I am one of those people who began working at a young age. At 15, I got a job building sandwiches and by the time I hit 17 I was working in the cosmetic department of Macy’s, this make-up loving teen’s dream come true.
At that point, in my late teens, I woke up and realized that the more I get paid by the hour, the fewer hours I would have to work in order to pay my bills.
I was only interested in money for the purpose of putting a roof over my head because, at that time in my young adult life, all I wanted to do was run through the mountains and meditate.
Because I worked five blocks from the beach I had many daydreams about water. The most prominent one at that time was about visiting the aquarium or about spending all my free time in the philosophy section of the bookstore 2 blocks away from the office. I wanted to find a hot guy and lay on the beach with him all day….pretty normal daydreams, right?
My desires at that time did not require money, but food, a home, and transportation certainly do. In the back of my mind, I was committed not to be that daughter who had to move back home after college.
Breaking my back running here and there with freelance jobs. The price of gas started to skyrocket and ‘getting by” was now a struggle. I realized there is a better way and I committed to discovering it.
Money can actually work for you
Then one day I woke up and realized that my money can actually work for me.
This idea transformed my mental programming around money. I began to focus on small stories of this type of success and began to network with people who were already pursuing these goals, I guess I was looking for a money mentor.
I answered an ad for work as an independent contractor at a forex trading office where I learned to flex my intuitive skills with economics predictions. I learned how putting your money towards value of a currency or commodity, grows with that transaction, or diminishes.
My “aha” moment was when I understood that where I put my time was my investment in my future. That being said, I now knew that I had to work in a profession that I was passionate about, a profession that worked for me and my money.
I began researching all of the options for earning residual income and found some key elements necessary for making my decision about what I would pursue.
3 decisions that changed everything
The first decision I made was not to give up. If people were going to tell me “not a chance” I was going to push even harder to find that “chance”.
The second decision I made was to buy the house I was renting. These ideas got mocked because I was 21 with little income, however, I knew I could invoke a rare option and I asked for it. A loan assumption.
The third decision I made was to settle down with one brand that my income will grow with, that allows me to shop in my own store and provide a toxic-chemical free lifestyle for myself and my children.
These 3 decisions were an investment in my self and the generations that follow. They made sense financially. In both cases, the value of my return on investment has increased fivefold or more.
Consequently, by my mid to late twenties, my days consisted working professionally with art, music, dancing, healing, traveling. I enjoyed hikes and studying. I was no longer working to pay the bills, I was enjoying life while I paid the bills.
Now that I’m a decade older I see how my desires have changed. I have 2 children and I’m looking at providing for their future, not just paying the bills. My hobbies have expanded and there are many more places in the world I would like to see. Passionately, I continue to warm with fulfillment when I help people and even more when I see them thrive and achieve their goals.
My philanthropic aspirations continue to grow as I discover new ideas to create a better sustainable world. Like Indigenous Wellness Collective, that brings healers and bodyworkers together to fill a cultural gap in clinical energetic and boundaries.
So now, money has a new purpose and I have a new mindset. That is to work smarter, not harder. To be flexible with the times and shine as an influencer and beneficial presence on the planet.
What changes are you willing to make to do the things that you love?
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