What People Are Saying
While I came to Denée for advice on saving my money, I left our sessions with not only great budgeting and saving tips, but also renewed clarity about my life goals and a vision for my financial future. With perceptive, powerful questions, Denée began by helping me envision what my life could look like over the next 10 years. Denée herself is an incredible example of someone who is actively and successfully building the life she wants to live, with her budgeting methods as just a part of that process. I was really grateful for her openness and honesty in sharing her own personal financial goals, the strategies and accounts she uses to save, and even her own budgeting template. But the sessions rarely focused on her; instead, Denée always centered me and my own hopes and dreams, giving me thoughtful and smart advice that was informed by what I’d shared with her about my life. Through my work with Denée, I learned that I have a tendency to tackle too many financial goals at once. Now, I have concrete strategies that will help me prioritize and sequentially save for different financial goals. At the end of the day, Denée will have helped me save for an apartment, graduate school, and future travel. Thank you, Denée!!
How amazing it feels to be coached and lifted up by another woman of color! I initially reached out to Denée for advice on paying down outstanding debt that never seemed to go down, no matter how much I paid off for several consecutive months. What unfolded in our coaching sessions was beyond what I even knew I wanted or needed. Trust formed almost immediately between us as I vulnerably shared where I’m at with money and debt. As Denée affirmed that circumstances like mine were common among women of color who often take care of their siblings and parents, I felt the shame and guilt melt away. Denée asked questions that helped me better identify where I felt powerless or unknowledgeable. She shared advice on what I can do in the short-term, and what I should consider doing in the long-term, to not let my money control me but the other way around. For the first time in about 10 years, I felt more in control of my financial situation, and less afraid to take actions to not just pay down debt as I initially wanted, but to also start saving and building a life of comfort for my family and me. With Denée’s support, I’ll be debt free by the end of the year and feel more excited than ever to save at least $50,000 by this time next year! She’s helped me find freedom and excitement, where I previously felt worry and scarcity, with my hard-earned money.
When I started my journey with Denée, I was stressed, anxious and scared. I had recently left my job and was feeling the weight of my monthly bills. I walked into my first session expecting Denée to share some budgeting tools and that would get me by for a little while. Instead, I was taken on a real journey towards financial independence, one that was centered around my personal values and goals. I am now in a much better place. Yes, I have secured a job but more importantly, I am confident in my ability to make the best financial decisions for myself and for my family. A confidence that has positioned me for stability now and in the future.
Thank you, Denée.
I came to Denée for help with bettering my relationship to my money and finances and to learn some new skills and tools to help me along. One thing that has really shifted for me has been the clarity about my values, how they impact my financial decisions and the confidence to let myself be guided by my values. The shift in my own mindset has been huge. I learned so much about myself! I learned how to apply some tools I already had to my financial life as well as some new perspectives that have allowed me to move in ways I never thought I could.
I came to you for help with financial guidance and coaching to help me pay off debt. One result I walked away with is the knowledge of how much power I have to change the narrative of my story and take back control of my finances and ultimately my life. You helped give me the confidence to believe that I am capable of paying off debt and living a more financially whole life. I now have the tools to help myself financially as well as my family and it’s a really great feeling knowing that I can and will do that. I learned that I am more knowledgeable than I thought and I know the steps I need to take. I am equipped and ready to focus on making life better for me and my family. I also learned that, sometimes switching into “alter ego” mode can give you the swift little kick that you need.
I needed help organizing my finances and creating a budget, and Denée walked me through the process step-by-step. She is professional, supportive, and non-judgemental. I had a lot of questions for her and she never made me feel like I was asking too much. She has the ability to make you feel comfortable while still giving you the push you need to reach your goals.
After working with Denée, I walked away feeling confident about balancing and being flexible with a budget. You'll be fully supported if you have Denée as your coach.
I came for help with time management and focus. I learned to understand my why. By reflecting on my values, I'm able to be more focused. I learned that I am motivated by consequences and rewards, and I can use what I learned as a strategy for staying focused. I learned that I wasn’t valuing accountability as much as I should have been. Accountability is important, and it helps to have someone in my life helping me to be accountable for the tasks and goals I’ve set out to accomplish.
I’ve always felt like I didn’t have guidance when it came to financial decisions that I was just acting without proper direction or an end goal. I knew that saving was important and investing could lead to wealth but I did not know exactly what it was that I wanted to do with my money. I blindly started following others’ guidance but I wanted help creating a plan that would help me understand what financial success meant for me and create a plan to get there. I left feeling more confident and less anxious about finances. I felt affirmed in my financial decisions and values after working with Denée. She provided clarity, guidance and empowered me to make the right decisions for myself without judgment. I learned to trust myself more when I make decisions and to always stay true to my values in every aspect of my life and especially when it comes to finances.
I joined Fun Finances and Foolery to gain a sense of who and where I was when it came to my finances. I wanted to know what steps I needed to take to create a budget plan, and I wanted to get a better understanding of how my credit score affected things. I, for one, was not a good saver, so I needed some direction in that area. I walked away with tools and vital information to help me on my journey to financial freedom. Not only did this journey help me get financially focused, but there were many sessions that were extremely therapeutic as well. I learned that as a person I am ambitious, capable and driven.
I came to Denée for help with getting my financial life on track. I walked away knowing that small gestures can go a long way in the journey to saving. And if you fall of you can always jump back into the game! I learned that I am better than I believe myself to be, and I can do anything I put my mind to.
You are an amazing woman Denée! I am glad you were brought into my life! :)
Some people in this world are gifted and are doing exactly what they are meant to be doing. Denée is one of those people. She truly is a bright sun shining light on peoples' transformations.
Denée is an inspiration and a healer. She is deeply emotionally present and engaging. I immediately felt comfortable talking to her about my complex relationship with money which I have felt unable to discuss throughout my life. Denée's approach to financial coaching is dynamic and she is able to adjust her depth and skill to meet any person's unique needs. Rather than having a set agenda or assuming to know what a person needs by way of intervention, Denée helps you identify your own challenges and techniques for moving past your barriers. She consistently asks incredible questions, gives individualized homework, and has insight and advice into how you can progress.
Before meeting with Denée, I often felt possessed and or dissociated when making purchases. I thought if I held my breath when swiping my card or if I just didn't look at my bank account that I wouldn't be "caught" struggling so much to feel in control of my spending and saving. I felt helpless and self loathing every time my bank reminded me that I spent more than I saved and every time my card was declined or I incurred an overdraft fee. I also felt paralyzed and overwhelmed around taking steps towards advancing in my job and in my career.
Over the course of 9 months with Denée, I saw myself turn my life around and got to celebrate with her. Some of the things that I was able to accomplish with Denée's support and guidance included:
Conquering medical anxieties inhibiting me from being promoted in my job
Getting promoted at my job!
Feeling in control of my finances and letting go of shame and guilt
Applying to nursing school
Starting therapy and medication
Having honest conversations with myself and loved ones about my needs and boundaries
Starting a savings fund and emergency fund
Identifying not only my core values but my life purpose and future plans
Over the course of my sessions with Denée, I came to stop seeing my finances as separate from the rest of my psychological patterns and life values and started the lifelong journey of balancing saving and spending in ways that neither sacrifice the here and now nor more expansive longer term financial goals.
I cannot more strongly endorse Denée's services. If you are ready to assume control of your finances and of your life and align your decisions with your values, take the leap and know that she will be with you every step of the way!