Tell us a little bit about yourself and what God has called you to do? I’m an author, speaker, wife and mama to my little girl, Amelia. I work at Ramsey Solutions in Nashville, Tenn., and travel the country helping people learn the proper ways to handle money, stay out of debt and save for the future. The first time I spoke in front of a large audience was at a Dave Ramsey Live Event when I was 15 years old. When I was in college my “financial bubble” was popped. I realized the lack of knowledge people had when it came to their money. This gave me a passion to help people understand the importance of handling money wisely from an early age.
My passion is helping people, and I truly feel like I am doing the work that God has called me to do. My biggest encouragement is seeing and speaking to people whose lives have been changed by the messages we teach, and that keeps me working hard at what I do.
Where do you live and have you lived anywhere else? I grew up in Nashville, Tenn. and have spent most of my life there. Although, I did spend the best four years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Go Vols!
How do you carve out time with God everyday? I try to carve out time with God either in the morning before everyone in my house gets up for the day or in the car. Some of the best times of prayer and worship happen in my car!
What is your best money tip? Quit the comparisons! The road to comparison always ends in debt. Thirty years ago, when my parents were my age, the term “keeping up with the Joneses” was pretty common. Back then, you actually had to see the Joneses, but now we carry them around in our back pockets. Our cell phones and social media apps are little windows into the lives of other people, and these channels make it easier than ever for us to wish we were living someone else’s life.
Comparing yourself to others not only steals your joy, but also your paycheck. When you don’t have comparison spending under control, you end up spending money you may or may not have in order to live a lifestyle you think everyone else is living and you’re missing out on. You have to find contentment with where you are. That doesn’t mean you aren’t striving for more, but it does mean that you aren’t making decisions based on what other people are doing!
What is your family’s favorite go-to dinner? We have a serious love for spaghetti. There’s always frozen meat in the freezer and sauce and noodles on-hand for whenever the craving strikes.
Tell us your best God story (in your own life)? God has orchestrated so much of my story, but when I look back, I’m totally amazed by how my job has formed into what it is. It’s a total God thing, no doubt. Every day, I am blessed to be able to align my passion and the talents that He has given me, and I’m so grateful!
What are your 3 favorite books (other than the Bible of course)? When it comes to any area of life, reading is key! For work life and leadership, I love The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an amazing marriage book. Anything by Meg Meeker is great for parenting advice. For my spiritual life, I love any book by Beth Moore. And just for fun, The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower is a fascinating and historical, behind-the-scenes look inside the White House.
What is your favorite Bible Verse? The verse that has stuck with me the most throughout life is from 1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” I love this verse because it reminds me that true happiness and joy comes from being content with all the blessings God has given me.
We are dying to know . . . what is your biggest splurge? J Sometimes, there’s things in life that you just need to spend money on and splurge. My top five favorite things to splurge on are: Good sunglasses (Yes!), purses, bed sheets (a high thread count never hurt anyone), paper towels (I’m serious), and pizza! Splurge on good pizza, it’s a must.