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Amanda Krill Amanda Krill designer. mother. wanderluster.

Amanda Krill is a wife, mom, web designer, and traveler. Her goals in life are to make sure her kids are well-rounded and to see the world (with her family along for the ride). [http://amandakrill.com]

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I had three children in four years and got myself into a load of credit card debt that ended up being about $64,000. It was shocking and horrible and almost tore my marriage apart. But I’m sure everything happens for a reason. Because of the debt, I started trying to find creative ways to make money. I didn’t want my husband to know about the debt and I wanted my family to stay together – they’re what’s most meaningful to me.

I started writing for a couple of websites and exploring other ways of making money, ending up as a virtual assistant for a man doing a website about saving marriages, which was ironic. I got more and more clients and, this year, went from being a virtual assistant to designing websites. My debt is almost completely gone. My husband quit the job he hated and is now doing what he loves. Our little family is happier than it’s ever been. As soon as the debt is completely paid off, we’ll begin to travel.

My parents always told me I could do whatever I wanted to. I’ve never really pinpointed what was going on in my head that caused me to get as far into debt as I did, but the fact that I’d paid off almost half of it before my husband found out was very empowering and exciting, because I realized that I really could do whatever I wanted to. Of course, my husband and I are very supportive of our children doing what ever it is that makes them happy, too.

I don’t know what the future will bring. I’m kind of scared to plan, because I feel like the plans God has for me are so much bigger than the plans I have for myself. Five years ago, I never would have imagined that I’d be where I am now, and I love what I’m doing now.

In my experience, the number one reason people don’t lead meaningful lives is because of fear. When I feel afraid, I usually call a good friend and she talks me through it. I also tend to force myself to do what I’m afraid of, because I have a theory that if I’m afraid of something, it’s probably what I should be doing.

– Amanda Krill

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