7/15/2013

financial responsibility

mistakes

Sometimes we get off track. It happens. Lately I have been avoiding my finances and it hasn’t been helping. Imagine that! I have yet to have the experience of avoidance as a way to move beyond the fear, but for some reason it was my first choice ;)

Money stuff is super challenging for me and I have come to understand that the more I turn away from dealing with it the more stress I create in my life. After talking with a few friends over the weekend I was clear that I hit bottom so-to-speak regarding my finances. I committed to taking steps this week towards becoming responsible for my life in this area. As humbling as this is to admit, I know that admission is the price I need to pay for the financial freedom I seek.

This morning I created a little task list for myself and got to work. I went to the bank and go a handle on doing my business baking online and went through all of my business-related file folders and got organized. Later on I had a talk with an awesome business management consultant that specializes in creative small businesses. I have an appointment with her in 2 weeks to go over all of my finances and get an accounting system in place. Then I paid two bills and called my friend and let her know I could not attend her out of state wedding. That was the most challenging call but it is amazing how much better I feel now that I have been honest about my situation.

Money is currency, currency is energy. In order to be open to the abundant energy that is out there I need to get my finances in order. I’ve asked myself, why am I hanging on to all this confusion, why have I refused to organize my finances? There is a huge part of me that is afraid of success. Staying in the dark in this area keeps my business small. If I truly want to expand and grow I need to create a new belief system around being psyched about success. This is definitely part of my work in the coming weeks and I’ll check in about my progress as I know this is a big topic for many new small business owners.

I am happy that I started the week making positive changes towards developing a new relationship with my finances. I feel a huge weight has been lifted and I am actually looking forward to learning how to do my own books and keep track of what’s coming in and going out. Being an adult is pretty cool.

Have you struggled with your finances? Do you have a handle on doing the books for your small business? Do you have tricks, tools or software that you love? Let me know, I’m very interested in this topic!

Hope you all have a great week and see you back here soon.

xoa

 

image source // georgia perry

Comments

  • Jillian

    I am very careful with my finances (I have some other major growth areas I have.a hard time facing though!) and it really pays off, I just bought a house, I’m planning my wedding and honeymoon, and even though it’s a lot of large expenses it’s not too stressful because I’ve taken the time yo really plan and understand my finances.My #1 tip is: I find when I have a really good, thoroughly broken down budget, I feel wealthier than when I just spend whatever and hope it works out, because when I spend money I absolutely know in my heart it’s okay to spend it.

    • ashley

      Hey Jill,

      Thanks so much for weighing in on this. I loved reading about your experience and your tip is awesome, makes total sense. Keeping track and knowing what your spending must make it feel lighter to spend money. I’m going to take that with me!

      Congrats on all of your exciting news too! The engagement and house and all the wonderful work you are doing with nutrition and counseling. I am so happy whenever I read your posts – super inspiring.

      xoa

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