Money is really important to me.
Or rather, financial security is really important to me.
It helps me feel safe and more settled within our very transient, often isolated, life.
But that wasn't something I always knew.
In fact, it wasn't until one of my coaches asked me "what do you need in life to feel safe?" that I discovered how much I valued financial stability.
With some self-exploration, honesty, and some hardcore limiting-belief-battling, I came to realise that financial security is one of my top values. It is front and centre within my needs to feel great in this life. Judge me as you like - it's my truth. It makes me feel safe and provides a level of comfort that is incredibly important to me in this whirlwind life of ours.
The irony however, was at that time, I had basically ZERO.
So this discovery, teamed with a hefty financial wake-up call, led to me transforming the way I earn, save, spend, donate, invest and ultimately appreciate money.
Or more simply put, I went from 'earn-spend-earn-spend-earn-spend' to 'hmmm perhaps I should pay a little more attention to this money stuff!'
Well that attention has served us well and, somewhat bizarrely, led to me guest writing for a 'Financial Independence' blog - The Escape Artist.
So if you'd like to know a little about my messy financial awakening that coincided very beautifully with the creation of CL, then go and have a snoop over here.
Confidently sharing that story on a financial blog shows me just how far I've come.
You may see in the article a subtle contradiction - in my move to save money, I actually spent money. Yep I hired Barney (The Escape Artist) for some financial coaching.
So whilst I always advocate managing your finances well, frugality to the point of limitation is not my bag.
I invest in myself A LOT.
I invest in good food, good education, good support in life and in business, and more.
I've hired many coaches in my time - business, life, chiropractic, fitness, tennis... never have I regretted those investments. In fact the returns that came from those ventures (whether that be experience, skill development, quality of life, or financial return), have always outweighed their upfront cost.
But for now, let me ask you, what do you need to feel safe?
I explore this question with every single one of my clients.
This awareness is paramount in consciously creating the habits, routines and practices that feel good to you and will help you build a life you love and feel stable within.
So I'll ask you again, and by all means, please comment below;
What do YOU need to feel safe and secure in your life?