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Melanie Lockert on Student loans, debt, suicide, blogging: Dear Debt- Break up with debt today!

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Original show notes: Melanie Lockert on Student loans, debt, suicide, blogging   Today we have one of our favorite bloggers on the show- A theatre student turned professional blogger, Melanie Lockhart and her blog is called Dear Debt. On her blog, she writes some personal thoughts but she also invites others to write break-up letters with debt; something that most find liberating and esteem-building and liberating. Welcome Melanie. [0:51] question Please tell us some more about yourself. $81,000 in student loan debt In 2011 couldn’t find a job   [3:53] question If you could go back and tell your 18- year old self anything, what would it be? Don’t go to a private school Too big of a bill   [4:36] question On your page, I read that people who die by suicide are 8 times more likely to be in debt. Can you explain a little bit more about maybe some warning signs to be on the look-out for? And some resources to help people? Kept getting suicide surge traffic Debt is not a death sentence- you are worth more than your debt National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Text 741741 Don’t be afraid to ask for help   [9:06] question You could create a blog on any topic, why choose debt? Obsessed with my debt Blog was accountability   [10:14] question What are some of the most interesting or inspiring debt stories that you have had on your blog from people? Some are funny Some are heartbreaking Creates a community for support   [11:52] question How often do you publish people’s stories? com à contact page   [12:10] question You said that you normally have about 6 or 7 side hustles going on- what have you done? Writer Editor Pet sitter Event assistant Social media marketer Brand ambassador Mother’s helper   [13:46] question You are also a freelance writer- how did you get started on that? Started blogging Networking with other bloggers   Value link round: [17:06] question Why do you think people fail at reaching their goals? Mindset Money limitations Lack of risk taking Excuses   [20:18] question What books or other podcasts do you recommend to our listeners? Podcast: Martinis and your money Books: Think and Grow Rich & Your money or your life   [21:03] question Best advice someone has ever given you? Be consistent   [21:52] question What’s your favorite quote? I did not get this far, just to get this far   [22:35] question How can people get in touch with you? Website: Twitter: @deardebtblog Book: Dear Debt: A story about breaking up with debt   [22:52] question What is some last advice for listeners before we go? All of this is a journey, you don’t have to do everything perfectly Support this podcast at —

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