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#MyFinLitStory: Jackie Lam, AFC® candidate

I used hate money.Okay, so hate is a tad strong. Maybe not so much hate, but I definitely was afraid of it, and I was fascinated by it. From an early age I saw how it affected the people around me. Namely, the adults.My first memories about money were pretty...

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#MyFinLitStory: Jenelle Davis

In my childhood, my parents didn’t speak about money. I didn’t know how to save money. I didn’t know how to manage my finances. I thought a piggy bank was the cool thing to have sitting on top of your dresser in your bedroom. I grew up thinking money grows...

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#MyFinLitStory: Lauren Gillett, AFC® candidate

 I am an AFC® candidate. The road that lead me here began with a financial course I participated in years ago. It changed our lives dramatically. So much so that I found my passion and direction in life. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Finance and am now studying for...

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#MyFinLitStory: Lynn White

 I began my career as a “homemaking teacher” and taught students in a rural school how to use their talents to both make and use money to build their future. Two years later I became a Family Economics Specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and created puzzles, lesson guides, and...

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#MyFinLitStory: Chero Morgan, AFC® candidate

 My name is Chero Morgan and I am currently working towards becoming an Accredited Financial Counselor® under the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program. I am a US Army Veteran and continued my government service as a civilian employee with Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), as a Military Pay...

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#MyFinLitStory: Sarah Ellis, AFC®

 Growing up in a very old school home environment we did not talk about money.  We did not talk about salaries, bills, or savings.  Everything I teach was NOT discussed and if you brought it up you got in trouble.  Needless to say, when I finally went out into the...

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#MyFinLitStory: Atiya S. Brown

I have only shared this story on my podcast (1st episode), but never publicly in writing. I am the eldest of 5 children (technically the 2nd of 6) and I take my role very seriously. My baby Tister (no typo, that’s what we call each other) always wanted to go...

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#MyFinLitStory: John Smith, AFC®, FFC®

I am a part of the CFPB Financial Coaching Initiative. Three years ago, I did not know what an AFC® or FFC® was. I helped people at a banking center and sold them products. Today, I provide an important service to individuals to help change their financial aspect and behavior....

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#MyFinLitStory: Lindsay Wilson, AFC® candidate

My personal finance journey began young. I was the second daughter in my family accepted into an Ivy League college. I didn’t realize until the second semester into my education how bogged down I would be by student loan debt. Going to college seemed to be the path I was supposed...

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#MyFinLitStory: Cayla Piccolo, AFC®

My name is Cayla and I am a military spouse. I want to show people that adventure is something that can be budgeted for. I can’t wait to continue educating military members through financial literacy and helping them push beyond the limits most people have of living paycheck to paycheck!~...

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#MyFinLitStory: Alana Stowe, AFC®

My Grandfather, Bob, had an incredible impact on my life and has influenced many of my career decisions as an adult. I was very close to my Grandparents growing up and spent a lot of time with them during summer breaks. After I graduated from high school, I lived with my Grandparents...

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#MyFinLitStory: Sean McPhilamy, AFC®

Enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard provided a stable and a predictable sense of finances, and I did develop some solid saving habits. But soon the rest of my world, the stresses and the emotional ride, got the better of me.  Behaviors became abysmal.  I acted out, and used money as...

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