Have you read You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero yet?
I finally got the book, You are a Badass at Making Money, on Audible the other day and I’ve listened to it THREE TIMES.
You guys. Everything I’ve been practicing she says it. You gotta adjust your attitude. Gratitude is the mother of it all. If you share your gratitude, good things will come. Because you’re attune to the universe and the universe responds accordingly. If you’re angry all the time, your life is going to be miserable. If you choose to find goodness, and appreciate even the smallest thing, the universe will respond in kind.
She says it a lot more eloquently.
Jen also has a lot of interesting stories to share her different experiences with gratitude, negative thoughts, and dealing with fear, anxiety, and overwhelming situations.She tells a story about finding her ideal housing situation. Well, the neighborhood. She managed to find a place in her budget in an area she totally couldn’t afford. I’ve had this happen to me too. And with every word, every chapter, all I could think was,
“Yes. When good things happen to me, it’s because I’ve been doing exactly this.”
The problem I was left with at the end of the book (probably because it was the audio version and not the book) were the end of chapter lessons. It wasn’t that they were bad lessons; only that I had to stop what I was doing, find a pen, and do it. But of course I was usually commuting or walking the dog during those moments. It wasn’t easy to fit the practice in. I would pause the book and try to remember what she said… this is partially why I’ve listened to it three times.
I needed a journal to go along with this book. Something I could fill out in the morning or evening. Something I carried around with me. I needed something I could print on demand as I needed additional pages.
So I made a money mindset empowerment journal, because that’s what I do.
Here’s the thing: You Are A Badass At Making Money didn’t actually teach me anything new. It merely reinforced everything I already believed, and practiced. But that’s a good thing. I regularly tell my clients (and my mom) that I have all the answers. You are a Badass at Making Money just proved it to me.
But lately, my practice has faltered. Sometimes life gets in the way, or you let it. When I don’t maintain my practice, I can immediately see and feel the difference. So after listening to You Are a Badass At Making Money, I knew I needed to figure out a way to be more consistent about my gratitude practice. I needed to hear all of this again. And again. And again.
I’ve made a twenty 21 day gratitude journal before and it is effective. But it is more general towards just practicing gratitude, not refocusing your money mindset. Plus, when you’re making a lifestyle change, 21 days isn’t enough. (if you’d like to try though, it’s in the Millennial Life Skills Vault and its FREE!)
As a Millennial Life Skills Coach, it’s my duty to have an actively engaged and empowered money mindset. If I can’t do it for myself, how can I possibly get my clients to that same space?
If you know the magic that happens when you flex your gratitude and faith muscles and make life happen, instead of waiting for life to happen, nothing in this book is going to take away from your understanding. But it will reinforce what you’ve been doing and I gotta tell you; that feels nice.
If you haven’t yet experienced the magic of truly practicing gratitude, read this book. This book, You are a Badass at Making Money, and her first one, You Are A Badass. It will probably rock your world.
This blog post, and Jen Sincero’s book is the universe reaching out to you, letting you know there is another way. If you’re reading this, then you’re ready to answer that call.
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Tips for changing your money mindset so you can be a badass at making money
Watch your mouth
The words you think and the words you say have a direct correlation to how you feel. And they encourage or discourage likewise events from unfolding. If you’re only complaining about how much you hate your job, your job is totally going to suck.
On the flip side, if you hate your job, but you find 3 things to be grateful for anyway, your mindset will shift and it won’t be so tedious. The work will be the same, but you will have changed.
Believe in your worth
You are worth more than the sum of your parts. You are more than one chapter in the history of your narrative. Wanting for things to change is not equal to believing things are changing. If we’re going to wait around for things to change (like Aaron Burr – and see how that turned out?) two things will absolutely happen: 1) We won’t know how to handle the situation (like Burr) or 2) We don’t recognize the opportunity when it finally arrives.
