Money. What does the word mean to you? It’s just five little letters but it’s bound to be loaded with meaning for you, probably since the day you were given that first shiny coin for your piggybank! So how are you and money getting along these days? What habits have you got in your relationship with your finances? What are your goals? How does financial freedom sound? If the very words make your body relax a little, you’re going to love our inspiration this week – Financial Freedom Coach Karie Hill.
Karie walks the talk – a former police officer, she created her own financial freedom that has allowed her to create a business she is passionate about. I speak from my own experience of being coached through one of her group programmes when I say that she is a great role model – as both a financially-savvy woman and as someone who clearly puts heart, soul and courage into her work.
Tell me a little about you, your business and your mission!
I am a financial freedom coach with a mission of getting thousands of women out of debt. When women get this part of their life handled, things start to open up in the most beautiful way and they’re able to experience the gift of freedom – the freedom to choose their best life.
What is your vision of your best life?
I want everyone I come in contact with to leave the experience feeling inspired by our connection. In order to do that, I have to continue to live my best life which means serving through my business, practicing what I preach and focusing on my own personal growth every day.
Can you tell us about some of the challenges, obstacles or fears you’ve faced and how you’ve tackled them?
After being in a career for nine years that was a big part of my life and identity, I decided to resign and embark on my entrepreneurial journey. I was so afraid and nobody understood how I could leave a stable job that I had spent almost a decade in. There was something inside of me that just kept pushing me forward and that’s how I live now. Even when I’m completely freaked out and scared, I just keep moving. I have never felt more free and happy in my life.
Have you ever thought you had everything planned, only for life to show you an alternative?
Yes! I’ve always been obsessed with planning and focusing on the future and I’m usually ten steps ahead of the moment. I was in a relationship and thought I had our future together planned until one day it all came crashing down. On the outside it may have seemed like just a broken relationship but it was one of my greatest lessons. I can look at the experience now and feel thankful. Life showed me an alternative to my big plans in a great way and now I’m living more present, more spontaneous and more peaceful than ever.
Has there been a ‘defining moment’ that has changed your life or your view of life? What has been the nudge in the right direction for you?
A defining moment in my life was when I tragically lost a family member that meant the world to me. This is when I realized how short life really is and it’s up to me to create the life I really want. It sounds so cliché but it was a real experience for me. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about that moment.
If you were to look back and offer advice to yourself, what 3 pearls of wisdom would you share?
- Stop worrying about what everyone thinks. This is your journey and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you.
- “When people show you who they are, believe them.” Maya Angelou
- Follow your intuition. There is a little voice or feeling inside of you that is your true guide. Listen to it. Follow it.
What book, piece of music, blog, quote or person inspires you the most?
Books I believe every woman should read:
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte
Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn