Archives For Faith

By Eric on October 30, 2014 2

I want to follow up to my post from last week The Price You Pay to Drive, because first of all… I got the car running again. After sitting in the garage for exactly one week, Humpty Dumpty was put back together again and rolling down the road.

Not only that, but last Friday I managed to also fix our dryer for less than $20. After talking with a local appliance repair shop, they diagnosed it over the phone, I took the old thermal fuse (apparently a common problem with dryers not running) in to be tested which confirmed the issue, replaced the teeny tiny 2″ part, said a quick prayer as I plugged in the dryer, and it fired right up. Hallelujah!

Perspective through Inconvenience

So the week that shall forever be known as the week of “inconvenience” in our house, was culminated with both major inconveniences being restored, our first world problems solved, and a satisfying bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.


It was an amazing week of perspective for us as a family, but specifically for me in particular. So I wanted to share the insights I’ve learned through this week of inconvenience.

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By Eric on August 28, 2014 8

It’s been a busy summer for sure. A summer unlike any other for the Williams family. After Kelsey created a summer bucket list, we’ve been slowly but surely checking them off. It’s been fantastic, and I’ll say that summer with a 2-year-old is amazing (and challenging… but mostly amazing)!

Aside from checking off the summer bucket list, we’ve been working toward a big transition. As of tomorrow, I’m leaving my current job and partnering up with another Financial Coach and joining his established business (Strong Tower Consulting) to help individuals, families, and businesses see the bigger picture when it comes to their finances, through teaching, direction and accountability.

The Beginning of the End

It all started after being featured on the local news. We have known Justin Bennett for a few years, and Kelsey and I met with him twice as a financial coach to help us figure out a few things, and we had a great experience. I’ve also chatted with him a few times over the years trying to figure out how to work together in an online sense, but the timing never really seemed to be right.

But, after being featured on the news, they asked if we new any professionals they could interview and we gave them Justin’s number. After the news aired, Justin and I got together once again to catch up.

We wanted to try to do a podcast or webinar together, but that’s when the conversation went down a different road. I told him I was thinking of getting into financial coaching. Essentially we would be competitors, although while he has been working with a lot of local, Des Moines-area folks over the past four years, my focus is finding a way to best help this community online. Continue Reading…

By Eric on August 14, 2014 8

Last Friday I was reminded in three different ways that being a dad is awesome. First at the Men’s bible study. Second, was when Kelsey sent me a video about “How to Dad” (video below). And, Third was a blog post on Design for Minikind by Erin Loechner about a day in the life of a dad.

Being a dad…a noble calling of which we have a massive responsibility. The tasks are endless, the work never ends, and sometimes the rewards are hard to see. Take heart fellas and enjoy the awesomeness that is being a dad.

Because there will be days of craziness, and if you’re living in toddlerville like we are right now, you might even have a day like we had Tuesday. The morning started with a huge tantrum, and the evening ended with a trip to Noodles of which Rooney took one bite and then screamed at the top of her lungs. It seemed like it might of been hot or spicy, but it was neither. So, we boxed up our meals and went home. And…we’re still not sure what was wrong with her, but she kept whimpering all evening, and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

In those moments we feel helpless. This parenting stuff is hard. But, for every day like we had on Tuesday, there are probably 100 awesome days. If this sounds like a roller coaster… that’s because it is one…

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By Eric on June 26, 2014 5

I’ve had many great coaches throughout my life, mostly on the athletic field. Coaches who encouraged, motivated, challenged, and taught me how to be the best that I could be in the respective sport, or classroom. I’ve also had a few bad coaches whose styles gained them no respect.

If you’ve had a great teacher, mentor or coach that’s helped you do something you couldn’t otherwise have done on your own, you know the importance of having someone take the time to show you how to do something, teach you something you don’t know, and share wisdom and insights to propel you toward your goals.

Since starting cleaning up our own financial mess, and figuring this personal finance stuff out, I’ve wanted to accomplish two things with what I’ve learned…

  1. Be a good steward of the gifts I’ve been given.
  2. Help others do the same.

While not perfect in either of these things, I’ve definitely found a passion that hasn’t gone away. I’ve been writing about personal finance tips among many other things that are important to me for years now.

So, I finally went to Nashville and got some world class training from Dave Ramsey’s team. And while I was there, I got to meet some other awesome people with a similar mission as me and even got to meet Dave Ramsey himself!


Having a plan, and working toward good stewardship of our finances has done so much for our marriage, family, and future, and has provided a freedom that I can’t help but share with others.

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By Eric on June 12, 2014 11

On Monday night, I was packing and getting ready to fly to Nashville to go through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Coach Master Series. I’ve been excited about this trip for a few months. Everything seemed to be in order, but I felt this nagging anxiety about the trip and concluded it was because I was leaving my family behind at home and traveling out of state for the first time without them.

I was excited about the training (which has been phenomenal, by the way) but I was sad that Kelsey had to carry the burden of parenting solo while I was away for four nights, and we were making a significant financial commitment to going through this process and I felt some pressure to make the most of the time away.

Needless to say, I tossed and turned most of the night, anxious and excited about getting to Nashville for the 2:00 pm start of the training. And my heart sank as I finally rolled out of bed at 4:45 am for my 7:00 am flight to find out the flight had been cancelled. And their suggested alternative got me into Nashville at 9:00 pm, meaning I would miss the entire first day of training. Gulp.

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