Benefit of my sister moving to Nashville? I get to visit Ramsey Solutions!
Mom, Dad, and I were killing time before Taylor got off of work on Tuesday, so I convinced them to take me down to Ramsey Solutions to stop into the lobby while Dave was on the air. I walked through those doors and wow I wasn’t alone. About 20 people were in the lobby, too! I was blown away, and it was kind of surreal.
I missed the first hour debt free scream. Here is, I assume, Jarod and Joylynn signing the plexiglass wall:
The Wall: Get out of debt using Dave Ramsey’s principles and you, too, can sign this wall.
Oh, the wall? It’s full. Now they are using smaller plexiglass rectangles and even those are getting filled up with signatures from amazing individuals and couples. Wow!
Because the room was so crowded, I had plenty of opportunity to say hello to lots of folks. I sat in a chair next to a couple who are outside of the 6-month window for the debt free scream to be done on-air, but they are DEBT FREE. Yeah, buddy. She told me that she bought a new car, her first big girl purchase, and the next day her brother (in law?) gave her The Total Money Makeover. She cried. But she kept the car and paid it off diligently.
I also met Chris, who was doing his debt free scream in the third hour (no scream during the second hour… bummed I missed one live). This kid (he’s 24, I think) paid off $16.5k in 16 months. He knew it down to the day. Oh, and he was only making between $24,000 – $27,000/year.
I also had the chance to listen to the radio show live. Dave Ramsey does exist… behind glass. Haha, there’s a really funny sign at the bottom of the full-length window that says, “please do not feed the monkey.”
Dave sits behind the glass and never comes out? Nope. He’s a real person, super nice, and kind! I shook his hand!
So, yep, Dave does exist. Kat (the Ramsey Solutions lobby’s head honcho, basically?) mentioned that on the upcoming break Dave would be coming out to say hello, sign stuff, take pictures. “What? I didn’t know that! I never even expected that to happen.” She kind of laughed… I think I was the only one there who didn’t know Mr. Ramsey occasionally greeted people. 🙂
He came out, promptly extended his hand with a smile, and said, “hello, and where are you from?”
I have no clue what I said after I stumbled over- “Willia- I mean, Huntington, West Virginia.” At some point in this 20 second encounter, I mentioned I was excited to coordinate my first Financial Peace University. I think he said, “alright!, that’s cool.” I’m not sure. But he did say that they have something special for all of the coordinators that stop by. I’ll post that little gift later, stay tuned!
I’ll leave you with these two photos:
Amazing things happen inside the Ramsey Solutions building. Amazing people, amazing stories, amazing faith. Again, I will be back here in less than 5 years. I will do my scream, and I look forward to waiting until that day. This journey will be fantastic!