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Journeys of Financial Wellness

Journeys of Financial Wellness


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Journeys of Financial Wellness




Real Stories Episode 12: Jeff & Victoria – From a Burning Ship to Calmer Waters

Victoria was enjoying life in her early 20s. Jeff had a budding career in the restaurant industry. Then things got real very quickly. Would having a child while she was in college mean that Victoria would have to change her spending habits? Was Jeff ready to make a major career shift while Victoria was also starting her own business? Jeff and Victoria faced a lot of pain on their journey to financial wellness. Pain from nearly losing their home in foreclosure. Pain from getting into $45,000...


Real Stories Episode 11: Monte – Building a Money Mindset

Hearing real stories about how people form their “money mindset” can be helpful. Today’s story features Monte. Monte’s childhood had a profound impact on how he approaches money. While he regrets some of his decisions and habits around money, he also makes it a point to learn from his past—like the time he borrowed money to buy a Walkman and was sued after he couldn’t pay the bill. Monte’s money mindset has had some ups and downs. The money spent on his recent wedding set him back...


Real Stories Episode 10: Mia – A Winding Road to her American Dream

Mia has overcome many obstacles in her life. As a new immigrant to the U.S., she overcame a language barrier and the challenge of building a career as well as learning a new financial system. After finding a job at a major insurance provider, she faced the battle of her life after getting run over by a light rail train. Learning how to walk again not only proved to be a physical challenge but an immense mental challenge. Once recovered, she was the recipient of a home through Habitat for...


Real Stories Episode 9: Andre – Perspectives Along the Way

Meet Andre. He has spent a decade bringing financial education into his community on Long Island, NY. Andre and his organization are longtime partners of GreenPath and we often work together to serve those who are pursuing their financial goals. Andre often infuses his personal stories when he teaches financial concepts, so we decided to learn more about the road he traveled (quite literally) that shaped him into the person he is. Andre’s Story After making good money as a construction...


Episode 8: Angela – A Journey through Homeownership

In this episode, our guest Angela discusses her journey through homeownership and the financial decisions she and her husband had to make along the way. Angela spent a number of years at GreenPath in several roles. Her first role was as one of our Advocates— helping people who call GreenPath for the first time. Angela empowered people to take steps to improve their financial health. She eventually took on a role bringing innovation to the technology that supports the services we offer....


Episode 7: Real Stories Live

GreenPath recently hosted a live virtual event where we were joined by guests who have been featured on GreenPath's Real Stories Podcast. Guests included Katie (episode 1), Tammy (episode 2) and Dawn (episode 6). Recorded in May 2020, this conversation gave our guests a chance to reflect on some of the positive things happening during this difficult time and areas where they are having newfound anxiety. Throughout the conversation, listen for stories of how people have coped in the midst of...


Episode 6: Dawn – A Difficult Decision

Each year, Dawn and her family faced an income reduction when her husband got laid off during the winter months. An opportunity came to save a significant amount in their monthly budget, but it would mean downsizing to a much smaller home. What was the right choice for their family, including their son? As many of us face challenges from the financial fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, learn how one family made a difficult decision and how their lives changed. Listen and learn how a difficult...


Episode 5: Michele – Feeling Optimistic in a Time of Challenge

Meet Michele: Michele faced hardships from many different angles. Her mortgage payment became unaffordable after her initial payment skyrocketed. Her husband lost his job. She subsequently got a divorce, lost the home and filed bankruptcy. She continued to struggle to keep up with her household expenses after a consolidation loan only provided a temporary fix. She finally opened up to a friend about how it felt to be unable to afford Christmas gifts for her children. Her friend recommended...


Episode 4: Coronavirus and Your Finances – Advice From GreenPath CEO Kristen Holt

GreenPath's Kristen Holt shares advice on how to navigate these times the financial impact of COVID-19.


Episode 3: Matt & Kendal — A Modern Day Tale of Love and Money

Matt and Kendal each had a unique story that included financial hardships and bankruptcy. They met, fell in love and decided to “merge corporations.” Faced with the prospect of another bankruptcy, they decide to take a different route: a Debt Management Plan. But this route proved to be a bumpy road and they had to figure out how to stretch their budget enough to pay their debt and their household bills, and still put food on the table. The solution? Designing new habits to automate their...


Episode 2: Tammy and her husband change their family’s financial future

Meet Tammy. Tammy's husband is handling the family’s finances and becomes concerned that their debt is spiraling out of control. He approaches her with a plan to work with GreenPath Financial Wellness to become debt-free. What starts out as a challenge becomes a turning point in their marriage and growing family. Tammy finds out that one of her superpowers is managing their budget and together, they pay down their debt. In her own words, Tammy shares what it was like before, during and after...


Episode 1: Katie asks for help and then finds passion in helping others

Meet Katie. Retail credit cards became her best friend shortly after college. Home alone with her 4-month-old in a place where she didn’t know anyone, she turned to shoes and designer handbags. Being a military family resulted in multiple moves and income instability. Eventually, her grandma came to the rescue and helped get her debt under control. But that was only short-lived. She eventually found herself divorced with two small kids, without a job and in $26,000 of credit card debt. Katie...


Trailer – Bringing Humanity To People’s Money Journeys

We are excited to announce our first podcast, GreenPath Real $tories — Financial Wellness. The podcast shows that our financial lives are more than a number. Our guests will share their money journeys in their own words. Expect authenticity, vulnerability, and a little bit of inspiration. In this special preview episode, you'll meet our first six guests. Katie, who faces a shopping addiction. Tammy, who finds success after she and her husband let go and decide to be their authentic selves....