Coming into the holiday season, many of us start thinking, Where am I going to get the money?
It’s not cheap being Santa Claus and it’s not cheap providing year-round for our families. Think about our expenses compared to our parents’?
TV used to be free. There was one phone, maybe an extension (for those lucky kids) and no one had to pay for internet use.
This was before Abercrombie sold kids on designer duds that look like they’ve been in a fight with a grizzly bear…and lost. Some parents will pay anything to make sure little Chandler and sweet Monica have the best of the best.
But to some of us, the idea of a forty dollar white T-shirt is obscene. Even with the American Eagle logo on it. Some of us send our kids to school in what we can afford, and pray that their personalities will carry them through the gauntlet of public school.
So back to money and how there never seems to be enough.
A couple years ago, Jen Sincero’s NY Times Bestselling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, caught my attention at Barnes and Noble, so I ponied up the clams and devoured the book.
It was full of delicious motivating morsels like, There’s nothing as unstoppable a freight train full of f*ck-yeah and Loosen your bone, Wilma.
Although in hindsight, I can see all the talk about the higher power and manifesting to be New Age mumbo-jumbo, I do think there’s something to be said for some of Sincero’s approach and advice.
So when I saw her latest offering at Target for a cool 30% off, I grabbed it. Yes, I am a badass at saving money.
Sincero is back with her sassy life coach-style and dishing on how she went from living with her folks to her dream of living at Venice Beach in her own place.
Again, she is a bit more New-Agey than I like, but I just substituted her “Universal Intelligence” stuff for my heavenly Father as I read.
It’s a quick read–took me a day at the beach, and it was entertaining as well. If you are looking for a kick in the pants, this could be the one.
But if you are totally lost as to what you want to do, this won’t help you find your calling.
It’s more useful for someone who already knows what they wish to pursue.
There is plenty of hard-won wisdom shared in this book, as well as useful personal exercises to help you explore your own feelings about money. As Dr. Phil is fond of saying, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.”
Additionally, there are some real-life examples of regular people who applied Sincero’s principles and succeeded.
This book can be useful if you apply the spiritual recommendations in accordance to your own personal faith-walk with God.
Any way, Sincero reminds readers that money is not the root of all evil. The LOVE of money is.
That doesn’t mean we don’t need money. We clearly do–but how we shape our lives around it–how we let it trigger our thoughts–how we let money play with our emotions, well, that’s another matter.
One of my favorite lines from this book is: Worrying is praying for stuff you don’t want.
Man, does that ever resonate with me. When we worry, be are praying in a sense. We are telling God we don’t trust him with our needs.
I come from a long line of female cussers and worriers. I’ve been trying to clean up my act on the former…now I know I have to work on the latter as well.
This book is cheaper than hiring a life-coach and a lot more entertaining. If you want a fast read to motivate you to seize the day–your day–pick up Sincero’s latest.
Foxy Writer Chick’s Rating = Four out of Five Foxes:
Happy Reading, Badasses!
Susan J. Anderson
Foxy Writer Chick