Rarely do I feel like life is working unless my budget is also working. While I write a lot about the pursuit of meaning and making an impact— I don’t as often talk about the large and anxiety producing topic of money.
Money can feel like a dirty word in this conversation, but it can also be the elephant in the room. I want to make sure that is not the case.
Here’s the thing we all know: you have to make money. You have to find a way to meet the needs of you and your family.
So let’s get something else out in the open: money is not bad. It’s not bad to make money. It’s not bad to have plenty of money. One of the many stories that I have to fight against is the idea that asking to be paid for the things I make is conning people. It may sound crazy to hear, but that’s how I felt. It’s one of the many stories that I’ve had to unpack and redefine for myself.
Making money isn’t bad. Having money isn’t bad.
- If you can get paid to do the work that you’re made to do, it frees you up to do more of it.
- If you can get paid for your art, you may get to be a full time artist.
- If you can get paid to create the vulnerable and amazing things that you feel connected to, then you get the privilege of giving more of your time and more of yourself to making them.
But then there’s always the question of how much is enough? When can I make the leap from the job that pays the bills to the work that really fuels me?
Money is usually hard. Both hard and scary. For most of my life my budget has been, "spend as little as possible". Though it keeps me from making unnecessary purchases, it also keeps me feeling poor, and feeling as though my money ruled my life.