It’s Not Where You’ve Been, It’s Where You’re Going
After 10 months of living abroad, I completed the first milestone of my journey to financial freedom by paying off $10,00 in credit card debt. However, I soon learned that the journey was about more than just paying off debt (and earning a tax free salary), but that it was a journey of healing who I was on the inside, so that it would no longer control who I was on the outside, including my finances. It took getting real with myself about who I was, where I was and where I wanted to go. Though not easy, I had to shift my mindset around limiting beliefs, heal my relationship with myself, with others, and with money.
It was during that time that I went through what I now refer to as the 4 phases of internal transformation.
I began with going through the first phase which is Past Lessons. Here I began taking a look at my relationship with money, myself and others. During this phase, I realized how the weight of my past had not only been affecting but INFECTING who I was as a person, and how I had been showing up in the world, and really analyzing how it trickled over to my spending habits. It was during this phase that I found myself leaning over the bathroom sink crying over Winter Break saying Lord I’m broken and I need you to fix me.
From there, I began to dig deep when it came to my Present Identity and how I viewed myself when it came to money and other standards. Next, I moved into the phase of Penetrating Growth by shifting my mindset when it came to money, as well as my mindset, behaviors, habits and attitude when it came to societal and cultural norms. Finally, I entered into the phase of Progressive Evolution, which is where I am today as I continue to embark on the mission of constantly evolving so that I can be the person I’m called to be.
That is how I went from a journey from being in debt into a journey of internal transformation.