Launched in 2017, The Bonafide Broad blog began as an outlet for my writing. However, it quickly morphed into an awesome community of like-minded people who are working to create the future they want.

The members of this community come from a variety of walks of life:  entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, moms, dads, people without children, etc. What we all have in common is a desire to be better, and a willingness to take action toward that desire.


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Truthfully though, this community teaches and helps me as much as I do them.

If you’re looking to be more productive, achieve your goals, make the most of your money, be a better parent/partner/friend, take better care of yourself, start/run an online business, or even just find inspiration to propel you forward in your life, this is the place for you.

What’s special about this blog is that there is a strong focus on being as authentic as possible. I’ll never pretend I can show you how to become a millionaire in a week or tell you that one trick will fix your entire life and ensure forever happiness. That’s not real, it’s called clickbait, and me no likey.

Instead, I choose to share with my readers the tried and true tactics that have pulled me from the gutter and launched me toward the stars. Why? Because I hope my experiences and the things I’ve learned will help you.


My sad story:

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest. I’m a middle child with three siblings and we grew up in a very religiously strict household. I married before I could legally drink, and threw my life into ministering to others.

At 25-years-old, my husband/best friend went to work one day and never came home. A tragic accident took his young life and sent me in a downward spiral that I never expected. My life had been plagued by mental illness prior to the accident, but this tragedy magnified it.

I did all the wrong things. First I turned to the bottle, and then to even worse substances. I left my faith behind and embarked on a campaign to see how far I could push myself without actually dying.

I should probably be dead.

During that time, I met the person who would eventually become my Mister. He had his own struggles and trials, but amidst all of the darkness, we both saw a spark and realized that we were synergistic together, for good and for bad. So we chose good.

We got better. It wasn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing either of us has ever done. But we knew we had something special and to not take advantage of it would be a huge mistake.


So here we are today….

8 years later, my Mister and I are now living in Flagstaff, Arizona (to be close to my stepkids). Our life is nothing like it was. He is halfway done with his Bachelor’s degree, I work for the school district, and it feels like we have enough pets to fill a zoo! Most importantly, we don’t need substances to numb our hurt and sorrow. We’ve developed the coping skills to get THROUGH our problems, instead of running away from them or numbing ourselves.


The Mister and I

The Mister and I getting our Paint Nite on.


I decided not to go back to the religion I was raised in (that’s a whole other story), and instead learned what I really believe for the first time in my life.

One of the best things about my Mister? He never makes me feel guilty for grieving the loss of my husband, even almost a decade later. He knows I love him now, I choose him now, and that other part of my life is sacred in both of our eyes. I didn’t choose one over the other. It just is what it is.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my missing best friend. He didn’t deserve for his life to end that way, with so little time spent living. His memory propels me forward. I need to do as much as I can with my life because I’m doing it for both of us. I want to help as many people as I can, whether it be teaching them to save money, sharing my grief process, or just being a listening ear.

We have all had trials. I’m not naive enough to believe I’m the only person who has suffered in this life. We all have, for one reason or another. But I am naive enough to think maybe I can offer something to the world that will make it a better place.

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