Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lessons Learned From Lean Times

OK.  This is too early to be from the Energy Crisis, but it shows how
my parents spent their money on what they valued.  Family picnics
were quite common when I was a kid, and observing
nature was always part of the adventure.
(This is my sister, my dad and me, looking at some tadpoles.)

When I was a child during the 1970's I remember a small chunk of time now referred to as "The Energy Crisis." To me it was the time when my sister and I would sit around and play number games, while trying to figure out what days my parents would be able to buy gas. I also remember a shortage on peanut butter and my parent's lamenting over the inflated price that came along with it. But what I remember most is that it turned around, things eventually got better and in the mean time we changed some of our living habits to save money. Not once do I remember feeling deprived and I was never uncomfortable.

The lessons I learned from this time stuck with me.  When Ken and I had our financial struggles after September 11th, I revisited a lot of the ideas I learned from my parents.  Then it became clear that things were going to be very different than they were after the Energy Crisis and we went about learning how to navigate the new economy that's evolving in our area.

This is when we learned that we did not have to limit ourselves, and simply had to define what we truly valued.  Like the concept of organizing your time by choosing to spend it doing what you value, the same idea can be applied to how you spend your money. As I mentioned in the video in the previous post, Ken and I definitely value our freedom.  We soon came to realize that we valued living a sustainable lifestyle. Also, we both acknowledged that we valued our health and  creative gifts (Ken is an amazing writer and artist).  With these revelations in mind, we started shifting how we spent our money.

The beauty of valuing a sustainable lifestyle is that, once you focus on your carbon footprint, you will find that your choices will also benefit your finances in a big way (not to mention your health). This month, I will be exploring all of the little things I do on a daily basis that are not only more sustainable, but turn out to be more frugal, as well; leaving you with more money than you thought you had.  It really is a win/win situation.

My hope is that by sharing what I've learned, my readers will realize that financial abundance involves more than simply acquiring more money.  You can bring in all kinds of extra money, but if you are not honoring what you value and are using it to achieve an ideal that does not really resonate with what you really value, then true prosperity will be lost.  Conversely, if you are still manifesting the finances you know you are worthy of, let the Universe know you are serious, by shifting the way you spend the money you already have.  It's the whole "fake it till you make it" scenario.  If you start spending your money on what you value, the foundation is set because you will create a daily visual of how you want to use the increased financial abundance you are attracting; making it easier to allow it to flow.   

P.S. ~ Not Sure What It Is You Truly Value?  Click Here For Three Free Worksheets I Created To Help You Out! :)
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