I struggled in school and it wasn’t until I was 17 that I realized that an education was the only way to make a better life for myself and those around me. So with diligence and perseverance (as well as a lot of help and support of my mother, my older sister, and several teachers) I managed to graduate high school alongside my class.
After high school I worked several jobs and tried to take night classes at a community college, but it wasn’t easy.
One day at work a customer mentioned that her daughter would be attending Stanford University. Oh my gosh, I wanted to attend college so badly but couldn’t see how to make it happen.
But this woman looked me right in the eye and said,
“You take one class at a time, and eventually you will have a degree”
These words of wisdom stuck and I took them to heart. So, by taking one class at a time I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, then my Masters: an MBA (Colorado Christian University) with a minor in Christian Business Leadership, then the prestigious Certified Financial Planner designation (CFPⓇ), and finally, a Master’s in Education (MEd). I am constantly learning with continuing education, yet I also continue to take one class at a time toward my doctorate degree.
I’m proud to be one of the few women in the US with both an MBA and a CFPⓇ.
With God’s help, I was able to pull myself out of the financial hardships that had plagued me for almost my entire life. I believe in having a strong work ethic, but this by itself isn’t enough. We must learn for ourselves and seek out wise counsel when appropriate.
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (ESV Bible).
Today I’m able to use my knowledge and experience to help others invest, and steward all aspects of their money.
The 2008 financial crisis highlighted to me that we not only need advice and guidance, but we also crave encouragement and compassion just as much!
Everyone desires encouragement, compassion, and we can all benefit from objective wise counsel.
Working in the financial sector for more than 14 years has been a blessing: I love helping my clients through all financial transitions.