic. But his resilience shown through. This resilience has helped him as he works on his financial goals and tries to effect change in his community.

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In another letter from Derek, he talks about his goal and reasons behind his inspiration help other inmates achieve financial wellness. You can read Derek’s full letter here.

Key Moments

2:48 Derek reflects on his experience receiving financial coaching from GreenPath as he worked on his financial goals.

6:46 He talks about how it’s not always easy to be your authentic self when you’re in a challenging environment.

10:06 After Derek lifts up a community need in Chicago, co-host Omari talks about how GreenPath is striving to build trust in Detroit.

12:33 Derek speaks about some of his financial goals, including expanding his businesses and investing in real estate.

15:40 He points out that possible regrets from his past ended up being learning opportunities.

18:29 Derek discusses change and growth and how his mindset has impacted his life. He reminds us that “nothing grows without changes”as he reflects on family members who are challenged to break out of past patterns.

23:32 He talks about how he’s trying to influence change in his community.

26:30 Derek expresses gratitude to GreenPath for giving him tools to help him become more financially resilient.

30:42 Learn what happened when Real $tories Host Chris proposed hugging Derek.

35:16 An excerpt from one of Derek’s letters to reflect on as Thanksgiving approaches

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]]> In part 2 of Derek's story, he talks about his inspiration to start a financial education program for his fellow inmates which he enhanced with materials from GreenPath. In part 2 of Derek's story, he talks about his inspiration to start a financial education program for his fellow inmates which he enhanced with materials from GreenPath. GreenPath Financial Wellness 33 Derek - Inspiring Change in His Community (Pt. 2) clean 36:41 Real Stories Ep 32: Derek – Redirecting His Energy to A Better Life https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories/real-stories-ep-32-derek/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 12:00:37 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=50219 Derek’s money story is as real as it gets. He has taken the lessons from his past life to fuel his personal growth. Listen to his journey.

A native of Chicago, Derek runs several small businesses. For him, success is not just measured by his financial success, but by the opportunities he creates for others in his community. Derek’s money story is as real as it gets. He has taken the lessons from his past life to fuel his personal growth. His wisdom reaches beyond money.

Our conversation is a roundtable interview with our co-hosts, Omari and Shamica and special guest, Mick Dumke. A reporter for ProPublica, Mick had originally interviewed Derek for a piece he wrote in 2013 which details how the drug trade in Chicago was run like a Fortune 500 company.

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The path to financial freedom is hard, and GreenPath is so proud to be part of Derek’s journey. You can read Derek’s full letter here.

Key Moments

4:36 Derek describes how multiple businesses and jobs help him work towards his financial goals.

8:21 He shares how he has redirected his energy to do what it takes to find success hustling.

15:24 Derek reflects back on how his childhood experiences influenced the decisions he made.

18:47 He discusses how and why his mindset shifted, both in terms of how he invested in himself and his community.

25:29 Derek starts a financial education program for incarcerated individuals.

27:28 Listen to Derek’s first letter to GreenPath from prison.

30:32 GreenPath’s materials are a springboard for Derek to create a customized curriculum for a re-entry program.

35:05 Upon his release, Derek finds a creative way to make money.

39:59 Derek describes how people reacted to his new mindset.

43:18 He describes how a personal tragedy led to his first getting involved in his business ventures.

46:34 Derek shares his wisdom about having a long-term mindset when it comes to your financial goals.

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]]> Derek’s money story is as real as it gets. He has taken the lessons from his past life to fuel his personal growth. Listen to his journey. Derek’s money story is as real as it gets. He has taken the lessons from his past life to fuel his personal growth. Listen to his journey. GreenPath Financial Wellness 32 Derek - Redirecting His Energy to A Better Life clean 51:21 Real Stories Ep 31: Kristin – Financial Stress Comes in All Shapes and Sizes https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories/real-stories-ep-31-kristin/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:00:58 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=48746 Kristin, a loyal listener of our podcast, reflects on her experience with GreenPath and her journey to reach financial wellness.

Today’s episode features Kristin, a loyal listener of our podcast. As she reflects on her experience with GreenPath, she noticed that she had a smaller amount of debt than many of our guests. Despite this, her feelings of financial stress were just as great. In our conversation, Kristin talks about how she ended up in a cycle of debt with payday loans before she eventually got things under control.

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Key Moments

2:36 Kristin describes how she ended up trapped in a payday loan cycle.

6:28 After seeing she had a negative bank balance of nearly $1000, she explores options to regain control of her finances, but struggles to find a solution she’s comfortable with.

9:49 Kristin discusses the fear and shame she felt when she talked to GreenPath for the first time.

13:15 She shares how her GreenPath experience inspired her to make changes to her spending habits.

21:20 Kristin talks about what it was like to tackle her debt as a single person.

27:31 With her debt repayment complete, she looks towards her goals of building up her emergency and retirement savings.

29:00 After listening to this podcast, Kristin signs up for the Financial Gym to help her with her financial goals.

32:10 She reveals that she’s still uncertain about trusting herself to stay on her desired financial path.

33:46 Kristin shares how her $7500 in debt may have been less than that in other podcast stories, yet the amount still felt very big to her.

