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From Dream to Drive:
One Client’s Tale of Aligning her $ Money to Realize a Goal
March 9, 2015
I’d like to tell you the story of a current client; let’s call her Liddy. Liddy has made some amazing things happen with her resources – financially minimal though they may be. I’m inspired to tell you this story as a beautiful example of how remarkable things can happen when we harness our resources and act with intention.
Liddy is a self-aware, grounded, resourceful young woman, with no dependents except her smiling black and white cattle dog, Shiva. She has a drive to embrace the potential she senses within and to live a life deeply connected with those she loves. When we met, she had just used her recently built savings to transition out of a dead end job. She had never felt financial stability. A car… laughable!
One of the first things Liddy expressed to me was her yearning for a car. This was not a car because “everyone” has a car. Nor was it to avoid using public transport (an every day for Liddy). The car had to do with her independence & effectiveness – and their relationship to Liddy’s drive to engage her best self throughout her life.
The numbers were overwhelmingly tight. She is still paying off financial mistakes from the past and is at a place in life where her employment is something to get her by as she continues in invest in and develop herself.
Through our work, Liddy got clear about the money coming in and where it goes. She tackled serious financial obstacles. And most importantly, realigned her money so that it truly matches who she is, where she is right now, and what she wants down the road.
Through all this Liddy continued to hold onto her goal of acquiring a car. Then something amazing happened. Her father called offering to sell her his car at a ‘family price’. The deal, it had to be paid in full before she could drive away.
Liddy had saved some money for this purpose, but she had to come up with the difference. Additionally, even fully paid car is going to add a financial load to her already overburdened pocketbook. Still, this was the best opportunity she was likely to get.
Liddy looked at the world through open eyes with intent create the means to make her dream come alive. She gave up a few other purchases that month, requested a forward from her employer (together with a plan to resolve the advance), and leveraged a 3 paycheck month. She was kind, assertive and gracious; and as Liddy worked with the world, it worked with her!
To deal with the lasting financial obligations of her new car, Liddy proactively became a driver for Uber – using the car to create income to offset its expenses. Brilliant! The root of Liddy’s success was her honesty, creativity, and earnest determination.