Episode 44 – Transform Your Relationship with Money

Today’s Interview with Jenny Karlsson from Financials for Creatives will leave you inspired to re-think your relationship with money. Before you can begin really diving into the tools and techniques of managing money, you need to understand your relationship with it.

Episode 44 Show Notes

Key Takeaways:

  • [8:04] What makes Jenny’s work unique is her holistic approach to money coaching that incorporates practical, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual tools
  • [8:32] For Jenny, spirituality is connected to intuition and learning how to listen to ourselves. It’s a key cornerstone in working with women and building empowerment and financial autonomy
  • [11:20] Money blocks are our subconscious beliefs we carry that create a narrative that we’re not necessarily aware of. They’re built up from our childhood, through our family interactions, getting a first job, starting a business, being in a relationship, etc.
  • [12:16] The “money types” that Jenny created are archetypes to be looked at as symbols of how we behave with money. It’s not a personality but a pattern of behaviors
  • [12:35] The warrior is the practical, goal-oriented, disciplined and discerning aspect of ourselves that we want to cultivate
  • [13:04] To balance the warrior is the magician – generous, trusting, compassionate, and believes that there’s always a flow of money. You want to have both active
  • [13:32] Thecreator artists are driven by internal motivation for creating the work they do and are very in tune with their creative side
  • [14:16] You have to identify the main saboteurs as well – the innocent, the victim, the martyr, the fool, and the tyrant
  • [14:33] The innocent is common among women in terms of feeling anxious about money and not wanting to deal with financials head on. They need guidance and ways to overcome that fear
  • [15:03] The victim holds on to a story and benefitting from that somehow. You have to learn how to let go of that story for a more empowering one
  • [15:16] The martyr tends to put other people ahead of themselves which is very damaging long-term
  • [15:32] The fool is a common one. They tend to be very restless and undisciplined and spend without looking at what’s in the bank account. They can masquerade as the warrior
  • [16:02] The tyrant is critical and judgmental towards themselves and others. They’re driven by this fear that there’s never enough. It can lead to burnout
  • [17:09] It’s important to take this quiz and know these things so you can make improvements and work with people who will help you deal with your subconscious issues
  • [17:48] WIth interior designers or those in the creative field, the innocent and the fool are the most common saboteurs
  • [18:01] The quiz only gives a baseline. It gives you an idea of where you are in your relationship with money and not who you are which means it can change
  • [18:38] You have to look at your money story, going from childhood to the present. Was there something that happened in your childhood that really affected the way you operate with money today?
  • [19:04] A lot of the times money stories are generational so they continue until someone decides to work on their issues. But once you find where that pattern came from then you realize the possibility of letting them go and changing it for the better
  • [20:54] Journaling and writing your money story can be extremely eye-opening and empowering. Writing down any past experiences related to money will help you be aware of your present patterns and knowing where they’re coming from
  • [24:41] With getting clients for this kind of work and even interior design, clients will have to be in the right time of their life to commit. It’s important to nurture these relationships though you might now know when you’ll harvest it
  • [26:01] The opposite approach (“hunting”) has a different energy that feels more like a chase. It has more of an attachment to needing and wanting money. But the more detached you become the easier it will come into your life
  • [28:10] Paying attention to your thoughts and language can give a lot of clues in terms of what your money blocks are
  • [29:14] Money blocks are not always about money. This can show up in your relationships with time and other people
  • [30:27] Discovering your money blocks can be tricky because they’re so normal to you and you might not even give it a second thought
  • [31:21] Money touches all aspects of life. It’s not something you work on once and then let it go – it’s a constant effort
  • [32:51] Cultivate strong boundaries and recognize that you are enough. Be mindful of what your core values are 
  • [36:31] Jenny created a money oracle deck to concretize the energy of money. When you view money as a neutral entity, it is easier for it to become a positive thing
  • [39:05] Lesley’s question was “How can I get more ideal clients to start working with me now?”
  • [40:25] The card she got was “Track.” This comes into play with the innocent archetype. Identify ways to recognize what you’re doing well or what you’re not doing
  • [42:23] Get clear on where you stand, where you’re headed, what you want, where you were a year, a month, a day ago. To get to the end destination is to know where you are in relation to it so you know when you have arrived.
  • [47:55] Kate’s question was “What do I need to do today to improve my relationship with money?”
  • [48:42] The card she got was “Breathe.” This means to slow down, sit, and take a deep breath. To be more present and not let work get in the way of spending time with your loved ones so you can create a positive example of your relationship with money
  • [51:46] At the end of the day, in order to have more autonomy with big life transitions, you have to be able to listen to yourself
  • [53:12] Breathe life into your dream by taking inspired action. Lack of oxygen creates suffocation and stagnation. Negative patterns and limiting beliefs prevent action because they feel suffocating. Evaluate your thoughts, inhale possibility, exhale doubt

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