For me, making a change in my career was one of the scariest experiences of my life. After college, I always assumed teaching was the only career for me. I went to a private, four-year university that was known for its amazing teacher education program. I quickly got a great teaching job, and I was well on my way to a career as an educator. That was, until teaching was no longer an option for me. It seems love makes us do crazy things, and after getting married, my husband whisked me 15 hours away from my teaching job to a state where my teaching certification no longer worked. Suddenly, I was rethinking my career options and decided on something completely different.  That’s when I discovered freelancing.

However, choosing to leave a salaried and established teaching career for the unpredictable and benefit-free world of freelancing was terrifying. I went from knowing exactly how much money I would be making and contributing to our family each month to barely knowing how much I would make day to day. For a while, the stress of the unknown left me on high-alert and also created tension in my new marriage. Instead of being able to easily budget my bills, income, and extras, I was unable to predict what the next week might bring. The lack of financial security made me feel simultaneously paralyzed and reckless. My husband couldn’t understand why I was so upset with myself when I fell short occasionally. He had a great job for an amazing company that made paying bills easier, but not being able to contribute an equal amount like I was used to made me anxious.

Getting on Top of Our Finances to Take the Stress Out of a New Career

Over 70% of Americans are financially stressed.  Sadly, I fit into this statistic. However, I’m happy to say doing some work to get on top of our finances allowed me to escape that category.  After a hard look at our finances  and multiple conversations about what our long-term goals are as a family and for myself as a professional, I was able to take control of the stress my finances had been causing me. Rather than letting vague concerns about finances stress me out, I had to get on top of the details. Then my husband and I really needed to talk about or finances and our goals.  Understanding how we were allocating our money, as well as the investment I was making in my new career has helped me gain the confidence to make the most of my exciting new venture. Freelance writing was something I had always wanted to do, but worrying about our finances without really having a handle on them got in the way of my joy and my commitment.

SunTrust believes that everyone should have the opportunity to gain financial confidence so they can lead a life well spent. Given my personal journey, I am excited to join with them to promote SunTrust’s onUp movement. The onUp Movement makes it easier than ever to take back control of your finances. Instead of worrying blindly about what you are going to do, SunTrust wants you to join with them to break your situation down into manageable steps. That way you can  gain control and stop letting your financial fears control you.  When you visit SunTrust’s onUp site you’ll be able to:

  • Take the upOn pledge to take charge financially
  • Take a mental ‘wealth’ quiz to get customized tips and advice tailored to your situation
  • Use that advice to set goals and then share them to motivate others

With financial confidence, I  feel comfortable about pursuing my new career and sharing the windy road that got me here. I love that SunTrust is helping others to achieve the same kind of financial confidence so they can pursue their passion too. Join with me and SunTrust in the onUp movement and gain the financial freedom to go after what matters most to you.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.

The onUp movement was created to guide millions of people one step at a time towards a more financially confident life without ever losing sight of the moments that matter along the way.

Join the growing number of people transforming their stress into positive motivation to move onUp.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.