Hi there! I’m Maureen.
I’m a writer, entrepreneur, DIYer, photographer, mother to my grown daughter Carrie and grandmother to Lucas, Madelyn, and Aubrey.
Until last year I was also a full-time caretaker to my mother Anne. After her passing my daughter and I decided to join households and we now live together in a multi-generational household.
It’s got it’s ups and downs and challenges and I do my best to maneuver the day to day hurdles of watching my grandchild, running this blog and living life on my own terms. Some days I’m exhausted beyond belief trying to juggle all the demands of my life, and other days I feel like the energizer bunny.
I bet you can relate, I mean we’re all woman and no matter our ages, we bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and are left with the clean up too!
I feel like I know many of you personally. In the five years I’ve been blogging I’ve read countless emails from so many of you – and I’ve read each and every one so I could further understand your struggles, hopes, and dreams.
We have a lot in common – we want to eliminate as much of the chaos in our lives, live a simpler life and live the later part of our days unencumbered by debt and clutter.
My Debt Free Journey…
In 2002, with the sudden loss of my job and a string of bad decisions, I found myself with no savings, $50,000 in credit card debt, $28,000 in student loans, a kid in college and no plan. My breaking point was the day the foreclosure notice came in the mail.
I was desperate to change my financial situation, so I picked myself up from my bootstraps, dusted myself off and started my residential and commercial cleaning business. Over the next several years I grew that business to multi-six figures and began to slowly dig myself out of debt.
Simultaneously, I started to learn everything I could about money, my relationship with it and why I was so addicted to shopping. What I discovered shocked, saddened and surprised me. But ultimately, what I learned transformed me from a broke, credit card wielding shopaholic to a responsible, debt-free woman who has a new found respect for money.
Many people have asked, what was my secret to success?
That’s right, my secret was and still is grounded in acceptance.
You see, getting out of debt and staying out of debt required me to, above all else, accept where I was in that moment. From accepting my desperate circumstances to accepting my financial triumphs, they were and still are important in my overall financial journey.
In my past, I was surrounded by people who were wrapped up in keeping up with the Jones’. I fell into that trap, too. My former best friend’s motto was “Bigger, Better, Best”! And although it’s fine to want nice things, what I know is it becomes very detrimental to your self-worth when you focus solely on what you want and how you’re going to get it.
Through a long and sometimes painful process, I’ve come to accept my circumstances, find joy in the simple things in life and have learned gratitude is the most crucial attitude you can cultivate when you’re moving through any difficult journey.
And so A Mess Free Life was born from the experiences that took me from sky high in debt and stressed out to happy, debt free, and living a simpler, calmer, life.
What It’s All About…
A Mess Free Life is all about helping you become the master of your home, money, and life because let’s face it when our homes and bank accounts are in order; our lives tend to run more smoothly.
I share sensible solutions, and straight from the hip, no holds barred, brutally honest advice about getting out of debt. So if you’re serious about changing your financial circumstances understand I don’t beat around the bush. It won’t help you in the long run, and I only wish I had someone who would have been that honest with me back in the day.
Second, the first step to a debt free life is acceptance of your current circumstances. I’ll provide you with ideas on a new way of living, and I’ll encourage you to enjoy a simple but wonderful life. Ultimately, what that means will be different for each and every one of you.
Third, I’ll show you the best ways to get your home clean. I’ve owned and operated a commercial and residential cleaning business for over 15 years, and in that time I’ve learned some great tricks for cleaning fast and efficiently. I’ll share freely what I know with you.
Lastly, I love to share inspiration to help you achieve the life you always dreamed of. I’ll do my best to share what has worked for me and others.
What Else Gets Me Up In The Morning…
My daughter Carrie is my best friend and closest confidant. Her spirit and laugh are infectious. I would be lost without her.
I never in a million years thought being a grandmother to Lucas would almost surpass being a mom to Carrie. It was love at first sight.
Living in New England is heaven on earth particularly cold, crisp, windy October’s where the leaves are changing colors and creating the most breathtaking scenery.
I’m a cat lover – my daughter loves to tell me I’m one cat shy of becoming the crazy cat lady.
The ocean has an appeal and lure that one wouldn’t understand if you don’t live close enough to enjoy the ocean regularly.
Food. Yup, pretty much any food. When I was a kid, I ate ice cream for breakfast pretty regularly, so it’s safe to say I have a soft spot in my belly for ice cream – coffee heath bar to be exact. Being a great cook, I’m fortunate enough to be able to experiment and test out my creations with family and friends at regular ‘dinner at Moe’s’.
I like to keep it simple; I like to laugh, love coffee and good conversation, but most of all, I love my family. And that pretty much sums me up.
Here at A Mess Free Life, you’ll find a selection of topics I write about regularly. My primary focus is topics related to getting out of debt and mastering your home. Here’s a sampling:
Master Your Home
Master Your Money
I love connecting with my readers, and I particularly enjoy when readers send me their comments, concerns, questions or just to voice their opinion. Rest assured I read every single email that comes from you and I do my best to respond to each and every one. I am inspired and humbled that you share yourself with me so personally, and I don’t take that for granted – not for one single minute.
If you do want to reach out to me, please contact me directly by sending me an email. I can’t wait to open yours!
I’d love for you to join our email list so you can stay up to date on what’s happening here at A Mess Free Life. I promise I won’t clog your inbox, I’ll be respectful of your time and I’ll send you a few goodies every now and then because, hey- that’s how I roll!