I have a vision where we live in a world where more people talk about money with others – significant others, parents, and friends – and through those conversations, have a better relationship with money.
My mission is to use this blog to inspire conversations, challenge you to discuss money, and learn alongside you. I am fascinated by the psychology behind money.
I feel my goal is simple: get people to talk about money. Yet, I know it will be anything but simple. I am hesitant to produce content regularly. What will others think of me? Will I be criticized? What if I can’t think of content? What if I am too busy? What if I fail? And then I think, what if I don’t try?
What if I help one person develop a better relationship with money by talking about it? To me, that’s success. One person is a success, though I hope it grows. One person at a time. Hopefully hundreds later. And then thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions.
Perhaps this could be a movement, complete with a trending hashtag #italkaboutmoney. But it starts with one blog post – this blog post.
My start on this blog is much like your start with improving your relationship to money. It does not get better over night. It takes work. It takes intentionality. It takes vulnerability and courage. It takes repetition, failing, and giving yourself permission to try new things, all while going outside this normal box and wondering what others may think of you.
Money is a taboo topic and it should not be.
I’ve been having money conversations with people since I was a child. Back then, it was more of adults having conversations with me. My mom was setting me up with a bank account to teach me about saving. Or sharing why we could not purchase something at the grocery store any time we want. Or an uncle who starts teaching you about investing by doing it with you.
But since then, it has changed. Instead of being only on the side of learning, I am privileged to be on the side of educating and learning in conversations.
I am continually amazed when I get into a good conversation about money with someone and how needed it was for us both. I am able to touch on a part of their world that goes largely untouched. They freely ask questions that are bottled inside because you don’t ask people those types of questions.
What if we lived in a world where people:
- Shared what money was like for them growing up
- Discussed their debt, how they got into it, and their goals to get out of it
- Talked about how they save, spend money, and why
- Offered to hear about someone’s money goal and helped keep them accountable
- Asked their parents about their biggest financial mistakes and successes
- Were vulnerable by sharing regrets and not painting an unrealistic picture with only sharing financial wins
- Talked about insurance, debt, savings, investing, and all the things that go into wealth creation
- Freely took on the mindset “I talk about money” like I talk about politics, religion, and child raising advice
Imagine and reflect on that for a moment. What would the world look like for you?
Do you feel more confident? Do you feel more knowledgeable? Do you have a better relationship with money?
I hope it is better. I want that for you. I want everyone to think about and talk about money more because I believe it will lead to a better, more fulfilling relationship with money and by extension, an overall better life.
I want to create a community of people that say, “I talk about money” and welcome others to do the same.
Welcome to the community and this journey together.
1 thought on “My Vision – Talk About Money”
Interesting, and quite reasonable in approach. As a reader in reflection of my own financial history, this immediately speaks to me. I have always harbored this ill relationship with money, caused by an extreme anxiety around talking about it, and the relationship has not changed; it has become even more difficult to navigate. When I look at my financial habits, I realize that a defense mechanism has developed, centered on nondisclosure – we don’t talk about it, and expect the same of others. This hush-hush dynamic means I can escape the social consequences of poor financial planning because it removes the accounting in my mind.
I feel addicted to making poor decisions with money, and that is something I am deeply ashamed of.
Here’s to hoping this concept of this blog reaches me in ways a credit score never could.