Karen's Blog

A Video for the New Year

The New Year is an ideal time to evaluate what we need and value at a deep level, and reflect on how those needs and values are met or expressed through our relationship with money. In other words, how can you best take care of yourself this year by making choices that fill you up rather than leave you feeling empty or deprived? With that in mind, I’d like to share a short video produced by CMN.TV in which I speak briefly about how, by acknowledging the emptiness or sense of deprivation we may feel, we can make conscious, healing choices that allow us to not only restore our financial well-being but discover how to “fill-up” that inner emptiness. Once you’ve had a chance to watch the video, I’d love to hear how this message resonated with you. Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. ...Continue Reading

You can enjoy a richer life in 2017

The New Year is less than a month away and you may be starting to think about your resolutions. Was 2016 another year where you were always worried about money? Do you feel like that is holding you back? You may feel as though you look successful on the outside but on the inside you are living in a fog about money. Maybe you feel shame, secrecy or conflict in your relationships and have an overall feeling that there isn’t enough. I know that feeling. I have been there. It wasn’t until I started to think about money in an emotional and practical way that I started to live a richer and truer live. I redesigned my money relationship and now I want to invite you to take that first step to do the same by joining me on my upcoming FREE webinar: New Year, New You: It’s Time to Earn What You Deserve, Spend on What You Love, and Enj...Continue Reading

Money Moments – Who Needs a Money Coach and How Do I Find One?

I am frequently asked, "Why a money coach? Why would I need one? How do I find one?" Carrie Friedberg summed it up well in my interview with her as she told me her story (you can read the whole interview here: https://www.financialrecovery.com/the-life-of-a-financial-recovery-counselor-an-interview-with-carrie-birgbauer/). Constantly Worried About Money Carrie describes how she was an under-earner who felt hopeless, anxious, and constantly worried about money. Her fear around money affected her personal relationships and hampered her dreams. She tried traditional software programs, as well as financial therapy, to "fix" her issues with money, but nothing gave her lasting results....until she enlisted the help of a Financial Recovery money coach.  She and her coach addressed not only her practical issues with money, but her emotional is...Continue Reading

Money Moments – Find Your Earning Ceiling

Have you noticed that your income has danced around a specific number over the past several years, maybe even decades? That no matter how hard you work, you can’t break out of a certain pay range, whether it’s from $20K-$60K, $65k to $85K, or from $150K to $250K? You may blame the career you’ve chosen, or the economy—but the truth is, these external factors are often not the culprit. What is very likely happening is you have an Earning Ceiling—a number that your mind simply can’t imagine you moving beyond. It’s like a glass ceiling that lives inside you. You can’t see it but it’s there. And even if you don’t think you have one, you do. We all do. And make no mistake, its hold on you is powerful. So, how do you pinpoint what YOUR number is? The only way to dissolve it is to turn inward and start exploring. Today, ...Continue Reading

Money Moments – My remedy for this “ugly” election

This past weekend, I was hit with a bout of insomnia. Since the news broke on Friday of Trump’s audio and after watching what experts are calling “the ugliest Presidential Debate ever”, I’ve been, quite honestly, overwhelmed and unable to sleep. And something that Hillary said during the recent debate really hit it on the nose: “This is not an ordinary time and this is not an ordinary election. We are going to be choosing a president who will set policy for — not just four or eight years, but because of some of the important decisions we have to make… from the Supreme Court, to energy, and so much else —there is a lot at stake." Our nation is hurting right now, on a government level yes. But also, on a personal level whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. Each one of us has a lot at stake. We want our child...Continue Reading