In the world of personal finance you have a lot of people finger wagging at those who are looking to figure out their finances. We hear things like cut your expenses, figure out a budget and debt is the devil.
By contrast, in the world of personal development you’ve got people talking about feeling abundant and the spirituality of money. We must believe in our ability to attract money and act accordingly. They are also huge on giving back because the money will come back to you (perhaps even more money!)
Often times the two worlds are at odds with each other. What Philadelphia has taught me as that the worlds can coexist to create a wonderful experience.
Be careful with your money, but don’t be cheap either.
Benjamin Franklin is a pretty good example of this. He’s famous for saying “A penny saved is a penny earned.” You would think this means be cheap with your money at all times; however, Ben Franklin was huge on giving back.
In fact, half of Philadelphia can thank him for hospitals, universities, fire stations and more. All of these things take a ton of money to bring into reality, and he had no problem shelling out the dough to help his community.
I recently read Get Rich, Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas. She’s all about using the law of attraction and feeling abundant but she’s also super practical. She talks about how we can use incremental upgrades to raise our abundance mindset, start believing we’re worthy of money and attract more abundance to us.
Here’s how I’ve been doing incremental upgrades on this trip:
1. Upgraded to a first class seat on the flight at a freakin’ steal. This was particularly awesome because I used points to pay for the flight so it cost me almost nothing to upgrade.
2. Stayed at the Ritz-Carlton. Granted, we found a really good deal that made it more affordable; but let me tell you, getting greeted with champagne as soon as you walk into the lobby makes you feel pretty fabulous and abundant.
There are other ways to do upgrades as well such as buying better quality clothing or getting yourself a massage every once in a while. The point is to realize that you are worth having nicer things.
Granted, this does NOT mean buy things you cannot afford or get yourself into debt. Also, if it’s between feeding yourself and getting a massage, please feed yourself.
You can (and should) reward yourself for working hard.
We often times work without giving ourselves any credit. I know it’s something I’ve dealt with and something I help my clients with all the time. We also work ourselves to the bone while leaving little time to relax and enjoy ourselves.
I’m on a vacation with my family for the first time in almost a decade. I’m also meeting friends in the city, therefore working is not an option. Granted, I wrote this blog post but I don’t consider writing to be work. I’m not taking any meetings and my assistant is handling all emails and scheduling for when I get back.
My only job is to enjoy my time in a beautiful city, have some fun and hang out with people I haven’t seen in a while.
How do you feel about the concept of feeling abundant? Sound off in the comments below.