Use Your Past to Propel You Forward!

Use Your Past to Propel You Forward!

I believe we all have special gifts. We are here to fulfill our purpose, and regardless of where we come from,  we can accomplish great things in our lives.

I remember being asked to do a seminar for the Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week many years ago called, “Smart Women Finish Rich.”  When I got up to speak, I looked out at 170 women known as the “Unbanked” (meaning they did not have a bank account), and I  wondered, How in the world will I ever reach these women?

From my introduction, they knew I was a successful financial advisor living on a lake in the suburbs.  How could they relate to me, or me to them?

It was then that I decided to tell my personal story for the first time.  I had never publicly shared this story, because I was embarrassed of it.  I looked around the conference center and saw my co-workers and the prominent attorney who invited me to speak in the back of the room.  I was scared to death, but I stepped through my fear shared this story …

My parents very poor when I was born. My father decided to reenlist in the Army to make ends meet. When I was just 6 years old, my father died in an accident, leaving my mother with three children under six. She was just 32.

Although my mother had used the military insurance to pay cash for a house, plus she received some income from the military and Social Security, she wanted a man to take care of her and her three children.

She found one at our church, but he was a monster. After nine years of living hell, she ended up homeless with breast cancer. You would think that I would have learned from that experience, but we often go back to the familiar. Guess what?  I ended up marrying my own monster.

Thank God, I was very strong, and through a series of synchronistic events, I was able to get out of that marriage within a year. It was a very challenging experience, but a good lesson that would help prepare me for my life’s purpose.

So how did I get from where I was then to where I am today?

At 20 years of age, I found a book called, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. I learned that “thoughts are things, that I could create any life I could imagine if I just had a vision, didn’t lose focus, and did whatever it took to succeed.”

Next, I found a mentor. I took classes, stepped out of my comfort zone again and again. Becoming a Certified Financial Advisor was a game-changer for me. I also met my husband of 30 years, we had children and together and created an amazing life. It wasn’t always easy. We made mistakes, but we learned from those mistakes. They were our greatest teachers.

What I know today is that everything that happened to me was perfect. I have no regrets.

Embrace your roots, your experiences, your lessons, and use them to propel you forward. And most of all, do whatever it takes to get smart about money so you can make a difference and live a life you love.

You may have to get uncomfortable, but with the right information and support, you can do it too! Get that support from our Smart Women Community! Take advantage of our experts interviews at Smart Women Talk Radio, explore our blogs and free resources, and schedule time to take my free course, Unlock Your Financial Power. Behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back. That’s Smart Women’s Empowerment. Sign up today!

 

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books.

She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

‘Disobedience’ dares to challenge taboos

‘Disobedience’ dares to challenge taboos

“Disobedience” (2018). Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Bernice Stegers, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson, Liza Sadovy. Director: Sebastián Lelio. Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Book: Naomi Alderman, Disobedience. Web site. Trailer.

Getting what we want from life, especially in an area as critical as romance, may push us to our limits. We may find ourselves saddled with constraints that push back against us, thwarting our efforts and keeping us from fulfilling our objectives. But these conditions are often wholly arbitrary, capable of being overcome with the right degrees of determination and self-reliance, themes explored in the new romantic drama, “Disobedience.” (more…)

Stand in YOUR Financial Power

Stand in YOUR Financial Power

This year, Smart Women’s Empowerment is focused on taking you through a journey to Unlock Your Financial Power so you can create wealth, make a difference, and create a life you love. We have provided you with stepping stones to stand in your financial power each month:

  • We began the year by interviewing best-selling financial author, Barbara Huson (formerly Barbara Stanny), who shared her secrets on reWIRING the brain and overcoming fear of change.
  • We addressed the power of goals with two expert radio interviews and Julia Griffin’s article, Five Steps for Manifesting Your Dreams in February.
  • In March, we addressed the nuts and bolts of “money” through expert interviews with financial authors Natalie Pace (ABCs of Money) and Bari Tessler (The Art of Money).
  • Last month, we addressed Dealing with the Reality of Debt with interviews and articles from April Benson (I Shop, Therefore I Am), and Robin Thompson (Increasing Your Cash Flow) where we discussed how to Escape the Debt Trap.

It’s been an amazing experience to speak to these brilliant women and to share their wisdom with members of our Smart Women Community!  I’m honored to have this opportunity to be the spokesperson for this wonderful mission as we continue to empower thousands of women globally.

