Creativity Resources: Money?

Living a creative life calls for a combination of pushing your intellectual and emotional boundaries to find new ways to approach or solve problems, while at the same time taking the (sometimes tedious) steps required to keep things “working” in your life.

Making wise use of time, energy, and money will help you to avoid as much unnecessary interference as possible. If you want the best chance of having resources to pursue your creative passions, you’ll need to determine how to dedicate and not deplete these resources [at least not unwittingly]. This can be difficult, especially when we see our own financial pressures rise.

Today’s blog post is dedicated to some specific tools and articles you may want to explore to make the best use of one important “Creativity Resource” – your money.

Before we get to the “good stuff” a few quick thoughts:

  1. It probably goes without saying that every individual will have different factors playing into their financial picture, whether it be income variables, family responsibilities, lifestyle choices, or the way they spend and/or give money based on their values and priorities.
  2. There’s no one-size solution, so the links below aren’t a “go do this” guide but just suggestions to consider whether any of your current choices are specifically blocking you from reaching your goals.
  3. We all know that unexpected life circumstances can sometimes knock us off balance, even when we’re being most diligent, but wise choices and healthy routines may help us to rebound more quickly when those situations do arise.

If you’ve had any specific successes or interesting experiences related to money management, I’d love to hear about it in a comment.

Wishing you willingness to experiment and to be gracious to yourself when not all experiments are equally successful . . .

❤ Nicole


Videos:

How to Handle Money – I enjoyed watching this video and considering its suggestions on how to handle money. I especially liked his discussion of re-framing moral perceptions of wealth and personal generosity:

Bank of America: How to Set Up a Budget – Here’s a basic, easy-to-follow animated film about budgeting in 6 Easy Steps:


Tools:

Free Credit Report:
Federal law allows you to get a free copy of your credit report from all 3 major reporting agencies once every 12 months

Mint:
Tools & resources for personal money management

Mvelopes:
Digital “envelope” budgeting tool + additional money management resources

Betterment:
A smart, automated investing services that promises optimized investment returns

Crown Money Map:
A roadmap-based tool that helps you to track/achieve financial goals

YNAB – You Need a Budget:
A tool to help you put together a budget in a unique way


Articles:

3 Money Management Tips for Creative Professionals

Budgeting for Creatives

5 Reasons You Need a Budget

Custom Budgeting for Young Adults – Forbes

11 Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

Get out of Debt: A Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Freedom


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Note: I am not affiliated in any way with the companies mentioned above and cannot take personal responsibility for your financial choices. 

 

 

 

 

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