Practical Tips

44:14 The value of still talking to GreenPath if you don’t think your situation fits the typical mold

45:42 Overcoming the fear around taking steps to address a debt problem

46:31 Alternatives to avoid getting trapped in a payday loan cycle

49:01 How GreenPath’s empathetic approach differs from other interactions in the financial services industry when seeking out debt support

50:40 The power of believing in yourself to facilitate positive money changes

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]]> Kristin, a loyal listener of our podcast, reflects on her experience with GreenPath and her journey to reach financial wellness. Kristin, a loyal listener of our podcast, reflects on her experience with GreenPath and her journey to reach financial wellness. GreenPath Financial Wellness 31 Kristin clean 52:58 Real Stories Ep 30: Get Your Money Right – 6 Stories Share a Common Theme https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories/real-stories-ep-30-get-your-money-right/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 16:26:41 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=48211 Hear from Liz, Nina, Jessie, Lavell, Lauren, and Katie who teach us that while our circumstances may be different, we share the same struggles and triumphs.

While each Real Stories episode is unique and each individual has their own money story, there are many similarities between them!

This episode highlights previous Real Stories guests and discusses the common themes of financial related stress and anxiety. In each case, see how a call to GreenPath improved people’s financial and mental health long term.

We’ll hear from Liz, Nina, Jessie, Lavell, Lauren, and Katie who teach us that while our circumstances may be different, we share the same struggles and triumphs.

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]]> Hear from Liz, Nina, Jessie, Lavell, Lauren, and Katie who teach us that while our circumstances may be different, we share the same struggles and triumphs. Hear from Liz, Nina, Jessie, Lavell, Lauren, and Katie who teach us that while our circumstances may be different, we share the same struggles and triumphs. GreenPath Financial Wellness 30 Get Your Money Right: 6 Stories Share a Common Theme clean 13:17 Real Stories Ep 29: Kimberly – “Side Hustling” to a More Balanced Life https://www.greenpath.com/blog/financial-education/real-stories-ep-29-kimberly/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 12:00:03 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=47280 Despite having a mortgage payment that doubled and tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt, she found a way to persevere.

Kimberly’s story is one of resilience. Despite having a mortgage payment that doubled and tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt, she found a way to persevere. For her, the side hustle was front and center. Yet, she found work she loved to do like bartending, pet sitting and voice acting. And as she eventually paid off her credit card debt, she is now able to create more balance in her life. Her journey has not been an easy one – but it has been full of lessons along the way.

Key Moments

2:15 Kim grows up in a family where her parents have very different approaches to money.

4:40 Her dad helps pay off the $25,000 in debt she accumulated in her 20s.

7:43 After getting an interest-only mortgage to purchase her first home, her payment doubles.

10:22 She tries a number of different ideas to keep up with her payments, including taking on a roommate, bartending and pet sitting.

16:30 She funds her small business with credit cards, eventually leading to $30,000 in new debt.

21:29 She decides to seek outside help for her credit card debt and eventually finds GreenPath.

29:27 She finds support on her debt journey from her bible study group but finds some struggles with a few friendships.

33:24 Kimberly receives help from a patron to help her pay for therapy.

38:21 She speaks to the privilege of being single when it comes to handling her money.

42:03 She talks about how she has tried to reduce her stress more now that she is debt free.

46:43 She expresses her desire to support her family while still supporting herself.

56:01 Kimberly states her truth and then shares her advice for how to balance one’s dreams with a money mindset.

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1:01:49 Do we magically know how to run our finances once we enter adulthood?

1:03:10 How being single can serve as a privilege

1:04:05 Side hustling doing things you love

1:05:10 Running a small business as an artist

1:08:05 The practicality of creating life balance when paying down debt

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]]> Despite having a mortgage payment that doubled and tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt, she found a way to persevere. Despite having a mortgage payment that doubled and tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt, she found a way to persevere. GreenPath Financial Wellness clean 1:10:44 Real Stories Ep 28: Danny Kofke – Rewriting Your Money Story “Can Be Done!” https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories/real-stories-ep-28-danny-kofke/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=46376 The impact of delayed gratification and the value of not comparing your lifestyle to others. Listen to Danny's story.

Listen to a conversation with Danny Kofke. His family of four lived on his teacher’s salary for several years. They learned the impact of delayed gratification and the value of not comparing your lifestyle to others.

Danny’s new career is to help others manage their finances better and let them know that rewriting their own money story can be done. He has written five personal finance books and appeared on numerous national television shows. He has also been interviewed on over 600 radio shows.

Danny has given hundreds of presentations across the country helping others with money management. His mission is to show others that if a former schoolteacher can do well financially, they can too.

Key Moments

2:22 Danny shares about how his upbringing influenced his approach to money with his own family.

6:50 He reflects on purchasing his first car and regrets from later purchasing a new car.

8:21 After Danny gets married and quickly moves abroad for two years, he and his wife develop a solid financial foundation.

12:23 He shares how they were able to stretch their budget for a family of four on a teacher’s salary.

16:54 Danny’s experiences with money lead to him writing a book.

20:15 He explains how he ended up in a career in financial wellness.

22:15 He discusses his financial goals with his daughter entering college and their future retirement plans.

27:01 Danny shares personal finance tips during our challenging economic climate.

30:57 He explains why money can act like a five-year-old.

