I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
– Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO
This is a statement that I live by. I believe that life is far too short to waste time, months, years… on doing something that you don’t love, enjoy, or aren’t passionate about. We often see work as a means to an end. We need money to survive, provide, and take care of our responsibilities; but it’s also important that we make doing work that is fulfilling to our souls, a priority as well. Some of us will find that fulfillment in identifying industries that allow us to express our creativity or pursue our passions; while others will create viable businesses that allow us to chart our own path.
I realize that not everyone is an aspiring entrepreneur, but we should acknowledge that we all have skills, expertise, and abilities that could create a successful business. And with an unpredictable job market, it’s important, now more than ever, to have multiple streams of income.
I love affirmations. If you follow this blog, then you may already know, that I believe in the power of words and the impact that positive speaking can have on your life. One of the secrets to effective use of affirmations is to make them a part of your daily routine. They will help to shift your mindset and also act as reminders of your worth, your abilities and your goals; like little prompts to ensure that you make the most of every day.
A vision board is the modern-day necessity for visualization and manifestation, in large part due to the movie “The Secret”. If by chance, you haven’t seen the movie, let me explain what a vision board is. It’s simply a collection of pictures you’ve collected, as inspiration and as a representation of the life that you want to live.
Here’s how it works:
You find pictures in magazines, on Pinterest and anywhere else that has a collection of images that match the vision that you have for your future. You then attach them to a poster board, cork board or designated wall space. For example, if your looking to upgrade your car or house, you may want to have photos of your dream home or a new luxury SUV on your board. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, you would include pictures of healthy food and people with the body type that you are striving for. Or if your goal is to earn a specific amount of money, you would have a picture representing that number (i.e.: a faux check made out to you for one million dollars).
There is often a negative opinion of both money and relationships. This is probably due to the countless reports of money being a leading cause of divorce. But there’s a flip side. If you’re willing to have an open line of communication and are able to make financial decisions together, then money doesn’t have to be a negative topic of discussion. In fact, it could actually bring you and your significant other closer together.
If you’re new to your relationship or you’ve had a bad experience, with discussing money issues, in the past, you may be wondering when is the right time to have the dreaded money talk. Don’t stress about this and don’t rush it! Every relationship is different and there is no right or wrong time. Just be sure that you are in a serious committed relationship, where sharing finances and resources, is something that you’re starting to engage in – there’s no need to expose your most personal information, if it’s not warranted.
No couple moves at the same pace as another. But when the time is right for you, it is important that you are able to have an honest and respectful dialogue. Keep reading, for my top tips on how to have a great conversation on money; one that brings you closer together.