Debt as of 06/09/2012: $92,645.00
Debt as of 12/24/2014: $0.00
Total Debt Paid Down: All of it baby!
Well, in the words of the Grateful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been." We started this journey two and half years ago the day we got married. I wish we could tell you that we had this planned to be done the day before Christmas, but we didn't. There was actually a time not too long ago that we weren't even sure that we could make it by January 1st (which was our goal). Check out this picture Em took on the student loan website after our last payment!
This has undoubtedly been an incredible experience for both us. It has taught lessons of money, savings, wealth, what success really looks like, humility, and faith. Looking back on this two plus year long lesson, this was the right step. No matter where life takes us. The lessons don't end here. We have new goals and challenges we are working on now.
We hope that, if nothing else, our story gives you hope. We understand the despair of debt and finances. However, we also understand that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Two teachers paid off almost 100,000 dollars of debt in two and a half years. Anything is possible with hard work, determination, sacrifice, and faith. Know that you can do this. Know that there is always hope.
We also hope sharing our story publicly with you will help you and your family with your own money goals. In the meantime, if you have a question or just need some support, please don't hesitate to contact us through this email:
"God must have loved ordinary people, because he made so many of us...but everyday ordinary people do extraordinary things." - Coach Jim Valvano
Bryant and Emily