Not the right time. Not ready.

Not the right time. Not ready.

Gardening requires patience.

It takes months for seeds to crack open in the earth and start growing their first green shoots.

In those dark months, important work is taking place below the surface.

Though nothing is visible yet, the gardener trusts in the process, knowing she’ll soon see signs of life.

We accept this about the earth, yet we’re not so tolerant with ourselves. 

Hardwired to believe in masculine ideals of success, we expect results to come through hard work and a push for certain outcomes. If those results fail to arrive within an allotted timeline we believe we’ve failed and need a different strategy.

With no patience to wait for our seeds to sprout, we start digging up the whole garden so we can start over.

I’ve learned through growing a business that the times I wanted to retreat and tear everything down because it wasn’t working, were when I most needed to expand and trust fully in my vision.

That the insecurity I was feeling was not a sign I should run back to the safety of a job, but to commit to what I’d already planted and have faith that my garden would grow and thrive.

It’s not always easy to have faith in the quiet call of your inner knowing.

It often makes no practical sense. It suggests the path less travelled rather than the safer option. 

But the reaction in my body will always reveal the truth. When it’s a feeling of lightness and possibility, it’s a big fat cosmic yes.

When you decide to follow that call and throw yourself into your career, business and life wholeheartedly, your relationship to risk changes dramatically. You’re driven more by excitement than fear. You see that your happiness is not some distant ideal, but available in the here and now.

If you’re ignoring those niggles and dreams because they don’t seem practical, think about what kind of life your self-doubt is handing you.

And what might be possible if you trusted yourself instead.

You’re not here to watch life from the sidelines.

The time is now, and you are ready.

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Be a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder.

Be a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder.

Be a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. ~ Rumi

This is one of my all time favourite quotes.

Because when we focus on being a light to others, it also helps to heal our own pain and I have found this to be very true when it comes to money.

When you experience the joy that comes from contributing to something as part of a collective, whether it’s ending poverty or starting a community project to enhance people’s lives, it can be hugely motivating. You will want to do more, be more and contribute more. It changes your mindset from one of lack and want to one of sufficiency and potential. That’s incredibly powerful. 

This is the real freedom of having a healthy and mindful relationship with your money. Of course it benefits you and your family, but the ripple effect reaches further than we can imagine.

By the way, today is Day 13 of the Money Mindfulness Challenge. If you want to check out the tips I’ve been sharing to help you become more empowered around your finances, you can find them here or here.  

So how can you be a lamp today?

Start looking for opportunities, you’ll find them everywhere once you turn on your antennae.

Maybe it will be sharing your story with someone who is struggling financially, or sponsoring a child. It could be thinking about what kind of role model you want to be for your kids (this has been on my mind a lot lately). 

Please share your ideas in the comments. I’d love to hear them.

This week I’ll be talking about dealing with your biggest financial fears and reclaiming your power around money.

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