Why she inspires me, celebrating female bloggers is a blog series that I started to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.
This post is about Sara Williams from Debt Camel. Sara is retired, however she is a CAB advisor and blogs at Debt Camel to help demystify all things to do with debt. I have to applaud Sara for her dedication to helping others no matter where they are on their debt journey. Her approach to simplifying the process is to be admired as there are many people out there that often get the wool pulled over their eyes by financial jargon. Sara’s straight talking approach is different from the other debt websites out there.
I really do hope Sara inspires you as much as she has me. You too can help celebrate female bloggers by connecting with Sara below and all others in this series. Read on to find out a bit more about Sara.
What makes you smile?
Pretty normal things – good food, good wine, the company of my adult children, walking my spaniel when it’s nice weather. I used to love travelling, but I’ve seen a lot of places and there really is nowhere better than home! As a blogger, finding the right turn of phrase, or way to structure an article, can be very satisfying – a quiet smile that no one else sees.
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I’ll swap lives with Theresa May please! One day will be plenty of time to go out on the steps of Number 10 and announce that I had given Brexit my best shot and there is no way it is going to be anything other than a disaster for the country, so it’s cancelled. I would also like the swap to be on one of the days when I volunteer at my local CAB. I think it would do the Prime Minister good to see the real problems people are struggling with.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
First has to be my two children. They are the best! It has been a privilege to watch them grow up and develop. I used to work in the City devising and implementing some big projects in a rather obscure niche. I had a free hand to build a team and get the job done and my team were great, a pleasure to work with. The hours were daft, and ultimately incompatible with being a single parent, but for a few years it was the best job in the world and we worked miracles together. I am still so proud of what we achieved.
And I am now very proud of my blog. I never expected more than 50,000 people a month would be looking at it. Nor that people would contact me with news stories to publish. It has turned into a huge amount of work but it’s very varied – in the last month I have written about topics varying from very old student loans and ways to reduce your Xmas spending to the new forms people get sent if they are being taken to court for a CCJ.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?
Don’t worry about what you are going to do when you are grown up! Your working life will be long, you will do several completely different jobs in it, most of which weren’t planned in advance and which you could never have imagined aged 16. So keep learning new things, keep interested in the world around you and keep your eyes open for what you could do next.
What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?
I am lucky that I am retired and can do what I like. And very lucky that with my blog I can spend my time on a fascinating subject – debt advice in England – that also helps so many people. Sometimes writing the next article seems like a chore, but it’s comments like these on my blogs that keep me going:
- “This month was the first ever in over 8 years I had no payday loans to repay.” (from a reader who has got refunds of the interest she paid on payday loans.)
- “thanks so much for this useful article. Armed with your information I challenged the Halifax to change a default date. They corrected it and awarded me £250 compensation .” (from a reader who had an error on his credit record).
Connect with Sara
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