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Episode 328: Navigating Your Financial Freedom Journey Through Busy Seasons While Still Enjoying Your Life

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Navigating Your Financial Freedom Journey Through Busy Seasons While Still Enjoying Your Life

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Life can be challenging when you’re on a financial freedom journey… especially during a particularly busy season. That’s why I’m bringing you this solo episode focused on how to navigate these challenging times when they crop up in your own life.

I give you personal and professional updates, exciting book news, and why taking my boys to a Pokemon conference in California spawned a serious internal (and now external) discussion on why we need to live life off of spreadsheets and budgeting apps.

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve struggled with balance, this episode is for you.

In this episode, you’ll learn more about:

  • Taking advantage of opportunities even when you haven’t planned for them
  • Learning how to approach situations from different angles to get the desired outcome
  • Weighing out value vs. expense when making decisions
  • Questions to consider when choosing to spend money on experiences now instead of putting them off for later + more
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Jamila Souffrant 0:02

So all this money, we pay for our mandatory expenses, our mortgage, our food, we can spend it however we want. And that's kind of where we are. And that's my goal. I want that for everyone to feel that joy and that flexibility in being able to spend and take advantage of opportunities.

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Jamila Souffrant 2:31

Hey, hey, hey, Jaron yours. Welcome to a solo episode of the journey to launch podcast by me, Jamila souffrant, your chief launch officer, it's been a minute since I've done a solo episode. I've been so busy, which I'll be giving you some personal updates and business updates. And of course, I want to make sure this is applicable, or what I'm going to share with you is also applicable to your life and your financial journey. So I want to share some tips of how I've been navigating my finance journey through this busy season of my life in terms of spending on the things that I enjoy and creating experiences with and for my kids and family and all the things.

Alright, so if you've been following me for some time, or you've been updated or have been in the journey to launch world, you may or may not know, but I have a book coming out in December. So December 5, you can pre order it now actually. So if you go to journey to, you can get some really cool pre order bonuses by ordering the book today. So you won't get it until December 5. But if you order it today, you will get my financial freedom Toolkit, which is a collection of worksheets, my most effective worksheets at the moment that will help you with some of your financial goals. So go check that out. And you get a bonus for just pre ordering the book. So I've been really busy with the book, and all the things that comes with making a book writing a book. I'm really gearing up to start promoting it over the next few months. And I'll share that with you a bit later. What I wanted to talk to you about in this episode was more about how I've been navigating this really busy season personally, with my family and all the celebrations that come in money, right let's not forget the money that comes with celebrating. i All my kids are born. All three of them. My three kids. They're born in May and June. Now, I don't know why I thought at that time. I mean, I think it's still a good idea because I planned it. I actually planned it that way to have kids in May and June for very specific reasons. One being my husband and I we were both born I'm born in February, he's January and so we're winter babies and our birthdays are just always it's always. So snowstorm, cold, frigid temperatures in New York. And I just wanted when I had kids that they had warm birthday months, if we stayed in New York, right, so obviously, you can't always plan to a tee how things happen. But God willing, we were able to successfully have our kids in the months that we had them. So my daughter's in May, and I have my two sons that birthdays are in June, and they're all two years apart.

So with that, we have come out of a busy season, because we have May, as in my daughter's birthday it and there's Mother's Day, then June, we have the two boys birthday in this Father's Day, and all these other things that are going on. So in the middle of thinking about what I was going to do for my kids, I knew I didn't want to do a birthday party for them. And typically what we do, we try to keep it simple. We do something with just them, like on their birthday, they get to choose what they do. And it's more family based. And maybe we'll have just cousins and close family over for cake. But this year, there was a unique opportunity because my kids are really into Pokemon. And there was a conference that was happening in between my boys birthday in June called card party. And I really was contemplating if this would be a good idea to go. Now, just to reiterate, why I'm telling you this story is because part of the reason or the thought process behind going was or if we should go was because of the money. It wasn't something that we planned to do in advance. Like, you know, it's not like last year, I knew that this conference was happening. And I budgeted it out and knew we wanted to spend money on it.