32:22 He advises how to balance debt repayment and savings goals.

37:12 Danny discusses the level of financial transparency he has with his children.

Practical Tips

44:23 How to travel on a budget

45:17 The importance of delayed gratification

47:46 Investing when you have credit card debt

50:00 How to approach your financial goals knowing that appearances can be deceiving

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]]> The impact of delayed gratification and the value of not comparing your lifestyle to others. Listen to Danny's story. The impact of delayed gratification and the value of not comparing your lifestyle to others. Listen to Danny's story. GreenPath Financial Wellness clean 53:19 Real Stories Ep 27: Regina’s Story – 3 Paths to a Brighter Future https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories/real-stories-ep-27-reginas-story/ Sun, 15 May 2022 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=45124 Regina has been at a crossroads with her finances. Each time, GreenPath has provided different kinds of support. Listen to her story.

On three different occasions, Regina has been at a crossroads with her finances. Each time, GreenPath has provided different kinds of support.

The first time, after she suddenly became a single parent, she became overwhelmed with debt and was contemplating bankruptcy. While she still ended up going that route, GreenPath was able to provide support for her during this difficult time.

Some time later, she was looking to buy a home and used GreenPath to get a certificate to qualify for home buying programs.

The third time, she wasn’t satisfied with her progress with her debt repayment progress and this time, she was able to enroll in a Debt Management Plan. Reflecting on this experience, she wrote to us, “My life is 1000 times better than it used to be the first time I sought GreenPath’s help and this time GreenPath is helping me keep it this way.”

Take a listen to see how Regina’s life got “1000 times better.”

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Key Moments

2:46 Regina reflects back on how her upbringing shaped her outlook on money.

7:26 She shares about a perfect storm of events in her personal life that eventually led to bankruptcy and a new life as a single mom.

16:39 She talks to GreenPath as she considers bankruptcy.

20:37 Regina works towards buying a home and ends up using GreenPath again as a resource.

22:25 As she furnishes and improves her new home, her credit card debt starts to creep back up.

24:31 She decides to reach out to GreenPath for the third time – and this time, she ends up on a Debt Management Program.

25:50 Regina describes how her interaction with GreenPath better helped her to monitor her budget.

31:43 She talks about the role shame has when it comes to deciding when and who to share her story with.

38:00 She reviews how she has been approaching her budget now that things have gotten tighter with inflation.

43:16 Regina explains how she is trying to raise her daughters to be financially healthy.

50:17 She reflects on how she has learned to embrace gratitude and no longer reside in bitterness.
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53:53 Budgeting within the constraints of paying down your debt

56:11 How communication can play a key role in financial health

57:21 How letting go of the past can transform your finances

58:45 Tips for lending money to friends/family

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April is Financial Literacy Month, which is designated by Congress to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy education, something even more important with the economic uncertainties caused by higher inflation and the ongoing pandemic.

We all make mistakes – we all face challenges – but what we learn once we come out the other side is what really matters. We believe that a crucial part of financial wellness is resilience. So we decided to dedicate today’s episode to a variety of stories that demonstrate this resilience.

Key Moments

1:19 Kendal explains how she originally ended up in bankruptcy and took steps to avoid it again when she and Matt reached another crossroads.

2:45 Matt describes how their improved financial situation allowed them to invest in home repairs to make their home accessible to their special needs son.

5:24 Michele takes out a consolidation loan that didn’t end up solving her debt problems.

6:57 Her new outlook fundamentally changes how she approaches her spending.

8:37 Angela’s credit card debt slowly becomes unmanageable.

11:33 She starts applying the job training she receives from GreenPath to her own situation.

13:16 Monte receives his first credit card as a 19-year-old and after overdoing things, gets sued and has his wages garnished.

15:30 He shares how he’s navigated his finances while living with a mental health condition and offers advice to others.

18:04 Jeff and Victoria adjust to their new reality after having their first child at a young age.

20:04 They reflect on the mindset they adopted to get out of debt.

21:59 After living beyond her means, the birth of her son causes Tanisha to rethink her spending patterns.

24:17 She involves her now 15-year-old-son in her financial decisions to help him as he becomes more independent.

26:01 Whitney realizes that a title loan just makes her situation worse.

27:07 She and Russell offer guidance for others when their finances are affected by a medical condition.

