Come Alive, Dear Reader – An Important Message

Come Alive, Dear Reader

Good morning, readers! We have a very important message for you today from a very special guest. Amber is going to be talking to you about how important it is to come alive. Well, I won’t give too much away. Enjoy!

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Come Alive, Dear Reader

When was the last time you helped a stranger in need? Or are you too busy? Too lost in your own chaos? Or, like many of us, are you too overwhelmed by constant access to information that sometimes you’re just blinded to it all?

Despite the motivational memes and inspirational pins flashing otherwise, we are often discouraged when it comes to shaping the world we’ll pass on to our children. We instead leave the tough choices to corrupt political leaders, money-hungry corporate directors, or social activists whose lifestyles seem far removed from our own. It is both sad and ironic that in a country born from revolution, few of us do more beyond “signing” yet another online petition.

For many, civic withdrawal is now the norm.

Is it any wonder, though? You can’t log into Facebook or open your e-mail without being bombarded by sad stories of families in need, babies dying, or homes burning. It’s easier to ignore it. Those who don’t, those who choose to feel, are often thought to be crazy.

When our individual autonomy is brought into question, by ourselves or others, our instinct is to bristle and call the others obsessed or ignorant. We need this cynical submission to numb the pain of our own unrealized hopes.

Imagine, though, if we applied that cynicism to all areas of our life. Rather than encouraging little Billy to try to hit the ball just one more time, we tell him to lay down the bat, he’ll never go pro. Or when our toddler runs up to us after a day away, rather than swoop her up in a hug, we step back and suspect her of wanting something more from us than just our love.

We have to take chances on people, to believe in them and motivate them, lest we crumble as an entire society. If we continue to turn in and look only at our screens, the physical world will gray and decompose.

Being an adult is brutal, especially if you’re an adult born of the Millennial generation.

You’re caught between those who recall life before “the Facebook” and those who think you’re old because you’re not sure just how SnapChat works, but you’re pretty sure you want to avoid any risk of d*** pics. It’s exhausting trying to balance it all, to keep up without crashing.

We have to, though.

We must carry on and set a better example for our children. We must be involved, not just from our computer screens, but actually, physically, involved. March in a protest. Attend a political rally. Volunteer one weekend a month with your children. ANYTHING that gets you out that door and involved in molding our world.

As Howard Thurman once said: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Come alive, dear reader. And do it today.

Amber is owner of, a website dedicated to helping people spend their time and money wisely. She also works as a financial coach and offers one-on-one time management classes. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Live in the Moment or Pay off Debt? – Embracing the Dichotomy

Live in the Moment or Pay off Debt?

YOLO – the popular phrase that almost everyone knows, You Only Live Once. It’s a phrase that started as a joke, but has built into our beings the true meaning of this dichotomy we are stuck in: do we live in the moment or do we plan for tomorrow?

Do you eat that slice of cake or do you go for a run?

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For some it means more than for others, but no matter who you are I can bet that the dichotomy is vividly present in your life. For those with debts, it becomes even more present.

Should I live in the moment or work hard to pay off my debt now?

The Dichotomy of the Present and the Future

There’s a dichotomy present within the world today and it’s focused on debt. No, it’s focused on whether you should live in the moment or live for tomorrow, but for many? This means deciding whether to live for today or pay off debts.

Let’s face the facts. The majority of people between the ages of 18-40 have debt that is higher than their income. The combined debt of my wife and I is over 3 times our combined income – it’s not something that’s going away any time soon. A study I read recently said that somewhere between 70-80% of millennials are putting their lives on hold because their debt is so high. My wife and I are a part of that group as I’m sure many of my readers are as well.

So, the dichotomy is: do we live in the moment, present, happy, focusing on the good or do we think toward the future and how we want to live better then?

Choosing to Live in the Moment Means Fewer Regrets (& more debt)

There are so many reasons to choose this side. An article I read last night stated the nine most common regrets that people had at the end of their lives. The article was posted by MindBodyGreen and was a fantastic read – Click HERE to read it.

Now, there were many regrets stated, but here are a few that pertain to this post.

  1. “I wish I had not spent so much time working”
  2. “I wish I had taken more risks”
  3. “I wish I had been happier and enjoyed life more”
  4. “I wish I had done more for others”
  5. “I wish I had chosen work that was meaningful for me”

Read more on each of these by clicking HERE (you can read the rest of the points as well).

The problem is: most of these regrets are focused on what they could have done in the present – and directly affect your debt repayment. For those asking how to get out of debt fast, it can be hard to see why these areas would be important.

  1. We are encouraged to work extra shifts, pick up side jobs, and work as much as we can now despite so many regretting working so much.
  2. We are encouraged to “play it safe” and pay our bills fast instead of traveling, seeing the world, and doing the unthinkable.
  3. We are focused on our debt and how consuming it is, struggling and fighting to enjoy our lives and feel happiness.
  4. We are encouraged to keep our money and put it all toward debt, despite the desperate needs that are present in our community, in our friends, in the world.
  5. We are encouraged to stick with whatever job we can find, despite how unhappy it makes us, because we need to pay our debts off quickly.