Pay it Forward
What can you do right now? When my mind is starting to crowd with all the things that need doing, I check myself and think: What are three things I’m grateful for right now?
Whenever possible, I make sure the people around me know that I appreciate them because of their work, their honesty, their commitment, etc. And I never keep my gratitude to myself if I can share it outloud.
What can you do next?
If you want to be a badass at making money, buy her book. It’s great. Can’t recommend it enough.
Click here to learn more about the Money Mindset Empowerment Journal. It was originally created for myself, but when I noticed how much it really helped to have my thoughts written down, I knew I needed to share it. It comes with over twenty pages of affirmations, journal entries, lists, and more.
How do you practice Gratitude? What is your favorite affirmation? Are you a badass at making money?
Hey there! As you know, I’m real big on gratitude. Gratitude is the practice of mindful appreciation and basically lets us get our happy on, even when it may seem like there isn’t a whole lot to be happy about it.
On Instagram and twitter, you can find me using the hashtag #100DaysofGratitude, #CultivatingGratitude and #GratitudeTraining.
Every day for the next 100 days, I’m going to share a photo of something I’m grateful for. I’m going to be honest, you should prepare yourselves for an onslaught of my absolutely adorable and mannerless mutt, Tautona. Everyday I get to spend with him is a treasure. Even when I’m not in the mood.
I think this movement is more important than ever as we move into the year 2017. We have a lot of changes coming, and with the media and political climate, you can never be mindfully appreciative enough, nor happy enough. I hope you’ll join me. Together we can build our patronuses and fight the darkness that would threaten our happiest memories.
If you’d like a kickstart to getting your happy on, I hope you’ll join my totally free Gratitude Training E-Course, designed to start your practice of mindful appreciation and get your happy on. Inside you’ll find 21 days of gratitude prompts, podcasts and TED talks to help guide your new Gratitude practice.
Thank you for being here today!
I love crafting. I love pinning crafts that I want to do almost even more. There are so many ideas out there and these are the top 7 Thanksgiving crafts for your dinner this year I think you should try.
I probably won’t get around to making most of them, but I sure wish I could! Tell me what kind of traditions you have for thanksgiving in the comments! Bonus points for the ones that don’t revolve around food!
Thank you to everyone on Pinterest for these awesome ideas!
1) I am so blown away by how amazing this Turkey Pie Crust is. I’m not convinced a Gluten Free Crust could hold up to the technical expertise shown here, but if you wanna try, tell me how it goes in the comments! If you love pumpkin pie, consider dressing it up a little this year. Click the pic to learn how!
2)This Fall Leaf chandelier is sweet, and so festive. Plus its so easy to make! Click the pic to find out how!
3) This printable Thankful Tree is totally all the things I’m about. Thanksgiving is the one day where we are actually mindful about the things we have in life, and this tree allows us to list them in a beautiful and decorative way. Click the pic for more!
4) This DIY Lead bowl is a perfect center piece to your holiday dinner table. And everyone will be so impressed you made it yourself! Click the pic for more!
5) If you’re not into making decorative bowls from leaves, check out these major jar candle holders. Isn’t the glow spectacular? Click the pic for more!
6) Not all crafts are about decorating. Here we have a game for the kids, or inebriated adults. Its called Stuff the Turkey, and I think it’ll be quite delightful. Click the pic for more!
7) 2 Ingredient Clay Dough Glitter Leaf Ornaments.
These ARE totally Gluten Free, which is AWESOME. The dough is made out of cornstarch and baking soda. Click the pic to learn more!
BONUS: This post has been picking up some steam the last couple of days which is awesome! I found a couple of more thanksgiving ideas that are a lot of fun for adults AND children. Enjoy!
Every holiday season we gather around warm fires and tables full of food, with friends and family to share in a giving of thanks and Christmas cheer. Often people will go the whole year without seeing each other, only to reconnect during this holiday season. While it is nice to hang out with family and friends, sometimes there are people who are unable to due to circumstances beyond their control. This holiday season, in the spirit of gratitude, I ask you consider 8 of the best places to volunteer this winter.
