Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Financial Freedom Challenge

I started this blog in January 2008 and it has gone through a metamorphosis (so to speak) and has continued to change and evolve. I started with $72,000 worth of non-mortgage debt, and thanks to a some good luck, and the support of my blogging friends, my husband and I have been able to pay nearly $36,000 of that debt. What is left is about $36000 of a home equity loan.

Blogging has had many benefits. Besides the feeling of accountability, one of the benefits which have meant so much to me is that I met so many wonderful people. I enjoyed being able to "talk" to people not only in the U.S. but all over the world! One blogging friend I met through Nate's blog is Francois. He is from South Africa, and has set up a very cool challenge. It is the Liberta Financial Freedom Challenge. To get started you must:

To go along with the Challenge, he is starting the Liberta Financial Freedom Support Network. In order to participate, you will need to:

Start a blog
Accept the challenge
Ask Liberta to link back
Make some friends
Blog about your progress
And get a badge (optional) See above.

I'm hoping by joining this challenge, I will stay on target to get through the rest of our debt. If nothing else, I will get to meet more wonderful blogging friends who share the same goals.

Thanks, Francois, I will enjoy the challenge...

P.S. A special note to Francois!!!

FRANCOIS!!!! Oh my gosh!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RECENT ENGAGEMENT! Irene is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm very happy for you!!!!!


jpkittie said...

Wow - That is amaazing! I am so happy to hear about people having paid off debt! It is so inspiring to read about & helps get me moving!!!

Thanks for checking in on my blog! If I would have known that I would have so much support already, I would have done it months ago! but better late then never! Looking forward to following you on your journey as well!

Francois Viljoen said...


Thank-you for the congratulations!! I've been smiling so wide that my smile muscles are starting to spasm. I now look something like this :-I


Liberta is proud to have you as a member of the support network!!

To anyone who doesn't know Sharon - I never knew it is possible to have so much fun reading about someone's journey out of debt, until I discovered Sharon's blog. I never leave without a smile.

Good luck with the remaining $36000, I'll be following!


p.s. You are officially the first of my blogging friends who figured out that I got engaged. :)

natedavidscott said...

hey challenge buddy! you can do it! keep up the good work. and thanks for the tips you pass along in your blog

Sharon said...

@jpkittie - Thanks! I think we can help each other!

@Francois -Thanks for your kind words and support! I'll need all the help I can get!

@ Nate! You are doing so awesome, it'll be nice to have you supporting me as well!

Anonymous said...

Well done on paying down that debt!