Choosing to live in the moment is something that we hear about every day. From the teenagers shouting “YOLO” on the streets to the millennials trying to have a baby despite tens of thousands of dollars of debt they are under. We are encouraged to live our lives to the fullest – leaving the debt where it is because it’ll be there tomorrow, but we might not be.

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Choosing to Live in the Future Means Sacrificing the Now (& more regrets)

When does choosing to live in the moment moment become too much? Or rather, when is it not enough? I ask myself every day whether I should focus more wholeheartedly on living in the moment, enjoying every minute and when I should ask myself: do I really want to plan for no tomorrow?

So many times we hear the phrase: Tomorrow isn’t promised. And it’s true. It’s absolutely, 100% true.

Tomorrow ISN’T promised.

But if history has taught us anything it’s that tomorrow is pretty likely. We can live our lives to the fullest now, ensuring to have no regrets, while in our mind we are half-expecting that tomorrow won’t happen. We are living like there is no tomorrow quite literally.

When tomorrow comes though: will we regret being stuck in debt when we could have been out? Will we regret suffering from lack of funds, living paycheck to paycheck because we knew there was a chance that we wouldn’t be here today?

Planning for the future means working those extra few hours, skimping on the trips, and putting our all toward paying off debt so that our future can be brighter. Believing fully that tomorrow will come and tomorrow will pass and the world will continue to spin as it always has. Is living like there is no tomorrow truly a smart and advisable way to live?

Monetarily? Probably not.

Embracing the Dichotomy

Therein lies the problem. Do we focus our attention on living for today or for tomorrow? How can we embrace both?

For my wife and I, we have come to believe in the importance of embracing the dichotomy. As you can read in my blog’s tagline: our goal is to live our lives to the fullest. But it doesn’t end there, does it?

Our tagline is to live our lives to the fullest on a frugal budget. Instead of accepting that only one way or the other works with the amount of debt that we have, we have chosen to embrace the dichotomy.

  • Sure, we spend a lot of time working, but we choose to work at jobs that help us to feel fulfilled, that are meaningful to us. If we have to work at a job we hate, we spend some time searching for a job we love while we do it.
  • We may have to work extra hours, but during our non-working hours we enjoy each others company; we laugh, we smile, we love deeply, and we experience the joys of the world.
  • Yes, we skimp on trips and extravagant purchases, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have quality experiences in the here and now. We find loads of free things to do that help us to embrace our need for adventure, our curiosity, and lead us to an outgoing and altogether wonderful life.
  • When people need help, we focus on helping them. We may not send large donations to each organization that we believe in – though we certainly hope to someday – instead, we help those we are close to. When people need food, we feed them. If someone needs a little bit of money, we help them when we can. We do what we can to help the world within our budget – knowing that when the time comes and our debt is paid, we can help the world more fully.

We embrace the dichotomy because we understand that life is fluid.

The world is a scary place and I will be the first one to tell you that living in the moment is crucial to leading a happy life. Anything can happen – today, tomorrow, next week. We are never truly as safe as we believe. There’s always something that could happen.

But focusing on that doesn’t seem like a very fruitful way to spend my time either. In fact, it seems pretty depressing to be quite honest.

Then again, living for only tomorrow means losing out on all of these beautiful, wonderful, marvelous days. One of my favorite quotes by Anne Lamott reads

“Oh my God. What if you wake up some day and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big, juicy, creative life of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.”

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I don’t want to miss out on this crazy, wild, and amazing life I was given because I’m focused on debts. It’s a dichotomy we face every day. So, what does that mean?

It means that living life to the fullest doesn’t have to cost more it just has to be more. Yes, you read that right. Your life needs to be more than it is. Focus on each gorgeous minute, each beautiful hour, each extraordinary day.

It doesn’t have to be so hard; your life. It just doesn’t.

No matter where you are in your debt repayment, you can live in the moment while still living for tomorrow. Let yourself experience the beauty and the pain, but most importantly, remember not to lose these days.

My wife and I find happy moments every, single day to remind us of how much we love our lives. We live in the moment while paying off our debts quickly.

It’s hard, but it’s possible.

I’m not telling you that you should try to embrace the dichotomy. I’m telling you that you have to.

So many believe that you are going to have regrets regardless of the decision you make – it’s just which regret do you want. You either live in the moment now and regret it when you are struggling to make ends meet or live in the future and regret it when you’re older. I’m here to tell you that those things you hear? They aren’t true! You don’t have to choose one regret over the other – say no to both of them and choose to live a life that is extraordinary.

Live in the moment and work for tomorrow.

You can do this.

You need to.

Now, go.


How Our Debt is Holding Us Back

How Our Debt is Holding Us Back

Many of you may have read about our debt before. We have sure had our share of it and I am convinced that most of you reading this post have, too. I’ve written countless times about where our debt comes from, what our debt looks like, and how our debt is being paid off. What I don’t write about often, though, is how our debt is holding us back.

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How Our Debt is Holding Us Back

As a blogger, I also adore reading other bloggers around the blogosphere. Basically, I spend a lot of free time (or time where I should be sleeping) scrolling through posts from other bloggers. Anyway, I have a few favorites that I visit time and time again and as you may have guessed, most of them have something to do with frugal living or paying off debt.