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]]> Financial Literacy Month, which is designated by Congress to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy education. Financial Literacy Month, which is designated by Congress to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy education. GreenPath Financial Wellness 26 Pobody’s Nerfect – 7 Stories of (Finally) Getting Money Right clean 32:26 Real Stories Episode 25: Katie’s Story Continues – The Journey to Financial Wellness is Never a Straight Line https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-25-katies-story-continues/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:51:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=43024 In this episode, we’re going to check in with our very first guest. I originally talked to Katie in December 2018. First, we’ll play some highlights of that interview. (Check out the full original episode here.) Then, we’ll go to a recent conversation with her. Katie’s story is a good reminder that the journey to financial wellness is never a straight line. In this episode, we’re going to check in with our very first guest. I originally talked to Katie in December 2018. First, we’ll play some highlights of that interview. (Check out the full original episode here.) Then, In this episode, we’re going to check in with our very first guest. I originally talked to Katie in December 2018. First, we’ll play some highlights of that interview. (Check out the full original episode here.) Then, we’ll go to a recent conversation with her. Katie’s story is a good reminder that the journey to financial wellness is never a straight line. GreenPath Financial Wellness 40:15 Real Stories Episode 24: Shannon McLay – Building Financial Strength with the Founder/CEO of the Financial Gym https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-24-shannon/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 18:06:11 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=42018 Long before this podcast was born, our guest, Shannon McLay, was a pioneer. Her podcast, Martinis and Your Money has been going strong for 7 years… and 400 episodes. On her show, Shannon is not shy about talking about her own challenges. Long before this podcast was born, our guest, Shannon McLay, was a pioneer. Her podcast, Martinis and Your Money has been going strong for 7 years… and 400 episodes. On her show, Shannon is not shy about talking about her own challenges. Long before this podcast was born, our guest, Shannon McLay, was a pioneer. Her podcast, Martinis and Your Money has been going strong for 7 years… and 400 episodes. On her show, Shannon is not shy about talking about her own challenges. GreenPath Financial Wellness 57:03 Real Stories Episode 23: Amanda Clayman – Tips from a Financial Therapist who got a “$19,000 Haircut” https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-23/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 13:05:48 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=41001 Amanda Clayman is a financial therapist – in other words, a clinician specializing in money issues. She believes money can be a tool for transformation. Amanda Clayman is a financial therapist – in other words, a clinician specializing in money issues. She believes money can be a tool for transformation. Amanda Clayman is a financial therapist – in other words, a clinician specializing in money issues. She believes money can be a tool for transformation. GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:09:05 Real Stories Episode 22: Lavell – From “Swiping Like a Ninja” to Debt-Free https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-22-lavell/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 15:01:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=39115 18-year-old Lavell received an envelope right before Christmas: a credit card he didn’t apply for. That Christmas was very merry as he used the credit card to give generously to his loved ones. 18-year-old Lavell received an envelope right before Christmas: a credit card he didn’t apply for. That Christmas was very merry as he used the credit card to give generously to his loved ones. 18-year-old Lavell received an envelope right before Christmas: a credit card he didn’t apply for. That Christmas was very merry as he used the credit card to give generously to his loved ones. GreenPath Financial Wellness 56:41 Real Stories Episode 21: Jessie – From Client to Counselor https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-21-jessie-from-client-to-counselor/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 19:46:48 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=38290 After struggling with credit card debt in college, Jessie was all set to file bankruptcy. But after she told her family about her plans, they encouraged her to search for an alternative – a Debt Management Program with GreenPath. After struggling with credit card debt in college, Jessie was all set to file bankruptcy. But after she told her family about her plans, they encouraged her to search for an alternative – a Debt Management Program with GreenPath. After struggling with credit card debt in college, Jessie was all set to file bankruptcy. But after she told her family about her plans, they encouraged her to search for an alternative – a Debt Management Program with GreenPath. GreenPath Financial Wellness 53:34 Real Stories Episode 20: Nina – Light after Darkness  https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-20-light-after-darkness/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 13:51:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=35933 Nina has been on quite a journey the last few years. For her, stress around her finances was only the tip of the iceberg. Nina also faced many challenges when it came to addiction and her mental health. Her story almost had a tragic outcome. Nina has been on quite a journey the last few years. For her, stress around her finances was only the tip of the iceberg. Nina also faced many challenges when it came to addiction and her mental health. Her story almost had a tragic outcome. Nina has been on quite a journey the last few years. For her, stress around her finances was only the tip of the iceberg. Nina also faced many challenges when it came to addiction and her mental health. Her story almost had a tragic outcome. GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:06:18 Real Stories Episode 19 – Real Stories Live: Family Lessons About Money https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-19-real-stories-live-family-lessons-about-money/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 20:02:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=35281 Today’s episode features a lively discussion about raising financially healthy kids. Learn how we might support the next generation. Today’s episode features a lively discussion about raising financially healthy kids. Learn how we might support the next generation. Today’s episode features a lively discussion about raising financially healthy kids. Learn how we might support the next generation. GreenPath Financial Wellness 54:51 Real Stories Episode 18 – Natasha’s Experiences Inspire Her to Connect People to Financial Wellness