The reality of our dreams.

The reality of our dreams... years of budgeting, scrimping, and making due has allowed us to have all we ever dreamed of and more. www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Do you ever dream? Not like, “falling off a cliff jerk you awake standing in front of the class with no pants” dream. But a “someday, if money time and life weren't an issue my perfect situation would look like this” dream.

I do.

And I want to share with you a bit about the reality of our dreams.

Back in our FD (Financial Disaster) we set some goals. Some were immediate bare-bones survival goals, and some were far-fetched, dream-big-with-reckless-abandon, goals. They felt more like dreams than goals, really, because we had $15K in credit card debt, $10.5K in car debt we couldn't afford, and were bringing in a $31K sporadic salary. It was hard to see past tomorrow's grocery needs, let alone dream “crazy-big” dreams.

Flash forward to now.

The other morning, one of the last lazy days of summer, I stepped out on my bedroom balcony to yell to my kids to come in for breakfast…and couldn't even find them in our back yard. I had this flooding, overwhelming feeling of gratitude for where my life is right now.

How, oh how the heck, did we end up here??

Seriously?! How did we get here?? Is this for real? Living in our dream home? With 5 healthy kids? Living financially free, money in the bank, with a plan in place and a vision for our future?

I still have to pinch myself sometimes.

7 years ago we were living off of credit cards with a mountain of debt. Instead of sitting around, being resentful or concluding that our wildest dreams would probably never happen…

…we got to work.

We sold our car, sold our couches and literally sat on the floor. We stopped eating out – like, completely. We budgeted like mad crazies. We got out of debt then saved up enough to buy a killer deal of a short sale (that we fought for 12 months to get) all the while treasuring every penny.

We lived in and fixed up the short sale for 4 years, all the while focusing on “phase 2” – abundance and success; working our tails off to be successful at our businesses.

We found our dream home that was beyond our reach…but didn't give up and kept negotiating, haggling, and saving like mad. 7 months later, we somehow snagged it. We had plenty of money in the bank, no credit card debt, fabulous credit, and a huge chunk of cash from the sale of our short sale house to land us here:

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I tell you all of this not to boast, brag, or make you hate me (please don't hate me!).

I tell you this to prove that all dreams – ALL DREAMS – can become reality if you are laser focused and fight like H-E-C-K for them.

Maybe it's not an 8,600 sq foot dream home. Maybe it's your dream car. Or sending all your kids to college. Or studying abroad. Or traveling. Or funding your own non-profit. Or having a family. Or paying cash for your dream boat. No dream is too big, and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with success. The more success you have, the more ability you have to help your family, and others. 

I encourage everyone to write down your big picture goals, then work backwards to figure out what you need to do TODAY to make those goals (dreams) happen. Because it will most likely take years, even decades, but the path you start out on to get there can't be accidental; it has to be calculated and defined. Sure, circumstances play a role. But only in part. You won't want to hear this, but excuses are often what holds us back from getting everything we want, whatever that is.

No one is stopping you.

Decide today to fight to the death for the life YOU want, and don't stop until you get there.

The reality of our dreams... years of budgeting, scrimping, and making due has allowed us to have all we ever dreamed of and more. www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Now if you don't mind, I really do need to go find my kids.

XO

(PS Find more about our story, and our exact steps for becoming financially free at BudgetBootCamp.com, use the code FCFBLOG to get 10% off!)

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Comments

  1. Lovely story. Very inspirational! Would love to know what your next phase and goals are now that you have arrived at this very monumental moment.

    • Seconded! Please elaborate on what the current/next phase is? Would love to know not so much your business goals ie the tv show but rather your family goals, service/house/future goals etc..Hard work gets you everywhere!

      • Thanks Rachel! I’m hesitant to go too far into “phase 2” because I get a bit of backlash when I do, haha! But I’ll happily share bits and pieces more and more. Be sure to follow social media and our vlogs, I’m starting to show more and more!

        • See, I think that is so out of line for people to be like that. I purchased my house at 23, whilst working almost full-time and going to uni (college) fulltime and that’s pretty uncommon in Australia. I also bought a second hand but still pretty new car. So many people assumed my parents bought these things for me and that I grew up rich or something-pretty much the total opposite of the truth! I earned every single thing I have through painstaking hard work, second hand purchases, lack of sleep and living off a tiny income.
          You deserve every single thing that you have too, and anyone who has followed you for more than a few minutes should be able to realise that you’ve worked SO hard for it all and are raising a beautiful Godly family at the same time. Which is just incredible and I know that your example has certainly played a huge role in my own success too. If people want to lash out because it is raising up insecurities in their own life that they have yet to address, then that is unfortunate, but it doesn’t take away from anything that you guys have achieved.
          For those of us who can be happy for the hard-earned success of others, we would LOVE to know what is next for you in life. so that we can celebrate it with you.
          Lots of love x

  2. First time commenter here :). I really appreciated this post. Perfect timing. We have been in our two bedroom apartment forever it seems. And we have 3 kids, and my husband works from home and we have no yard. And it just feels woefully inadequate. It feels like we are going to be stuck here forever. Every time we start saving money, something happens. Baby. Pay off baby. Saving. Saving. Need a van. Pay off van. Saving. Saving. Thyroid surgery. Pay off thyroid surgery. Saving. Saving. Baby. Pay off baby. And that is where we find ourselves now. I just appreciated the reminder that dreams do come true. But you can’t just hope they’ll find you. You guys worked really hard to get where you are. And if we want our dreams to come true, we are going to have to tighten our belts a little more. So, this long comment to say, Thank you for posting this wonderful reminder.

    • Jill, you are the sweetest, thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I read every single one and yours was very appreciated today. HUGS!! XO

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