Dealing With the Elephant in the Room – Talking About Finances
My name is Martha Adams and I’m a Certified Financial Planning Professional. More than that, I’m passionate about financial empowerment through education. In this series of blog posts we’re going to break down the barriers to financial information and skip past the unnecessary jargon!
Normally when the conversation starts about finances, the starting point is typically discussed as the budget and cash flow. I’d like to challenge that thought because, while that is the starting point for a financial plan, it’s not the starting point of our understanding and comfort.
Everything else is meaningless if we don’t start in the right place.
Even though we’re just starting to get to know each other, I’m going to ask that you humour me and visualize with me for a moment.
We’re sitting in a room all together in a circle, everyone is looking at each other feeling uncomfortable, nervous and simply unsure. In the center of the circle, the cutest little elephant appears and unexpectedly it breaks the tension and we all start laughing hysterically at the elephant in the room. Through that comes the realization that the elephant represents the conversation on finances and our laughter reminds us of the fact that it doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable conversation, and we don’t need to be nervous.
Now, look back around the room and know that you’re not alone, because, we’re all here to learn from one another, support and inspire each other.
I also want you to know that I’m here with you on this journey. That’s right, journey.
This trip will be what we make it, and if you want it to be a great trip then it will be exactly that! It starts and continues with your decisions and your beliefs. I believe that you can make this positive, uplifting and inspirational for yourself and then without even knowing it, inspire others around you.
One of the biggest reasons that elephant in the room exists is our perception of finances and money in general.
We’re standing face to face now – you and I - and I’m here to remind you that I’m not only here to make sure that we work through all of this together, but that I’m also your cheerleader and I believe in you.
So off we go to learn, grow, conquer and achieve!
Do you believe that? Do you believe in you? Because I do!
Look for the next part in this series on Mon., Dec. 3 when I will talk more about our feelings around money and finances.