There are many things I wish I had learned at an earlier age. I wish I had learned that others opinions don’t matter; that I need to stick to my own goals and stay true to my own values. I wish I had learned to keep my temper in check, what a waste of energy! I wish I had learned to enjoy exercise (I love cycling now and am good at it!). And I wish I had learned more about money sooner.
Money helps you live a life you could only dream of! It gives you security and power.
Do you want to take a world cruise? Go back to school and earn another degree? Or start your own business? Buy a vacation home? None of it’s possible if we’re not in control of our money, or financially setting these as our goals.
I also wish I had known that 90% of women will become solely responsible for the money at some point in their lives — whether we want to or not. That’s because we marry later, we live five (or more) years longer than men, and roughly 50% of marriages end in divorce. (http://www.divorcesource.com/)
I learned this the hard way. I let my husband take care of our finances. I raised the children, managed the household, organized our social lives, and trusted that everything was just fine and dandy. Then, in 2006, he suddenly died. A world of financial devastation poured over me. I lost nearly everything. I was confused, hurt and scared.
It’s a story that repeats itself again and again. Even today, we tend to give that power up in a relationship when we can only imagine a happy future.
Being in financial control is about planning for the good, and preparing for the bad. Taking off the blinders when we believe everything is good. Money is power, and knowledge about money is power.
Let me know if I can help you to understand what you have, and why you have it. I want to help empower you, and keep you safe from the devastation I experienced.