So I heard about this conference card party through Pat Flynn. Pat Flynn has been on the podcast, just go to journey and search Pat Flynn, I will make sure I link that episode in the show notes. But he's very popular online content course creator, his podcast was one of the first podcasts I started to listen to on my commute when I began to think about having a business. And so I learned so much from him. So he was on my podcast, I was on his podcast. And I knew that he started almost another business another what started out as a hobby and became for him. Another way to express himself was his Pokeyman channel. So he created a Pokemon channel. And when I interviewed him told him, Oh, well, my kids really like your Pokemon channel. And he was so nice. He sent a box of Pokemon cards to them all personalized. And I saw that a little bit after that he announced that he was having his first Pokeyman conference in California. And it was right in the middle of my son's birthdays. I was like, wow, that would be amazing. To be able to take my kids, my son's there. I mean, the whole family, the thought process was, wow, everyone can go. So my husband, my daughter, my son's me, five of us, right, like, that'd be such a great little vacation. And then I started to look into it and price everything out. I was like, wow, this is gonna, this is gonna cost a pretty penny, you know, still in the middle of school. So up here in on the East Coast, or at least in New York, for some schools, we are still in session in June, the kids don't get out until late June. So they have to miss a couple of days of school, which I was fine with. And also, because it's five of us, we'd have to fight by five plane tickets, my husband also would have to miss out on school. So the idea of it just seemed unfeasible. And I kind of let it go. But it kept nagging me, like this trip, I felt would be so cool and interesting to take. And I felt like my boys would really, really enjoy it. Especially because they're mostly into my daughter's not really that into it. She's just into it. Because they're Intuit, she has her own Pokeyman book and cards, but she couldn't really care less to be honest.

And I started to think and said, Well, I guess we can't do it. But I was like, Well, what would this trip look like if we approached it from a different angle? So I was like, what if I just took the boys to this trip, which then brought up all these feelings? Well, I don't want to leave my daughter out. And how would that be and you know, the coordination and figuring out what how that would work where she'd be. And all this. And I started to price that out. I was like, Well, you know, paying for three plane tickets, and going and handling and being by myself with them, which would be my first ship on a plane traveling with my kids by myself. I was like that, to me feels more manageable Traveling with at the time, you know, they're all their birthdays pass now. So the three What are five, seven and nine? Right? But I'm like, No, it just seems more manageable to only travel with two kids that are a little bit older and more interested versus my daughter who's younger who. I just get bored easily. And when I priced it out, just the three of us going me taking my son to it, it felt like, like, Wow, maybe we can do this. Also, because I have a lot of credit card points. So travel hack, I travel hack, which means, basically, I spend most of my expenses on my credit card. And that allows me to build up points and reward points that I typically always renew or trade in for flights, I always find that to be the best bang for my buck in terms of what how I use my points. And I realized, wow, majority of the fights gonna be paid for with the points, the hotel, you know, we'd pay for that. And the conference tickets weren't that bad. So ultimately, because I couldn't let the concept go, I was like, it's better to be able to take my son's right and figure out a way to make it feasible for our finances, if with just the three of us, then not go at all because of guilt, or maybe not being able to take my daughter or overextending ourselves and having to pay double, and so much more, because they're five people going to the three.

And so we made the decision that that was what we're going to do, I made sure that my daughter was going to have a fun time with her grandmother and aunt and dad, and I want to make sure she was not missing out. Even though she said she wants to go on the plane, it didn't matter. But in the end, she was alright. But I want to talk about that. Because, you know, I almost didn't take the trip because of money. And it's not because we don't at all have the money to do it. It was just that at first I didn't understand or realize how valuable this time with my kids would be. And that's what I want to talk about. Because oftentimes, especially on this journey, when we are trying to hit our goals, depending on especially your your type of you're like a type A or personality, which you know, you need to hit certain metrics and things have to make financial sense, and have to be measured. And maybe you're taking time things on, on on your budget or spreadsheet. And every cent has to be accounted for. Sometimes living off the spreadsheet and doing things spontaneously feels hard. And I would say I'm not necessarily I guess I'm a type A in certain areas of my life. But then I'm often I find myself as I go deeper into my financial journey, my life journey, that I have found myself living beyond the spreadsheet beyond the budget a lot more now.

