The Road to Financial Wellness is a nationwide campaign to “break the social taboos about money, and turn local discussions into a national conversation on financial well-being.” The tour starts today, June 6th, in Elizabeth, NJ and will take Jason and gang 10,218 miles across the country for 50 pit stops and 37 events, including Denver, and faces to face with 8,000 Americans in 90 days. Jason’s tour will end in San Diego, CA on September 21, 2016.
In support of his tour, Jason has asked us to share what financial wellness means to us.
What is Financial Wellness?
To us, financial wellness means having the freedom of time and experiences. It gives us the flexibility to do what we want, when we want with whomever we want. We’re not tied to someone else’s schedule or expectations because of debt or maintaining a lifestyle we cannot afford. It gives us chances to spend time with our loved ones, travel the world and experience new things without someone else’s approval or constraints.
Financial wellness requires understanding our current financial situation and our financial and life goals and then living accordingly. Living one way while wanting to live another creates conflict that manifests itself in negative ways.
When we had $51,000 in credit card debt, we didn’t have the luxury of choosing whether or not we wanted a job. We needed a job. We didn’t have the luxury of being able to pick up and go to the other end of the world. While we yearned for financial security, our lifestyle didn’t support it.
Financial wellness means having the confidence that we’ll be financially secure in retirement. We’ll only have to work if and when we want, not because we must.
Financial wellness means we can use money as the tool it’s meant to be and not be used as a tool by banks and credit card companies. Rather than paying down, we’re saving up.
Financial wellness is freedom, freedom of time, freedom of relationships, freedom of geography, freedom of flexibility, freedom or employment. The opposite is being burdened by banks, employers, our future and our lifestyle. Without financial wellness, we exist on other people and institution’s terms.
More About #TheRoad2016
The mission of The Road to Financial Wellness is to empower a generation to make better financial decisions to live their dream lifestyle. Join us Thursday, August 11th to meet and engage with local residents and personal finance bloggers, authors and speakers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, young professionals, and other social media influencers. More details to follow.
Use this event to create your own financial wellness. Every day is an opportunity to make better decisions. This is an opportunity to improve your financial well-being and live your best life.