—Guest: EJ Smith
—Topic: Financial Spousal Abuse
Bethany and Ellie start off talking about their home-brewed coffee, and conversation drifts towards buying cars and the story of Ellie buying her dream car. Buying a vehicle can be one of the biggest mistakes you make in your finances, so Ellie touches on the right way to do it as well as how not to lose $8k in 30 seconds.
EJ Smith, a Licensed Professional Counselor, joins the conversation speaking on a somewhat heavy but very important topic of financial spousal abuse. She speaks on being able to detect spousal abuse and the difference between being financial abusive and having financially unhealthy behaviors. She also talks about what lead her to pursue a career in mental health—including being a listener instead of talking. She provides several resources available to those in these situations. Bethany and Ellie wrap up the episode addressing the importance of speaking up about these issues, as well as touching again on the distinction between abuse and conflict.