Overcame Money Shame & Embraced Her Authentic Self
San Francisco-based Chrissy Brady-Smith is one of those women who arrived at the Divine Living Academy with plenty of professional credentials. She had a Masters in Education and Social Justice, a life coaching certification, and a deep passion for making a difference in people’s lives. However none of this was adding up to financial stability.
“Before enrolling in the Academy, I never let myself enjoy life to the fullest.” Chrissy tells us, “I was living in scarcity at $15 an hour, nannying to make ends meet as I built a coaching business from scratch.”
I can easily relate—I too was once the woman with all the education, and mysteriously, making money seemed beyond me—even though my upbringing was not identical to Chrissy’s. In my years of working with women on wealth consciousness, I’ve learned that socio-economic background is no guarantee of one’s ease in making their own money. There are so many reasons a woman might develop blocks around finances, and the experiences that shape our lives can be quite subtle.
Chrissy for example grew up in an affluent home, where an outsider would guess she’d have no issues around money. However one event taught her a lesson that has guided her subconscious beliefs in a powerful way.
As Chrissy tells it, “Once while I was in elementary school, my parents handed me some cash for a book fair, and I took it upon myself to buy my friend a book for her birthday. I didn’t bother looking at the price, it felt so right to buy her that book because I had the money.”
Chrissy was expressing her generous spirit, but later that night she got in trouble, as her friend’s parents had already purchased the same book for her and her gesture was deemed too extravagant. “In that moment I developed the belief that having more than enough money would make me a bad person.” Chrissy learned to equate, as so many of us do, money with shame.
In the Academy, Chrissy worked to rewrite that story and reclaim her authentic self. “It was finally safe to talk about money without any shame. I learned that making money and going after my dreams could actually be a spiritual process. Has the money I’ve made over the years made me selfish, greedy, or bad? Not at all. It’s made me more generous and capable of creating change in the world.”
As soon as we uncovered Chrissy’s limiting beliefs around money, everything started to click. Not only did she release those blocks, she opened up to a more honest expression of herself.
“This journey has given me permission to be who I am. When I first started my business, I thought I had to be more professional and corporate and less woo-woo and wild. The Academy encouraged me to raise my freak flag high. The truth is I love Burning Man just as much as the Ritz! Embracing my inner Wild Woman has been the biggest breakthrough for me as a coach.”
Today Chrissy is happily running a successful coaching business, leading retreats and offering emotional support for the driven, focused, and wild woman entrepreneur. Now earning a consistent 7k monthly, this past year has taken her all over Europe from Paris to Montenegro, and she’s currently looking forward to five weeks in Bali this Spring for a mix of work and play.
We love Chrissy’s approach to empowering women and to see her unapologetically going after her dreams. Read on for her top three tips on how to work and play beyond your money blocks and start living your true purpose.
Top Three Tips
For Transforming Your Money Story
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