Interview with Allison Roorda

There is only a week and half away until Overflow and we are so excited to see you all there!  If you have not registered yet, be sure to get it done soon so that you can be entered into the drawing for free hotel rooms!  Today, we wanted to introduce you to one of our new friends, Allison Roorda, who is leading a breakout session this year for the first time at Overflow.  Allison has a tremendous amount of wisdom and knowledge to share - especially in the area of our financial health!  To get to know her better, we asked her a little about her family, her life, and her career.

We know that you volunteer time to serve the women at Gracewood.  (Gracewood is a wonderful ministry in Houston that rescues and restores single mothers and their children by providing homes, hope and healing.) What have you learned from these women who are working hard to build a healthy and thriving life for themselves and their children?  

I LOVE these women!  You know, truly, I could be so tired from a full day of work and terrible traffic, and after I've spent some time with them, I am filled up and energized again.  They are strong and loving, and they have teachable hearts.  Each woman is working hard to do what is right spiritually and financially.  They ALWAYS encourage me!

Why is it important for single moms to work to build a financially secure and healthy family?  

Our own money behaviors link back to what we observed our parents do with money; and whether we like it or not, our children are watching us.  So it's more than just about us in the here and now.  How we are with money affects our offspring and theirs for generations.  Building a solid foundation is essential because of this.

What has been your biggest personal challenge lately? 

Time is the rarest commodity for me lately.  So I really have to remind myself to say no to those things that are not ordained for me.  It's also important for me to begin each day very early with a routine that fits in time with God, journaling, reading, and exercise. 

What do you do for a profession?  

Well, I typically have 3-4 jobs at any given time.  I don't know why I'm that way -- a little ADD perhaps.  My main job (which is becoming more full-time) is financial coach.  I'll be going to a training workshop with Dave Ramsey's folks at the beginning of June, which I'm really looking forward to.  I am also a certified teacher (secondary math/English), and I teach College Admission Testing (the SAT/ACT) at a private school during the fall semester.  I also tutor math, mostly algebra.  My other job, which keeps my music side happy, is church pianist for Sugar Creek Baptist Church.  I am so thankful that I am able to work in this expensive stage of life (college times two!)

Tell us a little about yourself and your family?  

Craig and I have been married for almost 28 years (that's right, we married when I was 11;).   We met while standing in line for Thunder River at Astroworld! 

We have four children.  Tim, almost 26, is an aerospace engineer working and living in the NASA area; Rebekah, 23, is a 9th grade English teacher and will finish her Master's in August.  Our oldest two are Aggies!  Our #3 is Matthew, 21, and he's getting married at the end of June.  He will have one more year at Rice majoring in Chemical Engineering (but he went there on an opera scholarship!).  His future bride is Carolyn; she just finished at A&M and hopes to be a science teacher.  Our youngest is Joshua, 19, who is majoring in Chinese at University of Houston.  He hopes to live in Japan as a Chinese interpreter; he has a passion for languages.

What is your favorite way to spend time with your family?

As you can probably tell, there is never a dull moment around the Roorda house.  We are big-time movie buffs and often find ourselves quoting movies in our everyday conversation.  We also love games, especially Settlers of Catan.  We are also nerds, so we have the Star Trek version of this game as well.  We enjoy cooking and eating together.  And music is also very important.  We will sometimes break out the Phantom of the Opera songbook and make like the Von Trapps.  

Thanks Allison for sharing with us!  We are so excited that you are now part of the Overflow family and can’t wait to hear what you have to teach us about our Money Story in your breakout sessions.

We hope that all of you are counting down the days with excitement with us!  If you know of any friends or family that haven’t registered yet, there is still time.  Just point them to the website and we will see you all very soon!

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