Mark & Shawna Asbell Are Officially Debt Free!

Debt FreeAs of today Shawna and I are officially debt free except for our house.  We have a really hard time putting into words how we feel about it.  For the past few years I’ve practiced my “woohoo” yell for when I got debt free.  I’ve even practiced it in front of thousands of people that I’ve spoken to for I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.

Maybe because I know there is still work to do (kill the house payment, continue to be wise with savings/investing) I haven’t really felt the ‘woohoo’ moment yet.  Maybe I practiced my yell so much it lost it’s appeal to me.  Maybe the reality of being debt free hasn’t really hit me yet…   I don’t know what it is, but for some reason all I keep doing is taking a deep breath and going “ahhhhhh”.

Getting debt free is not something we could have done alone.  We thank God every day for blessing us.  I thank my friend Joe Sangl all the time.  We’re thankful to NewSpring church and Perry Noble for offering personal finance teaching and discipleship – that’s how our journey out of financial trouble started.  Here is a video NewSpring did earlier this year about mine and Shawna’s story:  A Debt of Gratitude .  Maybe my ‘woohoo’ will come out at the party…

The list could go on and on of friends and family who have encouraged us along the way, but there are two couples in particular that I tear-up just thinking about.  The couple who was there for us when we didn’t know what to do, and the couple who helped us bridge the financial gap when we were about to lose our house.  They know who they are and we’re forever grateful.

I’m going to write a lot more about the journey on here and share tips we’ve learned along the way.  Thank you for reading and sharing our moment of excitement.  If you hear loud screaming in the distance it might be the ‘woohoo’ finally blasting out of me.


  1. Congrats! That’s quite a feat!!

  2. I am going to yell a big WOOHOO for you! What an accomplishment! We are trying our best to work our way to “debt free” also, so I am very envious, but extremely happy for you guys:)BTW, I love your blog. I read it often. Who would’ve “thunk” I would be getting such great advice from Mark Asbell, heehee. I pray God continues to bless you bunches!

  3. In the words of our mutual good friend Joe Sangl – YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great job Mark! Congratulations to you and your wife.

    Also, your blog is excellent. I am going to do some promoting of it today.


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  5. Yup, that’ll do it. You have my appreciation.

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  7. Wowzer, your maxi dress is one heck of an impressive bit of sewing – love that groovy fabric too.As always, fab finds from the boot sale especially the 1970s cape kaftan thingy – very nice.

  8. This is why I love your site so much – every post is heartfelt, and never feels like a factory production. So take your time!I love the picture of the old man – there’s a whole story in that picture! I will check out the link you gave, and wait patiently for the others.

  9. Just when I think there is nothing that will make me MORE excited for this movie, pictures of Robowski petting Queenie, carrying Marlena’s bags… surface and I’m grinning from ear to ear and wishing for the next 30 days to disappear. I hope all you lovely ladies have put your affairs in order. This movie may very well finish us all off.


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