I don’t know about you, but I have been in a loop of anxiety lately. With so much going on that is beyond our control, it’s been really easy to get stuck thinking about all of the “what if’s”. BUT here’s the thing: When we feel like we’re spinning out of control, what do we do?
We take stock of what we CAN do and start there.
This is why I tell you, there’s never been a better time to take a step back and look inward. What can we control? Where can we make changes in our lives that help us sleep better at night, and feel prepared for whatever comes our way?
One of the places to look is our finances. Now you might be saying to yourself, “Are you kidding me?” because looking at your finances might feel like looking a fire-breathing dragon right in the eye! But it doesn’t have to. Consider this; what if instead of running from your money dragon, you learned to dance with it?
When I first met Financial Planner Betty-Anne Howard last fall, I was totally enamored with her concept of “dancing” with our money dragon. What an interesting way to describe it! I was so intrigued in fact that I proposed that she hire me to help launch her passion project. An online financial literacy course.
Here we are, almost a year later, and in celebration of Financial Literacy month, I am thrilled to announce it’s finally complete!
Dancing with the Money Dragon!
A SIMPLE MONEY MANAGEMENT COURSE FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE BORING.
In case you’re thinking “Tara, are you seriously trying to sell me something right now?” let me explain ..there’s a good reason.
It wasn’t until I worked on bringing this course to life that the importance of Betty-Anne’s lessons really struck me, and why I am compelled to share them with you now.
I’ve been a student of money my whole life. I’ve been a financial advisor, a controller and a consultant. I’ve made money, I’ve saved money, I’ve spent money and I’ve lost money. I feel like I have done and seen it all. All this time I thought that I was learning lessons about what money is, what it does and how it works.
I was wrong.
Never, did I ever consider money as a partner. Never did I think about what my relationship with money is, and what it means to me.
All this time I thought I had been studying money and numbers. But the truth is, what I have been studying all my life is not money.
I’ve been studying relationships.
That’s where Dancing with the Money Dragon starts you off. Taking the first steps toward learning how and why you use your money like you do. It really is like learning new dance steps. It can feel awkward, confusing, and even scary, but once you get the hang of it, it will forever change how you move through life. With ease, dignity and grace.
We all can become overwhelmed when we think about money, debt, investing and financial planning and it’s no wonder! Traditionally, the financial industry has not done a very good job of inspiring confidence and providing digestible and practical resources. Especially now. We’re so afraid of making mistakes, and we don’t have a great deal of trust in our financial institutions. Even now, as I sit here typing this, I’m listening to advertising on the radio pushing insurance and banking products.
The industry has made it confusing and complicated. And now, we’re so sick and tired of being told what to do that we tune it all out.
But, the fact remains that if we don’t take control of our finances, we will forever be at the mercy of these institutions and run the risk of not being prepared for the curveballs that life throws at us. We can get stuck in the endless loop of living cheque to cheque in perpetual fear of what could happen next.
That’s why it’s so important, in this climate of unease and uncertainty, that we all start (or continue) to take steps in the right direction where money is concerned. Your finances are one place where you absolutely can control what’s going on.
You control where you spend your money. You have the power to make changes. But first, you just have to look that dragon in the eye.
Now, I’m not going to tell you that you HAVE TO take this course. You don’t. It’s designed for a certain group of people and you might well be past it on your financial journey. But I WILL say that even I (a former Professional Financial Planner with 20 years of experience working with money) got some new lessons from it that I wasn’t aware of.
So I for one am going to take my own advice and move forward with purpose. Here’s what I’m going to do.
STEP 1: FIRST, I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM STILL LEARNING
Even when I think I know everything already and especially when it comes to all things money related. Acknowledge it and commit to taking the next step forward.
STEP 2: I WILL LOOK MY DRAGON IN THE EYE AND SAY, “OK, DRAGON, LET’S DANCE!”
For me, that means working through the plan I developed with the materials provided in the course. For you it might be reaching out to a professional planner, reviewing your bank account balance to do a spending analysis or reaching out to a bookkeeper to get help with your books.
STEP 3: IMPLEMENT YOUR PLAN & BREATHE DEEPLY.
Enjoy your new-found confidence and clarity. Damn, it’s fun to just dance, isn’t it?
For those of you who are interested, the course is now available at: https://bettyannehoward.com/dancing-with-the-money-dragon/ And since November is Financial Literacy Money, it’s being offered at a savings of 50% off.
For those of you who would like to talk to me about getting on track with your business finances, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who know you need to do “something” but don’t know where to start, please feel free to reach out to me as well. I am always happy to have a conversation with you and help point you in the right direction.
For now, I’ll leave you with this: Imagine sleeping soundly at night knowing exactly when your debt will be paid off.
Imagine the security of having money put away for emergencies and uncertain times.
Imagine having a clear path forward.
You can do it. You just need to take the first step.
Tara Tennant is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to identify and break down their personal barriers around money. She’s a daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, best friend and lover of popcorn, red wine and Star Wars.
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