I talked about this in my book, Your journey to financial freedom out December 5, make sure you preorder or get it if you can. And because it's so important, I think it's just to set a plan and you know that you're going to save, invest, pay off debt, do all this in this amount of time and not think life happens or that your mind changes about things. It's just not realistic. And I'm pretty sure you know, as you've been living your life that things come up that you want to be able to take advantage of. And what is the point of money, if not to use it to spend to invest in ways that bring you joy, happiness experiences. And I'm so happy I took this trip. So again, we went to Anaheim, California, it's called card party. So if you got any of you have kids that are into Pokemon, I believe they will be doing it again next year. And it was so well done. We had such a good time. My boys are typically shy, of course, you know, they're shy around strangers and people that they're maybe don't know. And with us in the house, they're not shy at all. But I was so impressed because it was not just about Pokemon cards. So I'm still learning myself all about this pokemon world. But it's not just about the Pokemon cards, but the interaction and the social skills that they learned. And the leaps and bounds that I saw in their competence in just three days of us being there was astounding. You know, the first day that we got there, they were afraid to walk up to other kids, or afraid to talk to people about cards. And then by the last day, I could not pull them out of the room and rooms where they were able to go up to people and say can I see your binder because they everyone or typically people have binders with their their cards that they want to trade. And the cards have values to them. And so everyone or if you're willing to trade has to look through each other's binder and ask, Hey, do you want to trade that and then look at the value of the cards. And if something is of more value, maybe they need to make trade for cards that are of lesser value for that one card. And oftentimes people don't want to trade anymore. And so you know, I don't really see anything I want. And so I thought when I saw them interacting with kids and adults, I mean, this was a very family friendly event. And for the most part everyone was so nice. So accommodating and explaining and teaching, you know even the teenagers or the adults because most of the adults were they were their own kids, teaching other kids how to to value the cards or how to take care of them and it's explaining more it was, it was great. And so I was like this. However, I could have spent double. I mean, I'm glad I didn't spend double on this trip, but I could have spent more. And it still, to me would not have captured the value of what this was for me and my sons. And I do believe it's a core memory for them. I hope it is. It's a core memory for me, that they will remember for the rest of their lives. And you know, that's the thing, because part of when I think about doing certain things with them, is that what if they're not into Pokemon next year, or this is just for the meantime, just in the moment? And so is it worth spending the money on this big trip, but it's not about just looking at it in that way. That's what I would call trying to measure and forecast why things are worthy of spending money on and when I talk about living outside the spreadsheet, sometimes you don't need to measure things in that way. It's about being in the moment. Because this time is priceless. I'll never get it back. And even if they they don't even care about Pokemon next year, it doesn't matter. They care about Pokemon today.

I had Bill Perkins on the Podcast, episode 262. And he talked about this idea of spending just in time when you need it.

Bill Perkins 16:17

Yeah, I think the thing is to be deliberative and off autopilot. There's people who are on autopilot spend, and there's people on autopilot save, right? Or some version of it, right? Like they have a natural inclination to put things into the future. Like if you keep going in the future, you'll eventually get to the point where you don't want to do anything but sit at home, maybe watch Jeopardy or something, you know, like reruns, right. And so we live off of our memories, like, you meet with your friends. And what makes you interesting is the things that you've done. The stories that you tell, right like that is what is your comes from your fulfillment. So certain things are for now. And even if you take money out of it, like I have these these questions, you know, like, that thought process and being deliberate about it is like, Okay, I have a kid about to go off to college, do I go out to dinner? And do with my friends? Or do I stay home and hang out with my teenager who's about to go to college, and I'm not going to see them? Right? Like they already don't want to hang out with you that much when they're teenagers, right? Now, they're really going away, you know, what's my decision process, right? What moments belong now what moments belong later. And sometimes it's the opposite. It's like, Oh, I really want to go to this thing or whatever, but was like, wait a minute, I can make a return, save this, I'll be older, I'll be more mature, I'll be able to appreciate it even more. And I'll have more of a trip later. And I'll still have the same health right. And so for each activity for each experience, and for each person have at each resource level, we need to think about the things we can or cannot do, or should be doing. That gets us the most fulfillment and gets us there, you know, and then one thing I talk about is like, the first experience, everybody wants to have a survival, we don't want to survive, right? So there's all kinds of savings, retirement calculators, blah, blah, blah, based on where you live and expense, etc, I add zero to that conversation, except what to say, we solve for that first. After that, it's all entertainment.

