Live in partnership with your money
Your Relationship with Money
Make peace with your financial past to get you unstuck.
It is really hard to move forward when money problems feel so heavy. Many experience denial, helplessness, overwhelm. Yes, the problem is a flawed economic system. No argument on that here. Other times, though, that heaviness comes from the deep seeded beliefs about money we've held from our upbringing or money regrets from our past. Awareness around these outdated "rules" are what keep us from taking the next step in building our desired future.
For years, I felt trapped by my student loans. I believed my dreams were off limits until my debt was paid off and gone. I had a bad case of Facebook envy watching everyone else’s lives move forward. I spent too much time grumbling. And life is too short for grumbling. I realized that much of what I heard throughout my childhood about spending was, "we can't." And, as an adult, that one belief was keeping me stagnant.
So I sought out the outside support I needed to get moving. Fast forward two years, and I'm living in a dream apartment, starting my business, and training in a martial art. All the things I thought were unattainable, and all while I am responsibly (even aggressively) paying off my debt.
I won’t promise that facing our financial past is easy, but it is effective. Taking these risks and doing what might at first be counter-intuitive to you can reveal how powerful you really are. You will emerge lighter, employ your inherent strengths, and approach present-day money choices with clarity and focus.
Get moving on those dreams and live responsibly
Even while in debt. Even when living paycheck to paycheck.
A lack of passion has never been my problem, and I'm sure it's not yours either. I’ve worked in nonprofits, arts, and education for over a decade on projects that I truly believe are making our world a better place. For a long time, I decided that my desire to give back was more important than making money. And it still is. The difference is that now, I know my success will require an intimate understanding of how I approach my finances.
Your passions will often exceed your income – and the result is that it feels like you've never truly "made it." The hard truth is that there is no finally "making it," but that doesn't mean you are unable to live a full life. Managing your resources well means making focused choices rather than scattered spending and knowing how much your desired lifestyle costs. It's about wholeheartedly saying yes and directing your resources to what matters most. (And no, not everything on your list can matter most.)
No matter how much you are making, no matter how much your biggest dreams cost, I bet there is one step you can take right now to get closer.
All coaching packages are a minimum 4-month commitment that are designed to build self-awareness around your spending patterns and money beliefs. You'll be introduced to new possibilities and actions to help you towards your goals.
- 75-minute, monthly sessions
- Peer accountability emails
- Reflection and practice exercises
- Minimum four-month commitment
- 60-minute, monthly sessions
- Weekly email check-ins
- Individual feedback and planning
- Minimum four-month commitment
WHO DO I COACH?
My clients have very different lifestyles, passions and budgets. However, here are some commonalities that make you a good fit for the program.
BEFORE APPLYING, ASK YOURSELF IF YOU ARE:
- + Working and able to cover your basic needs: food, shelter and health expenses.
- + Able to commit to the "homework" and are not looking for short-cuts or a magic formula.
- + Aware that something's not working in how you relate to money and hungry for something new.
- + Excited to try new things, step out of your comfort zone, and see results!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is this financial advising?
No, not in the traditional sense. Imagintana helps you explore your relationship with money: the money “rules” you live by, the flexibility of your current budget and how it all impacts your desired lifestyle. Financial advising, on the other hand, projects cash flow and recommends financial products for better returns on debt management, savings accounts, investment portfolios, and retirement plans.
How will this help me afford more?
First, Imagintana advocates that more is not always the goal. You must define your "enough." The program supports you in shifting perspectives and attitudes so that your new choices reduce debt, spend wisely and save towards your life goals. Everyone is unique, so there is no formula. Circumstances are always in flux. Our goals are ever-changing. Imagintana helps clarify your current position and set a clearer path moving forward.