"... this is where your
personal feeling of
empowerment begins to grow."
The work I do is deeply satisfying. Knowing I am helping to free people from the guilt and frustration they experience on a daily basis dealing with money makes me feel I am contributing to the world in a meaningful way. I understand how financial angst can dominate and overwhelm every aspect of life. Having the tools and compassion to free people from these issues gives me a deep sense of purpose.
We are living through extremely challenging times. The disparity between those who have so much and those who are just making do continues to grow larger each year. I work with people who are tired of feeling behind, confused and overwhelmed with all the complicated choices of how to make their hard earned money work intelligently (and safely) for them. People are seeking honest advice from someone who is not looking to sell them something. There are plenty of horror stories about people loosing their life savings. Others are laden with debt and don’t see an end in sight. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all the financial information we are continually bombarded with. By the end of a long week, who wants to sit down and sift through bills, read mutual fund prospectuses or contemplate health, life, disability or retirement?
As a Moolah Doula - a name I use to describe the work I do as helping people give birth to a new relationship with money, I help people find solutions. We begin exploring deeply held attitudes and beliefs about money formed in early childhood…ideas and thoughts created through experiences shared with parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers and friends. These filters were set in place when you were trying to figure out the world and where you fit in. They have been carried forward through to adulthood coloring your perceptions and decisions every day.
After completing this eye opening process, clients feel a huge weight lifts. “Every decision I make now feels much simpler, less tangled up in feelings and projections I never could identify.” Once this foundation is laid, we take the next step towards focusing on personal values. Are you performing work you value in an environment that nurtures you? Is the money you earn being spent on the things you value most in your life? What are your goals for the future and how can you create a realistic plan to achieve them?
These are all important questions to address in a safe and non-judgmental way. There are no agendas, no sales pitches and no false promises. Think of it as financial mentoring. I offer observations, suggestions and recommendations and then it’s up to you to make decisions, well-informed decisions. It makes for a clear, directed relationship. The decisions are all yours. This is where your personal feeling of empowerment begins to grow. And remember, the only limits are those you place on yourself.