Jamila Souffrant 18:02

Sometimes, we want to put things on autopilot, or put things off. But when we put things off, by the time we get there, right looks to say you know, you want to have a trip, I'll talk for myself, there's actually something that I've always wanted to do. I want to go to Carnival in the Caribbean, they haven't here in the States or in Canada. But it's just a carnival is a festival where you get dressed up, you listen to typically Soca Music, which is the style of music and you dance in the streets and you have a good time. Now, in my 20s, I always wanted to go, and now that I am 40 years old, I still want to go. But I realized that my desire to go and have fun in that way is like dwindling, even though it's still on my bucket list to go to. And it just makes me realize that there are some things that when in my 20s, I wanted to do, I would have you know, spent the money or had the energy to do it. And now that I'm a bit older, I just don't want to do it anymore.

Now, if I would have spent that money back then it doesn't mean I wasted my money because I don't care about it as much now. But it just goes to show you that the things that you're interested in can change. And so putting it off and saying I'll do that in 20 years, or 10 years or when things are perfect. Doesn't mean that you know, by the time you get there, you may not want to do it, which is fine also, but to me encourages me to more live in the moment. And it doesn't matter because all we have are moments all we have are memories of things. If you think about it, right. Everything is about who we are as accumulation of what we've experienced, the people in our lives what we've been through our conversations, it builds up it compounds over time, and so those moments matter, they deeply matter.

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Jamila Souffrant 20:33

So when it comes to you, thinking about how you want to spend your time, and money, while you're on the journey to financial independence and freedom, I feel like it's really important to think through what's worth it to you to spend on today, outside of make it making sense or the spreadsheet, without compromising your financial independence goals, I find that that is a issue or a balance problem, right? Because it's not that I'm saying you should if you want to go to Bali, and you have no money, you're still in debt, spend all your money or put everything on a credit card to go to Bali, because it's in the moment, just live off the spreadsheet, I'm still encouraging you to be responsible. But I do want you to think more about what in your life, you can experience now what you can afford, or make room in your budget, to afford to be able to do things.

So I wanted to break down, I do have some steps or some things to consider as you're thinking through your financial journey and life journey, how you can make decisions in this way.

So the first thing is your financial house when it's in order, you can be more flexible and lean into the discretionary spending. And these moments that I'm talking about, which is why it's so important to get things in order financially so that you can actually live in this way without worrying about oh, I'm sacrificing my debt payoff goals or savings goals. I have a basic framework about going through financial independence and the stages that it gets that you have to go through. And in the beginning stages, I typically call that the Explorer stage or Cadet stage. So those are just basically being able to pay for your bills without going into credit card debt, paying off debt, completely consumer debt. And as you keep going up the stages, you have more flexibility because you have to worry about your money going towards debt payments, or having to save for your emergency fund because you have that covered. And once you have those things covered, then there's more room to spend in ways that you want, even if it slows down your financial independence journey. And so getting your financial house in order is important. And the faster you do it, depending on your situation, the more intense you want to be in the beginning allows you more leeway towards the end. If you are currently in the beginning stages of your financial independence journey, there are still things you need to do. It's not that you can enjoy your life. It's more about you may have to do it in more tempered levels. So for me, if I was still in debt, I heavily in debt or I had financial goals. And this, this was the same opportunity came up to take my kids to cart party, perhaps the smartest thing for me and my financial situation do would not be to spend $4,000 to go that I didn't have to do that for that experience. What I might have done instead is there are local pokimane events here, I would look into Okay, let's do some local Pokeyman events in New York City or New Jersey that I can start taking them to. And then let me see when the next card party is or next place. I want to take them and plan out for that. So if it's next year, all right, how much would that cost me I'm going to start saving specifically for that goal, right. But if you're further along in your financial journey, and this is something that you can do, because this is what happens often is because if you're so focused on your financial goals, when you have an opportunity to spend on your life goals, you feel guilty about it. I know sometimes that happens for me because I can be like, Oh, I should be investing that money. But I've let go of that because once I know my financial house is in order, I'm on track to reach my financial independence goals at a slower pace. If I'm spending in these ways, it's fine with me, because I'm I'm hitting my savings and investing goals. We paid off whatever debt we need to pay off. So all this money after we pay for our mandatory expenses, our mortgage, our food, we can spend it however we want. And that's kind of where we are. And that's my goal. I want that for everyone to feel that joy and that flexibility in being able to spend and take advantage of opportunities. The first thing to be able to think about these decisions and spending in the moment is making sure your financial house is in order so you can have more flexibility to do these things.

