Our First Mortgage Free Anniversary

Success is a moving target. You’ve heard that line before, and I’m sure you’ve experienced the realization that it’s very true. And if you follow Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, you know that the cap and gown moment of all of those years of work comes with your final mortgage payment. When you can finally say …

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Deciding Against a Normal Life

Twenty-three hundred times. A low estimate of the number of times I have driven the exact same route to work as of today. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive. At 7:30 AM, the fifteen minute drive from Kingston to Lenoir City on I-40 East allows you to see the sleepy awakening of the east Tennessee valley …

Why I’m Glad I Don’t Love My Job

As the long-awaited meeting came to a close, I watched my coworkers exchange enthusiastic glances. In response to high turnover rates, my employer finally listened to its employees and granted five more vacation days, rewards for good attendance, a company-wide pay increase and a better 401(k) plan, in addition to continuing to provide free health …

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: July 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. My birthday was on the 17th, which makes this the very first net worth report of my 30s. Thirty. I’m 30 now. I still can’t believe it. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve logged into Personal Capital, the free service I …

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: March 2018

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Wow, March 15 really snuck up on me. It feels like just yesterday that I was just adding up last month’s numbers. The arrival of spring is just five days away, and as East Tennessee is being splashed with varying shades of pinks, …

We’re Debt Free!

I knew already that I wanted to be Ellie. My love for this name stems from childhood. My mom and I shared the same initials, LMA, which she always said sounded like “Elly May” (the blonde from The Beverly Hillbillies) when pronounced out loud. However, I had no idea for a last name. Recently acquiring …

Debt Payoff Report: Month 15

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Guys, we have one month left in this year. What are you going to do with it? As for me, I’m going to end the year the same way I started it – with the goal of paying off my house. November was …

Debt Payoff Report: Month 13

I’m a total summer girl. I wish it could stay summer forever in east Tennessee. While my friends look forward to the season of shorter days, cooler weather and pumpkin spice everything, I mourn the end of our hot, steamy weather. The sounds of the cicadas and the flashes of lightning bugs. Sundresses. But I’m okay …