My Money Tree

The Challenges outlined in ‘Denver, Here I Come  and all of that money flying out the door started me on a path to begin changing my thinking about money!  I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction so I took a good look at what I was REALLY feeling and thinking about money and noticed that I was being very fearful and holding my thoughts and feelings in a place where I was feeling a ‘lack of’ money.  YUCK!  I don’t like feeling that way and I don’t like having a ‘lack of’ money.  So, what do I do?

I began talking with friends about their feelings about money.  Unsurprisingly, they had very similar feelings so, we all started working on this together!  Here’s some of the new thoughts and new ways of looking at money that we shared with each other.  Now I am sharing them with you:

1.  Money is a tool
2. Money = Fun Tickets!
3. Spending money is fun!  (It REALLY is!)  🙂
4. When I pay my bills or hand cash over to a cashier I say, or think to myself, “Bye bye money!  See ya soon!”
5. When I receive money – “Hello money!  You’re back!”
6. When I receive money I need to begin thinking “What can I invest in?”  “What should I save this for?”
7.  I am a money magnet!

Now, I know that some of this sounds a bit goofy, and it is, but it works, if you stay focused on being positive about money!  For example, I was meeting a friend for lunch so that I could see them before I left town.  I was still feeling a ‘lack of’ money and feeling anxious about spending money on a lunch when I clearly should be more focused on saving it with my impending move to Denver,  but I felt it was more important to have that connection time with my friend.  So, I went to lunch determined to enjoy spending my money.  I even planned to say to myself, “How wonderful that I have the money to enjoy lunch with a friend.”  So, I went to the restaurant repeating this phrase in my head only to find out that my friend decided to buy me lunch!  Do you see how funny the universe can be?  This makes me even more determined than ever to change my thought habits around money each time I am doing any sort of transaction, discussion, planning, etc. around money.

I’ve also had set-backs regarding my thoughts around money.  For instance, during a discussion regarding my move to Denver someone said to me, “How are you going to pay for everything?”  At first, I thought, “They’re right!  How the heck am I going to pay for everything?”  It wasn’t until a day later that I became conscious of this thought and re-directed my thoughts and energy around money to be more positive.

I’m still working on what I should say or think when using my credit card because it simply has a much different feeling than cash or even a debit card!

What are your thoughts?  Do you have any limiting beliefs regarding money?  (ie: I won’t ever be a millionaire; I don’t need a ton of money; money is the root of all evil…)

Help us all out!  Share your comments below!  When you share, we all learn!

 

 

Gratitude Jar 2011

Some of you know that I keep a Gratitude Jar in my office where clients  and visitors have the opportunity to write a little note about something they appreciate,  and drop it in the jar.  I’ve been known to drop a few notes in there myself!  It’s a simple way of staying positive and finding the small or big joys in life,  and celebrating them in a small way.

As 2011 has come to a close, I thought I would share the notes of 2011’s gratitude jar.

Enjoy!

  1. Laughing at the end of the day!
  2. Job opportunities/confidence!
  3. Clarity & moving forward
  4. Opportunity to explore new ideas like my own non-profit
  5. Moving forward
  6. The chance to relax in front of someone without judgment
  7. A week plus of gorgeous, dry, warm Fall weather
  8. I am grateful for my thoughts…good & bad
  9. Had a good morning!
  10. Leftovers from mom
  11. I am grateful for ‘now.’ The time spent with you today is what I am grateful for.
  12. I am grateful for coaches like Ken Carlson who push me to places I don’t want to go but know I need to go!
  13. My health!
  14. Your support has been fantastic!
  15. Thankful for my best friend and the amazing friendship we have!
  16. Vision board!
  17. Sunshine!
  18. I get to inspire & motivate people…and get paid for it!
  19. Leftovers from mom…
  20. Family…and being able to visit
  21. Thankful for my children
  22. Chance to prove myself
  23. Thankful for today’s discussion.  Never expected to discuss goals/passion today!  Got me thinking….
  24. Grateful I have purpose and clearer vision of who I am!
  25. I am grateful for my body’s unconditional love and resiliency!
  26. Koolaid!
  27. I am grateful for the people that love me & support me.
  28. This human experience
  29. You are a good thing!
  30. Sooo appreciative of my mother…in ways I’m unaware of right now.  She’s an amazing woman!
  31. Gorgeous sunshine!
  32. My mom, she has, and continues to sacrifice a lot for me and her family.  Don’t know what I’d do without her!
  33. I appreciate the ‘slow-down’ that comes with a blizzard.  Everyone seems to be embracing the impending blizzard.
  34. Sparkle!
  35. Clarity!
  36. Moving forward
  37. Paradigm shifts!
  38. A fresh, new day!  Start again!
  39. I am grateful to get out of my hard box.
  40. I am grateful for great conversations, strong connections,  and the laughter of a blossoming friendship!
  41. I am grateful for dreary, overcast, cold winter days for it makes me appreciate the warm, sun-shiny days even more!
  42. Dryer, cooler weather …I sleep like a rock!
  43. Support
  44. Thankful for my health!
  45. I am grateful for my dogs!
  46. I am grateful for my family & Laura standing with me.
  47. Friends who challenge you to step into your greatness; who call you forth.
  48. Laura’s help!
  49. The journey!
  50. Sunshine!
  51. Wisdom!
  52. Grateful for Superwoman!
  53. Smiles J
  54. Listening to the lapping of Spring rain on the roof lulling me to sleep.
  55. I am so incredibly lucky to be a coach!  I get to inspire and motivate people, and I am honored by their willingness to trust me with the deepest parts of themselves…parts they weren’t aware of.  What an honor & a privilege!
  56. Thankful for my ability to see when my values are being stepped on and how to act maturely in response .
  57. Coach Laura
  58. I am grateful for Mary Ellin and all of the wonderful work she’s done to get me set-up on Quickbooks!
  59. I am grateful for not opining.
  60. I am.
  61. Enjoy the journey.
  62. I am grateful for my family.
  63. That I am strong enough to make decisions that align with me & my values rather than someone else’s needs!
  64. Friends who are not afraid to push me and walk with me into my dark places!
  65. My family.

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