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Women and Money- Limiting Beliefs

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I used to think anything related to finances is all about the numbers.   After meeting with hundreds of people concerning their personal finances and investing, it became clear that it’s more about feelings and emotions than it is about the math.

There is a really wonderful article on the blog Frugal Confessions by Amanda Grossman titled Do You Have This Limiting Belief about Money?  If you are feeling a little (or a lot) inadequate when it comes to managing your finances, just click here to read what Amanda has to offer, get some confirmation that you are not alone, and learn that there are some simple ways to start doing better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Way to Teach Children about Income and Expenses

Moms are the best and I love it when they teach life skills in a fun way.  Check out how one mom is teaching children about money while making it a fun project.

Just click here to learn more.

 

Debra Hadsall

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LBJ, The Hill Country, Civil Rights, and My Full Circle Moment

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Having a full circle moment!

Local TV is pre-empted for President Obama and other dignitaries at the LBJ Presidential Library for the 50th year celebration of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. The Johnson ranch is just down the road from Fredericksburg where we live, although the library is in Austin.

As a child my family lived outside D.C. because my dad’s government job took us there. I am the oldest child and one day my dad took me to the Capitol to see how Congress worked. It was after JFK and LBJ had been elected.

The day we were there I noticed two things. First it seemed like a crazy disorganized place with people coming and going and not always paying attention. It certainly wasn’t like school, didn’t live up to my expectations, and I was wondering what my dad was thinking by taking me there.

The second was that my dad pointed out that Vice President Johnson was there that day, presiding as the President of the Senate. Now that was impressive and a memory I still treasure. I certainly didn’t know anything about LBJ or Texas.  On that day I  couldn’t even imagine that one day Vice President Johnson would become President Johnson, that there was even such a thing as civil rights, or that  I be  living in his beloved hill country and blogging and writing as part of a movement to share financial management basics to women to improve their lives.

Until next time!

 Debra Hadsall

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Why Blog about the Financial Freedom Party for Women?

Knowing that many of you have joined my blog after earlier posts were created, I am going to do some re-blogging.  I ask you considering sharing these with the women in your life.  It is important that those of us who understand financial management share what we have learned with others.  During my financial advisory career I heard often from women who said “nobody ever taught me this”.  That is one of the reasons I created the Financial Freedom Party for Women.  Now is the time to teach our friends, children, and grandchildren.  If we don’t do it, who will? 

My book, Financial Freedom for Women, A Little Book about Money for Women, Workbook Edition, is now available at amazon.com.  Just click here.  Now you can just add a copy of the book to your Amazon orders!!! 

So, starting from the beginning we have some background into why I blog.  Just click here.

http://ffptalk.com/2010/05/14/why-blog-about-financial-freedom-party-for-women/

More to come and thanks for reading and sharing.

Debra Hadsall

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My Monkey Mind

I once attended a weekend retreat for woman.  It was held in a wonderful and rustic meeting place in the Rocky Mountains, outside Colorado Springs. The goal was to spend some time in an environment which would force us out of the big city and free our minds. Easier said than done.

Our group leader was not only an ordained minister, but also a wife, mother, church leader, and highly extroverted woman, who was in demand throughout the country (and later overseas) as a speaker.  Just like us, her thoughts were often still back at home, or work, or with family, or somewhere else which stood in our way of truly retreating and growing spiritually. She taught us about the concept of “monkey mind”.  We all laughed when she described this unfocused and sometimes compulsive mental process.   Monkey mind seemed like a perfect description!

monkeysI don’t remember her exact words, but they were similar to those in a HuffingtonPost article which credits Buddha as describing the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly.

We all have monkey minds  Personally I find my monkey mind to be powerful when writing and creating concepts.  That jumping around allows me to link different parts of my life, education, and experiences and create a useful chain.  However, my monkey mind is a negative influence when it fills up too much space in my mind and steals away my spirit while spinning me into circular cycle of tasks, tasks, tasks, and more tasks.

