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November 2012

Quality vs. Quantity

By | Advice from Julie Murphy Casserly, Blog, Exercises | No Comments

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In our society, quality of life has everything to do with the quantity of things you own. How we spend our money is the most obvious way we invest in ourselves daily. With that in mind, are you investing in a life of quantity or one of quality?

Your quality of life is directly related to the state of your finances, but it’s deeper than just how much money you have. How you spend and what you spend on have dramatic effects on how you feel about money. And both of those things also have a great deal to do with how you feel about yourself.

This is where the guilt comes in. Instead of looking at how we invest our money with excitement and pride, we’re stuck with a bunch of stuff we’re not that enthusiastic about. Why? Because we’re a society of collectors – quantity tops quality every time.

If we’re measuring our quality of life by the quantity of things we own, we will never be happy. There’s always something newer, better, and more exclusive to strive for. You are more valuable than any handbag, job title or zip code; stop measuring your worth as a person against things that, in the long run, don’t mean much. Instead of devoting your time on collecting more stuff, focus on the quality of life you are living.

Action step

Do a “quality check” of your finances this week. Pay close attention to what you’re spending on – remember, each purchase is an investment – and decide which are fueling your quality of life. You could even take this a step further and do a total attitude inventory. Those things consuming your thoughts that aren’t aligned with your optimal quality of life are taking up valuable space in your mind. Let go of the “quantity” mindset, and invest your energy in quality.

Do you have the right people in your life?

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A few weeks ago, I talked about determining which crabs in your bucket are keeping you off track. Your toxic relationships play a part in knocking you off your path. But you must also own your responsibility in it all whether it’s setting better boundaries or allowing others attitude to affect your actions. And a good way to take responsibility for your own path is by surrounding yourself with people who can help you stay on track.

Who are you strategically aligning yourself with? It truly does take a village to create the most successful life you can, and I know that first hand. When I set out on my path of financial healing, I knew a couple of things had to happen. First, I needed to approach the toxic relationships in my life differently. I set boundaries with those people and stopped allowing their opinions from halting  progress towards my goals. Read More

Happiness Genes

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I am currently reading Happiness Genes: Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA by James D. Baird.

James D. Baird writes – You have a Constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And every day thousands of advertising images seduce into believing that happiness can be bought. But put away your wallet away. Happiness is at your fingertips, or rather sitting in your DNA, right now! The new science of epigenetics reveals there are reserves of natural happiness within your DNA that can be controlled by you, by your emotions, beliefs and behavioral choices.

Happiness Genes: Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA examines the nature and source of happiness from ancient times to the present. It presents research in biology and epigenetics that show DNA contains genes for natural happiness and your ultimate well-being.  Happiness Genes proves a definitive link between science and spirituality. It shows how you are biologically wired for natural happiness.  It offers a 28-Day Natural Happiness Program.