I've been working on my relationship with money. Curious about it. Exploring it with my life coach.
She says she heard somewhere that one's relationship with money is often the same as one's relationship with love/romance/the opposite sex. I heard the same thing and it makes me think "haha." And I want to explore it.
So the idea is often you can say the same thing about both:
If you believe:
"Money comes easily to me."
You probably also believe:
"Love comes easily to me."
And if you believe:
"I have to work hard and suffer for money."
You probably also believe:
"I have to work hard and suffer for love."
Simple living can help you become financially free (and attract the romance of your dreams) because it can pretty much help in any area of your life you'd like to focus on. Simple living is all about focus. It's about admitting to yourself that 24 hours is 24 hours. You can choose wisely how you'll fill that time. You can hone, hone, hone. It's a process, and it's fun. My time is a beautiful and precious thing. I don't want to waste it on things I don't enjoy, or on thoughts that make me feel bad.
For example, I won't spend my time engaged in small talk with people I don't like. My friends and family, the people I hang with, are splendid humans. They don't stand around bitterly complaining about anything that is within their control to change. They take action. They have expansive spirits. They create things and keep going, keep rolling with their failures and their successes. They're honest about their foibles, which to me is the purest form of humor. Whether on purpose or accident, they are hilarious and fun to be around.
---SIMPLE LIVING FOR FINANCIAL FREEDOM---
There are lots of ways to make money or attract money, just like there are lots of strategies for attracting love and friendship into your life. But none of them work if you don't focus on cultivating wealth (or love or friendship) consciousness.
Consciousness. Awareness. Sound familiar? Simple living is all about focused conscious living for your flavor of freedom. Choosing what you want to focus on. Do you want to focus on money or lack of money? Do you want to focus on love or lack of love? I know which one sounds more fun to me.
I'm playing around with these intentions and beliefs around money and I thought I'd share them, in case you too are using simple living to gain ever more financial freedom:
---HAPPY MONEY MANTRAS---
I like money because it helps me feel free + joyful and it fuels the ease I feel in my creative life.
Making money is easy and relaxing.
Me and money have fun, play, and relax together.
I get paid to ____________________ (insert creative activities that bring you joy) and that feels great.
Making money takes creativity and authenticity. To have a positive relationship with money and to make abundant money is a worthy and worthwhile path. Money is easy, relaxing, fun, and even thrilling and delightful to be in relationship with. Money flows to me effortlessly and I feel relaxed about it.
How do you feel reading these happy money thoughts? It's good to focus on the financial freedom you have now, even if it seems limited. Paradoxically, minimalist living actually helps you feel like life is more abundant. Maximalist living. Because it's about choosing to declutter the things and thoughts that bring you down and keep the things and thoughts that support you.