This week, I’m going to deviate a bit from the norm and offer a new opportunity for busy moms who want to listen to content instead of always reading good finance content. I, along with Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®), just launched a new podcast called Real Money, Real Experts. As co-hosts, we interview a number of financial experts who have inspiring stories, expert tips, and a host of financial wisdom to share. While the podcast is geared toward a financial professional audience, it also offers opportunities for wisdom about engaging career ideas and paths, financial tools, and techniques, as well as unique experiences to help educate and offer insight into the financial planning, counseling, coaching, and therapy arena.

I am proud to join AFCPE® in this endeavor to help continue to enhance the value of the financial counseling and coaching profession to a broader audience. AFCPE® has a long history and rich tradition of “ensuring the highest integrity of the financial counseling profession by certifying, connecting, and supporting diverse professionals”.

AFCPE's Real Money Real Experts podcast posterI got my start with AFCPE® when I was in graduate school. I took (and passed) the Accredited Financial Counselor® or AFC® exam upon graduation, and this was my first credential and launch point into the world of financial planning and counseling. It has served me well as I’ve worked with a variety of individuals, professionals, and organizations to help improve personal finance education. When working with the military, I was able to connect and engage with many incredible financial professionals, many of whom were AFCs®, to help service members across the world in a variety of unique financial circumstances. On a personal level, I’ve been able to listen to, understand, and help hundreds of individuals and families through varying financial challenges often relying on the information and training I received from my education and certifications. I am so grateful that AFCPE® sets the highest standard for financial counseling and coaching professionals worldwide.

When the opportunity came to join this new podcast, I jumped at it since it allows a new and strong platform for those looking for good and qualified financial education.

The podcast is just one resource that AFCPE® is launching to provide resources and connections. A part of the reason that I joined as a co-host was to have the opportunity to expand my network and meet incredible professionals, learn from their experiences, and hear their stories.

During this pandemic, I have worked closely with AFCPE® to offer useful and timely information about the CARES Act to any consumer or help seeker. We covered all relevant pandemic financial topics from job/income loss to mortgage/rent trouble to student loan relief. If you’d like to know more about how AFCPE® professionals can help you, I’d encourage you to watch this video and get the information you may need during this difficult time.

In addition, during this crisis, AFCPE® is offering free unbiased financial counseling and coaching to anyone with financial questions or concerns. This initiative was made possible through generous funding by Wells Fargo Foundation. I’d strongly recommend you take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with and receive help from a qualified and certified financial counselor. For more information about this opportunity, go here.

Please join me on this new and exciting journey!

You can find the Real Money, Real Experts podcast anywhere you get your favorite podcasts (Apple, Spotify, Google, or Stitcher).

I hope this new opportunity allows you to get greater insight into your financial questions, concerns, and relationships.