Jennifer Noel Taylor
How to Stop Struggling with Money and Live Your Purpose
By Jennifer Noel Taylor
It was 3 A.M. in Venice, CA and a homeless man was feeling desperate – so desperate in fact, that he was willing to take a dubious risk. He found an open window on the side of a darkened house and quietly slipped inside. Looking for something valuable to steal, he rummaged through every closet and drawer. Yet, much to his chagrin, his ardent search only produced a nearly empty wallet. So, disappointed by this paltry bounty, he grabbed a pair of scissors from the office and wandered into the bedroom.
Unaware that her home was being invaded, Jennifer Noel Taylor, author of Spiritual and Broke, was blissfully asleep until the nefarious intruder jolted her awake by shining a flashlight into her eyes. When she saw him, she instinctively screamed! Afraid that the neighbors would hear her cries, the intruder pointed the pair of scissors toward her and said, “Shut the f*ck up or I’ll cut you to pieces!” Her peaceful night of slumber turned into a horrific crime scene involving a robbery and a sexual assault.
As hard as this may be to believe, this terrible nightmare marked a significant turning point in Jennifer’s life. At that time, she had accumulated $35,000 of credit card debt and her struggling business, Quantum-Touch, had utilized every penny of their $100,000 line of credit. She was beyond broke -- like almost seventeen million Americans, she had a negative net worth. She was always worried about paying the bills and constantly feared that her business would soon be forced to close the doors.
Little did she know, she was about to have an “Aha!” moment that would change her forever…
At 6 AM, two police officers escorted Jennifer to their squad car parked in the alley. As part of the crime scene investigation, they were required to accompany her to the Rape Trauma Center. Jennifer felt humiliated as one of the officers opened the back door and offered her a seat. Her whole world had fallen apart and now she was sitting in the worst place ever – the back seat of a police car. She wondered, “How the heck did I end up here?”
Over the radio, one of the officers announced, “We are now transporting the victim to the rape trauma center.” Upon hearing herself being labeled as a victim, Jennifer felt mortified. She wanted to scream, “How dare they call me a victim! I’m a spiritual leader and business owner! We teach workshops about personal empowerment! This can’t be happening. How demeaning!”
And then it dawned on her…
She was living her life like a victim. She constantly blamed the Universe for her negative net worth and felt like a martyr for the cause -- a victim of the economy, her customers, rent, taxes and the high costs or running a business. In fact, she hadn’t even been aware of how much the victim mindset permeated her life. Like the background hum of the freeway in Los Angeles, she routinely tuned it out, the result of having lived there for a very long time.
Fueled by this astute awareness, Jennifer made a powerful vow:
She would never be a victim ever again!
After years of soul searching, which she describes at length in her book, Jennifer recovered from her traumatic ordeal and learned how to fully step into her authentic power. Her willingness to take ownership of her finances was the catalyst that turned her negative net worth around. Eliminating her victim mindset changed her relationship with money, allowing her to approach her finances from an empowered perspective. She paid off all her debt, saved money, and completely eliminated her money worries.
Here’s how she did it….
First, she took an honest look at her spending habits. The book, Your Money or Your Life, coins the term “gazingus pin” to describe our spending weakness -- that thing we habitually spend money even if we don’t need it or want it. For some people, their gazingus pin may be clothes, evidenced by a closet full of unworn items. For others, it may a workshop they feel obligated to attend, a prolific collection of throw pillows, or investing money into a boat that quietly sits unused in the harbor. Jennifer naturally curtailed her spending by taking a moment before every purchase to ask herself: “Am I buying something that I love or am I spending money out of habit, obligation, or an attempt to fill an emotional void?”
Second, she evaluated her beliefs around earning money. Oftentimes, our feelings of unworthiness can get in the way of charging enough money for our time, owning our value at work, or even recognizing new opportunities. Jennifer realized that due to her negative beliefs about herself, she had never aimed to operate her business or personal finances at a profit, believing that she only deserved to just get by. Processing her worthiness issues gave her the confidence she needed to maximize her earning potential.
By sharing her story in her book Spiritual and Broke, Jennifer hopes to inspire others to release their blocks around money and become spiritual and abundant as well!
About Jennifer Noel Taylor
Jennifer Noel Taylor has always believed that the Universe is full of magic and miracles. She is an energy healing practitioner, spiritual entrepreneur, and CEO of Quantum-Touch Inc. (https://www.quantumtouch.com). She has dedicated her life work to helping people discover the healing power of their love and has grown Quantum-Touch from a small company into a multinational corporation based on a foundation of love, compassion, and divine guidance. For more information, please go to https://www.jennifernoeltaylor.com
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