For starters, I live in Alaska, and my readership is from everywhere, so this list is made up of a lot of national organizations in an effort to reach as many people as possible. Please use your imagination when going over this list, and check your community for versions of local non-profits if you can.
I think volunteering is one of the single most important things you can do as an individual. You are literally giving up your time to assist someone or something that needs your help.
The united way is found all across the country and I hope you’re familar with the good work they do. At my day job this year, I am the United Way Employee Event Coordinator for their annual campaign. It has been remarkable, learning about all the different projects they’re involved in, and how they use their massive collection plate to create meaningful change in the communities they serve.
Covenant House is a homeless shelter for teenagers. Every year two million kids will face homelessness in the united states. Up to 40% of those, are LGBTQ youth. Covenant House provides shelter, hope, and structure to help these kids stay off the street, get help for pregnancy, substance abuse, trafficking and more.
The kids at St. Jude are experiencing the worst of the worst situations. Unexpected illness. Risky surgery. Fear, pain and loneliness. At St. Jude’s, family ever has to pay for their care and treatment. But it can still be a scary environment.
St Jude is possibly one of the most well known hospitals in this country, but over 80% of their budget comes from donations and volunteer support. Consider making a donation if you can, or find your local children’s hospital and offer your services there.
This is maybe the funnest thing I’ve ever been apart of online. Hogwarts running club is a virtual running club. Every year they hold six races, and the proceeds go to specific charities which change every year. They hold direct impact mini sessions to win house points and which ever house wins, gets bragging rights all year! Last year it was Slytherin.
Seriously, if you even walk about the mall, or a trail with your friends, there is no reason why you can’t be apart of this club. They’ve raised over one million dollars for charities between races, direct impacts, and Charity Miles. You can learn all about them here. If it’s not clear, I freaking love this group. They do so much good!
The boys and girls club of America serves a population that tends to get lost in the fray. The kids here are not from the greatest neighborhoods. They need additional support. Please, if you can spare one or two afternoons a month, share that time with some kids who need to see what strong leadership looks like.
When you have cancer the last thing you want to worry about is how to get to and from your treatments. If you like driving and have a car, and some free time, consider volunteering for your local American Cancer Society, offering rides to those who need assistance getting to and from their treatments.
There are literally thousands of places you could donate your time or money to, and I wish I could include them all in this list. However, I can’t, so instead I offer you a chance to search in your community for potential volunteer opportunities that are available. You can choose based on your interests, and even fill out a profile and let non-profits come find you.
In the same vein of Volunteermatch, this site has literally thousands of opportunities across the country and world. Many of them are jobs, but I offer this site in particular because if you have a particular skill set, or you’re interested in developing your skills further, this is a great place to see what employers are looking for, versus nonprofits looking for volunteers. If you’re into traveling, this site has opportunities for you to share your love of travel and volunteer at the same time!
I hope you’ve found this list enlightening and helpful. Let me know how you plan on volunteering this year in the comments!
Create a Plan to Practice Gratitude Every Day
This is the last post in the seven part series about Gratitude. Thank you so much for joining me on this amazing journey. I hope you’ve learned a lot and are ready to create a plan to practice gratitude every day. If you’re just joining the series, you can click on Gratitude at the top of the page to find posts 1-6. Thanks for joining me today!
Everything good that’s ever happened in my life has happened when I was open to receiving it. It always seemed like good things happened when I was in a happy sort of place, or when I was reaching out for specific outcomes. I completely credit that to my practice of gratitude.
I haven’t always practiced gratitude, and I have certainly wavered in its consistency. I’ll even admit that I sometimes didn’t even recognize the practice as gratitude training, but another kind of spiritual connection. But when I do practice and it is consistent, it’s like the universe reaches out and says, “whatever you want, is yours. You need only ask.” And when I ask, I receive. Not always in the way I think or hope, but it happens every time.
