Clearing Limiting Beliefs About Money

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Are you struggling with money? Do you find yourself thinking “There is never enough money”? Or catch yourself saying”we can’t afford it”.  What you think, say, and believe about money is what you are going to experience with money. Are you ready to change the way you think and start attracting abundance and prosperity? Here are 5 steps to help you in clearing limiting beliefs about money.

1-BE AWARE

The first step in making any kind of change is to be AWARE. What is your relationship with money? How do you feel? How do you react when you deal with your finances? Are you anxious, sad, fearful, or depressed? Do you feel at ease, relaxed, or at peace? Start paying attention and perhaps take a few notes. When you realize and pay attention to how you feel, you can then look into the WHY.

2-CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS

What thoughts go through your head when you are dealing with money? Perhaps you think “I’ll never have enough money”, “I can’t afford that”, or “I shouldn’t be buying this”. There are all kinds of thoughts that can go through your head. Are they positive or negative? Are they LACK MENTALITY thoughts?

The important thing is to start listening to the chatter in your head and be aware of what you think about money. Start compiling a list of these thoughts. This list will come in handy when you begin processing these thoughts.

3-CHANGE YOUR TALK

The next thing to be aware of is how you SPEAK about money. It is one thing to think a negative thought, but when you put thought into spoken words, you are exponentially reinforcing that thought in your brain. (A good way to reinforce either a good or bad thought. If you want the change things fast, just start speaking things out loud and the universe will hear it).

Pay attention to what you actually say about money.  Have you ever said or heard this “money doesn’t grow on trees”, or “we can’t afford it”. When you start paying attention to what you and others are saying, you will be amazed at how negative we are, in general, as a society.

Years ago, my husband and I were listening to some of Louise Hay’s tapes on the law of attraction and we were surprised to see how negative we were about money. It was where we began switching our thoughts and beliefs about money. We would catch each other making negative statements about money and gently remind each other. It is so nice when you have a buddy on the same page. Once you start to change, you may become a little hypersensitive to other negative talk about money. Be patient. Perhaps you can kindly instruct them on how thoughts affect our reality. They may have no clue.

When you catch yourself having the urge to make a negative comment about money, bite your tongue. Remember, you don’t want to put that energy out there. Because it’s just going to come back to you.

4-CHANGE YOUR MONEY BELIEFS

You may ask, what is the difference between a thought and a belief? A belief is a thought that you make real, or accept as truth. I love Esther Hicks definition

“ A belief is a thought you just keep thinking”.

Simple and profound isn’t it? Beliefs are a little more rooted and are stored in the subconscious brain. Beliefs are programs you have downloaded in your brain based upon your own unique experiences. It is said that we have our programs about life and money downloaded into our brains by the age of 6-8. So what we experienced in our families and environment as a child are key in how we perceive things. My beliefs about money are going to be different than your beliefs because we were brought up in different situations.

What are your beliefs about money? What programs are you running? If you want to know, just look at what you are experiencing in your world. Are you broke? Is there never enough? Maybe you just cannot seem to get ahead. What is your story?

What were your parent’s beliefs about money?

A great way to dive in and find out what your beliefs about money are is to look at your parents. Here is a little exercise that will help you find out what may be in your head.

  1. Get a piece of paper and on the top of the paper write: MONEY
  2. On the left write MOM and on the right write DAD.
  3. Under each column write down what you think your parent’s or guardians’ beliefs were about money. Write down what you heard them say or comment about money.
  4. Take time to really sit and contemplate. What is it you heard about money growing up?

Were there other influential people in your life that affected your beliefs about money? Even if you don’t like what you believe, be honest with yourself and get clear with what it is you think about money.

To jog your memory a little, here are a few of my examples. I remember my mom saying a lot “we can’t afford that”. She would buy something for herself and return it because she felt guilty spending the money on herself. I had to switch these patterns and beliefs myself because I could see how they were manifesting and blocking my own financial progress.

