Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most enduring holiday stories of all time. But for me, it’s a treasure trove of financial inspiration.
Dickens can teach us a lot about how we manage our money.
You may remember Ebenezer Scrooge, the famous miser.
Like Scrooge, some people spend so little that they have a hard time enjoying their life. Scrooge was not only a miser, he was miser-able.
It is only through the spirited intervention of his former business partner Jacob Marley and three ghosts that he is finally able to change the course of his life. By revisiting his painful past, taking a hard look at his present, and glimpsing his fate ahead, he is able to undergo a radical transformation and create a new future.
In contrast to Ebenezer Scrooge, you may remember Mr. Micawber, the landlord character in Dickens’ David Copperfield who ends up in debtors’ prison due to his spending.
A well-known bookkeeping wisdom, the “Micawber Principle” is a simple (some might say oversimplified) formula that always adds up:
Spend less than you make = ideal
Spend more than you make = not ideal
Easier said than done, right?
Dickens shows us two opposite ends of a spectrum.
Dickens shows us two opposite ends of a spectrum. On one end Micawber spends to excess, while Scrooge saves to excess.
Where do you fall on the Micawber-Scrooge Continuum?
Most of us living in a non-fictional world fall somewhere between the two extremes.
The holidays and new year are a good time to take a step back and notice your own spending habits, patterns, and even consider the beliefs behind them.
If we’re not feeling clear and confident in our relationship with money, we don’t have to stay there.
No one has to be a Micawber or a Scrooge.
Your beliefs around money are largely unconscious, but you have the power to make positive changes in your financial life through awareness and reflection.
You can become the author of your money story.
Your Relationship to Money
At Created, we work with clients 1-1 to illuminate and strengthen their relationship to money. But now we’re offering a group experience to share the wealth with you and the wider community of women.
What’s a Wealth Salon?
In the Enlightenment era, women educated each other and spread ideas by hosting private gatherings in their homes. These became known as ‘salons.’
A salon is an engaged, explorative conversation with an esteemed group of acquaintances in pursuit of knowledge and fellowship.
Welcome to our modern take.
The Money Roots Wealth Salon
Our wealth salon is a 90-min Zoom workshop for women to have conscious conversations about money, together, in a safe space.
Sharing your money story in groups is special because we hear a range and diversity of perspectives. Sometimes, someone else’s story offers a key that unlocks a door in your own life.
So, what’s in the workshop?
The Money Roots Wealth Salon is a creative, illuminating, and empowering virtual workshop where participants will:
- Discover the roots of their money beliefs
- Rewrite any limiting stories
- Gain clarity and confidence making financial decisions through the lens of their values
We’ve been hearing from women over and over that when they don’t feel in command of their finances, their mental real estate is taken up by worry and concern.
Attendees of this wealth salon report feeling less anxious, more clear, and confident about how to align their financial decisions with what matters most to them.
How to Gain Financial Clarity and Command
- Book – Find the date of the next salon and Reserve Your Seat
- Illuminate – Discover the roots of your money stories, identify which ones are supporting you and your dreams, and rewrite those that aren’t.
- Celebrate – You now have a structure to make clear and confident financial decisions aligned with your values.
We can’t wait to share the wealth with you.
In good wealth,
Anne B. Johnston
Founder & Managing Director at Created
p.s. Created clients receive complimentary Wealth Salon tickets. Reach out to us for details.