Finding Passion After Paying Off Debt

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Finding Passion After Paying Off Debt

In this episode, I talk to Stephanie Halligan who is a 20-something year old entrepreneur and artist at heart. Stephanie graduated from college in 2009 with over $30,000 in student loan debt and felt restricted from pursuing her life goals because of the debt. She started the personal finance blog, The Empowered Dollar, to discuss her journey and share her tips with others, and she recently started the site Art to Self. Below you will find lots of Stephanie’s artwork and in the podcast you will hear more about her debt repayment journey and pursuing her passions now that she is debt free.

Sweet Iced Tea Martini

You can make this two ways.

Firefly Method

  • 3 oz of Firefly vodka

Shake over ice and pour into a martini glass.

Non-Firefly Method

  • 1 oz of Vodka
  • 2 oz of your favorite pre-made sweet tea

Shake over ice and pour into a martini glass.

Stephanie's original artwork for my podcast!!! LOVE!!!!!
Stephanie’s original artwork for my podcast!!! LOVE!!!!!

Podcast Notes:

  • Stephanie talks about the shocking realization she had once she graduated from college
  • Stephanie talks about her first few jobs out of college and how she wanted to save the world
  • Stephanie shares her rock bottom moment in her debt repayment journey
  • Stephanie’s search for a new job to help her repay her debt
  • Stephanie’s psychological burden of having debt
  • How and why Stephanie started her blog The Empowered Dollar
  • We discuss the emotional pendulum of owning your own business
  • Stephanie talks about her journey to find her passion
  • Stephanie explains how cartoons became a part of her blog and new endeavor
  • Stephanie talks about Art to Self, her latest project

Some of my favorite Art to Self Pics

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Random 3 Questions Stephanie Answered:

1. When was the last time you were scared?

2. What’s your favorite work of art you ever created?



3. What is a piece of advice that you give others that you wish someone else gave to you?

Have you found your passion in life? Do you have anything in the way preventing you from pursuing your passions?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


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