Some other common beliefs about money are: “Having a lot of money makes you a bad person”. “I don’t deserve a lot of money”.  “It’s impossible to get ahead”. “I am just not lucky enough”. You get the picture.

Finding your core beliefs will take some time and is an ongoing process, but so worth it. What is important is that you now have some understanding of the WHY.

You are not crazy, you are not weak, and you are not a failure! You a creature of circumstance and YOU have the power to change!

5-REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

Now that you have found some of the root causes of your money issues, here is how to get rid of them. There are many ways to energetically clear negative beliefs and patterns. I will list the ones that I have used and have found effective.

  1. EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
    This is one of my favorites. Often referred to as EFT, this is a simple and quick way to get to the bottom of things. For those of you not familiar with EFT, here is a link to find out more about it. If you haven’t watched this short video on my blog, I highly recommend you do! In short, EFT is a way to release and change the programs in our subconscious brain by tapping on 8 different meridians points on the body. Watch the video of how to do it, and then choose a belief that you want to clear. As you go through the steps, you may find other emotional nuggets show up that will be helpful in getting to the root of the issue. Nick Ortner is one of my favorites in explaining EFT. I also like Cheryl Richardson and Jessica Ortner. I use EFT almost every day with myself and with my clients.
  2. EMOTION CODE
    You may have trapped emotions that may be keeping you from experiencing abundance. Dr. Bradley Nelson’s technique of releasing trapped emotions can be explained more clearly here. Emotion Code is a great way to get to things we are not even aware of. Sometimes these gems of information are hidden in our subconscious brain where  we have blocked or forgotten in way of protecting ourselves from further pain. It is possible that some of the programs running in your brain are not even your own. You may have inherited trapped emotions that can be effecting your current experiences. In the same way, you can inherit your eye color or the shape of your nose from your father and mother and other ancestors, you can also inherit trapped emotions from them. Clearing these energies from your system will allow you to move forward. This work is amazing and effective!
  3. RAPID EYE THERAPY
    Years ago, in one of my sessions with Carol Tuttle, she was counseling me and helping me clear some issues I had related to money. (Imagine that)? Yep, I had some juicy issue to clear related to money. So intense that I couldn’t even discuss the budget with my husband without raising my voice and quite often getting out of control with emotion and rage. It was all due to beliefs and fears related to money that I had picked up as a little girl. I don’t remember this, but my brother informed me that when I was a baby, he remembers a time when he was holding me in the basement at the bottom of the stairs while my parents were upstairs fighting intensely about money. I was inconsolable and crying. It must have happened frequently because I remember them always quarreling about money when I was older as well. As a child would think and feel, I felt it was my fault and I felt out of control. So as an adult when dealing with money, it would trigger the same response and those same exact emotions. Through my Rapid Eye and EFT therapy sessions with Carol, I was able to clear that junk and I rarely get triggered about money anymore.
  4. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
    Now that you know what your negative beliefs about money are, it’s time to create new beliefs. Here is a little exercise that you can do to create some custom affirmations. Take the list of the negative beliefs and thoughts you have about money. Pick a few to start working on, you don’t want to be overwhelmed. Get a new sheet of paper and fold it in half lengthwise. On the left side of the paper write down the negative beliefs. On the right side of the paper, you are going to write the opposite of what that belief is. Your new way of thinking.
    EXAMPLE:
    Old Belief: I never have enough money/ New Belief: I always have enough money
    Old Belief: Making money is hard and stressful/ New Belief: I make lots of money doing what I enjoy. It is easy and fun!
  5. I could go on and on. I love this stuff. It works.

Here is another process for changing your beliefs about money that I have found very helpful. You can read about it here.

If you find yourself not in a good place with money, please know YOU CAN CHANGE! YOU DESERVE TO LIVE IN ABUNDANCE AND JOY!

If you have questions or want to set up a phone consult with me to work on your own stuff, you can contact me at jannihowell@youmakeitsimple.com.

 

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DIY Upcycled Poncho

Do you have a few sweaters kicking around that you don’t wear? Turn them into a fun, colorful DIY upcycled poncho.