The second thing I just want to just share this framework. This is something I talk about a lot in the book is that your income minus your mandatory expenses equal this gap. So your income minus mandatory expenses, your mandatory expenses are what you need to spend money on to live to get to work to pay your bills that your family needs to survive after that, so after you take away your mandatory expenses from your income, you have, hopefully a gap. And if you don't have a gap mean, if you don't have anything left over, that's where you need to work on increasing your income. But this gap, that's where you spend on the financial goals you have. So saving and investing and debt payoff, and the discretionary things that you want to do like taking trips, like going to brunch and all the things you don't need to do, but you want to have as an experience in your life. And so it's really important, this formula, this kind of financial independence, wealth formula that I talked about. Because once you understand that, because so many people don't think about it in that way, they just spend their income on everything at once. There's no prioritization. And so when it comes to then reaching the goals and enjoying themselves, they can't do both. So when you understand that framework, it allows you to be able to look forward as you go up through the journey or stages of financial independence stages that you get go through, to see how you'll be able to spend more in the areas that you like, while still reaching your financial goals.

The third thing to consider and to think through is allocating and budgeting money in advance. So in my case, I had mentioned if I didn't feel like I could financially afford this trip, I would have did something smaller here, but then saved for the trip in the future. And so it's really about being proactive. Again, there's some things you cannot even planned for, right? Like, there's some things you don't even know you want to do until it's it the opportunities in front of you. And then there are some things that you know, that you can't take advantage of right now. But okay, what about in a year? What does that look like? And what do I need to move around to do that? So how can you budget for, or allocate money as you go so that in the future, you can take advantage of whatever you want. Also, you know, using windfalls or money, like if you work in an area where you get bonuses, or tax refund, or in my case, so as a business owner, what happens is I have a baseline of how much I want to pay myself per month. And for the year, if the business is doing really well, I will actually bring in more money that I be able to spend on and pay myself. And the way I look at it is for the trips that I take like this with my kids or the things we spend on that are outside of our typical monthly expenses. I look at it as I'm taking that money, the bonus money that I make well, it's not bonus money, but the money that I'm almost giving myself as a bonus, if I was working in corporate America, it feels like that, I take that money to spend on the fun things that we do the trips that we take, right like I have a an account, that called the profit account for my business. Or if there if I paid to my taxes and there's money left over in that, then I know that that money is money that I can allocate to the fun things, not the financial things, because our financial stuff is taken care of we are investing on a schedule and how and meeting those goals, but then any extra money we bring in, we can use suspend it in a way that we want. And by the way, just because you have the extra money doesn't mean you need to spend it right away. I know for us, we have money that is just almost, you know, like a lump sum that we can decide that we haven't decided yet or haven't used yet, of what we want to spend on. And so it's kind of nice to know that, you know, we can take advantage of opportunities that come our way, you know, fun things that we want to do, because we do have a little lump sum there to take advantage of that was three and number four.

So number four is recognizing the season of life that you're in. I talked about this kind of just in time spending or spending when you want be or in the areas that you are excited about and feel good about. But realizing that you may not care about things as much in the future, or it works the same way you might right now feel like oh, I really want to do this thing. And maybe it's just not something that is worth your time, energy and money. And when you do look back at it, if you spend on it, you'll be like I actually regret that I could have done something else. So sometimes waiting is a good thing not being impulsive, not sometimes oftentimes not being impulsive, right. It's that discernment of when should I jump on an opportunity and spend because I really want it and when should I take a moment take a pause it take a week take a month before I make a decision. I know for me and this Pokeyman trip it took me a while to make a decision. I sat on it but at once I knew I couldn't let the idea go and I was excited about it, when I thought about what it would be like to be on a plane with my boys, and having that like timing with them, I knew that after a while there was a reason I kept thinking about it. So think about the season you're in and give it time because it may be a fleeting season and interest that you want to hold on to invest in and do or it may be something where you know, it's fleeting, and you don't even really care about it or it was not, it's not worth it for you to spend on.

Alright, so there is just some things I want you to think about as you are navigating your financial and life journey. Because I know balancing the two is not always easy. Especially if you want to be responsible for the future and quit that job and save and invest or start that business. You need money. And you still want it though, you still want to have fun, right? You still want to do the things you enjoy and and I feel like me also not be so strict with yourself on what that looks like, and change your mind. So that was my like big personal kind of update and framework for helping you hopefully make those decisions.

