When in doubt, learn more.

There may come a point in your MONEY journey where the overwhelm kicks in, the path divides, and the step forward becomes uncertain.

Explore your options.

The best part of building secure financial foundations is that you grow in strength as you gain wisdom. As you learn more, you gain more. As you gain more, you learn more. These are siblings to keep you company on your path.

  • Perhaps you feel like there are too many options ahead. Remind yourself that this is a good problem to have and seek to learn more.
  • Perhaps you feel like you are facing a dead end. Breathe and begin to tap into discovery. Where are you not yet looking for choices?
  • Perhaps you feel like your path is looping back behind you to return to a previous version of itself. Celebrate the opportunity to explore fresh approaches to familiar challenges.

Trusting yourself with your MONEY is a lifelong journey. But knowing that you are packing smarter all the time because you are gaining the experience and wisdom to make great decisions on the fly?

That is true financial freedom.

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Trust the exhale.

When MONEY feels tight, it can feel like a constriction, not unlike the feeling of waiting to inhale.

There’s this sense of emptiness and tightness that can be painful if not embraced.

Yet it is merely the moment before the refill, the inhale.

Say, you plop a big chunk of change down on something you love, that vintage album you could never find, that apartment you swore you could never afford, that dream trip that finally felt right.

The zeros that come into your bank account may feel final, like they are the new normal.

Yet they are the placeholders for a process. The process of flow, abundance.

You wait to inhale for a half moment and then you do.

You wait to receive the MONEY you spent to feel flush again. And then you do.

That is the flux of financial abundance and it’s healthy.

Just think, if the tide never went out, how could the waters come back in?

Trust yourself and trust the flow. Exhale deeply to invite in richly.

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MONEY is fun.

Don’t forget that.

MONEY is meant to have an element of fun to it. A sense of peace. A moment of delight.

It’s when the path to financial abundance becomes heavy and the steps are weary that the flow stops flowing.

Stop, breathe, and spark your passion anew.

MONEY is just another form that energy takes and when the vibe is rich, like attracts like.

How can you play with your relationship to wealth today?

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How can you tell the Future?

SPOILER ALERT: you can’t.

When it comes to how to treat your MONEY, there is a certain amount of prophesy required.

  • You should know if you will have enough to meet your month of expenses.
  • You should have a plan for what you will use your savings for in the next five years.
  • You should know the best kind of investments for your long term goals.

Yet, you don’t. Not really.

The thing about life is that it is unpredictable. It can be a journey of an unknown length through unexpected landscape.

That’s the fun part.

Planning for it can be more challenging.

So when it comes to your MONEY, you want to plan for the things that are likely to happen (e.g. taxes, health stuff, a rainy day) and the stuff that will happen (future plans and goals, like vacations, buying a house, and retirement).

There’s no formula and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.

  • You have to gather the knowledge to know what the options are.
  • Tap into your inner sense of knowing
  • Make your best choice.
  • Embrace the experience.
  • Trust that all is coming.

Always.

That’s the one constant you can rely on.

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Just gotta clean house.

When in pursuit of your money goal, it may be that the effort feels all-consuming.

The hunger is real and the achievement is all you can see.

That’s passion. It’s sacred and powerful.

But there’s more.

You also need to make space for the becoming.

The you that will achieve the goal.

The you that still needs to make a space for the object you covet.

The you that can sit in hunger and feel confident knowing all is coming.

That’s the real work of welcoming in abundance.

You make a space and don’t rush to fill it. Not with things. Not with activities. Not with other people.

You make the space and celebrate the arrival of the as-yet-unrealized.

That’s when the rewards show up. Every time.

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Build what you wish you could see.

Stretch your imagination to create what does not yet exist.

As a creative, this is probably something you do all the time, creating sandcastles in the sky and magical creatures that never walked the earth.

Yet when it comes to our money, we somehow think that this mental superpower, our imagination, is suspect when telling us more is coming than we know.

We shrink in the face of financial expansion and determine our future based on our past.

This is great for survival mode, but it will never help you kick it into high gear and launch into thrive mode.

