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Does Your Money Have Cancer?

The other day I was meditating and saw something quite shocking.

I had a visual of me lying on a bed in a hospital hooked up to an IV. Family was around sending me positive thoughts. At first I couldn’t move. I was stuck. Then after enough positive comments from family, and giving myself enough time to rest, I started to sit up. I started to sip on drink provided at the hospital. I started to feel better.

Then – without warning – financial expert Suze Orman ran in the room and like a coach, started barking financial orders. I couldn’t remember what she said, though it was intense. She was basically saying, I had my chance to rest, and now it’s time to get my ass in motion to start getting my finances on track.

Woah.

And guess what happened. I listened to her. She’s the expert, right?! So I ripped out the IV, got up, and started ‘training’ to get back in shape.

It was intense… and I was running on adrenaline. I started to feel sick again, but I ignored it for as long as I could. Though guess what happened next? I started to feel sick again and was soon back on the bed, in worse shape than when I started.

This was an incredible wake-up call. This meditation experience reminded me of how I and  so many millennials live. Our finances are ‘sick’ and once we start feeling better, we listen to someone who’s lightyears ahead financially, we try to keep up and we then get sicker than we were before.

If you feel this way, you are totally not alone.

Luckily, there’s a way to heal your financial challenges, without having to listen to someone who doesn’t understand your sickness. YOU have the answers and can heal your own financial life.

The truth is, it’s possible to heal your financial challenges, though it’s going to require a remedy that you alone have. And it starts with feeling better and taking it slow. As much as it would be fun to receive a giant check to pay off student loans, it’s much more likely that it may take some time to pay it back.

One way I have implemented to start feeling better and starting the healing journey, is to pay with cash and debit. I realized that I was paying with credit cards (I had just gotten into this habit) and I realized it does not feel good to pay with everything on credit. So this is one small shift I have made.

Another small shift I’m making is to open bills when I’m feeling good, rather than opening bills when I’m in a terrible mood.

This is my ongoing lifestyle from here on in, and I’ll check back on how it’s going in a few months!

Here’s to taking it slow and feeling better!

-Gwen

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