Hey! My name’s Maggie Martin, and first of all thank you for taking the time to check out this blog! I’ve never really done anything like this before, but I wanted to give it a try! First, a little about me. I live in Pennsylvania with my wonderful husband Jesse and all our furbabies. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a rat :). No real babies yet, but we will soon enough! I am a born again Christian, and put all my faith, hope, and love in my heavenly Savior. My husband and I live a pretty average lifestyle. We enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and also relaxing and watching movies. Family is sooo important to us. We spend a lot of time with our family, which generally takes up all of our traveling time. But, we wouldn’t change it for anything, we love spending time with our family and generally just enjoy life and being happy.
I named this blog The Overwhelming Life, because who does not feel overwhelmed by life, like all the time! One of the top reasons people feel overwhelmed, generally has to do with money. Think about it! Almost everything we do, requires money. We can’t survive without money! So, the goal of this blog is to help teach you guys about money, and more specifically, budgeting. About 2 years ago, I decided that I really need to crack down on my budget to get some bills paid off and to begin building a savings. In December of 2016 my husband and I both lost our jobs, due to the Residential Treatment Facility we worked in, closing down. (A Residential Treatment Facility is basically like a home for children who have gone through some type of trauma in their life). We were married in October of 2016, then unemployed in December of 2016, yeah, talk about overwhelming! Anyway, bad things happen, but we did not lose hope, because we knew that God had other plans for our lives. “Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
After the closing of the Residential Treatment Facility, I decided to go back to school and get my Masters in Business Administration. During this time, I also worked for my mom in her self-employed sign business. Long story short, I ended up being somewhat of a financial advisor for my mom. Through out this process, I continued practicing the art of budgeting. Enough for my sister, mother-in-law, and step brother to all ask for my assistance in creating and sticking to budgets. Weirdly enough, I love budgets! I love being able to help some family and close friends with their finances, and I hope to be able to do the same for you!
This blog is going to be filled with financial advice and will walk you through starting and keeping track of a budget step by step. That way you can hopefully beat down that debt or begin a strong savings account! Now, since I love to budget, pay off debt, and save money (which I think a lot of people like) I am also a huge DIY-er. Furnace broke last winter, hubby and I fixed it! Got a new garbage disposal and dishwasher, we installed them! Had electrical problems in our house, we fixed them! Want to know how to clean your house naturally AND inexpensively? How about different ways to make some extra money on the side? That seems like a lot… Well honestly, this blog is about money, but it’s also about our life. We are with you in the struggle with finances, and trying to figure out life. We would like to just share some of our experiences, in hopes of making your experiences a little easier.