What To Do on Your Weekly Money Date

When Friday rolled around last week, I busted out the photo booth app and recorded a quickie for you.

(Cowlick alert…I’ve got post-workout/bed head.  Never know when inspiration will strike.)

I’d just finished up my weekly money date so I wanted to share:

  • what’s important about having that date every week
  • what, exactly, happens on a money date
  • a printable checklist that you can use for your weekly money date.

It’s not quite as fun as an actual date night with my guy (too early for wine), but it has tremendously helped me transform my relationship with money.

That relationship transformation is the perfect starting place of being able to welcome the flow of more money, and more abundance of every kind, into your business and life.

As one of my clients said this week, “[It’s helpful to] see money as a conscious thing that has its own needs and wants.  I would never talk about a person the way I talk about money.  (Tweet that!)  Having these two realizations feels like a great way to shift that relationship with money.”

 

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Don’t forget to download your printable Weekly Money Date checklist here.

Now, go schedule in your weekly money date and let me know, when is your date and what will you be doing when you sit down to get cozy with your money?

Celebration Isn’t Just for Birthdays Anymore

We were lollygagging in the back yard last Sunday, pulling weeds and taking lots of breaks on the swing, when something reminded me that summer is right around the corner.

It wasn’t the sun on my eyelids or the daffodils blooming under the bare trumpet vine.  It wasn’t the exuberance in the voice of the little wren looking to build a nest in the shed.

It was a chorus of “Happy Birthday” drifting up from the park behind our house.

Happens like clockwork every Sunday during the warm months.

People gather to celebrate with potato salad and blue-frosted cake and occasionally a piñata to whack open.  And a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday.

It makes me smile every time.

And wonder why we have to wait for our one special day of the year to celebrate.

Why not make celebration a part of our regular  practice?

This came up recently at my favorite networking event, the observation that we spend so much time crossing things off our “To Do” list without ever stopping to acknowledge what we’ve done.

I know I’m guilty.

Maybe it’s because the “To Do” list never ends and it’s constantly there to remind me of the reaching and striving for the next milestone—the next speaking gig, the next launch, the next product, the next numerical win.

And along the way to those big milestones are a thousand and one smaller milestones that go unnoticed and unrecognized.

Why celebrate?

I think we should celebrate every single one and here’s why they deserve, if not a piñata, at least a noisemaker and a happy dance.

  • Celebrating reminds you how far you’ve come, which helps maintain momentum and perspective.
  • Celebrating keeps you focused on the positive, on what’s going well in your life and business (a powerful antidote to habitual dwelling on challenges and lack.)
  • Celebrating keeps us pointed at our goals, which helps keep us motivated to keep going for what we want.
  • Celebrating reminds us of our why, of our big motivating factor, the reason we got into this entrepreneurship thing in the first place.

When our sense of purpose is strong, then our actions become much more meaningful as we move toward our goals and fulfill our purpose.

  • Celebrating turns up the volume on gratitude.  

Studies show that actively practicing gratitude gives us more confidence, more creativity and more resilience in the face of challenges.  How helpful is that to an entrepreneur?

  • Celebrating is fun and it feels good.

WOO WOO ALERT!  Feeling good raises your vibration.  When you’re vibrating at a higher frequency, you attract at a higher frequency.  When you feel good, you attract things that make you keep feeling good.  When you’re having fun and living in abundance, you attract things that keep you having fun and living in abundance.

Celebrating keeps that upward spiral going and going.

  • Celebrating tells the Universe that you’ve noticed it’s role in what you’re creating.

The Universe is like a little kid about to break bad.  Egg it on a little and it can’t turn itself off.

Celebrating your wins urges the U to keep going, to keep giving you more wins to celebrate.

The Practice

I love any excuse to buy a notebook, so get yourself a special notebook and dedicate it to your accomplishments.

My colleague, Ursula Jorch of Work Alchemy recommends daily celebration and created this lovely little Success Journal to walk you through a daily accounting of your wins.

I go weekly, and at the end of every week, I list my wins.  (I schedule this time in my calendar or else I forget)

Find what works for you and keep track of your milestones—goals you reached, numbers you hit, progress you made toward projects.

