Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life. ~Michael Leboeuf

Dear Friend,

Eric, one of our coaching clients, left a lucrative corporate training position in 2009 to launch a hot sauce business. He’s a cook, avid foodie and comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. This was his big dream.

Now, like many new entrepreneurs and many in the current economy, he is struggling to make the business profitable and considering returning to the corporate world. His wife Ellen works part-time and cares for their two small kids and thelack of financial stability in their lives is bringing up waves of fear.

It’s also dredging up some of their oldest and scariest beliefs around money.

Many across the U.S. are navigating financially tumultuous waters right now. And, as a result, we’re getting the opportunity to practice living in the "unknown” (read more) and examine what's really important in our lives.

As uncomfortable as this may be, another way to respond to these fears and uncertainties is by asking: Is it time to do some financial housekeeping? And, not just sweeping the porch, but really clearing out the cobwebs in the attic.

The following financial health questions and strategies have helped me to jump start my “inner work” around money and prosperity:

  1. Acknowledge that there is work to do. Regardless of your socioeconomic background, we all have our own “stuff” around money, prosperity and wealth. What are your core issues? Are you ready to do the work necessary to release old self-limiting beliefs around the green stuff? (Read Let Your Light Shine: Owning Your Personal Power from Renee’s first book The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal on this theme.)

  2. Understand what money is. Author Joseph Campbell says, “Money is congealed energy. And releasing it, releases life’s possibilities.” People who know how to use money, know how to handle energy. Does this describe you?

  3. If you were in a relationship with money, how would you describe your lover? How do you feel about money? Is it a friend or foe? Does it serve you or are you a slave to it? Is it tied to your mood or are you clear happiness is an inside-out job? Here is a great exercise to help you gain clarity in this area (pass it on to your partner and share your responses on a date night if you’re brave!).

  4. Get real about your financial state. So many worry about how bad they think things are, without really having a grasp on their financial state. Others think they’re better off than they are. Move out of paralysis and take inventory of your debts/living expenses and income/assets with your partner, if applicable. This will allow you to make conscious choices about how to live and spend. (My husband loves www.mint.com.)

  5. Understand the true meaning of prosperity. Pause and think of all you have to be grateful for--your health, your freedom, your neighbors, your ability to create, the support in your life, your warm bed, your family, etc. Money is just one form of prosperity. Celebrating all your blessings can really help shift your perspective and often gives you the breathing room you need to see your situation in a different light.

  6. Keep the big picture. When you’re living in the unknown, it's really easy to stay "stuck" and fixated on your current financial state. Spend time with friends and colleagues who support you, hold the highest and best for you and remind you that you haven't fallen into a manhole--you're just experiencing some rough terrain. This is a whole new world, but things will get better (reflect back on how you have come through past crises).

  7. Don’t stop enjoying life! Just because your bank account is leaner these days, doesn't mean your social life has to grind to a halt. Seek out free concerts or outdoor events. Go on a family picnic. Go to the dollar theater. Pick a fun theme (Mediterranean, Mexican, Comfort Foods) and invite your friends to a potluck dinner at your house. Enjoy your local and state parks. The best things in life ARE free!

Does this theme call you to action? Our seasoned, award-winning coaching team would love to support you through one-on-one career, small business or life balance coaching. Please contact us at info@careerstrategists.net or 512-459-6700 today for a free 20 minute consult. We’d love to support you in experiencing more clarity, focus and personal empowerment around your career.

Warmly—Angie, Sarina, Angela and Renee

P.S. We hope to see some of you at one of Renee’s upcoming spring retreats. But sign up today, they fill quickly. Learn more. Complete packages at Kripalu and Esalen start at just $495-555. Interested in scheduling Renee for a private retreat, workshop or event? Email Sara Bogan, events manager and hear more about what Renee is currently teaching on her weekly blog, The Journey.



Lynne Twist’s “The Soul of Money”—explores the connection between money and leading a fulfilling life.

Jean Chatzky’s “The Difference,” --practical and insightful, addresses the inner and outer work.

Suze Orman's "The Money Class” –an empowering look atwhat’s holding you back from financial freedom and tools to help you achieve greater prosperity.

Beth Kobliner's "Get a Financial Life"--personal finance in cliff notes format for those in their 20s and 30s.

Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"-- what the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class don't.

Maria Nemeth's "The Energy of Money"--a spiritual guide to financial and personal fulfillment.

Catherine Ponder's "Dynamic Laws of Prosperity"--explains the wisdom of prosperous thinking.

Debtor’s Anonymous Support Groups—budgeting and support for becoming debt free; meetings around the US

Barbara Stanny’s “Overcoming Underearning,”—a step by step plan to help you release self-limiting beliefs and do the inner work necessary to start earning what you’re worth.

Daphne Rose Kingma’s “Ten Things to do When Your Life Falls Apart,” this highly recommended spiritual and emotional guidebooks isn’t exclusively focused on money, but it includes a lot of powerful insights that affect your financial health.


  • April 13 Friday 9:00-1:00 p.m. Empowered Entrepreneur: Business Visioning Retreat with Renee Trudeau. Casa de Artistas, Austin, TX. Take some time for reflection and to pause, pull back and plan before you leap! Gain clarity and focus on how/where to direct your energy, explore how to leverage your brilliance and diversify revenue streams. Enjoy guided support and leave inspired, focused and ready to move into your business, confident and clear. Led by small business coach, entrepreneur and author Renee Trudeau at a small, quiet, private retreat center in Austin. Details/register. This fills so quickly, so register today!

  • April 27-29 Friday-Sunday Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Women's Self-Renewal Retreatn Esalen, Big Sur, CA Nurture and nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tap the Transformative Power of Self-Care. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Esalen.Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here. Complete packages start at $555.

  • New Way of Being™: Let Go, Embrace Flow and Love Your Life A national work-life effectiveness tele-course for men and women led by Renee Trudeau. Are you done with overwork, overwhelm and ready to discard your old habitual ways of working and being? Would you like to de-clutter, simplify, learn to leverage the power of self-care and step into a more spacious, free work/life flow? Join Renee as she supports, guides and coaches you into a new way of being and helps you access greater peace and harmony in your everyday life. REGISTER HERE (Class downloads/materials will be sent to you via email)

  • April 1-30 Personal Renewal Group Online Facilitator Training Are you a therapist, coach, parent or birth educator, leadership consultant or women's empowerment advocate who loves supporting women and helping them nurture their emotional well-being? Join an international community and facilitate self-renewal groups/retreats for women based on the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal. Learn more. Or, click here to find a Personal Renewal Group in your area. Spring special! Enter 50 OFF in the coupon code field to receive this limited-time only discount.

  • June 22-24 Friday-Sunday, A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The Berkshires, MA. Tap into the transformative power of self-care to nourish your body, heart and soul. Learn to integrate self-renewal strategies into your daily life, slow down and access your Wise Self and step into a New Way of Being. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Kripalu. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here. Complete packages start at $495.

Check out all upcoming events here. Stop by and say hi on Renee’s weekly blog, The Journey, or our Live Inside Out community. We’d love to connect with you. Questions? Email info@careerstrategists.net or call 512-459-6700.


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