Ponchos are not just for little girls!

diy Upcycled Poncho

Last fall I designed a few little girl poncho patterns and had the intentions of making them into women patterns, because ponchos are not just meant for little girls, right? Well, I put it off until I had someone request an adult size. It took me a while to tweak and get it right, but it tuned out kind of fun.

diy Upcycled Poncho

Look how cute they are made up using fleece. Just think of all the possibilities and color combinations. Ahhhh, imagine one made up using all black fleece or sweater material, how classy and sharp that would look! Something I will definitely do. If any of you make one of these up, please send me photo so we can share it.

What is fun about these ponchos, is that you can wear them several ways. Flip it sideways and off center and it has a little more whimsy, playful look than just straight on centered. If you use felted wool sweaters, and sew the seams using a single needle sewing machine, the poncho looks real cute worn inside out with the seams exposed.

diy Upcycled Poncho

I use fleece on the neck binding which gives it a soft, comfortable feel around the neck.

diy Upcycled Poncho

The neck binding is easy to sew using a technique I use that saves time and uses less steps than applying normal binding. LEARN HOW TO DO IT HERE.

These ponchos make a fun alternative to a light sweater.

Put a little playful back in your wardrobe!

The patterns are available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

Have fun sewing!

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The Perfect Cash Envelope Wallet

I found it again, the perfect cash envelope wallet! I am always on the look out for a “GOOD” wallet to use with my cash envelope tabs. I love this system and if you are interested in saving money and getting your finances under control, you will love it too. This is the key in Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Plan, and it works.

Are you a cash envelope user or want to be, but you can’t seem to find a wallet that works? Or are you still carrying around two wallets in your purse? One for your checkbook, debit card and coins and the other for your envelope system? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have room in my purse for that. It’s all about ONE SYSTEM, ONE WALLET and not overspending! When the money is gone, the money is gone.

This is what I love about my wallet and tabs

● No more bulky paper envelopes, that shred and rip.
● Quick easy access at the checkout. (No more fumbling through your purse finding the right wallet, or zipping through a bunch of separate zipped pouches).
● Saves you money. (You don’t have to buy a separate cash envelope wallet).
● Snap closure
● Includes 12 credit card slots and 2 bill slip pockets
● Exterior features a zippered coin pocket

I get a lot of people asking me where I got my wallet. I have had it for several years. It has held up great, and has plenty of room for everything.

cash envelope wallet

The problem is, is that I couldn’t remember where I got it. I would love to be able to know where to send people or at least give them a link of some kind.  Well, NOW I DO!

The brand is Mundi and this type of wallet is a FILEMASTER. They range anywhere from $25-$40. I found them at the store the other day and bought all they had (which was only a few.) I also found them in a few places online. I am so excited.

I have a few of them in my authentic U shop for sale, and they include a set of the tabs as well.

Get this wallet free! Just sign up for the giveaway. Limited time until May 24 at 11:45 pm.

If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, like me, you can get the download to print and cut out your own HERE.

Some of my other posts that relate to the Cash Envelope System can be found here.

 

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Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup – Instant Pot

Minestrone

Have you ever had Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup? It is so yummy! This hearty, healthy vegetarian soup is full of nutritional goodness. A combination of beans, vegetables and optional pasta in a yummy broth that is flavorful, but not overly spicy. This is so easy to make, especially when using my favorite, Instant Pot or slow cooker. It can be made on the stove top as well.

The other night I made this up and my son said, after his second bowl, “This is really good, even with all these vegetables.” What I love about this soup, is that you can throw in whatever you have available. I try to stay stocked up in canned beans. tomatoes and broth so it is an easy go to recipe when trying to think of something healthy and hearty for dinner. Speaking of broth. One copycat recipe stated NOT to use chicken broth, but I have made it both ways and like it both ways.

Instant pot

This little gem has seriously been one of my best purchases! The Instant Pot gets used in our home almost every day! Several years ago I started using a pressure cooker and I had just the stove top style. I liked it but I had to sit and babysit while stuff was cooking.

