pursuit of excellence

Today is my last post on debtfreeme.co.  I’m going to be closing this blog and consolidating it to pursuitofexcellence.me. All future blog posts will be there.

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Month End: December Snapshot


This year didn’t end the way I expected, but honestly, I’m not surprised with the results because of the choices I made. I sacrificed my eternal riches, because of my own selfish delusions and decisions. What is the point of being debt free if you have no one to share the victory with? Looking in the mirror, I know I need to make serious and genuine changes not just in my finances, but in my life. A friend of mine has said, “What’s in the darkness, always comes to light.” I need to change my heart, change my direction, and change my life. I’m going to need serious help to live my life as a whole person. I never realized how much my life was fractured until the end of this year.

Looking at 12/31/16, I had $23,785.14 in total debt both in installment loans and credit cards. I’ve progressed to $15,879.20 in total debt, and reduced my debt by $7,905.94 or 33.2%. Honestly, I had hoped to have it paid off by the end of 2018, but after much reflection, I realize that it was an unrealistic goal. I could possibly do it, but it would mean putting my family, body and mind through such an intense stress that I decided to re-evaluate this decision. You shouldn’t allow your debt free strategy destroy your family and yourself. Finally, I believe if you’re married your spouse needs to know everything completely. Not just finances, but your dreams, nightmares and who you truly are.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
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Deuteronomy  28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: 10 Minutes To Start Your Day Positively |START YOUR DAY RIGHT | MORNING MOTIVATION | 2018 MOTIVATION from the Be Inspired – Daily Motivation YouTube channel.

Month End: November Snapshot


I was thankful this month to be able to travel up to Delaware to meet my wife’s grandfather. Unfortunately, he couldn’t attend our wedding, but I enjoyed getting to meet him and see how everyone interacted with each other. I did end up using the Barclay’s Mastercard, and with Christmas approaching, I feel like I’m going to end up using the cards. If you don’t have money in savings, you may end up falling back into the cycle of charging things on credit. My advice is if you must do it then, make sure you can pay off what you charge. If you can’t then be willing to sacrifice a Christmas where you can’t buy gifts. The holidays should be about spending time together, and not about spending. If you’ve used the self-lending principle, then you’ve had the opportunity to build up your savings account at an accelerated rate.

It’s important to make small and measurable steps, and celebrate the small victories.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: The 13 Truths – Matthew McConaughey [MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH] from the MULLIGAN BROTHERS – DAILY MOTIVATION YouTube channel.

Month End: October Snapshot


Make sure you don’t try to pay off your debt on your own. This month was rather frustrating for me, and I feel like my debt reduction is too slow. Always remember that being debt free can be a slow process. When you feel overwhelmed, stop, breathe deeply, and close your eyes. Do these three steps over and over again. With your eyes closed, imagine being debt free and feel it with all your heart, mind, and strength.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: The Power of Habit – One of the most Motivational Talks Ever from the Video Advice YouTube channel.

Month End: September Snapshot

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I’m thankful that this month is coming to an end. To be honest, I hit a place toward the end of the month, where I became genuinely depressed. You’ll run into these moments where you will want to give up. In those moments, I hope you understand that there are options. When it comes to debt, you do have options. You can either contact your creditors to negotiate your debt, or file bankruptcy.  Just remember that your life is precious, and your impact lasts beyond your lifetime. It requires knowing your financial situation and your budget.  Knowing your final bottom line number, will help determine if a debt repayment plan will help you or if bankruptcy is your best option. If you go down the road of bankruptcy, then I suggest having a plan for life after bankruptcy. It’s a clean slate whether you choose a chapter 7 or a chapter 13. In the end I suggest having a way to increase your personal savings and your disposable income. If you do consider bankruptcy then I suggest doing your research, and getting all the facts from a bankruptcy attorney.

