Overcoming Underearning - Money Talk

I wasn't planning on having a New Years Resolution this year but I found myself with one accidentally when I was journalling through Susannah Conway's Unravel Your Year the first week of January. 

"I want to master money" I wrote. 

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I had just received a small inheritance and I didn't want to f*ck it up. 

Money has been something that I've avoided over the years. I've accumulated and paid off debt. I've closed my eyes and hoped for the best but it was becoming clear that my relationship with money was out of integrity. 

Can you relate?

The first thing I did was to sign up for You Need A Budget (or YNAB for short). It's an online budgeting tool with free training and a perfectionist resistant approach that I can use despite my self employed variable income. It's the first budgeting approach that has made sense to my brain and that acknowledges that we're not all 9-5ers with a steady paycheque and an aptitude for money stuff. 

The second thing I did was to do work through Barbara Stanny's Overcoming Underearning book. It's a book you DO not a book you read. I wrote it in, I journaled, I walked around thinking about my relationship to money and most importantly I did (almost) all of the exercises. I still have 2 more exercises to complete but I took her seriously when I heard the advice to do every single exercise in the book. 

One of the biggest shifts that came from the book (and there have been many) has been the invitation to STRETCH. To do things that scare me or challenge me or push me out of my comfort zone. There is so much power in stretching because it's in the stretch where something can change and grow. It's not comfortable but it's satisfying .

This particular leg of my journey with money feels like it's just begun. There is still so much more to learn but I'm curious to see where it leads. 

Before this year I wasn't ready to look in these particular dark corners (we all have our dark corners) and I'm grateful that I'm ready now and thought it might be helpful to share some of the resources that I've found helpful on my journey. 

Do you have some dark corners that you're ready to peak in? Where can you stretch?
Big Love,

p.s. If you're ready to peak into your dark corners and keen to start stretching I'd love to work with you. Just contact me HERE and write “I want to set up a Clarity Call” with your phone number and we’ll set up a time to have a no pressure chat about what’s working, what’s not working and how I can help. I have room for a couple new clients and would love to work with YOU.

p.p.s. My partner Mark and I are running an Awakening the Third Eye workshop November 17 & 18 in Toronto. We've got THREE discounted early bird spots left. Find out more and register HERE

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Clear 30% More Clutter With This ONE Tip!

Do you want to know the NUMBER ONE way to get rid of more stuff when you're clearing clutter? 

I was working with a client yesterday who is getting ready to move. She had already done a big cull of her books this summer but was open to the possibility that she might be able to clear more. 

I had her look at her books again but had her make one change.

I had her take ALL of her books OFF the shelves and pile them on the floor before deciding what would stay and what would go. (This is one of Marie Kondo’s very helpful suggestions)

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By making this one change my client was able to let go of almost 30% more books than when she was going through her books this summer. (see photo above shared with permission of the 80 extra books she was able to clear). 

So if you're ready to clear more clutter, MOVE IT!

  • Take your books off the shelf

  • Take your dresses out of the closet

  • Take your socks out of the drawer

Give it a try and let me know how it goes. YAY!


p.s. Another way of letting go of WAY more clutter is by working with me. I've opened up THREE spots for my 3 month one on one Clutter Coaching Program and I would love to work with you.  If you're motivated to transform your space and your life, contact me with your phone number and we'll set up a time to talk about how I can help.

p.p.s. TORONTO PEEPS! My partner Mark and I are running a meditation workshop called Awakening the Third Eye November 17 & 18 and would love to have you join us. This meditation work is one of the reasons I'm such an amazing coach. If you're curious I'm happy to have a chat with you about it. You can read more about it and sign up HERE.

p.p.p.s. Yay! 

If you're tired, take a nap

About an hour ago I found myself scrolling mindlessly through facebook on my phone while half thinking of writing you this note when I realized that I was tired.

I was tired so I took a nap! 

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*gasp* Say What?!

I've been thinking a lot the past couple of weeks about this idea of nourishment. I've been thinking of it in relationship to food because I just got an Instant Pot and it has me excited about food again after a phase of feeling uninspired and I'm feeling nourished by my own cooking in a way I haven't felt for awhile.  

I also feel nourished by my nap and I feel amused that it was difficult to just accept that I was tired and needed to sleep.

It seems obvious but if it was hard maybe it isn't so obvious. 

Which has me thinking about other times:

  • When I've eaten chips when I'm sad instead of connecting with myself and my feelings and letting them flow. 

  • When I've felt stuck and I've hunkered down in my stuckness instead of moving my body, even if it's just a teensy bit. 

  • When I've needed help and instead of reaching out for support I've isolated myself further. 

  • When I've felt hungry but haven't eaten.

  • When I've felt full but haven't stopped.

I imagine there are many other examples of this. What are some of yours?

My new moon intention is to eat when I'm hungry, nap when I'm tired and reach out when I need support. What's yours?


p.s. I love my clients and I love that my one on one practice has been growing over the past few months. At the moment I have room for just TWO more clients before filling my current capacity. I would LOVE to work with you if you feel called. Some of the things I've been helping clients with lately:

  • better communication

  • being more playful and creative!

  • self confidence

  • clearing clutter to make room for a promotion at work

If you're curious please contact me with your phone number and a few good times to reach you this week and I'll call you to say hi and set up a time for a complimentary no pressure Clarity Call to help you get clear on what you want support with and how I can help. 

p.p.s. Yay!