Karen's Blog

How to create a work History Inventory for More Career and Financial Satisfaction

The recent swings in the economy have been very stressful for people. We may think that it isn't the time to look at our work and the money we make. But as my friend and colleague Barbara Stanny recently wrote, every crisis is a wake-up call, urging us to examine what is happening and asking us to consider doing things different. So in this light, I ask you-- is your work “working” for you? Now IS the time to examine this. For the past month I’ve been blogging about your relationship between work and money. I’ve shared several case studies of people’s relationship to work and money. There was the story of Diane- she made great money but her work didn’t work for her. There was Joanna—she loved her job, but the money didn’t work. Completing a work history inventory will help you explore how your decisions about work may ...Continue Reading

What is Financial Recovery and what makes us different?

In this tiny video from one of my recent book signings, I talk about the Financial Recovery Process- what is it? It’s about our relationship to money. Yes, it’s true that this process gives us the tools needed to get our arms around our money, but it’s also about learning about the areas of deprivation in our lives.     I’ve found that this process goes far beyond just tools- it is also emotional, psychological and indeed spiritual. In fact, the Financial Recovery Process helps us create a sustainable relationship to money that is simply transformational.   The field of “money coaching” is exploding right now, and Financial Recovery Counseling is the most effective form of money coaching around. If you would like a rewarding profession where you can earn what you deserve while you help people heal their own ...Continue Reading

When neither the work nor the money works—James' story

(This is the third story in my recent posts on work and money.) Sometimes as we grow more aware of our relationship with money we come to understand the realistic limitations of what we are currently earning. James’s earnings fell far short of giving him what he needed. He was very unhappy with his work and his financial circumstances. When he started Financial Recovery Counseling, he was just at the beginning of making big changes in his relationship with work and earning. James’ story had nothing to do with overspending or any other form of excess. In fact, he was living in a serious state of deprivation. He was working for a car dealership earning $800 a month, plus commission. Unfortunately, since he could never seem to actually sell a car, there were no commissions. Half of his income went toward the rent at his friend’s apa...Continue Reading