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Great with Money?
I believe every single Canadian – you too! – can Flourish and Thrive financially.
New course is in BETA, Fall 2019
This is an investment in setting yourself up to thrive & flourish financially for the rest of your life.
What is it costing you to not get a handle on your finances?
Bank fees for bounced bill payments… the health costs of stress and turmoil, damaged relationships… and losing out on living your best life. And there is the indirect cost to the planet and organizations who would greatly benefit from your ability to support their efforts.
Bonus: Ultimately, our money is never just about “money” nor is it just about “us”.
We are all interconnected… so in addition to your personal benefit, becoming
Great with Money is an act of love for others and our shared planet.
MY OWN MONEY STORY
I don’t have a rags to riches story… and that should reassure you. Because I bet you are not “rags,” either. In debt perhaps, chronically broke perhaps, or simply dishevelled financially, but not truly “rags.” And you may not really want to be “rich” either – you just want to feel financially secure, and have means to create and live your best life. I hope you also care about our planet and other people, and would like to have financial resources to contribute meaningfully to make our shared world a better place.
I want you to know that that can happen for you. I’ve made the journey, and I’ve arrived at a very, very good place.
I’m an ordinary Canadian who graduated from University (British Columbia) with a truckload of student loan debt, just as Vancouver housing prices went In.Sane.
Add to that a general obliviousness about money, growing credit card debt, a propensity for retail therapy and was most definitely what we now call an under-earner with a scarcity mindset, and it all led to one fateful night:
One dark, rainy, fateful night at the Shopper’s Drug Mart on Broadway & McDonald.
I had returned from a trip to Mexico… or was it England… to mend (yet another) broken heart, and whilst away had forgotten to pay my credit card. Twice. In front of me, and anyone who cared to watch (oh yes, there was a lineup at 10pm) the young lad (what, grade nine?) cut up my card. Cut up my credit card right there and right then.
I was mortified. Mor.Ti.FIED!
I slunk home to my basement suite which I shared with a roommate, Doug, and lay awake all night wondering how things had come to this. I had been discouraged about my finances for two or three years by that point, but had no clue what to do about it. I had been a scholarship student, I held a responsible (but grossly underpaying) job, and had it together in nearly every aspect of my life. But money defeated me.
I knew I didn’t need a financial planner: I could barely pay my rent much less find $500 a month for RRSPs. Neither did I need to declare bankruptcy. There seemed nowhere to turn.
Enter Tony Robbins. You know the guy: over-the-top Tony, full of life and a huge grin. Doug had received a series of tapes (yes, tapes) and each Sunday would listen to one. When I heard Tony talking about money, I made a cup of tea and sat down.
His first instructions, which I encourage you to do right now yourself, was simply to write out three money goals, and take one action on any of them within 24 hours.
I knew immediately what mine were.
I never wanted to bounce a cheque or have a missed credit card payment ever again. (Did I mention there were collections calls, too?)
I always wanted to know where my money was going. I had only a general sense.
I wanted to own my own place. In Vancouver. In the 1990’s. I cannot tell you how utterly impossible that one seemed even back then – I might as well have asked for Elon Musk to send me into space.
And for my first step, I purchased Quicken, and started tracking my money.
The magic didn’t happen straight away. It did happen though… and I’ll get to that.
In the first year or two, things got marginally better, but only just. Indeed I started knowing what was going on with my money. Frustratingly, I still often was in over my head, but at least knowing about it gave me a fighting chance. And as the months went by, things started to smooth out. I rarely was caught short or by surprise any more. And week in, week out, I kept tracking where my money was flowing.
I started reading about money. I started skimming financial pages. And best of all, I became inspired by my mom who in her 50’s became a really savvy investor. So I learned to invest, and started a women’s investment club, Twanda! I invested a mere $30 / month but that started a wonderful mindset shift. I wasn’t Nancy-the-chronically-broke. I was Nancy who had savings. Who was growing her money.
