Last week I spent four days in beautiful Park City snow skiing. It was a wonderful time connecting with immediate and extended family; the icing on the cake was that my always inspiring mother flew out so we could celebrate her birthday. It was a wonderful spring break!
One of the things that I ask women to do is write the reasons that they want to have money. I ask them to think about whether it is the life experiences or the things give that give joy, without feeling guilty about the answer. This seems so basic but this is the first step to becoming motivated to give time and attention to your money so you can have the financial security and freedom that come from having knowledge and clarity around your money; it is identifying what you really want in life that money can buy. Only then can you identify the steps you need to take to get what’s important to you.
Of course, we all know that money can’t buy everything; this really goes without saying. Money does, however, provide food and shelter, education, family vacations, travel experiences, and changes lives through charitable gifts. These are pretty important things, so money deserves our respect and attention.
Last week as I was skiing, I became very aware that the experience and privilege of skiing in a beautiful place with my family was one of the things I really value. That trip will have lasting memories. What in your life is making memories for you? What gave you the ability to have that experience? A financial woman first discovers her money reasons; then she commits to making them happen with conscious spending and wise and deliberate financial decisions.