One New Year holiday some many moons ago, I walked up and down a temple and shrine decorated mountain in Miyajima, Japan lighting candles, making offerings, and collecting Omamori (small brocade bag style amulets that may contain a prayer, religious inscription of invocation) to bless the new year. I recall the last temple I visited where I inscribed on a big white candle, all of my wishes and aspirations for that year. The list was long. Mega. A very long and beautiful story short, I had trouble lighting my candle - a sign to the Gods that my prayers may not be honored. My the grace of a kind man (he jumped in on my third try and shielded the flame from the brisk wind) and his family (they were praying as hard as I was), my candle burned bright on the mountain and for those 12 months. My take-away, my ask(s) were big and I would likely need help, a community of like-minded and supportive people to mentor, protect and cheer me on.
Whenever I think of new year's resolutions and other missions seemingly impossible, I reflect back on that Japanese mountain. This month, as we hit the quarter mark of 2017, let's think about where we are with regard to goals we've set for ourselves and family, specifically concerning our money and finances. Did you set out at 2017 with the mission to change your spending habits, alter or expand your money mindset, revamp a savings plan or invest in products and services that are conscious and have positive social impact? I've invited our money expert, Michelle Hutchison of finder.com to speak specifically to the emotional cost of debt. Remember, hit reset, ask big and surround yourself with people with honor your flame.
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