I was doing exercises from a success book that had two questions that really stood out to me. The questions were in fill-in-the-blank form.
-If I won the lottery and never had to work another day . . .
-At the end of my life I want to be known for . . .
I’ve thought about how winning the lottery would change my life, and now with a new minimalist thinking, I didn’t think of what I could buy.
Instead I thought about the freedom I would have, how I could contribute to society, and what I would absolutely adore doing with my time every day.
If I won the lottery and never had to work another day I would start my own contemporary ballet dance company, study belly dance from the best, and teach women how to simplify their beauty and maximize their dreams. (When you are doing exactly what you love, it is never work).
I must have reread that statement ten times, then realized that Minimalist Beauty’s main intention is to offer women ideas to simplify their lives, especially their beauty habits, so that there would be more time, space, and money for them to consider their dreams and make it a reality. If they were already living their dreams, there would be more time, money, and abundance for themselves and loved ones.
As a woman who adores glamour, I have wasted numerous hours studying the latest styles, window shopping, actually shopping, and reworking my wardrobe bi-weekly.
I was spending exorbitant amounts of time and money perfecting my wardrobe. Then I added more time and money for hair and makeup. At the end of the year I would have spent between 2500.00-5000.00 on my appearance. Although it is a necessary aspect to any television and film industry artist, looking back I see that the money I was spending on my appearance was my Creative Money!
Creative Money is the money that can fuel your dreams.
It is money that can allow you to work less on the job you don’t really love to segue into your dream career. Creative Money can fund any other education that could assist your new venture. It buys the supplies you may need, pays for the grant writer, or pays for the debt you were ignoring and contributing to with your shopping habits.
Before you buy anything else from this day forward, ask yourself if it is something that you really need, or if you are spending your creative money? Also when you are buying a luxury item or service, are you again spending your creative money?
It is important to find balance with everything. Most important, make decisions that lean more toward future goals that have a joyful longevity, than quick happy fixes that only last short term bursts of excitement.
Now it’s your turn!
If you were to win the lottery and never work a day in your life . . .
At the end of your life, what do you want to be remembered for?
At the end of my life I want to be known for being a woman who contributed phenomenal dance and art to the community and to the world, and empowered other women to define their own Minimalist Beauty.