Today we’d like to introduce you to Maclyne Josselin Warner.
Maclyne, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I call my story the “Seventy Dollar Selfie”.
I was living in Connecticut (just 20 minutes outside of the state of NY) at the time and a friend came to visit me so we could tour the Big Apple.
We decided the Hop On Hop Off tour bus, would be the cheapest and best way to see all of the major landmarks. Our selfie in front of the Empire State Building would change my life forever.
He asked to see the selfies we had taken, and without giving it a second thought, I handed him my phone. “Oh Crap!” I forgot to close my banking app. And there it was, my $70 account balance. He looked at me and asked, “Is this all the money you have?” I snatched my phone back in embarrassment.
It was only then that I realized something was wrong with how I was living.
I couldn’t explain why I only had $70 left in my bank account. I was living at home and my only financial responsibilities were my cell phone bill and gas for my car. I was at my first salaried job right out of college and I didn’t have the weight of student loans, but here I was with a measly $70 left to my name, just 3 days after getting paid.
I continued to live from paycheck to paycheck for the next 3 months until I finally decided to get intentional about finding help.
When I got help, people around me started to ask for help also. I was invited to do a radio interview, my trainer exchanged his services to me for financial coaching and I was invited to speak to groups in NY.
It was then that I knew people needed this help and I decided to create a business around what I was already offering my community.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth Road? Nah. My biggest struggle is not knowing what I don’t know. My business mentor has been extremely instrumental in guiding my path.
Please tell us about Project 13:7.
I teach Financial Literacy. I specialize in budgeting, creating debt elimination plans and helping people establish a rhythm for saving in an emergency account.
I am most proud of my work with single moms.
Sets me apart? My complimentary service to single moms.
Practical Podcast Discussions.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I begged my mom for a Walkman all year and for Christmas, it looked like she just got me pajamas… when in fact, the Walkman was wrapped inside those pajamas.
- Website: projectthirteenseven.com