April 16, 2018  |  Albuquerque Entrepreneurship Financial Health

Mary Munoz

My husband and I live in Albuquerque and have two beautiful boys, now ages 4 and 12. We have been associated with FII since 2015 so are well past the formal 24-month partnership period. But, like so many others, we found the approach worked for us and have continued to live our lives according to the tenets learned through that community.

To be honest, when I joined FII, my husband was not on board. To him, it all sounded too good to be true. But it seemed to me that we had nothing to lose and I trusted FII in a way that I hadn’t other programs – FII was genuinely interested in listening to me and to others in my community – they did not have a laundry list of requirements to join and they were not interested in telling me what to do. I persevered for the first six months on my own and then appealed to my husband’s dream of teaching BMX racing to my oldest – I applied for funds to pay for a training class and the rest is history. We began to hold family meetings in my home, where we discussed our goals and laid out our plans. My oldest son began to set his own goals, track his progress, and enjoy the fruits of his labor – he started his own business selling chips and drinks in the summer so he could pursue his passion in all things technological – computers, video games, basic programming, etc.

Although past the 24-month period, we continue to accelerate our progress toward goals because the accountability we learned from and modeled in our FII group meetings is now a part of our life. We’ve leveraged the direct investments FII made in us to fulfill our dreams and reach our goals. I’m pursuing a career in coaching, releasing my first book, ‘Recover Your True Self’ this month, and regularly demonstrate cooking lessons focused on health and nutrition to a growing audience via Facebook. My husband is certifying to be a full-fledged mechanic and my son continues to set and achieve interim goals.

We’ve completed home improvements to enhance our quality of life, we’ve managed to find time for fun family activities, and we’ve doubled our savings with an eye to buying a home—in cash!  Life is good.

FII was genuinely interested in listening to me and to others in my community – they did not have a laundry list of requirements to join and they were not interested in telling me what to do.

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