We live in a sound bite world.  Blogging is often most effective when it features sound bite pieces of useful information.   So, I am going to periodically make postings under the title of “My Monkey Mind” to share some of the short and random thoughts from my monkey mind about financial management, women and money, and the topics in the Financial Freedom Party for Women.

Until next time.

Debra J. Hadsall

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Financial Freedom Party for Women Reading List

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  • Reading is really important to me.  If you read blogs, it  is probably important to you also.  I find that reading is an investment in time which gives my life balance and provides an outlet for intellectual curiosity,   Reading is relaxing, challenges my belief systems, and expands my horizons.  I acknowledge that not everyone likes to read, so my book Financial Freedom Party for Women, A Little Book about Money for Women is short (78 pages total), fun, and covers financial management basics.  Hoping the reader will be inspired to learn even more, my book includes a short reading list of books I have enjoyed and which relate to the mechanics and emotions of the world of money.
  • The first book on the list is by Robert Kiyosaki and is titled Cash Flow Quadrant.  Personally, I am a fan of Kiyosaki and appreciate how he gives the reader a way to think about what I always described as “rich people”.   I mention his Cash Flow Quadrant in my book.  I like the way he describes the four ways of making money.
  • Sometimes I feel we all spend so much time thinking about what kind of job we will get and the education needed to reach that position, that we skip the first part of the conversation.  Logically the conversation should start with determining, what type of lifestyle, level of income, and accumulation of assets we are trying to create.  A lot of folks talk about “getting rich”, but do they understand how that differs from being financially comfortable, middle class, or even what is referred to as the “new affluent”?  Kiyosaki’s writings give us an idea.  He even created a cash flow board game.  Some years back, I played it with group of friends and we had a great time while learning about the value of getting into the part of the game where the cash was flowing.  Oh, if it had only been real life and not a game.I noticed the Kiyosaki has a new book out which became available in April 2013.
  • Will you appreciate Kiyosaki’s writings, I don’t know.  But then you won’t know either, unless you try.
  • Hope you will read my book first and then pick some from the reading list.
  • Until next time.

Debra Hadsall

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Becoming a Blogger

Yesterday I received a WordPress notice congratulating me on the third anniversary of  my WordPress blogging.  The congrats really go to my friend LKC who insisted I learn to blog and  pulled out her laptop and watched while I created a WordPress account.  This is probably the way a lot of us start,  with friends dragging us into it.  However, we were on a “girls” weekend retreat in the mountain town of Black Hawk in Colorado.  Leaving work, family, and the big city behind, we were  free to go where our minds and pocketbooks would take us.  Learning to blog was not really ever on the shopping list of things to do.

We were staying at the AmeriStar a lovely casino/hotel/spa which looks like it was dropped into a space on the side of a mountain.  It was spring and I was wearing my standard island attire  of shorts and flip-flops.  The weather was that nice, for a day.  At the end of the weekend we caught a major spring snow storm  on the way down the mountain and those flip-flops turned out to be a really bad decision.

LKC taught me how to create a blog.  I would sit in the room and work on what she taught me, she would go to the spa.  We would take a break and sit in the outdoor hot tub, then we would go back and work on the mechanics of WordPress.  Now it seems pretty simple, but  three years ago  I was barely a Facebook user, so it seemed tricky.  In between playing the slots, walks around town, a few visits to the bar, and some nice meals, I managed to learn enough to create my first blog.

Since then I have launched my www.ffptalk.com and helped others such as  www.fitfrog.org (a non-profit started by a friend) and www.hadsallassoc.com (for my husband).

LKC also loaned me the book Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk.  Being a good and supportive friend, she hasn’t asked me to give it back, yet.  I am glad.  My personal goal is to reach 9.3 million women between the age of 16-64 with basic financial management information in my Financial Freedom Party for Women.  A big goal which only seems possible because of the power of the internet,social media, and the curiosity many women have about financial management.

I learned about www.scribd.com from Crush It and now have articles covering financial management and other topics published there.

For me it took only one weekend in the mountains, a patient friend, and an environment conductive to learning and I was hooked.

I encourage those of you with something to say and a talent for saying it to give it a try.

Until next time

Debra Hadsall

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