Category Archives: Finances & Career

Loving myself in my Career

Good morning Dear Reader, 

This week’s affirmation: 

“I love and accept who I am and who I am is enough.”

In terms of my career (and finances) I am not where I want to be but I have the tools and dedication I need to get there. 

I think it’s very important not to give up my ultimate dream. I want to be able to write fulltime. I want to be able to wake up every morning and spend the day crafting stories and poems and articles and blogs.  

As of right now, I’m not there yet and it’s okay. Every day I spend writing. Every morning I get out of bed and start typing on my keyboard brings me one step closer to my goal. 

To love and accept myself isn’t to say that I’m going to stay stagnant. Rather, it means that I will no longer bully myself or beat myself up for not being where I want to be just yet. It means that I’m going to tell myself “it’s okay. You got this,” and press forward. 

It’s difficult yes. At times I lose faith in myself and think “I’m not good enough for this” or “I’m not a real writer like such and so”. 

However, I can be a writer for today. I can be a writer right now and the more “right now” moments that stack up, the more confident I’ll become. At least, that’s how I see it. 

Yes, I accept where I am in my writing career now. I am good enough right now today. 

I hope you also see how good you are right now 🙂

Thanks for reading. 

Warm Regards, 

Shannon M. 

If you’d like the book for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here. You can also visit Denise Linn’s website here.

Finding Clarity with Finances

Good morning Dear Reader, 

This week’s affirmation: 

“There is clarity within me and around me.”

So, I’ve been talking with DK and MT about needs vs. wants. I realize that I confuse some of my wants with my needs and that’s limiting my success financially. 

I watched a Dave Ramsey video recently that really hit hard. I know that I need to cut out a lot of things but I’m unwilling. I feel like I’ve been like the girl in the video. So I need to learn how to dig deep and do radical things. 

DK had me read Rich Dad Poor Dad earlier this year. I did get a lot of takeaway from it but at the time, I didn’t feel ready for large changes. I do feel more willing now though, so I’m seeking more knowledge on how to make better, less impulsive decisions.

I have an idea on what to do. I just have to have the discipline to execute it.

Shannon M. 

If you’d like the book for yourself, you can find it on amazon here. You can also visit Denise Linn’s website here.

I read Rich Dad Poor Dad on Scribd. It’s an online site for eBooks and audiobooks. If you want to try Scribd you can get two months free using this link

Honoring my Financial Commitments

Good morning Dear Reader,

“I honor my commitments to myself and others.”

Keeping with the affirmation of the week, in terms of my finances, this one is a sore spot. 

As I said last week. I know I’ve made a lot of mistakes. The funny thing about money is that it is so easy to fall into a vicious cycle. Going from paycheck to paycheck, is not the kind of thrill anyone needs. 

So, I have two life mentors right now. Let’s call one CT and the other DK because I’m bad at making up names.

DK asked me what my goals were in terms of life and where I really saw myself. I told him, I see myself going to cute cafes to write the latest chapter of my novel. I see myself not having deciding to buy a snack at the counter be a life decision for me. I have no desire to be rich, but I just want to be free. 

Then we talked about finances and he explained the importance of saving. While I do understand the concept, I constantly dip into my savings to the point where it’s just a dream. 

He told me that even if it’s just $10/month, I need to have a savings. So I told him my goal for this month is to keep at least $10 in my savings without touching it. It’s not much but it’s a start. 

I have been listening to Dave Ramsey on YouTube lately about his program. I want to be able to do his program where I build up a savings and crush my debt. That’d be nice. You can see Dave Ramey’s video on baby steps here. It’s pretty neat.

I really want to commit myself to succeeding. 

Warm Regards,

Shannon M. 

If you’d like the book for yourself, you can find it on amazon here. You can also visit Denise Linn’s website here.

Evaluating my Finances

Good morning Dear Reader,

“My evaluation of myself is not who I am.”

Keeping with the affirmation of the week, one area of my life that I constantly avoid is finances. 

I didn’t pick up any good money managing habits from my family. The theme was, when you had a little extra-treat yourself. As an adult, I learned the hard way that isn’t the best way to go about things. Then for a couple of years, I swept it under the rug. I was ashamed that there was something I was bad at. I was a straight A student all my life and even though college was a challenge, I was pretty decent across the board for the most part. 

Yet money was something I tried not to think of because I couldn’t handle the fact that I was ignorant when it came to money. The price of ignorance of money is debt so here I am. Debt up to my eyes and with no life vest on. 

I admit, it’s hard not to think of my financial situation and feel like I’m less than because of it. I’ve been trying to keep the theme this week. My financial situation doesn’t say anything about me. 

To be frank: I messed up but I don’t think it’s too late. 

Rather, I’m committing to making better decisions. No more payday loans, no more pulling money from my savings, and no more lending money that I know I don’t have. 

Per one of my mentors, I can start lending money when I have 3 months worth of living expenses in my savings account. I’m going to stick to that. 

I need to make better decisions for the long term versus making rash decisions for the short term. This will be a struggle but I am ready to stop avoiding the problem and handle it head on. 

Warm Regards,

Shannon M. 

If you’d like the book for yourself, you can find it on amazon here. You can also visit Denise Linn’s website here.