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The Money Edit is for women who are passionate about personal finance and financial independence.

This is a place to change your mind about spending, saving and living your best life.

What can you do today that your future self will thank you for?

What can you do today that your future self will thank you for?

My conscious money journey began with the cold hard realization that in fact, no one is coming to the rescue in my life. If I want to be able to afford the life of my dreams, I will have to get it myself.

There were a few factors that influenced this revelation - namely a bad breakup, a few firm “no”s from my dad and an intense desire to buck the status quo. It sounds cheesy and spoiled but when I was about 27 the gravity of the situation hit me like a ton of bricks: I suddenly knew that I am totally and utterly responsible for getting whatever I want out of life. There was no safety net, no rich boyfriend. Just an independent woman making it happen everyday.

At first thinking about money made me feel anxious, overwhelmed and scared. I didn’t know much but I sure as hell knew I wasn’t going to let it all end with fear. My heart told me that I didn’t want to be the kind of person who lives a mediocre life and lets someone or something make my decisions.

I started reading as much as I could about personal finance and investing. I connected with finance bloggers and professionals to see how they were successful. My initial curiosity developed into a voracious appetite. Achieving small savings goals made me feel empowered. Before I knew it, I was on a roll! I was evangelical about my new realization that if you don't spend money, you get to keep it!

The hardest part of the change was being honest about my new priorities with my friends and family. Is anyone else struggling with people in your life who push back on your money conscious lifestyle? Read a post on this here.

The bottom line is that my lifestyle change from spending to saving opened more doors than I could have imagined. I wouldn't be where I am today with money in the bank, multiple properties and on my way to financial independence without the focus I applied 5 years ago. It took courage and determination, and I am so glad I committed to a lifestyle that enables my goals.

What can you do today that your future self will thank you for?

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The Financially Empowered Woman

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