I was introduced to Tessa Marie Shillingford at church; she was the speaker at one of our women’s meeting. The topic was financial management.
Boy, am I glad I was present to meet her! She not only spoke about ways to save, she also spoke about the importance of getting and staying out of debt.
After hearing her speak, I knew in my heart of hearts that I needed to approach her and ask for her assistance with financial planning.
I approached her with tears in my eyes and explained how overwhelmed I was with my current financial situation. She reassured me that she would be able to help. I was excited because I was ready for change.
I phoned Tessa Marie the next day and made an appointment to meet with her. Little did I know she was going to be tough on me from meeting number one, I needed help, so I didn’t mind.
She asked to see my expenses and my income. After reviewing it, we were able to make a spending plan, which is the name she uses instead of the word budget. At the end of it all I was so shocked that I had money left over. A hallelujah moment! I was on my way to financial freedom. I understood that this was going to be a lifelong change so I made sure to soak up everything she said like a sponge.
Tessa Marie works tirelessly with you to achieve your goal. She provides this service free of charge, as she believes helping others with their finances is her calling. Her only ask is that we speak to others about what we learn.
In the last two years with her help, I’ve been able to pay off debts that I never thought I would be able to pay off in such a short space of time. I’ve also been able to take two trips without using credits cards. That’s huge for an individual like me who always thought my income was less than my expenses.
Hats off to Tessa-Marie Shillingford for her dedication and helping me come to the realization that if I create a spending plan and stick to it I will have savings and absolutely debt free. Now I am.