Ah, Sunday Morning!
The opening line in Oprah Winfrey’s 2017 book THE WISDOM OF SUNDAYS IS
“I never thought of it that way.”
Yes, I have always thought of Sundays as I was taught as a child…You go to church on Sundays!
But I have grown too much to be that limited. Spirituality is with me 24/7, and I do find church very unproductive except to say “hello” to friends during the “peace sign time”. I find my peace, I find my time with Source all through the days every day! That is just me.
But I do make time to have a private chat with my son in Florida when he is available to talk; I do my journaling on Sunday morning when I am rested and clear minded; and I do my now weekly blog many times on Sunday morning.
Today is the first Sunday of September, Labor day Weekend. I spent a good part of yesterday with “the little people” while my son and daughter-in-law had a “date night”. I love being with the almost 5 and almost 3 year old. Cooking, sharing Saturday night supper, and watching children’s shows on Netflix or reading a book of each of their choice, and watching them wait to go to bed until their Mommy and Daddy get home!
This is also the beginning of a new quarter for a year that has gone way too fast!
Family, newly defined, has gained a new role in my balanced life now that I have learned that blood siblings do not necessarily want you to be a part of their very different lives. Their version of this is that I am the one who has always lived a life different than theirs, and I have finally accepted that. While one sister participates in no technology after work, including the telephone or texting, the other only communicates with texts when there is a major family announcement on her part. They are strangers in my world of family…and it took me six decades to accept that. I am glad that my parents are deceased because facing them today to settle a financial legacy, if there was one, would be tortuous!
But family defined as my two sons, my daughter in law, and two grandsons is wonderful on good days and bad days in both good ways and bad ways!
2018 has been a year to clearly define where my business of 6 years, Empower Excellence, LLC, fits into the balance of my life. It has been a year of exploration, of accepting imperfection as I do new things I never thought of doing before like throwing out my old website and creating my own new one http://www.empowerexcellencewithjan.com on WIX, and then moving forward following research of online programs ending up with Teachable. Recent research has shown that I made a good choice even though I am not always sure of that because of my limited technical experience. However, there are 5 programs now on Teachable preparing for marketing them and growing them to be a source of passive income to enable me to spend more time with “the little people” as they grow. This is the current path…and money will always play a role.
As an older child in a family of limited means and then a single parent of my two sons, I have been seeking a way to really “make money” but hampered by a life mantra of “there’s not enough money for that”. And that is a core belief I have overcome after all of these years; and a major passion for me and Empower Excellence is to “Make Money Simple” and abundant for all.
Over the last few months, my mantra has become “I never thought of it that way.” And that mainly dealt with who I work with in my practice. When I first began, I worked with groups. That was a silly notion because nobody wants to talk about their money issues with other people listening. Those group programs have been transformed into the Teachable courses, where it is just me and my client with the computers. Then I worked with individual clients successfully. But I truly learned that it is never just one person creating their money difficulties. It was never that simple. Family would always be a part, and recently two of my longest engagements with single clients became a “family affair”. And those clients really brought home how great it was that I worked with other immediate family members to “Make Money Simple” for all.
So, September is the month when “Building a Family Legacy of Financial Wellness” is available to all either in person, by phone, or Skype. This is a program that is near and dear to my heart and will also become a 2019 Teachable program within my Teachable school “Empower Excellence Transformational Moments”. It will have options within the category of “Empowering Families”, and will focus on a core offering of improving financial communication, collaboration, and compromise for families. The other offerings include a scheduled personal family session each month over the course of a year, with one or more family members, to “Make Money Simple” in the family. Each family is different, and each family faces their own money issues. The goal for all who participate is to empower all family members to have a money mindset for life. A Family Legacy of Financial Wellness brings strength to the family unit unifying them over the topic of money in a multigenerational manner.
No matter who you define to be within your family, family is important, and money can be a common bond or a common threat…i have decided to “Make Money Simple” for families…
Always feel free to call me for a complementary strategy session:
Jan Litterst 440-670-2252