Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The World Needs Your Story

"You are the only you in existence. The world needs your story" - Crystal Paine, Money Making Mom

After the birth of Eli I completely lost my sense of self. I wore the same clothes to the store that I wore to bed the night before. I didn't feel like I was successful at anything anymore. Having a baby was like having the worst boss ever. He was rarely satisfied with anything I did and the praise was few and far between. 

2 years later I am still making my way back to "me". 

As I started reading Money Making Mom, I felt the wheels starting to turn in my brain again. I started reminiscing about interests and hobbies that had gone by the wayside in recent years. The book is a major brainstorm session (and sometimes even a little therapy!) for finding your passion and earning income along the way. Crystal Paine, a self made entrepreneur, mentors you along each step of building yourself and your business ups and downs. 

I am a stay at home mom to our son. My husband and I feel that for our family this is the right decision and we are blessed to be able to afford it, even though it means making some sacrifices. Money Making Mom got me thinking about how we can be a better financial model for Eli. My parents and grandparents instilled great financial advice onto me, but NJhusband had a completely different upbringing and no such models. We talk a lot about what we want to teach Eli about finances but we are not always the best at putting it into practice. 

Money Making Mom focuses a lot on earning in order to give back. "Live simply so that others can simply live" is one of my biggest takeaway quotes from the book. NJhusband and I have always sponsored a local family at the holidays, but our monthly budget doesn't allow for much giving throughout the year. The ideas and advice Crystal provides could open that avenue for us more. 

My mind is so much more open since I read this book. I always assumed I just needed to focus on raising Eli and his needs but I'm seeing now that there is a balance that I can achieve. Not just in relation to money, but also within myself. 

Money Making Mom is available starting today on Amazon. Also check out Crystal's website, www.moneysavingmom.com. 

I was provided an advance copy of Money Making Mom for my review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations and thoughts while reading the book. 

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