And then the magic happened. From right out of nowhere, I received a cheque the size of a down payment. Had it arrived three years earlier, it would have been frittered away, no doubt. Instead, it, combined with my WestJet and Starbucks stocks (literally) bought me my dream condo in gastown, Vancouver. A converted warehouse, it’s a sexy little thing with real hardwood, exposed brick, exposed pipe 9” ceilings and floods of sunshine.
Over the years, things kept getting better, albeit with new bumps along the way . My mindset continued to shift out of scarcity into abundance. I became comfortable with money. I now own four rental properties. I have earned the fabled six-figures for several years. My retirement is not quite, but nearly, secure. I have lovely holidays with treasured friends. Best of all, I can get behind organisations and initiatives I believe in. I’m no longer chronically stressed about money. On the contrary, while there are still challenges that arise, I have a quiet inner confidence and I look forward to the future. I am living my best life… and continuing to expand what that means to me.
As you see, not “rags to riches”. But struggling to keep my head above water to living my best life is pretty damn good. If you want more details on how I did it, and what I’m doing now (the journey doesn’t ever end!), get to know me. I post daily on Instagram, will be posting on YouTube and often field questions on my Facebook page. I’d love to connect with you.
GREAT WITH MONEY
I Can Help You Thrive Financially
By the time you are done this course, you will know exactly where your finances are at now, you will have clear financials goals for where you want to get financially, and a reality-proofed action plan to get you there.
You will have clarity and peace of mind about your finances.
BENEFITS TO YOU
Stressed about your money? Head in the sand? Discouraged? This course changes all that. But it will need commitment. The course is the same length as a college course. It will roll out over approximately four months and will require you to spend 60-90 minutes each week working with and befriending your money. But oh, it will be so, so worth it!
Imagine how inspired you will feel to not only name your goals, but have a solid plan to get there.
Imagine how calm you will feel once you have taken control of your finances.
And best of all, you will have the inner confidence of knowing you’ve set yourself up to flourish & thrive financially.
Each week you will receive one new lesson on one discrete topic. There are four modules in total, each containing several lessons relating to that module.These topics are set up to ensure you are never overwhelmed.
You will take it step by step by step, and I will be right with you all along the way via twice-weekly live-streams, where you can ask me anything.
Setting You Up for Success
This module will inspire you and get you all set up easily manage your money going forward.
- Your 1st crack at setting goals
- Tools to help make managing your finances simple
- Planning out when and where you will work on your finances
- A clear statement on why you want to thrive financially to keep you motivate
Know Your Numbers
This module will give you the clarity you need to confidently manage your money.
- Getting clear on what’s going in and out
- Planning for exceptional expenses throughout the year (imagine never going in debt for your holidays again!)
- Getting a real handle on your debt
- Grounding yourself in your net worth (don’t panic if it’s negative!)
- Uplevel your goal setting
Psychology of Money
This module will ensure your brain is all beautifully wired for financial success!
- Creating a healthy, friendly relationship with your money
- Developing an abundance mindset
- Learning how to develop good money habits (and break ones that don’t serve you!)
Great with Money
This module takes you to a whole new level — rising well above your current circumstances to think and act like a wealthy person.
- Learning how to behave financially the same way wealthy people do
- Learning the basics of becoming wealthy
- Getting a handle on the super-big picture (high finance!) so you can navigate this world effectively
This course is created for people who are:
Stressed and Anxious
about money – perhaps it’s affecting your relationships
Avoiding your Finances
and you feel overwhelmed or panicky if you think about it
and always second-guessing whether you can afford something
Deeply in Debt
and want to find a way back to financial freedom
Experiencing deep-seated scarcity mindset
rather than the abundance mindset you need to become wealthy
Can't even imagine retirement
and hoping you’re kids will support you or you’ll win the lottery
This course may not
be a good fit if:
- addictions are sabotaging your money, you should get support for that first
- another individual is sabotaging your money, you should deal with that first (request a free 30 minute consult)
- you do not have at least a very basic regular income, please send me a message and I can offer another option for you
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