Money Memoir: How Berna said “Bye Felicia” to $50K of debt.

written by Bari Tessler January 12, 2018
Berna Money Memoir

What if you could talk to real people about money? We ALL have money stories to share. Tough times and how we overcame them. Hard-won wisdom. Inspiration and soulful insights. In this intimate conversation series, I talk to real people about real money stuff. Curl up with a cuppa as we pull back the curtain. Because when we dare to speak the truth about money … amazing healing begins.


One Mountain at a Time: How Berna Paid off

$50,000 of Debt without Losing her Shine

If you haven’t already heard of Bernadette Anat, then I am beyond excited to introduce you!

I first “met” Berna through her viral YouTube videos, “Felicia’s Wallet,” where she shares her story of paying off over $50K in debt … in a style completely (and hilariously) her own.

Her story is mega-inspiring to me for so many reasons. Of course: paying off that mountain of debt is a huge triumph. But perhaps even more importantly is how Berna did it.

She didn’t punish herself. She fired up her motivation. She found methods that worked for her (hint: NOT spreadsheets!). She stuck with a sustainable rhythm. She celebrated milestones … and did it all with creativity and flair.

In our inspiring + practical + hilarious conversation, you’ll hear:

  • What Berna does instead of budgeting (she calls it “BAE” and it’s genius)
  • How she set goals to save her from overwhelm
  • The magic behind her “Bye Felicia” Google Doc, which went viral on YouTube
  • Why “avocado toast splurges” aren’t 100% to blame for Millennials’ financial struggles
  • How she and her sweetie got honest about money — together.

Also available on iTunes

I adore how Bernadette blazed her very own money trail. She drew on her strengths, got creative, got brave, and is now free to — literally — travel the world without money stress. Amazing.

About Bernadette Anat
By day, Berna Anat is yet another Annoying Millennial Working in Tech. By night, she’s definitely still an Annoying Millennial and the creator of a new financial advice video series for young people called Felicia’s Wallet. She currently works as the Teen Community Lead at Instagram, which basically means she is tasked with knowing every teen trend, all the time, forever. Her portfolio includes work for Seventeen, Glamour, Shape, Scholastic and The Huffington Post, as well as teen advocacy work for the YMCA and video production for youth brands worldwide. Follow her travels and writings, here

Inspired? Want more smarts + playfulness in YOUR money life in 2018?

The Art of Money | Bari Tessler

The doors are now open to my flagship program, The Art of Money!

We only start this journey once a year. (So … it’s kind of a big deal.)

We’re celebrating by sharing the Money Memoirs Series … because these are the kinds of money conversations we have together, over the course of a year, in The Art of Money.

We get real. We get brave. We bring our whole selves to our money relationships. And it is, quite simply, life-changing.

Because money … is never just about the money.

Money is about the numbers, but it’s also about how your parents raised you. Your relationship to authority, to your body, to work, to spirituality. It’s about finding a money management system that works for YOU (which isn’t always a spreadsheet!). It’s about getting brave and having Money Dates with your sweetie (or by yourself). It’s about getting great support, learning the language of money, and making money your ally in fueling your life’s dreams.

It takes guts and grace. And it doesn’t happen overnight. But with the right framework and support, you can truly move mountains.

That’s why I created The Art of Money: a year-long money school.

If 2018 is your year to look money in the eye and finally bring the mindfulness, compassion, and smarts to it you’ve been craving … you’ll find so much support in The Art of Money.

Amazing Guest Teachers sharing their wisdom on everything from communication to Enneagram to business models to gender roles to student loans to somatic practices.

{And, YES! Berna Anat is one of our special Guest Teachers!}

You get everything I’ve got. My entire resource library. My thoughtful, holistic, 3-phase framework. A structure that keeps you accountable and motivated. A warm, global community to cheer you on. My amazing team of TA’s, all with their own financial specialties.

And of course, you get me. In live group coaching calls, weekly Love Notes, our private Facebook group, and so much more.

The year-long journey begins February 1. Doors are now open.

Learn what The Art of Money can do for you in 2018.

P.S. Did you love this Money Memoir episode? Please share it with your friends. After all: the world needs more honest, inspiring money convos! Thank you so much for helping spread the word — we realllllly appreciate it!

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