This baby you just program things in and go on with your business. You can steam veggies, pressure cook, use as a slow cooker, makes beautiful rice, and can even make yogurt. I hesitated buying an electric one because they all seemed to have that nasty coating on the inside. This has a stainless steel pot. LOVE IT!

Anyway, back to the recipe. Many of my recipes I  have been tweaking for the Instant Pot and here is one of them. I will show how easy it is to make both in the pressure cooker and on the stove top.

One more kitchen tool I have to share with you. Now you have to know, I am not one to have a bunch of unnecessary gadgets in my kitchen. ( I don’t have room.) So the tools I do have are functional and items I use frequently. This is another one of them. It is a fruit and veggie chopper . I use it all the time to make my Morning Muesli and to chop veggies for soups and salads.

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Minestrone soup Ingredients – 8 Servings

  • 3 Tablespoons avocado or coconut oil
  • 1 cup white onion chopped ( about 1 small)
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery ( about 1/2 stalk)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 (14 oz. ) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans small white beans or great northern beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup carrot (julienned, chopped or shredded)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup small shell pasta (optional)

INSTANT POT

  1. Choose the saute setting and add oil, onion celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini.
  2. Saute for about 5 minutes or until onions begin t turn translucent.
  3. Add broth, drained tomatoes, kidney beans, carrot, water and spices. (Do not add white beans at this time).
  4. Change the settings on the Instant Pot to “SOUP” and set for only 3 minutes. (It will take about 25 minutes to bring up to pressure and cook 3 minutes)
  5. Release pressure using the “quick release” and add pasta, white beans and spinach.
  6. Put the lid back on tight, AND let the soup SIT FOR 10 minutes or so. (You don’t need to turn it back on).

STOVE TOP

  1. Saute ingredients in a large soup pot, just as described above.
  2. Add all the rest of the items and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and then allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until desired consistency.

Feel free to add or omit any vegetables you desire. This is a really flexible soup recipe. Use what you have available.

Serve the minestrone with Parmesan cheese (optional.)

There you have it, a wonderful, hearty, homemade satisfying and soothing soup.

Enjoy!

Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup – Instant Pot

Minestrone

 This hearty, healthy vegetarian soup is full of nutritional goodness. A combination of beans, vegetables and optional pasta in a yummy broth that is flavorful, but not overly spicy. 

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time51 min
  • Total Time1 hr 1 min
  • Yield8 Servings
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INGREDIENTS

    • 3 Tablespoons avocado or coconut oil
    • 1 cup white onion chopped ( about 1 small)
    • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
    • 1/2 cup green beans
    • 1/4 cup chopped celery ( about 1/2 stalk)
    • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
    • 2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, drained
    • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
    • 1 (14 oz. ) can diced tomatoes
    • 2 (15 oz.) cans small white beans or great northern beans, drained
    • 1/2 cup carrot (julienned, chopped or shredded)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 2 Tablespoons fresh minced parsley
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 3 cups water
    • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
    • 1/2 cup small shell pasta (optional)
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INSTUCTIONS

Instant Pot

1

Choose the sauté setting and add oil, onion celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini.

 
2

Sauté for about 5 minutes or until onions begin t turn translucent.

3

Add broth, drained tomatoes, kidney beans, carrot, water and spices. (Do not add white beans at this time).

4

Change the settings on the Instant Pot to “SOUP” and set for only 3 minutes. (It will take about 25 minutes to bring up to pressure and cook 3 minutes)

5

Release pressure using the “quick release” and add pasta, white beans and spinach.

6

Put the lid back on tight, AND let the soup SIT FOR 10 minutes or so. (You don’t need to turn it back on).

Stove Top

7

Sauté ingredients in a large soup pot, just as described above.

8

Add all the rest of the items and bring to a boil.

9

Reduce heat and then allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until desired consistency.

10

Feel free to add or omit any vegetables you desire. This is a really flexible soup recipe. Use what you have available.

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