One of my absolute favorite, dream-to-be-like-her bloggers can be found at Believe in a Budget – her name is Kristin. Like me on DIY Jahn, she began documenting her journey to get out of debt on her blog. Now she teaches people how to do it.

Anyway, why do I tell you about her? Well, one of my big scary blog goals was to write for her site (and a few others) and guess what?

She has accepted my guest post!

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I’ve loved chatting with her about it and now the post has become live on her site as How Our Debt is Holding Us Back!

I would love it if you would hop over there and read the post, leave a comment, or share it on your social media!

You can find it by clicking HERE or using this link:

Thanks for supporting my journey and stay tuned for more this week!

Merry Christmas | The Jahn Family

Merry Christmas – The Jahn Family

Merry Christmas, dear readers! I have sure enjoyed spending these last two months with you – and my, how quickly they have gone! I can’t believe that DIY Jahn is already over two months old, has over 100 views a day, a fair number of email subscribers, and comments on almost every post!


We’ve posted over 60 blog posts, spent countless hours researching and writing posts that you would find helpful, and even more hours building relationships with you all. It’s been a roller coaster and I am so excited to continue moving forward as we approach 2016.

With that being said, I wanted to take some time to let you all know how grateful I am for you. Paying off our almost $200,000 worth of debt is a lot of work – it’s stressful, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. However, knowing we have people to support us during this time means so much: Thank you.

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We have paid off over $10,000 so far toward our debt (in a little over 2 and a half months, not bad, right?). And we have over $180,000 left to go. Every little bit counts and just by reading this blog you are helping us to reach our goals.

Again, I want to thank you for building this relationship, reading our posts, and commenting when you can! Thank you.

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Now, I know not all of you celebrate Christmas, so for those who don’t – happy holidays, or happy Friday, whatever you prefer! For those who do celebrate, Merry Christmas!

As a reward, here are some pictures of our adorable puppy, Sofi, wishing you all a Merry Christmas. And yes, we are the weirdos who dress our dog up for Christmas photos, but she’s just so cute we can’t help it.

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Thank you for reading, again, and I hope you’ll continue to follow us through the New Year.

Enjoy your holiday!

-The Jahn Family

20 Free Things to do to Make You Happy

20 Free Things

Good morning, readers! I want to share with you another wonderful opportunity that I had this past week to write a post about 20 Free Things to do to Make You Happy. I was contacted by a fellow blogger to write a guest post for her Inspirational Site – called Painted Tea Cup. Her site has tons of great information about Chronic Illness, Inspiration, and Essential Oils.

Of course, I was happy to have the opportunity to share my post with her and quickly began working on what to write. I wanted to create an inspirational post that fit my blog’s theme: living life to the fullest on a frugal budget. So, of course, that’s where my post came about: 20 Free Things to do to Make You Happy.

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Head on over to Painted Tea Cup to read my post by clicking HERE.

How my wife and I are utilizing 20 free things

After I posted the guest blog, I knew I had to spend some time just relaxing and enjoying my wife’s company. I want to always remember how at this time in our lives, it is so easy to go home and watch Friends and be together. Last night we watched the last episode in the Friends series – we tend to fall in love with television shows and binge watch them through to the end. Anyway, we have been hooked on Friends recently so that’s how we spent our time.

After the episode ended, I got out my canvas and paints and began painting my goal board for 2016 (I’ll write about that soon) and my wife got out her keyboard and practiced some Christmas carols. She sang loudly and proudly and filled the room with her beautiful music. Our puppy, Sofi, cuddled up against my side as I painted. It was a beautiful evening – we relaxed, enjoyed each other’s company, and didn’t have to spend a dime.

What are you working on to be happy each day?

Don’t forget to read my guest post: 20 Free Things to do to Make You Happy

20 something goals before 25

20 something goals before 25

Before I get into my 20 something goals, I have a story – don’t I always? Yesterday I decided that I no longer wanted to act like an adult for the weekend. After spending the week Adulting – keeping the house cleaned, working, stressing about finances, I was ready to just relax. My wife and I slept late, ate soup for breakfast with homemade noodles, watched our favorite show, and decided we wanted to play in the snow.

It was a fabulous day up until the point where I set my soup bowl on the ground to let my dog finish it up and stood back up quickly only to hit my head on the corner of the counter. But we didn’t let that ruin our day because my wife and I have vowed to live life to the fullest each and every day that we are alive. Which means not letting a bump on the head force us to have a bad day.

It caused me to start thinking about other ways I work to live my life to the fullest (and ways I don’t work so hard). So, I’ve decided to make 20 something goals to complete before I turn 25 (October 2016) – I can’t believe I’m that old! I know I may not finish all 20 something of them, but I will work my hardest to finish as many as humanly possible. I’ll be crossing them off as the year moves forward and I’ll keep you all up-to-date on the progress!

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My 20 Something Goals

1.) Pay off at least 20 percent of my debt – which is around $40,000. So far, we have paid off 5% (which is almost $10,000 in only 10 weeks). This is the most important of my 20 something goals and my number one priority.

