I started this business to protect our dreams and gifts, and to support folks in keeping them sacred. However you spin it, our world disproportionately rewards certain sectors and skills, and not others. Meanwhile – there are undeniable, indispensable roles needed to sustain humanity and the planet – and they may or may not make the cut of well-paying jobs: anyone connected to food, nature and natural resources, parents and caretakers, teachers, lawmakers, engineers, scientists, healers, creatives, spiritual leaders and guides, so on and so forth. Whether or not these are lucrative paths, we need them.
So, those of us who have found passions that do not make a comfortable salary have learned to make choices and sacrifices about our jobs and lifestyles. Does my life’s work connect to my ability to earn a living? Does it need to? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. That’s up to you, your desires, and how you wish to fulfill them. Imagintana is a resource for whom money is a barrier to pursuing dreams. To me, what is paramount is living that fullest life. If there is a barrier to that life, it must be removed or else we get stuck – angry, cranky, and feeling confined in unrealized potential.
I want folks walking away from my online resources with a clearer sense of that desired lifestyle, what it takes and what it costs. For some, where your money flows, where it expands and leaks, is still a mystery. Others want to discover more choices outside of what you have been taught and beyond what you are currently doing with your finances. My online courses and coaching services address both these areas. I want to inspire people to get clear, get focused and get moving – as well as learn to enjoy money management!
What inspired me to create these tools was discovering my own dreams – and also discovering the struggle to keep them front and center. My life’s work isn’t one of those money-makers. So while it is true that I enjoy the entrepreneurial challenge, and that I went to business school to become an entrepreneur, this business in and of itself is NOT my dream. It is the strategy by which I am living my fullest life – while in debt, while working full-time, while starting a business.
So what is the dream? I am doing what I love – practicing a martial art, refining my Thai cooking skills, and studying Asian philosophy, folk wisdom and customs. The act of doing all of these things, whether or not I am paid for them, is the point. Ensuring that these practices and traditions stay alive – that they live through me and through community well enough to be of value to the next generation – is the point. Each of these activities has a lifestyle and cost attached to them if I am to succeed in these goals. I spent years testing out an optimal “life setup.” I lived with parents, found seasonal work in Thailand; and now I’m living on my own. I am finally at a point where I have made peace with each element of my financial life. The debt attached with my MBA equips me with the skills to financially project out my future in numbers. My full-time job provides me with the stability to pursue and fund my interests wholeheartedly without worry for my baseline needs. And finally, this business allows me to build for the future while sharing and connecting with others.
Join the journey. Unpause your dreams. Live your fullest life. Start here.