Healthy Money


in Money,Personal Growth

I haven’t talked a lot about money lately. My head has been in other realms, engaged in the day to day busy-ness of making money.

Yet, many of the conversations I have had with people revolve around money. And, not in a particularly happy way.

Stories of people not being able to make their house payments.

Stories of businesses slipping away.

Stories of talented people not being able to find a job that will actually pay the bills.


On the flip side, I have also had conversations with people who are thriving. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold.

They sell property at the right time so they have money to invest when opportunities arrive. They invest in silver and gold when the rest of us are just cluing in that the stock market isn’t looking so pretty. They survive when the same business across town folds after 20 years.

How do they do this?

I’m not entirely sure but I find these traits instructive:

  • They are keen observers of what is going on around them –locally and globally- and do not have their heads buried in the sand.
  • They make financial education a part of their daily experience.
  • They do things the rest of us might not be willing to do – like live in the back room of their business for three years to save money.
  • They live below their means.
  • They have savings.
  • They constantly look for opportunities to make money and are willing to take calculated risks.
  • They don’t just consider themselves citizens of their country but citizens of the world – and look for opportunities accordingly.
  • They are intimately acquainted with their money.
  • They have an attitude that money is theirs to have.

Take a few minutes today to check-in on your financial health and ask yourself a few questions:

What would you do if you got your last paycheck tomorrow?

Do you have reserves or a support system that could pick up the slack if you were unable to replace your income for an extended period of time? How long could you make it?

How much time do you spend a week on your financial education?

Are you socializing with people who know how to make money or are you spending time listening to those who haven’t a clue and are struggling?

Are you actively looking for opportunities? In your neighborhood? The region? Your country? Around the world?

All possibilities come out of awareness.

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Vanessa Vinos February 1, 2011 at

I also think Andrea that those who seem to turn everything to gold, also “believe” they do. So it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the same way I have friends who are so negative and pessimistic (even when they have no reason too) and yes, they do seem to attract one bad thing after another. It’s all about our thoughts (I’m convinced) ;-)


Andrea February 1, 2011 at

I agree! I’m thinking good things. :) Thanks, Vanessa, as always, for your beautiful perspective.


Leisa LaDell February 3, 2011 at

Did I mention that I am printing out these insights and taping them to my forehead, checkbook, computer and rear-view mirror? I think you are becoming your very own money mentor : D
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Andrea February 3, 2011 at

You make me smile!


Sandra February 3, 2011 at

I so agree with you Vanessa. Intention is so very powerful. Maya Angelou reminds us that, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you really love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well people can’t take their eyes off you.”


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