I’ve come to realize that I have a problem with money.
I’m not talking about making a budget or saving money (although neither of those are my strong suits), but rather my relationship with money. It seems that I have “money stories” that don’t serve me.
I grew up in a home where money seemed to be invisible. I’m sure my parents paid their bills, but I don’t remember ever seeing them sit down with a checkbook and a stack of envelopes. Maybe they paid them after us kids where in bed, or maybe Dad paid them from the office. I really don’t know. I don’t remember specific things either Mom or Dad said to me, but I grew up with the belief that not only did you have to work hard for money, but that the amount of money you received from your job was a measure of your success. There were never any discussions about purpose or enjoyment in reference to one’s job. In fact, I remember asking my dad if he’d enjoyed his 20+ year career in the Navy. He looked at me as though he understood all the words in my question, but he couldn’t quite parse it. Finally he said, “It paid the bills and put food on the table.” That wasn’t really what I asked, but that was the only answer he could give.
I knew, based on my lack of consistent financial abundance, that I had some issues where my money stories were concerned, but it wasn’t until today, when I was doing some exercises by Kate Swoboda from The Coaching Blueprint, that I saw some of the limiting beliefs for what they are. It also came up during a coaching session today (I was the client), so I think it’s something I really need to be taking a look at.
Now comes the hard work — I have to find a way to change my money stories from limiting to serving, and I have no real idea how to do that!
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve decided to join with several other Blogtoberfest participants by hosting a giveaway. I’ll be collecting comments and on 31 October, I’ll use an online random number generator to draw a name. The prize will be a package of my handmade Simple Sayings Motivational Cards. Multiple entries are accepted, but only one comment per post will count as an entry.