The Woman Behind the Blog

I’ve told you a bit about this space and what it will be used for, but now I’d like to introduce myself a bit more in depth. More than what you get on that little sidebar or on the “about me” page. So here we go!

My name is Katie and I live in Michigan for my entire childhood. I have 2 brothers and 2 parents. I love my family and while they all still live in Michigan, I now live in Nashville, Tennessee.

I first ventured away from home at the ripe old age of 19. I worked a second shift job for one year out of high school to prepare me for what was going to be the biggest adventure and the biggest risk I had ever taken. I was headed to Sydney, Australia to attend a Christian leadership college at Hillsong Church. I saved up money for nearly a year and then flew halfway across the world to a city where I knew absolutely zero people.

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It turned out to be quite the life-changing experience. I first learned to live sans-parents here. I wasn’t fully supporting myself financially but I was learning how to shop, cook, and discipline myself. I was always a responsible person, but this really taught me how to do it on my own. I live in Sydney for 2 years attending college. I completed a certificate in music ministry and leadership. And then I found something very unexpected just before I went home…

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My future husband! His name was Nathan and he was oh-so-cute! He had just finished his first year when I finished my second and he was planning to stay for a second year, so we dated long distance. Skype was our best friend! After 8 months of that, he decided to come home. A month after he landed on American soil, I flew out to his hometown of Spokane, Washington to spend some time with him and his family. On that trip, Nathan proposed and of course I said yes!

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He moved to my hometown in Michigan so we could spend some actual face time with each other before we took the plunge. We were engaged for 5 months and got married in the dead of winter. It was a simple and beautiful wedding. One of the best days of my life so far!

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Nathan had decided he really wanted to pursue a career in music. I wanted a career in care-taking and motherhood, so together we felt like Nashville was the place to begin our journey. We moved here about 3 weeks after we were married. We both got jobs when we moved here and took on the responsibility of paying off a huge amount of debt. We worked hard at it for 3 or 4 years and paid off about $15,000 of debt (most from my Sydney adventure). We also took on a new debt and invested in a certified pre-owned car, which is the only debt we have left at this point. We are on track to be debt-free in about 6 months, 2 years ahead of schedule on the car.

Today, our life direction has changed just a bit. I am currently working a full time job in life insurance. Nathan was working a full time job for the past 3 years but decided to do something more and try to find a career he enjoys as much as music. So he quit his job and took the last 6 months to attend Nashville Software School and learn about web development. He finished at the end of September and began the job hunt. Three weeks later, Nathan is now a web developer at a small company in Franklin, TN. In fact, today was his first day! He is also part of a few music projects that he really enjoys and has a lot to discover.

We hope to begin the next leg of our journey together…if you noticed, I said I want to be a mom. I really, truly do. All the screaming, snotting, puking, and pooping included. Some people think I’m crazy, but it truly is one of the greatest things I feel I can do with my life. So stay tuned for more on that… 🙂

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I hope this gives you a bit more insight on who I am. Feel free to comment with any questions you may have.

Adios for now!

Welcome to My Corner of the Web

I’ve been talking about this for a few months now. And I’ve finally made the step to actually sit down and write the very first post. The first post of what I hope will be a source of creative, thrifty, budget-based living for myself and for anyone who decides to read it.

“This, That, and the Budget” is my new endeavor to inspire people living on budgets, tight or not. This is not a finance blog. I’m not going to write only about money and budgets. I’m going to write about my life and ways to have a life on a budget. It’s all-encompassing. It will cover everything you can think of, just with a thrifty spin!

Need some great date night or kid-friendly activity ideas for little money?
Need some cheap and easy meal ideas?
Want to know what apps can save you money?
Want to know how to keep your health in check without breaking the bank?
Want to creatively decorate your house using things you may already own?
Want to know how to make a simple budget?

Yeah, me too. Just kidding.

It’s all going to be happening right here in this little corner of the web. I’m doing the legwork and you can sit back and enjoy! Sound good to you? Let’s do it!

What other topics would you like to see covered on this blog? Comment with your ideas! I’d love to hear from you.

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Katie