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My Letter To Money


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“One of the biggest obstacles to making lots of money is not a lack of good ideas or opportunities or time, or that we’re too slovenly stupid, it’s that we refuse to give ourselves permission to become rich.” – quote from You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero.

The past couple of months I’ve been spending a lot of time soul searching. Really digging down deep inside and finding out what ignites my soul. Within this time frame I’ve been reading two books that talk a lot about money and manifesting financial success. These two books are You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero and Earth Is Hiring by Peta Kelly. Both of these books talk a lot about how we should develop a healthy relationship with money and ask of it what we truly want. They suggest that we write a letter to money to ask forgiveness for our past views and provide money a clear picture and understanding of what it is we want. I thought this was a great idea and wanted to share my letter below. I highly suggest writing your own letter and opening the gateway to manifesting the financial success you want in your life.

Dear Money,

One of the very first lessons I was ever taught about you was that no matter what happens in life I shouldn’t worry about you. You are always going to come and go as you are needed, whether to teach lessons, or to bring in abundance. The second lesson was that if I want something in life that requires the exchange of you then I will need to work hard to bring you into my life. You have been there for me on so many adventures, and for that I thank you. I still remember the first time I really earned enough money to go on a trip to Florida with my church. It would cost me two thousand dollars for that trip and my parents brought me to work with them every day that summer. Within a few weeks I had made enough. Not only were you valued by me, but you were also valued by my church friends who showed up to my parents’ work and earned enough money to make that trip as well. You made it possible for us high schoolers to travel to another state and learn more about God. What a great experience and a great lesson in how you work along side us to fulfill our dreams.

You have been by my side through the highs and lows in life. I have created debt with you. I have gained raises and promotions with you. I have traveled with you. I have been faced with pay cuts, times where I was unsure if I could pay my bills, and other heart racing moments of uneasiness. Through it all  you have provided me enough money and clarity to open my wallet and provide loans to friends, pay for house hold items for strangers, pay for necessities for children, and fill up gas tanks of strangers. Even on those days when I’m unsure if I have enough to fulfill my needs you have taught me the valuable lesson of providing for others. Why? Because you are always there for me and I don’t need to worry. Thank you!

I know that I haven’t always taken the best care of you. I have invested you in things and people that didn’t bring out your best light, but I still gained something valuable from each of those moments. I gained new insight into myself and what it is that I truly want for my future. I want you to share in this amazing future I have envisioned for us. I want to use you to discover the world and to help out those in need. I ask that you help me reach my goal of making a million dollars, or more, a year by the time I’m forty. I ask that you help me raise the funds so that I can open a shelter to house homeless people. I ask that you help me find the money to help those who are underprivileged to find the means to make it out of poverty and into fulfilling their dreams and destinies. I ask that you help me travel the world and discover the hidden treasures Earth has to offer. I ask that along those travels you provide insight into the different cultures and how I can be of help. 

Most importantly I ask that you help me build my dream home. One of inclusion, safety, love, and fun! A place where myself, my husband, our children, our friends and our family can come and gather in a carefree manner. I want to build a community where all who come leave feeling happier and fulfilled. I know that all of this is possible with you, money. I also know that my dreams of owning material things, such as an Audi R8, having a home gym, or having season tickets to the Viking’s can also be accomplished with you. I can’t wait to see how everything in my life manifests. Thank you for everything you have done for me up until now, and thank you in advance for all that is yet to come. I love you, money, and am honored to be able to create my life with you.

Love always,

Jess

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#SHEDOES


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Today I sit in my cozy office, safe from the outside elements. I hear my coworkers and I remark how cold it is, even inside. Then I feel guilty, probably a guilt I don’t need to feel, but one that is sitting upon my heart nonetheless. It’s the middle of March and California’s rainy season is in full force. We may not have it as bad as the East Coast right now, but desert temperatures fluctuate drastically throughout the day, leaving one’s body in shock. How privileged I am to be able to neutralize those affects with warmth and protection inside 4 walls and a roof. 

The small nip I feel from the cold as I walk from the door to my car is nothing compared to what our homeless men and women feel every minute of every day. They may be lucky enough to receive temporary shelter, but only 1 out of every 4 homeless people are currently in shelters. In Los Angeles that is a staggering number considering we have an estimated 57,794 homeless people in Los Angeles County. This is according to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority. That’s 57,794 sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and children who are freezing on our streets any given day. When temperatures get this low, adding rain to that, some people don’t make it through the night; shivering all night long until their body succumbs to the cold. In most parts of California there are winter shelters, but they are only open from December 1st to March 31st. With both the cold winters and sweltering summers we need shelters that are open year round. 

Not only do we need shelters that are open year round, but we need more shelters for homeless women. According to the 2017 census, women make up 31% of the homeless population. Majority of these women face sexual assault and are being forced into prostitution by gang members. What’s hard is that 34% of the homeless population are homeless because of lifetime experience with domestic/intimate partner violence. These women are leaving abusive relationships, ending up on the streets, and are finding themselves back in abusive circumstances. It’s a cycle that needs to end, but how? 

The movement #shedoes is focused on pushing to get shelter for these women. A few weeks ago I joined them for a prayer circle in Downtown LA outside the Mayor’s prayer breakfast. Although Mayor Garcetti didn’t show up we had the opportunity to pray with some of the local pastors for the safety and protection of these women. The goal of #shedoes is to get 1,000 homeless women off the streets and into shelters by August. I am still in the beginning stages of getting involved with #shedoes and learning about the homeless problem in LA. This is not something that can be swept under the rug because homelessness is on the rise. We should fight to change the stigma around homelessness and to change the circumstances they fall into. You can learn more about this organization through #shedoes on Facebook or the #shedoes webpage. As I continue to learn more and become more involved with the #shedoes movement I will keep you informed. 

Love always,

Jess

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20 Rules…


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20 rules I live my life by:

1. Always smile at yourself when you look in the mirror.
2. On a daily basis stand naked in front of the mirror and spin in a circle. Stare in aww at the beautiful body you have.
3. Cherish nature and the beauty it beholds.
4. Find the simple moments.
5. Don’t worry about money, it always comes and goes.
6. If you’re feeling down, laugh, it automatically brightens your day.
7. Dance in your car always, who cares what the person in the next lane thinks. They probably wish they were dancing too.
8. Never make a big life decision because of a man (or a woman). If you’re meant to be together you will make it work.
9. In a relationship make sure you both live your own lives. Have your own space and your own friends to be able to clear your mind.
10. Find new hobbies, try something new.
11. Never stop learning.
12. Take time for yourself.
13. Have faith, be patient.
14. If you make it to management level know how the jobs below you work. Don’t make an employee do something you wouldn’t like doing yourself, or you don’t know how to do.
15. Treat the janitor with the same respect you would the CEO.
16. Stay humble.
17. Know your worth.
18. Treat yourself. Spa day? Hell yeah! Fancy hotel? Why not! It’s okay to splurge a little to make you happy.
19. Take chances, even if they scare you.
20. Be kind to everyone you meet, and most importantly to yourself.

Love always,

Jess