May brings a time to reflect on women and the influence they have or have had in our lives. Whether it is a mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, or a good friend, we can all think of someone we love that has inspired us.
Helping others is an innate, nurturing quality of most women. If we have the knowledge, we want to share it with those around us. This is especially valuable when it comes to sharing our knowledge of money.
It was not that long ago that people did not talk openly about money. Thankfully, times have changed. Money has an impact on each of us, from earning a living, to buying groceries, to paying for college, to saving for retirement. It touches almost every aspect of our daily lives, and at some point, we developed ideas and values surrounding money.
Looking back, I can see how the lessons I learned at an early age helped to create a foundation for my financial decisions today – saving, living within my means, investing in my future, and giving back, all principals that were taught to me when appropriate. The lessons do not stop there. How we earn money is important as well. Do something you enjoy, give it one hundred percent, and treat others fairly, are some of the cornerstones I try to build on.
The decisions we make surrounding money are unspoken examples to those who are watching, and the message we send is important. Think of your situation, who helped form your financial values?
You can share your money smarts with others by talking openly about money and sharing your experiences, good and bad. Stories are a great way to do that. It helps others connect with the message you want to convey, and it makes you seem more relatable. Remember, no one is perfect; sharing your hardships and failures is just as important as sharing your successes.
We make a difference in the lives of others, even if we are not mothers. If we share our experiences, we can help others make better financial decisions and become successful, financial speaking.
I admire you for mentoring those around you. You are generous beyond measure, with your time, talents, knowledge, and, when possible, your money.
I wish each of you a wonderful Mother’s Day.