Did you complete your opt-in gift?  Hit 1,000 Facebook likes?  Finish the outline of your e-book?

Did you hit your monthly money goal?  Keep up with your income tracking sheets?  Clear one item of money clutter?  Finish a training? Earn a certificate for best speech at your Toastmasters meeting?

Write it all down.

Over time, you’ll have a record of your progress and you’ll be able to clearly see the places that need more attention.

Muy Importante!

As part of the celebration, don’t forget to actually celebrate.  Build in some rewards as milestones are made.  Nice bottle of wine?  Little weekend getaway to someplace with naked hot tubs and massage?  Piñata?

How will you celebrate your wins and your accomplishments and your achievements?

Leave a comment below and share what you’re celebrating this week and your favorite way to acknowledge yourself.

(For the record, I’m celebrating finally quitting my day job and I think this calls for champagne!)

Clear Your Money Clutter to Clear the Way for More

Clutter is a sink hole of stagnant energy and the more of it we can release, the more room we make for flow of all kinds, including the flow of money.

It’s hard to flow when a bunch of dust-covered tchotchkes and old CDs are in the way.  Or, worse…video tapes.

I’ve talked about clearing clutter in the past.  Clearing physical clutter out of your precious space.  Clearing the mental clutter of bad news.  And clearing the emotional clutter of naysayers and dream crushers.

There’s a new kind of clutter in town, y’all!

It’s money clutter.

And if we’re really going to get serious about making room for more, it’s not enough to just clean our closets and get rid of furniture the cat shredded while you were on vacation.

Today, I’m sharing five places to keep tidy and clutter free so that money energy can flow freely and with abandon through those places and through you.

Five places where money clutter accumulates:

oneYour wallet.

Think of your wallet as the home for your money.

You’ve addressed the clutter in your physical home, so take time every week to address the clutter in your money’s home.

Clean it out.  Get rid of punch cards you don’t use, uncrumple the fives and tens, make it easy to go in there and find what you need.

twoYour wallet, part 2.

Your wallet is a temple for you money, so check to see if your wallet is temple worthy.

Is it old or ripped or stained or coming apart at the seams?  If it is, replace it with a pretty, new temple that is a pleasure to hold and that organizes your stuff just the way you like it to be organized.

ThreeBills and receipts.

I used to just let my bills pile up on the table in the front hallway.  I wouldn’t open them (and that’s a whole other subject, so let’s keep moving).

And the receipts, if I saved them, were everywhere.  Crammed in my temple/wallet, bottom of purse, dining room table.  No order.  No way to know where my money was going.

Now I have folders.   Pretty ones with polka dots.  When I receive a bill or receipt, they go right into the folder at the end of the day.  At the end of the week, I open the folders.

It’s much less scary than I thought it would be.  Especially since I’m keeping up on a regular basis.

FourFound money.

They have this machine at the bank that counts up your loose change.  You dump it onto a little conveyor belt and the first time I did it, it conveyed into $72!  The whole time it’s running, you can see the tally getting higher and higher.  Delightful!

All that loose change lying around is money clutter.  Never mind that letting it lie around in your sofa, lint filter and junk drawer taints your relationship with money.

So gather it all up and take it to the little conveyor belt.   Conveying change into bills lets you feel lighter.  And richer.

Also, gift cards and gift certificates.  I bet you have a few lying around, unredeemed, taking up space and blocking flow.  Find them and use them and send a message to the Universe that you believe that there is always more where that came from.

FiveMoney owed.

Does anyone owe you money?  It’s time to collect.  Call in the money that is trying to come to you but that’s being held up by the person who owes you money.  And by call in, I mean, pick up the phone and request your money.

If it’s not possible to call them, then make a conscious decision to forgive the debt and move on.  Use the Radical Forgiveness technique or create some other ritual to release that stuck energy and open room for more to flow in.

Do you owe money to anyone?  It’s time to pay up.  If it’s a small amount, send a check.  If it’s too much to pay in one chunk, arrange a payment plan and follow through.  Pay attention to how much better and lighter and more free you feel when these two sticking points are handled.

 

When you clear up the clutter in any area of your life, you make room for more.  And clearing money clutter is the fast track to making room for more money.

So which area will you start with?  Leave a comment below and share  the area that will get your attention first.