2.) Take a vacation to somewhere new – We’ve gone a lot of places, but I want to see somewhere new before I’m 25!

3.) Follow through on a No Spend Challenge – We’re trying this in January, stay tuned for more info!

4.) Get more true followers / readers on DIY Jahn – I’d love to up my reader base to have more people. More people = more comments = more conversation = more relationships = more fun.

5.) Graduate from my Masters Program – or at least finish all of the requirements (graduation is technically in November).

6.) Learn at least 20 new recipes from Julia Child – For my birthday, my wife bought me Julia Child’s famous cookbook. I’d love to work my way through at least 20 new recipes before my next birthday.

Find it here:

7.) Bring Henry back to life – Henry is my tree. He’s beautiful and has long, flow-y leaves. I suck at caring for plants though and he’s kind of dying. I want to keep him alive and get him back to his full, green self.

8.) Complete P90x3 again – I did the full P90x3 program once and loved it. I would love to complete it again before I turn 25 and continue building my strength.

9.) Speaking of exercise: Lose 40 pounds – Ultimately, I want to lose enough weight to be within a healthy weight range for my height. For now, I will stick to saying lose 40 pounds because I think that’s a good goal for this amount of time.

10.) Finish My Monopoly – Last year for Christmas we bought the My Monopoly game, but we haven’t finished putting it together yet. I’d love to make it!

11.) Write a book draft – I don’t write often and I’m not great at it, but I truly enjoy writing. So, I would like to finish an entire book draft by the time I turn 25. Just a fiction novel for fun.

12.) Turn my blog posts into an eBook – Speaking of writing, I’d love to make an eBook for my blog. I’m not sure the topic yet, but I’m thinking it will be based on my Make Money Online Series (view posts HERE).

13.) Read at least 10 books – I’m bad at reading. I love reading books and getting captivated by the story, being taken away into new worlds and loving the characters, but I’m horrible at actually following through and making time to read. So, I would like to finish at least 10 books before I turn 25.

14.) Take more pictures for fun – I would like to go on more photo walks, take more pictures, and get behind the lens more often. I absolutely love doing photography and experiencing nature all at once. I’d love to take advantage of the area we live in and enjoy it more often.

15.) Speaking of pictures: Learn Instagram for the blog – I don’t know much about Instagram, but I would love to learn how to use it for DIY Jahn. I think it’s a great resource, plus as I said, I love photos.

16.) Don’t buy any boxed pasta – Except Mac and Cheese, of course. I’d like my wife and I to make our own, homemade, fresh pasta forever – and I’d like to save money on pasta purchases.

17.) Quit drinking Mountain Dew – I have a love-hate relationship with Mountain Dew, but I’ll tell you right now that it’s mostly the love side. It’s so delicious, refreshing, and wonderful, but it’s SO unhealthy. By the time I turn 25, I would like to have quit Mountain Dew in its entirety.

18.) Go sailing – I absolutely adore sailing, but haven’t gotten to go in a long time. I’d love to get out again this summer and maybe even try out Serendipity (My wife and I’s sailboat).

19.) Fix Serendipity – Actually, that’s a great goal too. I’d like to fix Serendipity up enough that she can be licensed and stable in the lake.

20.) Go camping – As with sailing, I love camping, but rarely get to go. I would like to take some time this year to actually go camping and just spend the weekend away with my wife and our puppy.

21.) Play the cello – I played the cello all through school, for almost 12 years! But I let it slip away and haven’t played for a few years now. I would like to take Oliver, my cello, out, dust him off, fix him up, and spend some time just playing him.

22.) Build our record collection – We have recently taken up the hobby of collecting records. It would be great to build up our collection though. I would like to have at least 10 more records that I love in our collection.

23.) Finish sketches for my sister-in-law – My sister-in-law asked me to do a couple of drawings of her family – her and her husband (my brother), her daughters (my nieces), and her parents. I told her I would get them done, but haven’t had the time yet. I plan to have these completed and gifted to her by the time I turn 25

24.) Paint a canvas for my wife’s office – My wife works as an outpatient therapist for a behavioral center and she is moving to a new office soon. She wants me to paint her a picture to help decorate her new office – and that is my goal!

Ready for the Challenge

It’s going to be hard to complete all of these in one year, maybe even impossible, but I have to try. I want to have something to show for my 24th year of life and the best thing I can do is to complete these 20 something goals.

BUT I’d love your help! Comments and encouragements are always welcome. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

What are your goals for this new year? Share them below!

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Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through Fronto and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest. Also, please not that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

Earn money online & live life to the fullest – MMO Series

Live life to the fullest and earn money online with this simple sales technique!

About a year ago, I was definitely not focusing on how to earn money online. In fact, I could care less about a lot of things.

I was so oblivious that I didn’t notice the daze that I was in throughout my every day life. My head was fogged and clouded for a good part of 2014. It was difficult to concentrate and focus. It create a distance between my work and I, my relationships and I, hell, pretty much my life and I.