I have achieved most of my major life goals.
I joined the Peace Corps, I traveled through Africa, I completed a marathon and learned to drive. I’ve been in love and I’ve attended university. I’ve written a novel, and have had essays published. I’ve been a programmer for a film festival, and I’ve created movies and wrote lyrics and poems. All of these things happened because I opened my mindful appreciation to the world around me, and I asked.
My great hope for you, is that through your practice of gratitude, you will experience your life.
Things won’t just happen to you, but you’ll learn to guide the course of your life by mindfully appreciating that around you, and asking for the life changes and lessons you want. And when things happen that are out of your control, I hope that you have the new skills to navigate yourself into a safer place, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Helping people live their fullest lives is something I’ve been passionate about since I was a teenager, and I love that the internet has found a way to connect us on this journey together.
I want to make sure that your new practice of gratitude has a solid base, because it’s not something that will develop over night. There are many studies that say habits take 18-21 days to form. It takes a regular… practice.
So I want to share with you something I’ve been preparing for a while. It is a plan I’ve used myself to help kick start my practice of gratitude and now I’m prepared to share it with you, for free.
Click here to join now!
We all need help sometimes, especially if we’re looking to dramatically change our lives. This three week course is designed to help start (or restart) your practice of gratitude. In it you’ll find daily actions that won’t take too much time to complete every day, and tips to make sure you remember. Each week focuses on a different theme to help set you up for success.
Success to me means building a strong practice through gratitude training, and creating a personal “patronus” to overcome the “dementors” in our lives.
Here is what you’ll receive when you sign up for my Free Gratitude Training e-course:
- Weekly gratitude printable worksheets with daily prompts
- More information on the science behind gratitude training
- Weekly activities you can practice once a week to build your practice
- Plus more!
In 21 days, you’ll build the skills through mindful appreciation to cultivate gratitude. Skills you can share with you friends, family, and co-workers. Improve your life with simple action oriented goals.
If you’d like to join my Gratitude Training e-course, it’s the easiest thing to do! Just fill out this form here, and you’ll be on your way!
Practicing Gratitude Within
Thank you for joining me on post six of this seven part series on gratitude. If you’ve missed the previous entries regarding this subject you can click here for the list or check the ribbon above where it says Gratitude. Today we’re going to talk about practicing gratitude within.
We’ve gone over the transformative experience practicing gratitude can make, so now let’s talk about some ways to practice gratitude for ourselves.
In an effort to keep it simple, I’ve created this very lovely and pinnable graphic below with some ideas, and you can share it if you feel like it’s helpful. For me, whenever I start feeling my thoughts spiraling towards Negative Alley, I catch myself and think, “What are three things I’m grateful for, right now?
The answers can be as simple or complicated as you care.
Sometimes I’m grateful to breathe, for my dog, and that the sun didn’t blind me on the way home from work. Other times I’m grateful I got to talk to a friend, or buy a cute outfit, or that I got into a leadership program. When things are hard, it’s hard to remember the good things, but that is what is so empowering about this practice; when you have a place of gratitude to guide your thoughts, the hard stuff doesn’t seem so bad.
You should also seek the great and good when things are good. Remember the wonder and joy of the moment.
I also recommend keeping a journal. Writing down your practice helps reinforce it so it’s easier to continue. Pick a time once or twice a day (morning or night or both) and just write down three things you’re grateful for, or three things that made you smile. If you come up with more, that’s okay. Its great! If you come up with only one thing, that’s okay too. We’re all starting from our own place of growth and that should always be acknowledged.
We have one more entry left in this seven part series and I hope you’ll join me for it. Thank you for reading this blog post and being apart of this universe. If you feel like this series has been helpful, share in the comments and make sure you join the email list. A big announcement is coming very soon! Don’t miss out!