https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/natashas-experiences-inspire-her-to-connect-people-to-financial-wellness/ Thu, 12 Aug 2021 10:26:24 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=32575 Our podcast guest, Natasha, shares her experiences that inspire her to connect people to financial wellness. Listen now! Our podcast guest, Natasha, shares her experiences that inspire her to connect people to financial wellness. Listen now! Our podcast guest, Natasha, shares her experiences that inspire her to connect people to financial wellness. Listen now! GreenPath Financial Wellness 54:44 Real Stories Episode 17 – Liz Uses Vulnerability to Transform Her Mindset https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-17-liz-using-vulnerability-to-transform-mindset/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 12:46:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=32042 For Liz, credit cards presented an opportunity to support the lifestyle she wanted. But as she first entered the working world after college, this lifestyle contributed to an increasing debt load. For Liz, credit cards presented an opportunity to support the lifestyle she wanted. But as she first entered the working world after college, this lifestyle contributed to an increasing debt load. For Liz, credit cards presented an opportunity to support the lifestyle she wanted. But as she first entered the working world after college, this lifestyle contributed to an increasing debt load. GreenPath Financial Wellness 47:02 Real Stories Episode 16 – Lauren – Persistence One Penny at a Time https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-16-lauren-persistence-one-penny-at-a-time/ Tue, 01 Jun 2021 18:25:47 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=30417 She practices numerous healthy financial habits, like using an envelope system and savings buckets. She practices numerous healthy financial habits, like using an envelope system and savings buckets. She practices numerous healthy financial habits, like using an envelope system and savings buckets. GreenPath Financial Wellness 55:53 Real Stories Episode 15: Russell and Whitney – A Story of Resilience https://www.greenpath.com/blog/financial-education/real-stories-episode-15-russell-whitney/ Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:52:07 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=28843 Russell and Whitney were newly married with a newborn in their early 20s. While this presented them with a significant financial challenge, they were unprepared for what life had in store for them. Russell and Whitney were newly married with a newborn in their early 20s. While this presented them with a significant financial challenge, they were unprepared for what life had in store for them. Russell and Whitney were newly married with a newborn in their early 20s. While this presented them with a significant financial challenge, they were unprepared for what life had in store for them. GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:34:01 Real Stories Episode 14: Kenia – A family’s collective strength brings its financial goals within reach. https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-14-kenia/ Wed, 24 Mar 2021 20:07:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=26812 Kenia grew up in El Salvador. Due in part to the violence in her native country, her family decided to immigrate to the United States when she was 11. Kenia grew up in El Salvador. Due in part to the violence in her native country, her family decided to immigrate to the United States when she was 11. Kenia grew up in El Salvador. Due in part to the violence in her native country, her family decided to immigrate to the United States when she was 11. GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:15:08 Real Stories Episode 13: Tanisha Inspired Money Lessons Across a Generation https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-13-money-lessons-across-a-generation/ Wed, 17 Feb 2021 17:42:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=24439 After getting into debt, Tanisha had feelings of shame and isolation. She found her way to GreenPath and discovered that she wasn’t alone. After getting into debt, Tanisha had feelings of shame and isolation. She found her way to GreenPath and discovered that she wasn’t alone. After getting into debt, Tanisha had feelings of shame and isolation. She found her way to GreenPath and discovered that she wasn’t alone. GreenPath Financial Wellness 54:12 Real Stories Episode 12: Jeff & Victoria – From a Burning Ship to Calmer Waters https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-12-from-a-burning-ship-to-calmer-waters/ Wed, 13 Jan 2021 20:30:00 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=23559 Victoria was enjoying life in her early 20s. Jeff had a budding career in the restaurant industry. Then things got real very quickly. Victoria was enjoying life in her early 20s. Jeff had a budding career in the restaurant industry. Then things got real very quickly. Victoria was enjoying life in her early 20s. Jeff had a budding career in the restaurant industry. Then things got real very quickly. GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:19:38 Real Stories Episode 11: Monte – Building a Money Mindset https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-11-money-mindset/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 23:52:32 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=23191 Monte’s childhood had a profound impact on how he approaches money. While he regrets some of his decisions and habits around money, he also makes it a point to learn from his past. Monte’s childhood had a profound impact on how he approaches money. While he regrets some of his decisions and habits around money, he also makes it a point to learn from his past. Monte’s childhood had a profound impact on how he approaches money. While he regrets some of his decisions and habits around money, he also makes it a point to learn from his past. GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:08:28 Real Stories Episode 10: Mia – A Winding Road to her American Dream https://www.greenpath.com/blog/financial-education/podcast-episode-10-mia/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:20:29 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=22004 She was referred to GreenPath by her mortgage lender and found another “family” who was willing to listen to her financial concerns. She was referred to GreenPath by her mortgage lender and found another “family” who was willing to listen to her financial concerns. She was referred to GreenPath by her mortgage lender and found another “family” who was willing to listen to her financial concerns. GreenPath Financial Wellness 47:33 Real Stories Episode 9: Andre – Perspectives Along the Way https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/real-stories-episode-9-andre-perspectives-along-the-way/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 21:02:47 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=21446 Podcast guest, Andre, shares his personal stories and journeys of learning and teaching about personal finance. Podcast guest, Andre, shares his personal stories and journeys of learning and teaching about personal finance. Podcast guest, Andre, shares his personal stories and journeys of learning and