That’s when a friend came in and offered me a solution in the form of a beverage. She told me all about how it was this healthy energy drink, chock-full of vitamins, ready to give me back the life I wanted to lead. I have to be honest, I thought it was kind of crazy that this beverage could help me to feel better overall, become more energized, and reengage in my work and social life. I was hesitant to believe that this sort of “miracle cure” could truly exist, but I figured that it certainly couldn’t hurt to try it, right?

I drank the miracle beverage and began to think more clearly than I had in months. I was able to complete tasks, converse with friends, and I didn’t feel fatigued. It was an energy drink that helped me to feel focused without feeling overly caffeinated – that’s certainly something to sneeze at!

So, what is this magical beverage? It’s called Spark.

Now that my wife and I have experienced this miracle-drink, we have become obsessed. Because of Spark, my wife has a lucrative way to earn money online and we both feel better about our day to day lives. This amazing product has helped me to live life to the fullest. What could that hurt?

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!

Earn Money Online & Live Life to the Fullest

As is common with many direct sales companies, people tend to believe that Advocare is simply a scam. However, it is absolutely not. Advocare gives people the chance to live life to the fullest – whether that’s by helping them gain energy, reengage, lose weight, or earn money online.

Advocare offers a plethora of programs and products to help everyone to reach their goals. Some products include: Spark (of course), the 24-Day Challenge (focused on helping you lose weight), meal replacement shakes, Workout DVDs, and more in lines of Trim, Active, Well, Performance Elite, and Skincare.

“Since 1993, AdvoCare has been a world-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance…Out products are formulated by an elite Scientific and Medical Advisory Board with over 200 years combined experience in pharmacology, toxicology, nutrition, sports performance, and pediatrics.” – Advocare website

While I personally believe that Spark is the most glorious of all products, I have heard great things of all their other products as well. I will be honest and state that I did not like the 24-Day Challenge, but that is because of the negative reaction between the herbal vitamins and my blood pressure pills. My opinion will probably be much different once I try it again, now that I’m off my blood pressure medication!

Not only does Advocare offer great products, but they also offer assistance in how to earn money online and pay off debt, which is great for those stuck in the grasp of student debt. Their website explains, and we have seen, “millions of Americans are searching for more…time with family … extra income … freedom from debt … an overall balanced and healthy lifestyle.”

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If you are looking to earn money online from a company that truly desires to help you live life to the fullest, search no further. Advocare is the company for you.

How to Get Started as an Advocare Distributor

1.) Sign up for a FREE account using this link (HERE):
Why this link? Simple. By signing up on this link, you get support from awesome people like my wife and I!

2.) Try Spark! You won’t regret it, I can guarantee that. Or try some other products such as the 24-Day Challenge or Rehydrate.

3.) Become a Distributor on our link (HERE) and begin selling products that TRULY change lives.

Are you ready to take the Advocare challenge, begin to earn money online, and make a difference in the lives of your family, your friends, and yourself? Sign up today!


Thank you for sticking around for our Make Money Online Series. A new post will be coming out on Friday – don’t forget to check back in!

If you have topics you would like to contribute or would like us to cover on how making extra cash is possible during our Make Money Online Series, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through Fronto and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest. Also, please not that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving – The Jahn Family

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Today, on this very special day, I would simply like to wish you all a very, very happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, my lovely readers. I truly wish that this Thanksgiving time is a blissful time for you all. After a stressful season at work, in class, or with the kids, it’s important to take some time to relax – even if it doesn’t always seem possible.

We know how hard it can be: you’re living life, you’re chasing your dreams, your keeping up with the demands, you’re just trying to get by. It’s HARD. Life can be really hard. So, today, we hope that you will take time to relax. Let someone else chase the kids for a moment, allow yourself to feel peace, remember that you are important too.

Take time today to smell the roses, to listen to the snow fall, to watch your dog sleep, to smell the delicious food, to relax, to rest, and allow yourself to simply be.

Remember the things you are thankful for: your friends, family, the roof over your head, the carpet beneath your feet, the heat that warms your house, the food on the table, the clothes on your back, the life that you lead, the world that you live in.

You should live life to the fullest each and every day, but especially today. Take time to smile.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, from the Jahn family.

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Thank you, readers, for sticking around this past month and a half of DIY Jahn. We are so excited to continue moving forward and so glad that you are all sticking around to see what becomes of this blog.

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Liebster Award Nomination from the Wardrobe Stylist

Exciting news: I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the Wardrobe Stylist.
Thank you, Rania, for nominating me for my first blogging award – the Liebster award!

First of all, I want to wish my beautiful wife a happy, HAPPY birthday. 🙂 I love you, my darling.

Liebster Award Nomination

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The rules for this Liebster award nomination are as follows:

  1. Acknowledge and thank the blogger who nominated you and display the award. (don’t forget to link back to them!)
  2. Answer the 10 questions posed by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give 10 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate up to 10 bloggers that you think deserve the award.
  5. Tell the bloggers you have nominated them.
  6. Provide them with 10 questions to answer. (or use the ones from the person who nominated you!)

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Okay, you can also decline the Liebster award if you want, but I don’t know why you would.


So, now to complete the task at hand – here are my answers to Rania’s 10 Liebster award questions.

