Sep 18, 2014

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Do you love money?

Are you sure?

If you’re anything like me, or my clients, we’ve actually had to learn how to love money.

I used to think I loved money because I could spend it. I loved what money could buy. I loved the stuff that could be purchased with it. I loved the adventures that money could take me on. I loved the idea of shopping or spending.

So many of my clients have this same belief. Money is only good for what it can buy. Money is as good as what can be purchased with it.

To make it really simple.

The way I loved money was to get rid of it. And fast.

And, this.

Is not love.

We love our kids, right? And we don’t want to give them away. (Ok, maybe sometimes we do want to give them away. But for the sake of the metaphor… follow me on this.) We want to spend time with them, take care of them, and protect them.

We love our pets. We don’t get a puppy just so that we can quickly exchange it for something else. (Alright, maybe this isn’t the best metaphor, either. But, hopefully you’ll get the gist.) We love spending time with our pets, taking care of them, playing with them, and protecting them.

What if we loved money – in the same way that we love our kids?

What if we loved our money by spending time with it (saving it), taking care of it (investing wisely) and protecting it (not buying shit that we don’t want and we don’t need).

What if we respected our relationship with money – just like we respect our relationship with people that we care about? What if we treated it like something that meant a lot to us?

What if we saw spending money that we don’t have (going into debt) in the same way that we would see having affairs with people who aren’t our partners.

What if we saw debt as cheating on our own money?

My best friend says, “I love money.”
Often.
Outloud.
To strangers.

And she really means it. She’s the one who showed me what the love of money really means. She respects it. She loves to make it. She loves to hang out with it. She loves to give it, share it, keep it.

I want you to love money.

I want you to love your money.

Care for it. Respect it. Hang out with it. Take care of it.

It’s yours.

You earned it.

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Meadow Devor

Meadow Devor

Meadow DeVor is a Master Certified Money Coach who has devoted her practice to helping her clients create a healthy relationship with money. She believes that everyone has the power to transform their lives, find their own financial freedom and create a better relationship with money by changing the way we think. She has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and her articles have been featured in Women's Day Magazine. She is known for her 'take-no-prisoners' approach to coaching, her radical authenticity, and most of all... for her giggle. She is committed to doing serious work while making it as fun as possible. She writes a popular blog about money. You can read more of her work at http://www.MeadowDeVor.com.

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  1. Wow. Never thought of loving money that way. Usually when people say they love money, they like to spend it. It is important to develope a good relationship with money.

    • Patricia – I’m all about helping people develop a better relationship with their money and with themselves. Do you have a good relationship with money? Why or why not?

  2. I like New Latina on Facebook.

  3. I subscribe to your emails.

  4. I’ve had some challenges with loving money… I’ve actually let go of money that I earned because I wasn’t able to reconcile my feelings on money.

    I’ve done contracted writing gigs, research consulting, and worked on extended research projects also on contract and have not been paid. And the worst part is, the reason was ME! That’s because I could’t step up and and say, “that’s what I am owed and it is mine.”

    So, this article really speaks to my lingering challenging relationship on my what do I say is my WORTH here, what do I offer, and what is okay in the exchange of money.

    Thanks for this article.

    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin Angélica Pérez-Litwin says:

      Vicky, you are definitely not alone in this one. Often times, as Latina women, we want to be so nice and helpful, that we neglect to ask for what we need and deserve. Being nice and helpful has nothing to do with compensation. As you get older (take me from me), you’ll totally learn how to embrace your worth and you’ll become very assertive in making sure your time and smarts are valued (and well compensated…).

    • Vicky –

      I think it’s challenging for a lot of us to speak up and say “This is what I’m owed and it is mine.”

      What I hope to help you (and other readers) with is understanding why it is difficult in the first place.

      If you don’t believe in your own self-worth – it will FOR SURE show up in your earning.

      So- the million dollar (ha punny!) question is: What would it take to believe you’re worth it?

  5. It’s funny how much I’ve learned how to love money, but now I’m bad at spending it. For example, I’ve been saving to buy the iPad because I refuse to just pay for it and I rarely use my credit cards, because of past debt. This year for my birthday, I asked everyone to chip in and give me only money so I could buy the iPad. Instead I went to the outlets with more coupons to buy a nice coat that will last me for years and back-to-school clothes for my son. This is the 2nd time I’ve saved money and didn’t buy the iPad or didn’t spend the money. I only buy designer bags off of eBay now, if I even decide to spend the money. For me, I’ve learned ways to make extra money and was not born with a silver spoon. In this regard, money is not expendable for me – its something I really work hard to earn and keep. I need to work on investing my money better (more so in learning how to invest in stock) and working to maintain my credit. Even though I’m in my 20’s, unlike my other friends my age – I refuse to waste it away on shoes or random trips and endless nights of fun. I want to make something out of it – problem is, I don’t know HOW to spend it anymore… at least on myself. I’m really good at spending it on my son, though. (excuse my rambling – i could go on and on haha)

  6. I have never invested and since having a baby, saving seems like a distant memory, lol. I would love to discover ways to reclaim my money love. ;)

  7. I have had trouble with money since I started managing my own. Is tougher now that I am a stay at home parent and just started working from home. Is completely different than receiving a guaranteed pay check every month.

    I just started a home based business and I really need to start loving my money!!!! This gives me a glimpse of what I need to do so as of today I’m ready to start loving my money

  8. i like new latina on facebook

  9. i like Meadow DeVor on facebook

  10. Hmm, haven’t thought about money that way; but what about the emotional aspects?

  11. Great!! Very true!!

  12. This is so true! I need to change my attitude towards money. I’m so looking forward to reading more this week.

  13. What an interesting concept! To love money.

    How do you do this without getting greedy?

    I am also looking forward to learning more about this subject.

    • Teresa-

      I see greed as wanting money at someone else’s expense. Taking what’s not mine. Or wanting someone else to go without. To me, that’s not loving money.

      Loving money means loving money for myself and loving money for others.

  14. Ivelisse Rosario-Natal says:

    Loving Money is hard to do but I am looking forward to rekindling that relationship again. Before i was able to pay bills on time, save and even help others…what you call a loving relationship with $. Then, I lost my job and the $ support of my ex-husband all within two months. Although I had saving that covered over 6 months…the current underemployment/salary simply does not cover,& finding an affordable apt..is NOT an option when you live in NY. The adjusting to debt and lack or the shock of it all takes a toll. But I do believe that something will come thru..so keeping myself positive is the Best for now and looking forward to one heck of a Love Affair with $$ again ;-)! Bring it ON

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