Money + spirituality.
These two concepts have always had a rocky relationship. Even for me, I have always been told the age old adage that money is the root of all evil.
I grew up with food and a house, but other than that, money was tight. My mom was always very frugal and PRIDED herself on buying good bargains. She even used to yell at my dad because he would buy name-brand cereal instead of store brand.
Of course, as adults, we have to undo a lot of programming that we learned as a child, and this is one major thing I have had to give up, especially recently.
Last year, in 2015, I left a comfortable, decent paying job at a non-profit to try my hand in the for-profit world as a Marketing Director. While I didn’t stay with that job, it really made me a woman who knew her worth, how to hustle, and just made me a fierce force to be reckoned with. Little did I know, this job laid the foundation of who I needed to be in order to truly be successful and financially stable.
That job led me to another opportunity, which was being the Director of a small non-profit. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about these topics at length in other blog posts, so I will be brief here. For the first few months of this job, we were extremely broke, to the point that the electric company almost turned off our service.
But, things did change. My word for 2016 has been TRUST, and boy did I ever learn that concept. I started booking TONS of weddings because I finally was able to give myself fully to my photography company. I decided to keep looking for more opportunities and found a great fit with the direct sales company Senegence. I never thought I would do direct sales, but their products are so amazing I couldn’t say no.
Along the way, I have taken a course called Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp with Denise Duffield-Thomas. This course has been a game-changer for me! I have begun to really undo the stories I used to tell myself about money that were passed down to me from my family. I also started believing in myself more, thinking out of the box when it comes to money and income, and am feeling more comfortable with money.
Denise has a Lucky Bitch income tracker for IPhones that I downloaded, and I noticed that I was smashing my money goals. I set a very modest goal of $2,000 for months because I knew that was attainable. What I didn’t know is that I would be making progressively more and more above that goal for months.
Last month, November 2016, was my highest earning month ever. As you can see, I earned $5,362.10, which completely blew my socks off.
All because I trusted the Universe to bring me the opportunities I needed, but then I ALSO recognized the opportunities and seized them. You can’t expect miracles if you aren’t willing to open your eyes and then welcome them with open arms.
Now, I do have a goal of becoming a millionaire. Why? Because I want to be able to do what I want, when I want, and I don’t want to worry about if I have enough money or time to do it. This may seem selfish, and it is. I won’t lie and say it’s not. But being selfish isn’t always bad. Last week, the local humane society needed donations for a surgery for a cat’s broken foot. And I was able to donate without hesitation. I’m able to surprise my husband with his favorite food for dinner because I have the money. I’m able to support local businesses I love, like our coffee shop, without worrying about where those nickles and dimes are coming from. And of course, I’m able to pay my bills without fear.
Money is NOT evil. Money just makes people more of what they already are. If you are a good person, chances are having money will only help you do good in the world. If you aren’t such a good person, well, money will just amplify that.
I also want to add that every spiritual lesson I’ve learned has led me to this point. I believe it was either Marie Forleo or Kate Northrup who said that business is the most spiritual journey you will ever embark on, and I have to agree. I have put into practice all the spiritual lessons I’ve learned in order to become who I am today, and now I can look back and be truly grateful for those lessons, no matter how hard they were.
So there is a statistic I heard that the average millionaire has 7 streams of income, so I am working towards that. Here is a break-down of my current streams of income:
My part-time job is basically a fixed amount every month and is my lowest-earning stream of income, and also one of the most time consuming. Basically, I stay at this job because I love it. I love what I do, and I love helping other business owners gain the skills and mindset necessary to be successful. Will I always stay at this job? Probably not, but I know I am needed here now.
My photography company is my highest earning income as of right now, and I have even raised my prices, which are still very competitive. However, there is a cap to how much people will spend on this, so it might not always be my highest earning stream of income. Also, this equipment is expensive, so that is definitely something that needs to be considered.
I just joined a direct sales company called Senegence because they create makeup that molecularly bonds to you and doesn’t smudge. My favorite of these products so far is LipSense, lipstick that doesn’t budge. Of course, when you sell product, there is an initial investment of stock. I have spent around $1,200 in building my stock, but have made all that money back already in 3 weeks.
Our puppy Lili is going to be a little money maker once she is able to breed. This won’t be a huge income, but will definitely be a supplement. Based on size of litter and markings of the pups, I believe we can make between $2-$5k each litter. We don’t want any more dogs, so this will probably be a once a year or every other year thing. And of course, we love her to the moon and back and don’t just consider her a stream of income, obviously, but I figured I’d let everyone know that in case you think we are horrible people.
I am working on writing an e-book on Pull Marketing, which is a concept I teach to my clients. I don’t know when I will have this done, but this will be a product that will definitely earn me money while I sleep and be an evergreen stream of income.
I am also hoping to start business and spirituality coaching in 2017, but when the actual launch will be or how I will format this, I am not sure.
So, since I try to be open and honest about all things in my life, I figured I would give you an update on my financial life. This year has been incredible terrifying, crippling, and beautiful all at the same time.
In the next few weeks I will be divulging what my word of 2017 will be! I don’t know 100% what it will be yet, but I have a feeling it will tell itself to me soon 🙂
xoxo, La Rae