*This is a sponsored post by SunTrust Bank; all opinions are my own.

Deciding to switch jobs is a major decision. It’s an even bigger one when you decide to leave a job with a steady paycheck for one with a not-so-steady paycheck. You have to be confident in your skills and the new job you’ll be taking on. This was me about six years ago. I was a television news producer with one young daughter and one on the way. I loved my career, but the job itself was getting to me for a variety of reasons. I knew deep down that I really loved to write, which was the crux of my job. It was just all of the other things it involved that were becoming less appealing by the day. When you’re not happy, it can really drain you physically and mentally.

Knowing deep down that writing was my passion, I decided to jump ship after I had my second child. Eek! Thank goodness I have a supportive husband! He and I both knew that writing made me happy. So, I decided to roll the dice as a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. Although it took some time to get things off the ground, six years later I can say it’s been a success. Having the confidence in myself was a big part of getting to where I am today. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.

With that self-confidence, comes the belief that you can follow your dreams and still be financially stable. This means knowing where and how to cut corners. I became an expert at couponing, although I never invested in a binder that I see so many of the pros use. I knew when to shop sales. Since I was going to be working at home with two small children, I didn’t need a fancy wardrobe, so that expense was out the window. Knowing I was going to be working from home on a freelance basis meant surviving with less. Honestly, sometimes having less is better because you really learn to appreciate the things you have.

Money can be a big stressor and even lead to health problems if you let it. That’s why you need to know how to find your financial zen. You need to figure out what things you can do without and what things are a necessity. Making a list is a good idea. Seeing it down on paper can help you realize where you can budget and sacrifice without stressing out.

Sun Trust Bank can also help with its onUp Movement. This movement is aimed at inspiring us all to take steps to find our own financial zen. There are money management tips available to help you figure out how to make it all work. You can also take the mental wealth quiz to see where your financial stability lies. This will give you a good idea of the areas that you may need to work on.

In the end, finding your financial zen is a journey we all have to take. When we have our financial house in order, we are better off both physically and mentally.


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


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