Real Stories Podcast Episodes

Real Stories Episode 24: Shannon McLay – Building Financial Strength with the Founder/CEO of the Financial Gym

Shannon’s experiences give us two opportunities to learn. As with all our guests, she has a unique financial journey that has a lot of ups and downs.

Real Stories Episode 23: Amanda Clayman – Tips from a Financial Therapist who got a “$19,000 Haircut”

Tips from a Financial Therapist who got a “$19,000 Haircut”. She believes money can be a tool for transformation: something she learned firsthand.

Real Stories Episode 22: Lavell – From “Swiping Like a Ninja” to Debt-Free

18-year-old Lavell received an envelope right before Christmas. What started as a gesture of kindness snowballed into a mountain of debt: $30,000 owed on one card alone.

Real Stories Episode 21: Jessie – From Client to Counselor

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.

Real Stories Episode 20: Nina – Light after Darkness 

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.

Real Stories Episode 19 – Family Lessons About Money

Today’s episode features a lively discussion about raising financially healthy kids. You’ll have the chance to hear different perspectives from our panel of GreenPath clients and friends who are inspiring their children to be financially resilient.

Real Stories Episode 18 – Natasha’s Experiences Inspire Her to Connect People to Financial Wellness

Natasha was newly divorced with a young child and needed to return to the workforce. She struggled to pay her debts. After getting back on her feet, she started working for a credit union that allowed her career to grow.

Real Stories Episode 17 – Liz Uses Vulnerability to Transform Her Mindset

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.

Real Stories Episode 16 – Lauren – Persistence One Penny at a Time

It’s easy to look at Lauren’s finances today and take her success for granted. She communicates openly with her husband and they work in tandem towards their shared goals.

Real Stories Episode 15: Russell and Whitney – A Story of Resilience

Russell and Whitney were unprepared for what life had in store for them. They were newly married with a newborn in their early 20s.

Real Stories Episode 14: Kenia – A family’s collective strength brings its financial goals within reach.

Kenia’s family did not have a legal status and this reality shaped much of her experience growing up.

Real Stories Episode 13: Tanisha Inspired Money Lessons Across a Generation

After getting into debt, Tanisha had feelings of shame and isolation. She turned to options that ended up increasing her stress, like payday loans.

Real Stories Episode 12: Jeff & Victoria – From a Burning Ship to Calmer Waters

Victoria was enjoying life in her early 20s. Jeff had a budding career in the restaurant industry. Then things got real very quickly.

Real Stories Episode 11: Monte – Building a Money Mindset

Today’s story features Monte. Monte’s childhood had a profound impact on how he approaches money.

Real Stories Episode 10: Mia – A Winding Road to her American Dream

As a new immigrant to the U.S., she overcame a language barrier and the challenge of building a career as well as learning a new financial system.

Real Stories Episode 9: Andre – Perspectives Along the Way

Andre and his organization are longtime partners of GreenPath and we often work together to serve those who are pursuing their financial goals.

Episode 8: Angela – A Journey through Homeownership

Angela discusses her journey through homeownership and the financial decisions she and her husband had to make along the way.

Episode 7: Real Stories Live

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.

Episode 6: Dawn – A Difficult Decision

Dawn and her family faced an income reduction when her husband got laid off during the winter months.

Episode 5: Michele – Feeling Optimistic in a Time of Challenge

Michele faced hardships from many different angles.  Her mortgage payment became unaffordable after her initial payment skyrocketed.

Episode 4: Coronavirus and Your Finances – Advice From GreenPath CEO Kristen Holt

In this episode of Real Stories of Financial Wellness, we want to address people’s concerns about their finances and how to best manage them during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Episode 3: Matt & Kendal — A Modern Day Tale of Love and Money

Matt and Kendal each had a unique story that included financial hardships and bankruptcy. They met, fell in love and decided to “merge corporations.”

Episode 2: Tammy and her husband change their family’s financial future

Tammy’s husband is handling the family’s finances and becomes concerned that their debt is spiraling out of control.

Episode 1: Katie asks for help and then finds passion in helping others

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.