It was just another workday. I was swiftly replying to emails left and right as I prepared for one of the biggest projects of the year. Then, out of the blue, an email appeared in my inbox:
My heart stopped. My palms got sweaty. I started to panic.
I had no idea what to do. A colleague of mine, an individual that I had worked with on a previous project, somehow stumbled upon this site. We had never even had a discussion about personal finance, let alone this site at all. At the time, they were definitely still more of an acquaintance. Thoughts began to race through my head: How did they possibly find my site? I’m not an anonymous blogger, but should I try “hiding” a little more? Will this somehow get to my boss and eventually I’ll get fired for blogging about my debt payoff? Crazy, I know, but those are the crazy thoughts you have when you are unexpectedly outed.
After a minor panic attack in my cube, we exchanged emails back and forth about our love for the PF Community (oh, what a wonderful feeling!) Since I was in the middle of a huge project, we decided to get together in the near future to chat about our shared interest.
I completely forgot about our exchange until earlier this week when this Outlook invite came through my inbox:
Instead of my heart dropping like last time, my heart soared.
A Debt Free Accountability Group!? Like minded people at my place of employment, quite possibly the last place I would think to find it? I couldn’t have been happier. I immediately accepted and wished that our meeting could come sooner.
Twenty minutes before our first meeting I scrambled to put together my financial goals for 2018. In our short 30-minute meeting we introduced ourselves to each other, our current financial situations, and shared financial resources (the debt snowball calculator!) and books to read (I happily suggested The Simple Path to Wealth). They explained to me that their meeting cadence is to text each other on Monday morning with a few small goals for the week to hold each other accountable. The meeting may have only lasted 30 minutes, but I can honestly say it was the best 30 minutes of my work week (no offense to my job, I still love that too!)
I’m still in awe that somehow I found a perfect group to meet with during my usual 9 to 5 grind. The feeling of meeting with like-minded people is one of the best feelings out there. As nervous as I am for others to find out about this blog, the fear of being “outed” was definitely worth finding friends who share the same interests as you who encourage you to reach your goals. Without this blog, we would have never found one another. How powerful is it that something as simple as documenting your debt payoff can lead to a group of friends that can share their financial goals with one another? That, my friends, is the power of the personal finance community.
Do you share common interests about personal finance with co-workers? Have you been “outed” before and how did you deal with it? How did it make you feel?