Some other things that I'm thinking about. So another another trip we are planning is Disney. So Disney world we have not been as a family yet to Disney World. I'm planning to take my kids at the end of the summer for us, which is end of August. So all my Disney World parents, send me your tips. Find me on social media and send me your Disneyworld tips I'm actually planning things out now. At first I stayed so far away from the idea because it was so overwhelming. And I knew that it would cost some money to you know, take the five of us to Disney World. But one I started working with and I didn't know this was even a thing but a Disney I guess travel agent, so she's helping me plan my Disney trip, but I don't pay her she gets paid through Disney. And so she's been super helpful and picking out or letting me understand the Disney the way Disney works. And you know how many days to spend at one park or this park or where to stay. So I'm really excited. But I actually am open to any more suggestions from you, Disney pro moms or dads that have gone and have any tips. So send them my way, I'm at journey to launch or at Jamila souffrant, to Instagram and give me your design tips.

Let's see what else is going on in Jamila as well. Well, that's the big thing personally, honestly, is Summer's here, I'm going to be planning. So now let's switch to business mode a bit. The majority of what I will be focusing on between now and the end of the year is my book, getting it out into the world having as many people read it. So not only buy it, I want you to obviously buy it, but I'm actually more focused on you reading it and implementing something in it and making a positive change. I just don't want it to be a book that sits down on your you know table or in your bookshelf. I do want this to be a book that you read through. And so I am now in the stages of the book journey, which is funny because I'm still waiting for the book cover. I shot the book cover view last month, waiting for the publisher to send me some mock ups of that approve it, waiting for the final book itself to go through it. So we're still actually finishing up editing the book, I'm still in that stage but at the same time, now I am strategizing or thinking through what it looks like to launch the book. And that is a whole like that by itself can take be a full time job. Looking through what that looks like, what bonuses to give to people for ordering early, you know what will be valuable to you. So to hold you over until the book comes like what would you love to see getting on the podcast that I want to get on and share this message media and of course work I still have the podcasts that I want to produce for you and give you weekly and all my brand partnership fulfillments that I need to do so it's a busy time even though for me summer is I love the summertime because I love the warmth, I love the sun. And I love being able to my kids are in camp for most of the time to have that flexibility to sneak off to the beach with my husband. And so I feel like this time it's a fun time summer but now with the book in the mix, I know that I have to get a bit more strategic and figure out a plan which we are doing now to roll it out into the world so that you know of it right not just you that you want to tell other people about it. So that's where I am professionally. And I'm really excited about all that to come. I do have some more exciting updates for you. I can't wait to share them but I want to make sure that the ink is dry before I do. So please stay tuned.

If you want to keep in the know of what is going on with journey to launch with the book with the podcast with me. The best place to start is the newsletter so I send out a weekly newsletter, which I've been slowly improving over time. And I've been giving finance tips within the newsletter personal updates within the newsletter. And then of course, you get to know what's going on with journey to launch the latest episodes, any free bonuses that I have, or free content that I have. So the one thing I do want to mention, if you've been on my list, you seen this already, but you have the opportunity if you are a woman to grab my budget Bootcamp for free. So the budget bootcamp is a budget course self paced, you can take it on your own time budget course that I created. And I partnered with secret deodorant company. And we are on a mission to help empower and give financial education and resources to women to young women who need it. And so you can get my budget bootcamp, they're underwriting the budget Bootcamp for free where you can get it. And so go to journey to bootcamp, and it will take you right to the page where you can get the budget bootcamp right now for free. Also, you can get actually a lot more resources for free because it's me, and some of your favorite personal finance experts who are participating in this initiative, you can go to moves, I'll link all of that in the show notes. But if you want my budget Bootcamp for free, and it's a limited number. So I want all this to be able to be given to who needs it. And so if you need to share that with anyone, young woman who needs this, go to journey budget boot camp, and then for the rest of the free resources, go to moves. Again, I'll link that in the show notes, too, is keep keep in the know of what's going on by joining my list, go to journey to there you'll be able to join my newsletter, and follow me at journey to launch I'm on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at journey to launch and then my personal brand Instagram is at Jamila souffrant. So there I share my workout and my fitness and my book journey more on my stories. So follow me there. Let me know if you listen to this episode and your takeaways. And I'll talk to you next week. Keep on journeying journey airs.

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