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Financial Healing Anyone?


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While Christine Mathieu is known as a True Wealth Strategist for Divorced Women, she strikes me as being a Financial Healer. She spent over 20 years as a traditional Financial Advisor. Then, when the financial crisis hit in 2008, she witnessed a profound shift in the focus of her work. Clients, who had been asking her about specific investment options, began talking to her about their emotional response to the events that were unfolding at that time.

Her own work with a Life Coach helped her make the shift necessary to be of service to her clients in their time of need. She became trained and licensed inFinancial Life Planning® to help transition her skills as she plugged in her own personal experiences to develop her signature program, “Financial First Aid for Divorced for Women.”

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Christine went to work setting up her blog www.thatmoneygirl.com, writing her book, “From Wisdom to Wealth” and positioning herself to launch her own business, which she did in 2011. The Mathieu Center for Financial Wholeness in East Aurora NY also has a web site, www.mathieucenter.com

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If you would like to find out what she does and how she does it, she offers free of charge, True Wealth Consultations and talks to groups and organizations! The talk can be adapted to a 30 to 45 minute schedule, depending on the group, and promises to deliver transformational value to everyone who attends.

And who doesn’t need financial healing?

Do you know other business owners who have made similarly powerful shifts? Do you have a story of personal transformation that you would like to share? Are you looking to make a similar shift in your own life? Contact me!

Why Entrepreneurship? Why Now?


In a shifting and changing economic landscape employment is not such a secure strategy. Risk is a relative term that is often applied to entrepreneurship or self-employment. But that grew out of a context where labor unions were strong and growing. The idea of job security was more than a bad joke. Many large employers offered substantial benefits.

Those days are gone.

The Real Economic Risk

The economic reality we face is that the trend in large corporations has been toward off-shoring and outsourcing labor. The drive for quarterly returns makes their decision-making short-sighted. Long-term visions are only an illusion in that context.

Most of us cannot afford to hang our dreams on such illusions. The truth is there are very few corporate jobs and they are much more INSECURE than we used to believe them to be. We have to create our own stability and security.

It takes more work, some confidence, and solid information to create your own stability. But pursuing your own vision is well worth the challenge.

Welcome to the world of entrepreneurs!

Being an entrepreneur does not require that you invent anything wildly unique, necessarily. You do not have to be an engineering genius, or a master chef, or even do everything on your own! You can ask others for and get help from others. You could even form a cooperative business model.

The only limitations on going into business are the limits of your imagination, and, perhaps, the laws of your locality.

What is required is a lot of reflection, self-assessment and analysis. You have to look within as much as you look at the data in your market; maybe even more than you look at outside information.

Entrepreneurism requires the courage of your convictions. You have to  be strong enough to keep going when you hit the inevitable bumps in the road.

Why Not Start Small?

On the other hand, you do not have to go all in right away. It is not necessary to quit your job to get started. It may be wiser not to, until you reach the point of consistently replacing that income.

However, if you have a lump sum that you can fund your lifestyle and your startup with, it may build momentum faster because you can focus more time and energy into getting it going. Building slowly has the advantage of not straining your capacity to fulfill your obligations to your customers, one reason some businesses fail.

My next post is going to discuss some resources you can use to help you pursue your passions.

Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Feedback? Please comment below!

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