3 Simple Ways To Bring More Money Into Your Life

3 Simple Ways To Bring More Money Into Your Life By Zena Amunsden

We all know the rule, “Spend less than you earn”.  This lesson has been shared over and over.  The advice is not wrong, but life sometimes becomes more complicated than we would like. We eventually find that we need some better steps to improve our finances.  

I recommend using these simple tips to bring more money your way: 

#1 – Invest in yourself  

One of the most important things you can do to create more money is to make your own saving a habit and priority. Regular and automatic savings will compound to grow. For example, if you save $100 a month for 15 years with 5% interest, you will have $26,798 in the bank.   

If you’re like a lot of people, it’s been quite a while since you’ve asked for a raise. If you avoid asking out of discomfort, you are potentially giving up a significant amount of money. Your raise can help fund your saving habits. 

#2 – Surround yourself with wealth reminders 

Wealth reminders can be the books you read or the articles you surf on the internet. Reading and following thought leaders that can inspire and teach you to stay on track with your financial goals will help you remain focused.   

I will share some reading suggestions with you later this summer. 

#3 – Diversify your income 

Just like the investing rule of diversification (not putting all your eggs in one basket), income should be diversified.  What additional sources of income can you add to your growing nest egg?   

Here are a few income diversification ideas:  

  1. Sell items you no longer need on VarageSale 
  2. Sell your handmade crafts on Etsy 
  3. Become a virtual assistant that works from home 
  4. List your extra space on Airbnb 
  5. Become an expert on Fiverr (a freelance services marketplace) 
  6. Start your dream business on the side!  

These are simple but effective ways that you can grow your bank account. Let me know what things have worked for you!

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Who should be #1 in your money circle? by Zena Amundsen

Who should be #1 in your money circle?

Who should be #1 in your money circle? by Zena Amundsen

Think of the top influencers and peers that you surround yourself with and now ask yourself, are they influencing my money habits, thoughts and decisions in a positive way? 

Your inner circle can cultivate your financial success. Remember, that according to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, you are the composite of the five people you spend the most time with.  

Be mindful about who you would like to attract into your money circle.  

I often talk with people who, after learning about what I do for a living and hearing me speak with passion about financial awareness and literacy, ask me to review their investments and financial decisions. I then ask if they already have a financial planner and they tell me, “Yeah, I have an advisor guy that does my investments but I don’t really like him or trust him and we never talk about anything else. Can you check my stuff and make sure it is in my best interests?”  

Really? You don’t trust the guy who handles all your money? Should this person really be on your team? Would you hand over your child to a babysitter you did not trust? This is a sign that you have not found the right tribe member yet. You need someone you can trust and who talks to you about the entire big picture. You deserve someone who will have your back and bring out the best in you.  

When people approach me and tell me they don’t like or trust their current advisor, it’s because there is a little intuitive voice inside them that has picked up on the fact that their relationship with that person may be based on purchasing their products. Listen and acknowledge that voice inside you. Does this person on your team have your best interest at heart?  

Your main source of guidance in your money circle should come from your Certified Financial Planner. Ensure this member of your financial team is a certified financial planner, accredited with the Financial Planning Standards Council.  You deserve expert advice from someone that adheres to a professional designation with training and a code of ethics.   

Not only do you want someone in your circle that cares about you, but you also want a professional who can step back from the emotional side of money. Our money is packed with emotion and that can affect our decision-making. I like to think of myself as a financial mentor, one who shares past mistakes, stories, accomplishments, and expert advice that brings clarity to money. I push my clients to participate. The reward is not only success but personal growth, healing, and power.  

Your circle should provide you a sense of community that feels like a safe place to learn and grow. I encourage you to take action and find that #1 leader of your money circle.  If you do this, the benefit will be that your net worth will flourish and your money confidence will grow with it.  

Learn how to find a Certified Financial Planner here: https://www.financialplanningforcanadians.ca/  

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The #1 Thing Sabotaging Your Relationship with Money by Zena Amundsen

The #1 Thing Sabotaging Your Relationship with Money

The #1 Thing Sabotaging Your Relationship with Money by Zena Amundsen

It seems that life goes by so fast when we are working hard and trying to get ahead while still checking off our to do lists.

Maybe your list looks something like this: 

  1. Pay off debt,  
  2. Start saving  
  3. Lose 5 pounds  
  4. Spend time with family and friends 
  5. Meditate 

The list goes on and on for some of us. So where on your checklist for your money, is self-love?  

Your Relationship with Money Starts with Self-Love

Self-love equals self-care, and self-care gives us the motivation to nurture our financial health.   

There is a sense of deserving that needs to happen for self-value and self-worth to kick in. You do deserve an elevated sense of your own worth, on every aspect of your life. Our judgment and attitude toward what we believe we deserve are linked to our money story and our first memories.  

If we feel undeserving, we can be our own worst enemy and create roadblocks to improving our financial situation.   

By not relating our money story to our sense of worth today, we are sabotaging our relationship with money.  

For example, I met with a client who had come from a divorced family. Her father left when she was ten and her mother raised her and her brother. My client grew up struggling financially but also emotionally.  She shared with me that she felt abandoned and didn’t and still doesn’t understand why her father has not continued a relationship with her and her brother. She went on to graduate from university with full scholarships, to find stable employment, and then to complete her master’s degree while working, all debt free.   

She now earns more than $150,000 a year. When I met her, she had credit card debt, no savings, and was living from paycheque to paycheque. If she accumulated any amount of cash, she felt she had to get rid of it; she experienced an unsettling feeling—an almost urgent feeling—that it shouldn’t be there. She would shop and spend it immediately. Her scarcity mindset, paired with her self-worth and self-love were causing her to release money she had, because deep down she felt like she didn’t deserve it.  

Once we went through her history, her money story, and her memory, we connected her self-value and  how she perceived her self-worth and money. Nowadays, she can still spend and not feel restricted, but not until after she has taken care of all her savings buckets and retirement savings she needs in order to protect and love her future self. She can then spend what is left guilt-free from a place of abundance with self-love in mind.   

I started my relationship with money because of a marriage breakdown, but all it takes is a mini wakeup call or maybe you just have a long nagging feeling of unease and doubt that stop you from taking back control.  

Do not ignore your money story because by doing so, it could be the number one thing sabotaging your relationship with money.  

Our money attitudes are financial but mostly emotional. How our parents handled money has a large impact on how we deal with our own money today. Whether we overspend and are in debt or we agonize over our money decisions, save everything, and penny pinch, we can trace back to having either accepted our parents’ money beliefs or having rejected their attitudes. Either way we reflect our history into our current money behaviours. The key is to know and recognize our financial story, talk about it, honour it, then separate from it and choose to create our own.  

The #1 thing sabotaging your relationship with money is not relating your money story to your sense of worth today.  

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