Thankfully, because of my wife’s income, and my income, we’re both able to combine our income to accelerate our debt repayment plans and at the same time save income. Next year, I’ll start focusing on the lower balance of the Barclay’s card since it has the highest interest rate, but the smallest balance. My wife’s spare time business continues to do well, and as we slowly pay down our debt, we’re looking for ways to increase passive income. The one thing we can’t get back is time. If you can build a passive income generating asset, then do it today and let it work for you. As frustrated as I am, she reminded me that it took time to build up my level of debt and so it’s going to take time to pay it off too. No matter how frustrated you may become, stay the course and I believe in your journey.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: YOU CAN ALSO BE GREAT” – Elon Musk Motivation – Motivational Video from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

Month End: August Snapshot

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This month was productive for my wife’s business. My wife’s associate sold a total of 27 memberships, and at the end of August he already had another 5 potential prospects for September. I sincerely believe that he will become one of the most successful Legalshield associates in our state. He’s truly one of the purest sales people I’ve ever met, and his intensity is amazing. It’s because of his efforts that my wife could generate passive income without having to do any sales for the month. At his rate of promotion though, she’ll have to create production herself to ensure that she continues to generate overrides. The secret about passive income is that it does require active work before passive income can be generated. Any business that tries to tell you differently is possibly a scam.  Thankfully with our three sources of income, and her business income, we’ve been able to live and pay down debt. Personally, I’ve decreased the rate of my own personal debt reduction to help with her debt, and maintain a standard of living. To be honest at times, I feel overwhelmed. It’s in those moments that I pray, and turn to some of my closest friends when I feel I can’t speak to her about my fears. But even when I do, she comforts me. When you’re married to the right woman for you, then she makes you feel like your life is truly complete not just physically but in all areas of life.

She’s continuing to do well at work, and it’s truly a blessing for her to be able to be earning an income in a field of work that she is passionate about, and has studied in college for. There are some college students with degrees and student debt who don’t get to fully use their education. Even though we are focused on paying down debt, we are also looking for moments to be generous within our family, and in the world around us. The purpose of being blessed is not just have material possessions, but to also make a difference in the world around you. With the coming weather events, we’re looking to give our financial resources even if we’re not in a financial position to give as much as we want. Remember that you’re blessed to be a blessing. I’m thankful that I have a budget, and income generating assets that can give me the opportunity to help others. I’ll continue to focus on reducing debt with the goal of being debt free.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: ONE OF THE BEST MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOS EVER – BREAK YOUR HABITS from the Mull YouTube channel.

Month End: July Snapshot

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This month, my wife started her job. To be able to work in a job that you love, and get paid for it, it’s one of the great blessings in this life. My wife had the opportunity to study, and earn a degree in something that she’s passionate about. On the other hand, I have fumbled through life. I originally studied information systems in college, and switched to business administration, because at the time information systems was too challenging for me, and I wanted to graduate college in four years. After I got out of college, I went to work at the Disney Store, and worked many extra jobs just trying to make the ends meet. It wasn’t until I took a change order to a local bank that my life changed. Now I find myself working in the banking industry for over ten years. However, it wasn’t until my mentor, and friend that I consider a brother asked me to read Rich Dad Poor Dad, that I changed how I looked at my personal finances. It’s because of his friendship, that with the Lord’s help I grew to form my framework on how I view finances, and the importance of eternity and legacy.

She received her first paycheck this month, and it was such an exciting moment being able to use those funds to pay down debt. Every penny we apply toward the debt I know will lead us to having even more money in the long run. While we’re looking to reduce our debt and expenses, we’re continuing to increase our income. My wife’s associate in her business, has been doing a phenomenal job at growing his business. Because she is over him, she is receiving the overrides from his production. She can go about her day, and receive a deposit without any effort. This example is true passive income. Passive income requires active work on the front end. I’ve made myself available to him 24-7 to continue to ensure his growth, and provide guidance as needed. The most important thing about this situation is that we were friends first before I brought him into this Legalshield business. If you’re not willing to form a relationship with those you work with, then don’t be surprised if you don’t have any results. My friend’s sales approach is outside of the system’s way of thinking however it’s working. I only want the best for him and want to see a day where he earns the six-figure ring. This next month begins 21 days of prayer, and in this time, I will seek the Lord with the hopes of hearing from Him. In your life, take a moment to stop, breathe, rest and reflect.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: CHANGE YOUR HABITS , CHANGE YOUR LIFE – Amazing Compilation (So Inspiring!) from the Be Inspired – Daily Motivation YouTube channel.