Our favorite morning yoga routine (for those too busy to go to the gym)

That title might be misleading because we are currently in debt.

Ash has recently decided that she won't be going back to teaching next year.  Instead, she's going to explore her other passions.  And "explore other passions" = not getting paid.  So we have a couple months left of her collecting a paycheck before we are living on only my income.  Slightly scary.  To make things a little more terrifying, we have a pile of debt - credit cards, our car, a couple loans.

Before we begin this next chapter of our lives (the Explore Other Passions chapter) we would really prefer to be debt free.  The problem is:  even if we threw every dollar we currently make at our debt, it still wouldn't be paid off by the time Ash stop gettin' dat teacher money.

So... what are we to do?

First:  I don't have the answer.  Please don't read this as a prescriptive guide to how to handle your debt.  Instead, I highly recommend Mr. Ramsey for that.

Second:  I do have a plan.

THE PLAN - PART I:  Eat rice + beans.  Literally.  We're going to live on as few dollars a day as possible and put any extra cash we have leftover towards our debt.

THE PLAN - PART II:  Provide so much value to others that they are happy to give you money in return.  AKA: start some businesses.

Will the plan work?  Our fingers are crossed.  You can follow along by watching The @howdybrandon Show each week to see how things are going.  And if you want to help out, you can buy us a Costco-sized bag of rice and beans.

Have you tried to get out of debt before?  Were you successful?  What are your tips?


An Interview with: Ava of SLUMLOVE

Today, I'm kicking off a series of interviews I'll be sharing.  I don't know what to call this series.  "CLEANANDSTRONG Companies."  "Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurs."  "Bad-ass Bosses."  I don't know.

The reason I'm interviewing these different entrepreneurs is to learn from them.  And I'm excited to share the interviews on here so that you can learn from them too.

Why did they start a business?  How did they do it?  What mistakes have they made?  What can we learn from them - their heart, their passion, their experience?

Entrepreneurs are the ones creating the future.  These entrepreneurs want the future to look better than today.  I want to learn from them and join them.

This first interview is with the amazing Ava of slumlove.com.  She was kind enough to welcome me into her home where she runs her ethical fashion business (when she's not in Kenya working side by side with the other women creating amazing sweaters and shirts).

I hope you enjoy hearing her story and her advice to others who want to make a difference in the world.