Are You Emotional About Money? 

Are you emotional about money?


I used to be emotional about money. Money allows me to pay bills and function in a capitalistic world, but besides that, money does not have an emotion for me. The emotion that people attach to money can be emotional.  The feelings we attach to money can be messy. Everything that is important in our lives is emotional. Our relationships are emotional, our work is emotional, and so is our can be money.


Your relationship with money can change. Taking the time to do this might just change your life.

Identify Your Relationship with money. The first step in improving your relationship with money lies in identifying what your relationship with money is like in the first place. When thinking about your relationship with money it is sometimes helpful to think of money as a person. I know it sounds a bit daft, but bear with me!

How would you describe money in your life?

Is money your best friend or enemy? Does money make you feel safe and secure inside? Or does money put you on edge every time you encounter money in your hands? These two thoughts may help:

Set Micro Goals


  1. Decide what healthy financial thoughts or practices you want to adopt. I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do with your money. You are the expert on what you want your relationship with money to look like. Here are a couple of questions to get you started. Does looking at your bank account weekly feel like a healthy financial habit? What about starting your day with a mantra like, "I'm confident enough to understand money."?

  2. Create a roadmap to implement changes. Reverse engineer your way from where you are currently (in an unhealthy financial relationship) to where you want to be. Create small, manageable steps to get there, and practice at a cadence that works for you, be it daily, weekly, or monthly.


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The 'Economy' of the Hustle

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is known for some of the lowest income communities in the country. I have been working since I was 14 years old. My first job was a life guard. One of my family core values is to have multiple streams of income.  While my family taught me a lot of things one thing for sure that continues to be the 'theme' of our family culture and that is HUSTLE. Side HUSTLE, plain ole' HUSTLE.

Working hard and doing whatever it takes to care for your family is at the core of Black and Brown culture. It has to be when Black and Brown individuals are routinely paid less, regardless of education or position.

As I’ve learned more of my own family history, I’ve learned it’s part of how my family and so many other Black and Brown families have survived and in some cases, thrived. However, often instead of being celebrated, Black and Brown hustle is generally inadvertently penalized in our nation’s social safety net

What hustling looks like now? Well depends on who you are. To hustle, if you are working class, is to piece together multiple jobs. If you are middle class or upper class, it is discussed as “multiple revenue streams.” But the goal is the same: pull together a patchwork of income in order to get ahead.

The hustle continues to be a necessary part of Black life, and in return Black culture. The hustle is still an essential part of Black life because Blacks are still stuck in lower paying jobs or paid less for the same jobs. Black people still struggle to gain entrance to well-paid union jobs. Black Americans are overrepresented in lower-paid service jobs with fewer benefits and work irregular hours in retail jobs. 

What I know to be true is that some of the most hardest working and since people have main hustles and side hustles. Each person I've know with a side hustle is doing their best to do right by their families and their communities. 

Freelance and contract work, gigs, and side hustles are growing features of the modern workforce. 

When you go all out or level up your side hustle a little at time, today’s side hustle might become tomorrow’s full-time business. I am thankful for the HUSTLE.