As the Director of Affiliate Relations at HomeFree-USA, I’ve always been fascinated with how people handle their money. Like everyone else, I’ve had my financial ups and downs. In fact, it took me 32 months to pay off $32,000 in credit card bills and build up a six-month emergency fund. While that was a very difficult period, I am grateful – and wiser -- for the experience.
Through my personal experiences and working at HomeFree-USA, I’ve gained a ton of insight that I feel compelled to share. You’ll find those lessons here. Feel free to take the thoughts and ideas that resonate with you most and put aside the rest for later. I look forward to sharing my journey.
To recap last week:
"My mother, one of the smartest and most successful women I know, reads voraciously and raised me to do the same. As a result, I'm constantly learning and growing via books, podcasts, articles and even television shows. If you're eager to grow in 2017 and beyond, here are a few things that keep me engaged and intrigued." And my list continues:
The Dave Ramsey Show I disagree with many of Dave's political philosophies but that's fortunately not the point of the show. His frank insight into the importance of removing debt from your life, as well as his motivational Debt Free screams and Millionaire Theme Hours, make his occasional rants about liberals vs. conservatives more than worth it.
So Money This is much more than a money show. Host Farnoosh Torabi interviews successful people on their business and approach to money. What I love most is that "success" in Farnoosh's world goes beyond Fortune 500 companies or Silicon Valley. Anyone from the woman who made millions from selling on Poshmark.com, to the owner of a startup CEO in Dubai, to bigger names like Tim Gunn and Tony Robbins can be So Money.
Spiritual Economics: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance by Eric Butterworth This is a great way to assess how you're thinking about money, not just spending it. The author stresses the importance of giving. She takes a hard line approach to donating 10% of your income and has found that that money comes back to her many times over. I'm not as hard about the percentage but do strongly believe in the importance of giving your time and money.
If you just want to learn more about yourself:
Gretchen Rubin's book Better Than Before focuses on how we develop habits that last. Before this book I'd never heard that we all ingrain habits differently; yet it makes perfect sense. For example, I realized that I'm not the type that can enjoy things in moderation. It's easier for me to give something up completely than just have a little. So all those health advocates who recommend that we enjoy everything in moderation simply aren't speaking to me.
Michael Hyatt is a fantastic coach who will help you accomplish whatever goals you set for yourself. He presents a myriad of suggestions and solutions for common issues like procrastination and goal setting.
Paula Rizzo is another great coach who focuses on productivity. She centers her growth opportunities around list making. Check out her book Listful Thinking.
Danielle LaPorte The entire focus of her site is for you to find yourself. Through the Desire Map and other tools, Danielle does a fantastic job with giving you the tools you need to curate the life you truly want. I'm currently listening to her Fire Starter sessions - LOVE!
Yes, you can learn from entertaining, non-documentary television:
Super Soul Sunday, OWN It doesn't matter whether you're spiritual, religious, atheist, or somewhere in between, this show has got you covered. I've learned so much from Oprah Winfrey and her guests, and I'm always ready to conquer the world once I've finished an episode.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Comedy Central You already know that I'm a fan of Trevor's book. His perspective on politics and news is refreshing as well, possibly because it's coming from someone who was not raised in the USA. He has excellent and varied guests, the correspondents are awesome, and the skits are hilarious. Plus, Trevor's gorgeous, so there's that!
This Is Us, NBC I've learned so much from this show. The emotional struggles Kate has with her weight, and the trials of raising a child of a different race, were eye opening. This is one of my favorite shows of the year, and Jack is, hands down, one of the best TV fathers out there.
If you've come across a book, website, podcast or show that has truly uplifted your life, email me and let me know about it. I'm always open to learn.
And so it is.