1.) Why and when did you start blogging?

I actually just started blogging recently. I began developing content in later September / early October for my blog, DIY Jahn, which went live on October 15, 2015. The reason I started blogging? Well, there are a couple.

First of all, I love writing. I graduated with a degree in English and an emphasis on Creative Writing. I suppose it’s because my mom was always a big writer. Anyway, I love writing.

Second, I have a shit-ton of debt and I’m working hard to pay it off. So, I am using my blog to help keep me accountable in paying off debt (and maybe even help me earn a little extra money in the process).

Finally, I’m hoping that my blog will help inspire people to pay off their debt and give them the motivation they need to get there.

2.) What inspires you to blog?

My wife. When we got married, I realized that I am now responsible for providing her with the life she has always dreamed of. While I know it isn’t all on me and we are a partnership, I still feel a responsibility to make sure she leads a wonderful life. I want her to have everything – even if that means sacrificing more of my time to make that happen. I hope she is always happy, always living life to the fullest, always able to do anything and everything she dreams.

3.) What are you most proud of?

Most proud of… It really depends on the area of my life you are referring to: my blog, my everyday life, my person, my journey, etc.

When it comes to my blog? I’m most proud of my ability to continually provide content – each and every day. I really think that this will end up being a huge help in the future of DIY Jahn.

In my everyday life? My ability to provide a home for my wife, food for our table, and enough extra money to have fun once in a while.

When it comes to my person? I’m proud of my ability to stay calm in stressful situations. This is especially important while working at a summer camp where there is inherent risk in everything.

My journey? I’m proud of how far I’ve come with paying off my debt in only two months. We’ve paid off almost $10,000 (which is only a start, but still). And I’ve been able to find some extra side jobs to make some extra cash, so I’m pretty proud of that too. You can read how we are saving money and paying off debt here and how we are trying to make extra money online here.

4.) What’s your favorite social media platform?

I enjoy utilizing Facebook for both personal and professional needs. I don’t go on Twitter, Instagram, or other platforms often, but I do have accounts on some of them. I’ll have to figure out how they work.

5.) What is one thing that you are thankful for?

One thing? Only one thing? Well, I’m thankful for the world we live in. It is such a beautiful and marvelous creation. You can read about 5 things I’m grateful for here or how I think we all need to just stop and smell the roses here.

6.) What brings you joy?

My dog, Sofi, brings me so much joy. I absolutely love her. She is funny, goofy, silly, and crazy, but she is also sweet, caring, and loving. She works as a camp staffer in the summer to help homesick campers. In the winter, we call her Snow-fi, because she loves to play in the snow. She’s so much fun!


7.) Where do you mostly go to get your blogging answers?

I am a part of some great Facebook blogger groups that have helped me a lot, but I am still in the process. Let me tell you, it is quite a journey. How the hell does SEO work? I have no idea, but I’m learning.

8.) Favorite hobbies or pass-times?

I guess I really enjoy the outdoors, whatever that may mean. I LOVE to sail, but rarely get to anymore. I love swimming and anything having to do with water. I love driving the Whaler (speed boat) around West Lake (a huge lake near us). I also love going on hikes, sitting in the grass, and watching the stars and lightening bugs impersonate each other.

That being said, I also really enjoy photography and would love to do more with it. I love art: painting, drawing, building, molding, crocheting, anything. I also play the cello and the guitar.

So, I guess I’m interested in a lot of things, but don’t have time to do most of them lately.

9.) Who’ve you been admiring lately?

Sarah Titus. She’s a rock star. She writes amazingly well, she gives great information, and she leaves you wanting more. She has taught me so much about budgeting, earning money, and paying off debt. I love reading her blog.

10.) Best book or blog you’ve ever read?

I’m going to go with book since I just talked about a blog in the previous question. My favorite book is Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist. It’s a book about a young man’s journey to finding his treasure, but it is so deep. If you are looking for a book that will change your life, I definitely encourage you to get this one. Check it out here:


Alright, so the next section of the Liebster award is about giving. Specifically: it’s about giving ten random facts about yourself. So, here goes my ten random facts about me (that you may or may not already know).

1.) I can speak Norwegain. Or could… when I was going to school I decided to get a minor in Scandinavian Studies. They took away the classes in my final semester so I couldn’t actually finish the minor (and then brought them back a semester later). Anyway, I learned a lot about Norwegian and spoke Norwegian fairly fluently. It’s a struggle now, but I bet I could pick it back up if I tried.

2.) I have a work husband. I work at a summer camp and one of my best friends is one of our only full-time employees. He is my work husband. We spend ten hours a day together, we are jokingly referred to as the mom and dad of staff, and we go on trips together. Don’t worry, my wife isn’t jealous.

3.) I enjoy the snow. Now wait, before you think I’ve spoken blasphemy let me explain. I like the snow for the first two months (November and December). When the weather is above 5 degrees and the snow is still white and beautiful. Once January hits, the snow gets brown and gross, and the temp goes below 0 its definitely not an enjoyable time.

