I typically read 3-4 books a month. I read books like most people watch TV. Most of those books end up in the donation box when I’m done, but about 4 or 5 times a year, I fall in love with a book and give it a permanent place on my bookshelf. Kate Northrup’s Money: A Love Story is one of those books.
As part of my health coaching education, I listen to lectures from experts in primary foods ranging from relationships to career to home environment. Kate Northrup was one of those experts.
Most of the time, I thoroughly enjoy the lecture, taking copious notes before moving on to the next lecture. In Kate’s case, I so enjoyed her lecture that I immediate sought out her books.
Confession… The area of primary food I most need to improve in my life is my finances, which is completely embarrassing given that I’m great at math and make a good living, but there it is.
I bought the “American dream” hook, line, and sinker. But I want something better. I want something different. I want financial freedom.
My husband and I took Dave’s Ramsey’s Financial Peace University about a year and a half ago and loved it. It was a great kick start to our journey. But there was something missing. It seemed like every time we would get rolling on our debt snowball something would come along and wipe out our emergency fund, and we were back to Baby Step 1.
This book unlocked the problem. ME. Shocking right? 😳
Most of us have a completely unhealthy relationship with money, and most of us have no idea where to start to heal that relationship. After working my way through Kate’s books and the exercises in it, I now know why I’ve had such an unhealthy relationship with money and what I need to do to fix it.
The most informative of all the exercises required me to dig up my earliest memory about money. It was a painful and a deep source of resistance for me and money, but working through it helped me realize that my mental image of myself as a failure had to be re-written for me to succeed with money.
Creating my love story with money will be a journey, but for the first time in my life I feel empowered to take that journey, and I’m excited for what the future holds. Thank you Kate Northrup!
In fact, I was so moved and inspired by the journey Kate shared in this book and by my own humble start as I worked through her exercises that I wrote her a letter to thank her for her book. I’ve only done that twice.
This book is geared for women, so I wouldn’t run out and by it for your husband, dad, or brother, but I would recommend it for any woman who wants to change her money story. Buy it for your mom, your sister, and your daughter.
Ladies… you will read this one again and again as you learn to fall in love with your own money story!