Hi! I’m Virada. Thanks for stopping by.
As a Certified Money Coach®, I want to combine my business school know-how with my passion for personal growth. I want folks to see money as a friend and ally in living their fullest life. I listen to a lot of loved ones talk about their dreams – not just dream homes and vacations – but dreams for what they want to contribute to society and gifts they want to share with the world. All too often, money is the reason folks say no to these dreams, myself included. We sometimes get stuck in the same money beliefs rather than acting on what is needed in the present moment. Money can be a real barrier, but whether it is or isn’t, making choices from a clear, focused and open state of mind yields the best results, no matter what the circumstance.
When I was ten, my mom opened my first savings account. With stacks of quarters and dimes, she explained how we earn interest and what banks did with our money as it was “stored.” As a self-employed personal tailor and single parent, she also recruited me as her bookkeeper to sum up her monthly receipts and revenue during tax season.
Even with this early introduction to money matters, I didn’t quite follow in my mom’s entrepreneurial footsteps just yet. I spent my 20s following my heart. I ran community programs for immigrant youth and elders, performed with a Thai classical dance group, and spent my summers as a cultural immersion instructor in Thailand. During these years, I found my purpose and passion in traditional wisdom. I knew that the foundation for continuing these pursuits would be financial stability, so I went on to get my MBA. To my surprise, I loved spreadsheets! I finally knew how to calculate a bottom line, to assess the impact of an upcoming purchase and to project my funds into the future.
Yet I still believed money was in my way. I grumbled over my student loans, my nonprofit salary, rising living costs. I blamed the system. I became resentful that making a living kept me from what I really wanted: to study with masters and community elders. But underneath all that, I also knew I could do better. I knew I had it in me to overcome a system working against me. I began to listen to that voice more – and to the voices of my mentors and cheerleaders. I realized that my fullest life is now. Life is too short to grumble my way through. I re-directed. I found my center and made my next move.
I got clear on my goals and ruthless with my spreadsheets. I re-arranged my schedule and surroundings and spent more time and money on what mattered: focusing on my health, learning from my elders, perfecting Thai recipes (to my mom’s delight!), going on Zen and Taoist retreats, and practicing Taijiquan.
I found my “sweet spot” lifestyle where I paid for quality and trimmed away excess. Meanwhile, what happened financially was I paid down my debt, moved into my dream apartment, and got promoted. I’ve established a base from which I can now dream further – I gathered funds to build out my business, one piece at a time. I named by business Imagintana because the imagination is where dreams are born – and the Thai word for imagination is gintanakarn.
For now, this is my fullest life. What’s yours?