The body positivity movement captured us all at a moment where a one-size-fits-all approach to health, beauty and weight is being challenged by a young population of intelligent, questioning and independent women. It’s a movement that sings of self-acceptance for the skin, the fat, the hair and the cellulite that makes you you. It’s self-love at it’s finest. I also believe it’s a representation of “in-powerment”.
You are powered from within. You are powered by what your internal compass says is your truth. You are powered by a love of who you are and what your unique talents can produce. You are powered by the belief that you are destined to navigate your life on your own terms (#letsnavit).
How does that relate to finances? Just as much as the body positivity movement is fighting the heavy hand of cultural, racial, gender, familial, and structural belief patterns that have glorified ONE way of being in the world, we believe it’s time we fight the stereotype that there is just ONE way to earn, manage and grow your money.
You are a highly intelligent being that has the power to nav. your finances. You do not need to compare your story to someone else's money story. Your strength is in your own story. As much as no one else can live in your body, no one else has the power to manage your money unless you give it to them.
Just like our sisters have said they no longer accept or feel shame about who they are and what they look like, we believe it’s time we reject all the fears, shame and guilt surrounding money in our culture. Money is just a piece of paper. We give it the insecurities that emerge in our own heads.
Just like our sisters have said, “we’re taking back the word fat” --we’re taking back the word budget. Why does it have to be a dirty word or a strict, constrained homework assignment that we are judged on if we don’t get a perfect A? We reject the fear of imperfection and embrace planning for our freedom.
Why can’t we believe there are no stupid questions and as a community talk about the many ways we all manage our money because there is no one right way?
Why can’t we be confident that owning our personal approach to money is freeing? We know how we’re spending our money, we know the money game rules, and because of that, we can be proud when we splurge on an awesome dinner or amazing concert because we are in control of our money and our future (and we know we can afford it!).
Just like our sisters have stopped looking for external validation about their bodies, we can get rid of the shame of how we spend our money. We can acknowledge and reject the fear instilled in us that we aren’t good at math or money management. If we free ourselves of the negative beliefs that hold us back, we will emerge more confident and self-directed than ever before.
Now is the time for women to develop a positive money mindset instead of one that has been oppressed for centuries. Now is the time to say, we are in-powered. We can learn how the money system works, and we can manage our money however the f* we want.