Pillar 3 {Financial Life} Summer of Self-Care

This week we are giving some attention to something you may not necessarily think about when you hear the words self-care: the self-care of our financial lives.

You may be thinking that looking at finances would be the antithesis of self-care because I might be suggesting that you go without or that you need to cut back and it feels restrictive.

I’m not a financial planner and I’m certainly not going to suggest that you MUST create a budget, get rid  of all your credit card debt, or start putting money away for retirement. All I can give you is my experience with this pillar and because of this experience, I feel strongly that finances absolutely should be included in our self-care summer exploration.

Here’s the bottom line, once I did an honest account of my finances and found resources to help me reach the goals I had for myself and my family, I was able to stop worrying about money. This freed up SO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY.

Don’t we all want more time and energy?  Time is our most limited resource and if we have more energy while we have more time that is going to make the time we do have that much more enjoyable.

So I find it my responsibility to pass on this to you, dear friend!

When I established realistic and measurable long term financial goals, I started using my finances in a way that helped me reach those goals.  Ultimately yes, we did start a budget but it became a road map to getting to our future goals rather than a punishment and an exercise in self-deprivation.

Remember that this summer of self-care is meant to provide a sampling of different pillars you may want to explore with a little bit more time.  If you feel pretty good about your finances, feel free to skip it and double down on your SMART goal this week.  

If thinking about your finances is something you feel a downright aversion to, I encourage to just go through the resources, even if you do nothing with the materials.  Maybe it’s not time yet, but you’ll never know if you don’t even open yourself up to the possibility.

So here are some resources to explore this week for our {FINANCIAL LIFE}…

3 Ways to Practice Financial Self-Care

Simple 3 step method to get to the root of how you feel about money and how to do some things differently.

Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps to Manage Your Finances

These are practical steps to lead you down the path of financial freedom.  Jordan and I went through this system and we gained so much clarity about how we were spending our money.  

Let’s put it this way:  Because of the Baby Steps, we were able to save enough money for me to be at home with Lucas for a full 17 months after he was born.  We wouldn’t have been able to do that if we didn’t follow this guidance.  

How Mr. Money Mustache Retired At Age 30 And How You Can Too.

Now maybe you’re not looking to retire anytime soon, but wouldn’t it be great if you had such financial freedom that you COULD retire when ever you wanted to?  

This is an Interesting interview/story with some great tips of how to become financially free.  I like his take because he’s not saying you’ll never work again, but you’ll simply do more work that you love (and perhaps even do it part time).

Wouldn’t it be great to have more of an obvious choice when we are stressed about our current jobs, schools and workload.  By working toward financial freedom, you may be able to see things a little differently. 

Here are some actions to take this week…

  • Dive In… to the resources.
  • Journal… about your feelings about money and anything else that came up for you after your looked at the resources and thought about your financial situation.
  • Do One Thing… for your own financial self-care this week.
  • Share… your reflection and/or your one thing you did for your financial self-care (bonus points for multiple ways!)…
    • Email me with some of your reflections.
    • Post it to our We are Teaching Well Facebook Group
    • Post your reflection in the comment section here
    • Share it with a friend, family member or someone else who will help you stay accountable.

Has any of this process of reflection about your financial self-care supported your SMART Goal?  Is there anything you’ve discovered about yourself that you want to explore more during these next few weeks?

If one of your goals is to create a more balanced daily self-care routine, please check out Teaching Well’s FREE COURSE 4 Self-Care Solutions in Five Minutes a Day.

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Danielle Nuhfer

Here are a few titles I go by...teacher, student, gardener, runner, nature-lover, writer and meditator. I care deeply about my own journey to wellness and want to inspire others to walk this path. Inspiring others to discover the value of mindfulness, positive psychology and other holistic health practices is my life's work.

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