teaching about personal finance. GreenPath Financial Wellness 52:56 Episode 8: Angela – A Journey Through Homeownership https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/episode-8-angela-a-journey-through-homeownership/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:07:39 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=19882 In this episode, our guest Angela discusses her journey through homeownership and the financial decisions she and her husband had to make along the way. Angela spent a number of years at GreenPath in several roles. Her first role was as one of our Advocates— helping people who call GreenPath for the first time. Angela empowered people to take steps to improve their financial health. She eventually took on a role bringing innovation to the technology that supports the services we offer. Angela not only grew professionally during her time at GreenPath—but as you’ll hear, she was able to apply the financial expertise she learned to her personal life. She entered her GreenPath career saddled with credit card debt. It’s interesting to hear how her credit card debt slowly snowballed over time. Several years later, she and her husband were able to purchase their dream home… but there were lots of twists and turns along the way. As you listen, consider what parts of her story you might connect with. What might you do differently? What might you draw inspiration from? Key Moments 2:09 Angela discovers the world of credit at the age of 18. 3:50 Her credit card debt starts to get unmanageable. 6:45 Angela applies what she learns to help GreenPath clients to help herself budget and get out of debt. 9:27 She aggressively pays off debt and saves up for a down payment for a condo. 14:17 As a new homeowner, her credit card debt creeps back up by spending on furniture and home improvement. 16:25 Angela describes the mindset that led to impulsive homeowner spending. 18:02 She discusses the pros and cons of being a landlord. 20:03 Angela offers homeowner advice to her past self. 29:47 Angela and her husband discover their dream home—but will it be a dream or a nightmare? 35:27 She describes what was keeping her up at night financially. 39:04 After getting denied for a refinance, her credit union works with her to find a new option to get her debt under control. 43:19 Our hosts share lessons learned from Angela’s story and home buying in general. Subscribe to Newsletter hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "4952702", formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539" }); Stream Anywhere Apple Podcasts Android Google Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify RSS Visit Real Stories Podcast page for more stories Check out GreenPath’s new Learning Lab, featuring online courses and tools. It’s free and easy to use. Are you a GreenPath client? Consider sharing your story with us! Take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts. Visit Real Stories podcast for more Take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts. Music by Hir-O Never Miss an Episode. Join Our Newsletter. hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "4952702", formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539" }); Close Subscribe Now In this episode, our guest Angela discusses her journey through homeownership and the financial decisions she and her husband had to make along the way. Angela spent a number of years at GreenPath in several roles. In this episode, our guest Angela discusses her journey through homeownership and the financial decisions she and her husband had to make along the way.<br /> Angela spent a number of years at GreenPath in several roles. Her first role was as one of our Advocates— helping people who call GreenPath for the first time. Angela empowered people to take steps to improve their financial health.<br /> She eventually took on a role bringing innovation to the technology that supports the services we offer. Angela not only grew professionally during her time at GreenPath—but as you’ll hear, she was able to apply the financial expertise she learned to her personal life.<br /> She entered her GreenPath career saddled with credit card debt. It’s interesting to hear how her credit card debt slowly snowballed over time. Several years later, she and her husband were able to purchase their dream home… but there were lots of twists and turns along the way.<br /> As you listen, consider what parts of her story you might connect with. What might you do differently? What might you draw inspiration from?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Key Moments<br /> <br /> <br /> 2:09 Angela discovers the world of credit at the age of 18.<br /> 3:50 Her credit card debt starts to get unmanageable.<br /> 6:45 Angela applies what she learns to help GreenPath clients to help herself budget and get out of debt.<br /> 9:27 She aggressively pays off debt and saves up for a down payment for a condo.<br /> 14:17 As a new homeowner, her credit card debt creeps back up by spending on furniture and home improvement.<br /> 16:25 Angela describes the mindset that led to impulsive homeowner spending.<br /> 18:02 She discusses the pros and cons of being a landlord.<br /> 20:03 Angela offers homeowner advice to her past self.<br /> 29:47 Angela and her husband discover their dream home—but will it be a dream or a nightmare?<br /> 35:27 She describes what was keeping her up at night financially.<br /> 39:04 After getting denied for a refinance, her credit union works with her to find a new option to get her debt under control.<br /> 43:19 Our hosts share lessons learned from Angela’s story and home buying in general.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Subscribe to Newsletter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> hbspt.forms.create({<br /> portalId: "4952702",<br /> formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539"<br /> });<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stream Anywhere<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Apple Podcasts<br /> Android<br /> Google Podcasts<br /> Stitcher<br /> TuneIn<br /> Spotify<br /> RSS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Visit Real Stories Podcast page for more stories<br /> Check out GreenPath’s new Learning Lab, featuring online courses and tools. 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Recorded in May 2020, this conversation gave our guests a chance to reflect on some of the positive things happening during this difficult time and areas where they are having newfound anxiety. Throughout the conversation, listen for stories of how people have coped in the midst of challenge, along with practical tips for stretching your budget. Real Stories Live is a great reminder that all of us are at different places in our financial wellness journey. We all make the best decisions we can with the information we have available to us. To get more information into your hands, click to learn more about two helpful resources. A Guide for Navigating Uncertainty Aligning Priorities Workbook Key Moments 4:00 Katie shares how the pandemic has caused her to become more intentional with her spending on food. 8:55 Tammy shares how she has found a way to pick up more work more from home and enjoy more time with her family. 