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Free Spirit To Nerd

Dave thinks that Shae shouldn't feel like she has to be a nerd if she's a free spirit.

QUESTION: Shae is a free spirit who has trouble sticking to the budget. She wants to be turned into a nerd, but Dave says no. He explains why this is a positive struggle for her.

ANSWER: The free spirit is not someone who’s immature or irresponsible. They just don’t major in details. It’s not a measure of maturity or integrity. You just don’t enjoy doing spreadsheets. You’re learning to be emotionally mature enough to be involved with the budget and to delay pleasure in pursuit of something better. That’s a positive ... go for it.