You know, where you want to live 98% of the time.

So take some time today to imagine what you dream of but haven’t yet seen for yourself and trust that the power of your creative mind is already making it a reality.

You got this.

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Examine the quick fix.

In the world of manifesting, especially money, it can be easy to fixate on the first answer to your request. The one that pings first, right away, as if just waiting for you to ask.

If that is truly what you want, congrats, grab it!

But sometimes it is a manifestation from a past version of you that is showing up now to test you. Do you want the thing that’s coming or the manifestation of what’s come before?

Both are great answers.

Just make sure you accept what you really want, no matter the speed of its arrival.

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Spend with your future self in mind.

The challenge when it comes to spending is that we only know what has already happened.

Humans love to remind themselves of the past and this includes the money and expenses that have come before.

The beautiful thing about life, especially in a creative career, is that you really don’t know what is coming. You have an idea, you have a vision, you have an inkling, but until it happens, you have no idea what’s next.

So when it comes to planning or budgeting your money, it can be easy to fixate on the known numbers:

  • what has come before
  • what happens to other people
  • what the worst possible outcome would be

Yet, as likely as these solidly reasoned projections might be, they are still projections. They are ephemeral shadows made to represent an unknowable future.

And frankly, you just don’t know what the universe has in store for you and for your future self.

Remember that person? Your future self, the one you are evolving into.

They have needs too and you don’t yet have a sense of what those are.

So take some time and consider the expenses that might be needed when you arrive at the place you are heading for. Maybe that’s pilates classes, maybe that’s another degree, maybe that’s a subscription for art supplies.

Consider investing in the you that’s coming and perhaps you just might prompt them to arrive that much sooner.

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Public enemy #1

When it comes to MONEY MONSTERS, it’s easy to fixate on all the ways they hold you back. The ways they keep you from things you are convinced are better than the ones you have.

Yet MONEY MONSTERS are really there to keep you safe. Wrapped tight as a bug and held close for ‘safety’.

They mean well.

They are protecting you from the great unknown.

This is an important part of human survival, the section of the brain where imaging the worst leads to vanquishing challenging circumstance.

It’s why we are here today.

Our ancestors did not get eaten by dinosaurs before they reproduced. They found enough resources to survive to nurture the next generation. They may even have shared some of those resources when their offspring left the nest.

They made it safe for us to survive.

That’s what the MONEY MONSTERS are trying to do too.

But now that we are no longer in constant mortal peril, they kinda don’t have serious jobs anymore. It’s peacetime for the amygdala. What’s a hardworking MONEY MONSTER to do?

Find trouble at every turn.

But like a dog who just wants to go out for a walk, they are alerting you to every little noise and potential danger.

Catch that? Potential danger

Yes, it could be a serial killer at the door…..or the mail man.

It could be a terrifying beast with blood dripping fangs……or it could be the tightly wound chihuahua from next door.

MONEY MONSTERS aren’t capable of discerning the difference. They are just on high alert for danger.

Thank them for their service and let them know you value their bringing the threat to your attention.

Not every security alert means imminent death.

It’s just letting you know of the possibility of danger.

And that’s always good to know.

What you do with it is up to you.

That’s the freedom.

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Trust yourself.

After the learning lesson of life, it can be easy to second-guess yourself, especially when it comes to MONEY.

Perhaps the mistakes of the past scream loudly in your ears.

Perhaps they whisper quietly when you try to fall asleep at night.

Perhaps you see their reflections in the successes of others who achieve the dreams you sought.

This loop of self-judgement builds an environment where you may feel your choices are not the best. Your instincts are not to be trusted. Your impulses, too impulsive.

Like a child learning to walk, the stumbles are part of the success. If the toddler only crawls because it knows how to do that without too much struggle, then the growth of learning to walk is never embraced.

Sure, no one ever sees you fall but no one ever sees you run either.

There is learning in wobbles. There is strength building in returning to equilibrium when you head a little too far out for comfort.

Trust yourself and know whatever the outcome, you are offering yourself the best opportunity to learn you can. And you’ll need those skills for what’s next.

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