19:00 Katie talks about the stress related to the uncertainty at her husband’s job in the near future. 24:54 Tammy has anxiety over returning to a tight budget, but confidence that they can work through a new plan if needed. 33:58 Dawn discusses the realities of living in a smaller house during quarantine and her perspective of talking to others with financial concerns during the pandemic. 37:02 Jessie weighs whether to deplete savings or use credit while preserving savings. 43:19 Jessie shares her observation that a number of expenses have been drastically reduced during the pandemic. Subscribe to Newsletter hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "4952702", formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539" }); Stream Anywhere Apple Podcasts Android Google Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify RSS Visit Real Stories Podcast page for more stories Check out GreenPath’s new Learning Lab, featuring online courses and tools. It’s free and easy to use. Are you a GreenPath client? Consider sharing your story with us! Take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts. Visit Real Stories podcast for more Take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts. Music by Hir-O Never Miss an Episode. Join Our Newsletter. hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "4952702", formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539" }); Close Subscribe Now GreenPath recently hosted a live virtual event where we were joined by guests who have been featured on GreenPath’s Real Stories Podcast. Guests included Katie (episode 1), Tammy (episode 2) and Dawn (episode 6). GreenPath recently hosted a live virtual event where we were joined by guests who have been featured on GreenPath’s Real Stories Podcast. Guests included Katie (episode 1), Tammy (episode 2) and Dawn (episode 6).<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GreenPath recently hosted a live virtual event where we were joined by guests who have been featured on GreenPath’s Real Stories Podcast. Guests included Katie (episode 1), Tammy (episode 2) and Dawn (episode 6).<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Recorded in May 2020, this conversation gave our guests a chance to reflect on some of the positive things happening during this difficult time and areas where they are having newfound anxiety.<br /> Throughout the conversation, listen for stories of how people have coped in the midst of challenge, along with practical tips for stretching your budget.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Real Stories Live is a great reminder that all of us are at different places in our financial wellness journey.<br /> We all make the best decisions we can with the information we have available to us. To get more information into your hands, click to learn more about two helpful resources.<br /> <br /> A Guide for Navigating Uncertainty<br /> Aligning Priorities Workbook<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Key Moments<br /> <br /> <br /> 4:00 Katie shares how the pandemic has caused her to become more intentional with her spending on food.<br /> 8:55 Tammy shares how she has found a way to pick up more work more from home and enjoy more time with her family.<br /> 19:00 Katie talks about the stress related to the uncertainty at her husband’s job in the near future.<br /> 24:54 Tammy has anxiety over returning to a tight budget, but confidence that they can work through a new plan if needed.<br /> 33:58 Dawn discusses the realities of living in a smaller house during quarantine and her perspective of talking to others with financial concerns during the pandemic.<br /> 37:02 Jessie weighs whether to deplete savings or use credit while preserving savings.<br /> 43:19 Jessie shares her observation that a number of expenses have been drastically reduced during the pandemic.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Subscribe to Newsletter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> hbspt.forms.create({<br /> portalId: "4952702",<br /> formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539"<br /> });<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stream Anywhere<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Apple Podcasts<br /> Android<br /> Google Podcasts<br /> Stitcher<br /> TuneIn<br /> Spotify<br /> RSS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Visit Real Stories Podcast page for more stories<br /> Check out GreenPath’s new Learning Lab, featuring online courses and tools. 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GreenPath Financial Wellness 38:23 Episode 5: Michele – Feeling Optimistic in a Time of Challenge https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/optimism-in-a-time-of-challenge-to-champion/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:05:54 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=17579 Michele faced hardships from many different angles.  Her mortgage payment became unaffordable after her initial payment skyrocketed.  Michele faced hardships from many different angles.  Her mortgage payment became unaffordable after her initial payment skyrocketed.  Michele faced hardships from many different angles.  Her mortgage payment became unaffordable after her initial payment skyrocketed.  GreenPath Financial Wellness 1:18:42 Episode 4: Coronavirus and Your Finances – Advice From GreenPath CEO Kristen Holt https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/coronavirus-financial-advice-from-the-ceo/ Fri, 20 Mar 2020 20:23:11 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=17699 GreenPath's Kristen Holt shares advice on how to navigate these times the financial impact of COVID-19. GreenPath's Kristen Holt shares advice on how to navigate these times the financial impact of COVID-19. GreenPath's Kristen Holt shares advice on how to navigate these times the financial impact of COVID-19. GreenPath Financial Wellness 10:03 Episode 3: Matt & Kendal — A Modern Day Tale of Love and Money https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/valentines-day-money-tale/ Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:45:48 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=17396 Matt and Kendal each had a unique story that included financial hardships and bankruptcy. They met, fell in love and decided to “merge corporations.” Matt and Kendal each had a unique story that included financial hardships and bankruptcy. They met, fell in love and decided to “merge corporations.” Matt and Kendal each had a unique story that included financial hardships and bankruptcy. They met, fell in love and decided to “merge corporations.” GreenPath Financial Wellness 40:48 Episode 2: Tammy and her husband change their family’s financial future https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/changing-their-financial-future/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:14:58 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=16984 In episode 2 of our podcast, Tammy shares what it was like before, during and after her family's Debt Management Plan. Listen to her story here. In episode 2 of our podcast, Tammy shares what it was like before, during and after her family's Debt Management Plan. Listen to her story here. In episode 2 of our podcast, Tammy shares what it was like before, during and after her