Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: My audience for both my book and workbook on CD are parents who:
• Desire to reduce their hours to part-time
• Desire to stay home full-time
• Desire to explore new ideas with time and financial management
• Desire to consider options while deciding on their family’s lifestyle

Q: What is the book about?
A: Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family is the definitive guide on how to thrive on less than two incomes.  The purpose of the book is to help families spend less money, and more time together.

We’ve all felt the pressure to “keep up with the Joneses”.  Often it seems like it takes two incomes to survive in today’s economy.  But what if that is not true for your family?  What if your family can thrive on less than two full-time salaries and flourish by spending more time together?  Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family tackles these tough questions using faith-based views and values, and by giving parents encouraging and realistic ideas for a healthy and solid family.

The purpose of Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family is to help parents make decisions about their finances that will allow them to actively seek more time together with their children and spouse.

Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: I have lived using the ideas in my book for ten years.  I can speak from my own experience, and I’ve also included research I did on other families who have thrived on less than two incomes.  In order to balance time with family more effectively, I left my full-time job as a Manager of Performance Development and started my own consulting business. The main reason for this change was that I wanted to be the main caretaker for my children. I was able to balance time with my children while running my own part-time consulting business.

As a motivated organizer teaching family-oriented financial responsibility and decision making, I created my book and workbook on CD as a definitive guide for families to use.  I’ve taught workshops on my topic and will continue to in the future.

I have 15 years of business coaching and training experience, and a Master of Science in Corporate Communication.  I live in upstate New York with my husband and two children.

I have an intense desire to make a difference by sharing what I have learned with others. From the time that I was a child, I felt how powerful family love can be, especially when it is given in the security of God’s love.  I want to try to share some of those same basic principles that I learned and saw demonstrated in my home as a child.  Upon finishing my book, I pray each day to God to ask Him to use my book to help someone in need.

Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic? Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family challenges the two income assumption, and takes you on a journey toward the joy of discovering your family.  My book provides tools that are user friendly, focusing on realistic ideas for families searching for balance in how they spend their time and money.

As a part of the Ditch the series, I also created a Workbook on CD.  The Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family Workbook on CD helps you jump into action and begin making changes right away.  This step-by-step workbook walks you through how to thrive on less than two incomes.  Many concepts from the Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family book are included, along with the following special features:
• Spending and debt diaries
• Monthly bill management system
• Family priorities chart
• A comprehensive action plan for you to begin planning with your family
• A personal coaching session with me, the author.

Through integrity and faith-based principles, I bring practical know-how and enthusiasm for flourishing families to this workbook and personal coaching audio session.

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