4.) I love cooking. In fact, I just got Julia Child’s cookbook for my birthday and I am beyond thrilled. I have such grand ideas of meals that I will be cooking. Of course, it will take a while to get there because budgeting and all. But I certainly do love to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

5.) I don’t know what my passion is. I wish that I could say that I have a dream job or career in mind, and I used to be able to, but now I have no idea. I love my job as a camp Program Director, but know that I won’t be in this position for the next 60 years. I would like to be an Executive Director at a camp for a while. Perhaps that will even be where I spend the rest of my life, but I’m not sure. I have a passion for SO MANY things: camp, art, photography, crocheting, traveling, writing… The list goes on… Anyway, I hope to find my passion someday, but until then: I think I’m a multipotentialite.

6.) I suck at Adulting. I want to be an adult and I certainly try to be an adult, but I often feel like I am failing. I look in the mirror and realize that I’m 24 and still have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I suppose that’s why I’m working my way through the Adulting book. You can read about my journey to Adulting here. And you can follow along by purchasing this amazing book here:

7.) I love plants, but I kill them often. I read a short, hilarious book recently called All My Friends are Dead. It’s so funny and a great gift if you are unsure what to get someone. Anyway, the plant states something like “Stop buying my friends if you’re just going to slowly kill them.” And it’s hilarious and sad because it’s totally true, as much as I hate to admit it. I’m terrible at owning plants. I definitely did not get my dad’s green thumb.

8.) I am listening to Christmas music right now. I know, I know. It’s not even Thanksgiving, but I’m not going to be ashamed. You know why? I read this great post by an awesome blogger recently about the Christmas shaming that goes on. It was so inspiring. If I remember her blog, I’ll link it here. Until then: I’m listening to Christmas music and I’m okay with it!

9.) I lost 40 pounds recently. Over the course of 2015 I’ve lost over 40 pounds and gained 15 back. Which kind of sucks, but it’s because weddings are stressful and I let myself go. Anyway, I’m going to hop back on the train soon! I won’t be gaining 15 pounds this holiday season (the average American does though!). I’ve got some great healthy recipes and meal planning in mind.

10.) I have hope for the future. I have hope that things will get better. I have hope to get out of debt, build a savings, and move into a house that is nice. I have hope that I will be able to have children and stay at home with them for their first year. I have hope that we will live the life we dream of, even if it’s a hard journey to get there. This is our life and we will be living it to the fullest.

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Nominate & Tell

So, now that I’ve finished the 10 Liebster award questions provided to me and told you 10 things about myself, it’s time to nominate others for the Liebster award!

My Liebster award nominees include:

#Beth @ The Spice Girl Blog

#Christina @ The Blissful Balance

#Caitlyn @ Live Sweat Sleep Repeat

#Melanie @ See Mommy Race

#Eline @ Heart of a Traveler

#Rachel @ A Healthful Heart

#Taylor @ Another Situation

#Kristin @ Kristin Longacre

ALRIGHT! You have all been nominated for the Liebster award. Follow the instructions above and answer the questions below if you accept the challenge (and I hope you do).


Here are my ten questions for the Liebster award nominees:

  1. Why and when did you start blogging?
  2. What inspires you to blog?
  3. What is the most beautiful thing you have seen today?
  4. How best do you advertise your blog?
  5. What do you hope your blog will become in the future?
  6. What brings you the most joy & what are you grateful for?
  7. Where do you go to get your blogging questions answered?
  8. What do you do when you’re not blogging?
  9. What is the best blog you have read recently?
  10. What do you hope your life will be like in 5 years?

There you go, ladies! Good luck. To all those who stuck around and read my Liebster award post, THANK YOU! 🙂 I truly appreciate it.

Leave a comment below!

Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. Also, please not that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

Making extra cash AND losing weight – MMO Series

Making extra cash this holiday season (and all year) may seem impossible, but with our Make Money Online Series you’ll soon find out the truth: it’s not!

It’s Monday again and I can hardly believe that tomorrow is my wife’s birthday and that Thanksgiving is only 3 days away. We spent our weekend cleaning the house and preparing for our trip out of town. I personally hate leaving the house a mess when I go away from home. I’m not the cleanliest person, per-say, but I do love coming home to a fresh, clean house.

Not only that, but we decorated our house for Christmas. Since we are leaving tomorrow for my parents house and won’t be around until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we decided that we wanted to come home to a Christmas-y wonderland when we got back to put us in the Christmas spirit. It’s almost that time, ya know? Plus, then we get to take our puppy, Sofi’s, Christmas photos. Yes, I know we are lame, but we sure do love our-fur baby.

Anyway, here’s a fact for you to know about this lovely holiday season. The average American gains over 15 pounds from Halloween to New Years. Think about that. If you worked really hard at losing weight, that would take about 8 weeks to lose. Not to mention, it would set you further back on exercise and most likely, you would end up losing some muscle mass during the holiday season. Today I’m going to give you a way to work on losing weight, staying fit during the holiday season, and making extra cash on the side!

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


Making Extra Cash & Losing Weight!

