When they started the Thrive program, Sherin and Josh (pictured above) were struggling with credit card debt and student loan payments. “So then we took the Thrive money challenge,” Sherin says. “And we did a few better choices, like tracking down expenses, seeing your bills, seeing what can be cut down.”
Josh, for example, stopped buying coffee every day, and the couple began eating less fast food. There were setbacks along the way—like when their car broke down, and the cost to repair it wiped out their financial progress.
But they stuck with it and kept saving money and paying off debt. By the end of 2020, they had paid off Josh’s credit card debt.
Healthy Choices Pay Off
Then, in March 2021, Sherin got great news: She’d won $5,000 as one of Thrive’s National Challenge Monthly Winners. Sherin and Josh used the money for a down payment on a new car.
Little by little, the couple continued to take steps along their healthy journey. Their monthly savings grew, and Sherin’s weight dropped as she started moving more and eating better.
Today, Sherin says that the first thing she does every morning is open the Thrive app. She usually finds inspiration in a quote or somebody else’s success story.
And it helps that Josh is taking part in Thrive with her. Josh says he was just along for the ride at first. But working together, they’re building a life that honors both of their dreams.
Josh recently landed a job in his field as a glass artist, and Sherin is studying for the patent bar exam so she can restart her law career in the U.S.
“When we work as a team, everything that helps her helps me, and everything that helps me helps her,” Josh says.
More good news came in November 2021 when Sherin was chosen as a Thrive National Grand Champion. She won the life-changing amount of $50,000!