This month, we are addressing the issue of Standing in Your Power with Money, so I have invited international speaker, best-selling author, and global women’s advocate, Anne Doyle (Powering Up), to join us as we discuss How to Play the Woman Card Effectively. Author Koorosh Ostowari (The Money Anxiety Cure) will share his wisdom along with his insightful Money Quiz later this month.

To stand in your financial power incorporates a two-step process:

Step 1:  You must first address the inner work of money. – This includes our beliefs or mindset around money.  I call this your Money Personality.  You need to get to the core of what you believe, were told and experienced, so you can understand why you do what you do.  This will take some time, but it’s worth it.

Step 2:  Now you can begin the outer work of money. – This is where you take action and begin to initiate the steps involved in creating wealth. This includes getting organized, seeing where you stand financially with a financial inventory, telling the truth about what needs to be addressed such as debt, no cash reserve, living beyond your means, not earning what you are worth, not having a Power of Attorney or Will, and not contributing to your retirement plan.  You get the idea.

The key is that you must follow the process in order. This means doing the inner work first, and then you can address the outer work.  In my course, Unlock Your Financial Power, I address the inner work, including step-by-step exercises for creating your vision, identifying your values and how they tie to your goals, and your strengths and challenges in order to gain the clarity and commitment to follow through with your dreams.

I’m so passionate about this process that I offer this course free to our Smart Women Community.  If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to  register here for the course and schedule time to work through the ten exercises.  Once you finish, you can begin the outer work of creating wealth and a life you love.  I’ve given you many free resources at the end of the course to help you get started.

If you decide that you want more help and accountability, you can visit me at katanaabbott.com to schedule a Discovery Coaching Session.

I hope you are enjoying the simplicity of our new format.  If you are, please “share the love” by inviting your friends to join us a joinsmartwomen.com.

 

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books.

She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

Do What Is Right

Do What Is Right

On the  50th anniversary of the assassination of American Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. last month, media outlets are replaying segments of his most famous speeches, including the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” prophetic speech he gave in Memphis, Tennessee the night before his death. Listening to his hopeful reminder that “Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” I found myself thinking of the new stars that are shining fresh light on today’s darkness. 

Today’s social justice warriors are: 

Grieving high school students fighting for their lives. 

Outraged athletes taking a knee against racial violence.  

And courageous, young, gymnasts confronting an evil, sexual predator.

I believe that each of us has multiple opportunities throughout our lives to help move humanity forward. Some require only very small steps outside our comfort zones; others, gigantic, scary leaps. I’ve learned that the important thing is to recognize them for what they are: opportunities to help inch humanity forward on the long, moral arc toward justice.  

We have a magnificent, story-telling event in Detroit — The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers — that was created by storyteller, entertainer and truth-seeker Satori Shakoor, with the goal of “Transforming lives one story at time.”

Satori chose Justice & Grace as the theme for last month’s stories, and gave me the privilege of taking the audience back to the late 1970’s and early 80’s when I was one of the first female, TV sports reporters to walk through the doors of professional sports locker rooms. To come with me, click here. 

When opportunities to make a positive difference knock for you, I hope you will open the door and let them in. And after you do, share your story. Because, it will inspire others to find their courage, as well.  

ANNE DOYLE is a Global Speaker, Journalist and Mother. Her book, POWERING UP! is a field guide for women who have already “leaned in” and are “powering up” to leadership roles. Doyle has been on the front lines of women’s progress for over four decades – as a pioneering TV news and sports broadcaster, auto executive, and elected official.  As a respected advocate for women and girls, she has raised awareness on five continents, including work for the U.S. State Department in Saudi Arabia, Trinidad, and Spain. Most recently, she spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Conference in Washington, D.C.   

To learn more about Anne Doyle go to www.annedoylestrategies.com

Discover Your Values

Discover Your Values

“Anything that changes your values changes your behavior.” – George Sheehan

 

Our theme this month at Smart Women’s Empowerment is all about GOALS, so I feel it is important to discuss the relationship between goals and values. While goals are simply WHAT you want, values are WHY they are important. Ho hum, you may say, but if your goals are not aligned with your values, you might as well throw them out the window. Let me explain why.

I strongly believe that our values are formed during our early childhood experiences. My father died when I was just six, and as a result, I moved around to lots of different schools. My mother married a monster, and I experienced nine years of pain. So, you can understand my aversion to pain and hurt. (more…)

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