Money!! Just the word alone brings up a wealth of emotions.
For some: joy, freedom, abundance, inspiration, and safety. For others: fear, scarcity, greed, and entitlement. What makes money so complex is that, regardless of your upbringing, whether your family was barely making ends meet or making it rain, no one is safe from the strong emotions money can conjure.
One person grows up poor and turns into a money hoarding machine (like me!). Another grows up poor and spends every dollar as soon as they get because they aren’t sure when they’ll have money again.
What stories do you tell yourself about money? Do you use words like deserve? Like should? Do you ignore your money completely, not wanting to acknowledge it exists or it matters? Me too. We too. We all must deal with our money stuff.
Rather than acknowledge the power that owning our finances could bring, we often use trite phrases to devalue it - “money can’t buy happiness”, “money isn’t everything”, “you can’t take it with you”, “the best things in life are free.”
What is the message here? That money isn’t important? Or rather, if you take care of yourself by taking care of your money, you’re selfish?
Society teaches that those who look after their money are greedy, or have their priorities wrong. Yet taking care of our money allows us to take care of others— emotionally, mentally, financially.
Who is more prepared to support a child moving out and going to college? A parent who saved for education costs, but is in debt and fearful of their own financial future? OR a parent who can’t provide tuition but is financially stable and emotionally available?
Here’s what I believe- Every dollar you spend is an investment in you.
Sometimes it’s an investment in present you, other times its an investment in future you.
Every dollar you spend is a chance to be mindful.
How did that purchase make you feel immediately after? What about a month later? Look over your bank statement. What purchases have lasting power to uplift? Lean into those! What purchases fell flat? What impacts did your purchases have on your life, your relationships, your wellbeing, your health, your family, your time? What impact did your purchases have on the world? Does your spending reflect your priorities and values? What are your priorities and values?
There are so many ways to look at money. It’s time to take off our blinders and put on our rose colored glasses!
Money can’t buy happiness, true, but what it can buy you is freedom. Freedom to chase inspiration when it strikes, freedom to move to a new city, freedom to spend more time with family and friends, or freedom to leave a job or partner that isn’t growing you. Freedom means choice. Choice leads to equality.
To close, a word from our sponsor, your checking account:
Hi friend! It’s me! I have a few favors to ask:
First, prioritize putting me toward credit card debt. Those cards are straight up predatory!
Second, save me for emergencies in a savings account that pays us interest, at least 2%, none of this big bank .1% nonsense...
Invest in future you by putting me in retirement accounts. Choose low fee index funds and then sit back and let me grow to support future you!
Finally, spend me on things that bring you joy! Set a portion of me aside each month to chase things that spark joy!
with love, your money.
Happy spending, and joyful living, friends.
— Stephanie —
I'm forever a movement-junkie—I travel all over town trying out barre, cycling, and yoga studios. Lucky enough, I stumbled into Bohemian and it was there that I found a truly uplifting and connected community. I absolutely fell in love with the space and the people. I love the creativity that teaching and practicing barre brings to my life!
Expect to get down and dive deep to challenge yourself in my classes! There's nothing I love more than a good dance sesh and I will definitely be bringing the groove.
My favorite part of teaching is creating an atmosphere where people from the community feel welcome to move, to work, to express themselves, or just to be.
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