family's Debt Management Plan. Listen to her story here. GreenPath Financial Wellness 34:29 Episode 1: Katie asks for help and then finds passion in helping others https://www.greenpath.com/podcasts/finding-passion-in-helping-others/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 23:19:24 +0000 https://www.greenpath.com/?p=16384 Meet Katie. Retail credit cards became her best friend shortly after college. Home alone with her 4-month-old in a place where she didn’t know anyone, she turned to shoes and designer handbags. Being a military family resulted in multiple moves and income instability. Eventually, her grandma came to the rescue and helped get her debt under control. But that was only short-lived. She eventually found herself divorced with two small kids, without a job and in $26,000 of credit card debt. Katie turned to a nonprofit credit counselor to get back on track. She had found someone who supported her and did not judge her—even when her payments became unaffordable. After many ups and downs, she eventually completed her debt plan five years later. And when she was looking for a job, she found an organization that helped others in the same way she had been helped. Now, she’s able to take her passion and skills to pay it forward. Key Moments 1:40 Katie gets a new “best friend”… retail credit cards. 6:45 Katie discusses how loneliness and depression led to a shopping addiction. 9:00 How spreadsheets helped feed her shopping addiction 10:21 Why her joint debt with her then-husband ended up in her name 13:00 The Bank of Grandma comes to the rescue! 15:29 Katie buys a house… but is she ready to do so? 20:14 Katie is saddled with $26,000 in debt while jobless and divorced with two kids. 22:26 Katie can finally get a good night’s sleep after receiving a helping hand 26:00 Five years after enrolling in a Debt Management Plan, she makes her final payment! 27:40 Katie lands a job where she can help people who are in the same boat as she was. 29:40 Alex, Brad and Chris (our co-hosts) reflect on Katie’s story and how her emotions played into her money situation Subscribe to Newsletter hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "4952702", formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539" }); Stream Anywhere Apple Podcasts Android Google Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify RSS Visit Real Stories Podcast page for more stories Check out GreenPath’s new Learning Lab, featuring online courses and tools. It’s free and easy to use. Are you a GreenPath client? Consider sharing your story with us! Take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts. Visit Real Stories podcast for more Take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts. Music by Hir-O Never Miss an Episode. Join Our Newsletter. hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "4952702", formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539" }); Close Subscribe Now Meet Katie. Retail credit cards became her best friend shortly after college. Home alone with her 4-month-old in a place where she didn’t know anyone, she turned to shoes and designer handbags. Being a military family resulted in multiple moves and ... Meet Katie. Retail credit cards became her best friend shortly after college. Home alone with her 4-month-old in a place where she didn’t know anyone, she turned to shoes and designer handbags. Being a military family resulted in multiple moves and income instability. Eventually, her grandma came to the rescue and helped get her debt under control. But that was only short-lived. She eventually found herself divorced with two small kids, without a job and in $26,000 of credit card debt.<br /> Katie turned to a nonprofit credit counselor to get back on track. She had found someone who supported her and did not judge her—even when her payments became unaffordable. After many ups and downs, she eventually completed her debt plan five years later. And when she was looking for a job, she found an organization that helped others in the same way she had been helped. Now, she’s able to take her passion and skills to pay it forward.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Key Moments<br /> <br /> <br /> 1:40 Katie gets a new “best friend”… retail credit cards.<br /> 6:45 Katie discusses how loneliness and depression led to a shopping addiction.<br /> 9:00 How spreadsheets helped feed her shopping addiction<br /> 10:21 Why her joint debt with her then-husband ended up in her name<br /> 13:00 The Bank of Grandma comes to the rescue!<br /> 15:29 Katie buys a house… but is she ready to do so?<br /> 20:14 Katie is saddled with $26,000 in debt while jobless and divorced with two kids.<br /> 22:26 Katie can finally get a good night’s sleep after receiving a helping hand<br /> 26:00 Five years after enrolling in a Debt Management Plan, she makes her final payment!<br /> 27:40 Katie lands a job where she can help people who are in the same boat as she was.<br /> 29:40 Alex, Brad and Chris (our co-hosts) reflect on Katie’s story and how her emotions played into her money situation<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Subscribe to Newsletter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> hbspt.forms.create({<br /> portalId: "4952702",<br /> formId: "eb155380-d814-4732-bc02-47baea924539"<br /> });<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stream Anywhere<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Apple Podcasts<br /> Android<br /> Google Podcasts<br /> Stitcher<br /> TuneIn<br /> Spotify<br /> RSS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Visit Real Stories Podcast page for more stories<br /> Check out GreenPath’s new Learning Lab, featuring online courses and tools. 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Matt and Kendall, who face the prospect of filing bankruptcy a second time. Angela, who finds a dream home that almost turns into a financial nightmare. Dawn, who openly talks about her own difficult financial decisions when she helps others. And Annie, who despite a difficult financial journey to returning to college, is enjoying the intention behind her progress. Music by Hir-o We are excited to announce our first podcast, GreenPath Real $tories — Financial Wellness. The podcast shows that our financial lives are more than a number. Our guests will share their money journeys in their own words. Expect authenticity, We are excited to announce our first podcast, GreenPath Real $tories — Financial Wellness. The podcast shows that our financial lives are more than a number. Our guests will share their money journeys in their own words. Expect authenticity, vulnerability, and a little bit of inspiration.<br /> <br /> In this special preview episode, you'll meet our first six guests. Katie, who faces a shopping addiction. Tammy, who finds success after she and her husband let go and decide to be their authentic selves. Matt and Kendall, who face the prospect of filing bankruptcy a second time. Angela, who finds a dream home that almost turns into a financial nightmare. Dawn, who openly talks about her own difficult financial decisions when she helps others. And Annie, who despite a difficult financial journey to returning to college, is enjoying the intention behind her progress.<br /> <br /> Music by Hir-o GreenPath Financial Wellness 10:59