Many of you may have heard me mentioning my online fitness family before. However, I haven’t gone into much detail. So, here goes. In October of 2014 I decided I wanted to lose weight. I tried Advocare, became addicted to Spark. Spark is like this awesome energy drink that is filled with vitamins and three million times better than coffee or soda. Because of Spark, I was able to give up my obsession with soda and switched to one Spark a day and water for the rest of the day. I know I probably could have done it without Spark, but I love it so much.

Anyway, this is not meant to be an add for Spark, this is a story. So, I tried to lose weight utilizing Advocare‘s tools (24 Day Challenge). While there were definitely some parts I liked, there were others that I wasn’t so fond of. The supplements made me feel groggy and gross most days. I think it was the mix of them and my blood pressure medications (which were super high-dosage at that point). Long-story-short, I stopped using Advocare products except Spark, which I still purchase regularly and use daily, and gained back all the weight I had lost with them by eating unhealthily and not exercising.

Then in January I decided to get serious about weight loss again. I went on – which I LOVE as it helps me to count calories and meet my goals. I started counting calories and visiting the forums. I was getting sort of discouraged when an awesome lady reached out to me and asked if I could use some help. I definitely could. At that point my weight was super high and my blood pressure was through the roof without my medication. You can read more of my story here (HERE)

So, she introduced me to the group TD Nation (information here) and asked if I wanted to join her Facebook fitness family. I was skeptical, but joined. Thank goodness for that. Joining the Facebook fitness family has changed my life. Over the course of the past 11 months I have lost over 40 pounds (would have been more if not for summer camp), gained a ton of friends and motivation, learned about myself as a person, and began making extra cash on the side.

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Soon after joining as a member, I became a coach for Beachbody (which is how I went about making extra cash during my time there). I know a lot of people who believe whole-heartedly that Beachbody is a scam. And I’m sad to say that there are a ton of coaches out there who are in it only for the money and don’t spend any time getting to know people and making a difference in other peoples’ lives. The thing with being a coach is this: you have to spend time helping people to earn money. The number one goal has to be to change peoples’ lives and it works as long as you focus on that. When your priorities are in order, making extra cash is easy.

And as for whether Beachbody is a scam: I would say that my paychecks don’t lie. I haven’t earned a ton from Beachbody and it’s obviously nothing that will make me a millionaire, but it certainly helps to pay my bills and put extra money toward paying off my student debt. Can you say no to a few hundred extra bucks each month? Of course not, making extra cash is always good!

What does Beachbody coaching entail? Well, you are selling awesome and famous workouts like P90X, Les Mills, and Body Beast – which get real results. You are also selling the most amazing product ever: Shakeology – the healthiest meal of the day. It’s a shake that improves your health, your skin, helps you lose weight, gives you tons of energy, improves digestion, tastes awesome, and is just overall amazing. But you aren’t only selling products: you are helping others to reach their lifelong goals including losing weight, getting fit, and making extra cash.

Do I have to be in awesome shape to be a Beachbody coach? Of course not! You just have to have the desire to be better than you were yesterday – to live a life more according to your dreams and the motivation to reach for your dreams. You don’t need an awesome success story, but you need to be in the process of making one. I certainly have not reached my goals yet (I’m far from it), but I’m consistently trying to be better and that’s what has helped me to become a great coach. You can do it – why not try as long as  you have the goals? Doesn’t making extra cash on the side sound great?

I know you’re wondering about cost now. Don’t worry – it costs hardly anything. The cost to be a Beachbody coach is only $39.95… And it’s FREE if you purchase a challenge pack when you start. Why not start a free business and get P90x and a month’s supply of Shakeolgoy all at once? There is also a $15.95 charge to maintain the three websites on the Beachbody site, but the money for these is made up every month as long as you sell only 1 product. It’s really a great deal when you think about it. Especially since you make back the initial investment so quickly. I promise that it is worth the cost, but if you decide to cancel at any point just let TBB know and they’ll stop all charges without a problem.

How to Make it Happen

Alright, so if you are interested in joining my Facebook fitness family and making extra cash while losing weight, here’s how to make it happen.

  1. Visit my Team Beachbody Website here:
  2. Click the “Coach” button in the center of the screen.
  3. Look at information regarding coaching and click the “Become a Coach” button in the center of the screen
  4. Tell Beachbody which country you live in (there are potential options for those living outside the U.S. and Canada listed as well.
  5. Fill out the personal information form needed to become a Beachbody coach.
    1. Ensure that the referral name listed is Cassie J.
    2. If not, insert referral username: livelifenow91 or number: 609550
    3. By using me as a referral, I become your coach. This means I can help you along your journey and make sure that you are getting the most out of your experience!
  6. Choose your products if you decide to waive the coach fee
  7. Become a Beachbody coach!

It’s that simple! Once you have signed up, I will email you and we’ll begin your free trainings! I’ll get you added to our awesome Facebook fitness family and you can begin growing your relationships with some amazing people. Sign up and starting making extra cash today at: or by clicking HERE!

If you would like more information before signing up, just comment below or send me a message at


Thank you for sticking around for our Make Money Online Series. A new post will be coming out on Wednesday – don’t forget to check back in!

If you have topics you would like to contribute or would like us to cover on how making extra cash is possible during our Make Money Online Series, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through Fronto and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest. Also, please not that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.