Rewrite Your Money Story with Kelley Holland EP: 29
DO YOU STRESS OVER MONEY OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES?
Then you’ll want to listen in to my conversation with Kelley Holland. Kelley is a financial stress coach, speaker, and writer specializing in helping women and teenage girls tame their financial anxiety, create healthier financial habits, and achieve financial well-being. She is the founder of Own Your Destiny
“Are you interested in changing your financial life for the better? Are you ready to lose your financial stress and rewrite your money story?” asks Kelley.
As a financial stress coach, she shares her mission to help women and teenage girls develop a happy, healthy relationship with money.
In this interview, she describes how she works with clients one-on-one, in small groups and in workshops.
DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT’S IMPORTANT YOU
Even though she is a money coach, she’d be the first person to say money isn’t everything. Whether in your business or personal life, “The things I value most – family, friends, and community – have no price tag,” Kelley says. “But when you take charge of your money, you make the most of a tool that will help
you in almost every part of your life.”
TAKE A COMPLICATED SUBJECT AND BRING IT TO LIFE
She didn’t begin her career as a money coach. She first spent two decades in business and personal finance journalism, reporting and editing for The New York Times, Business Week, CNBC, and others. “Over that time,” she said, “I managed to write about everything from municipal bonds to business schools, including the wills that a few celebrities left behind.”
“Journalism allowed me to make my own small difference in the world, and that has always been important to me.”I took pride in exposing financial wrongdoing and explaining complex financial ideas in terms my readers could understand--to help them make better choices,” she adds.
ON FINDING YOUR MISSION
While covering personal finance Kelley wrote about paying for college, saving for retirement, and the challenge of helping children become financially literate. What she really loved, though, was writing about women and money. “The more women I interviewed and the more data I saw on women and money, the
more I realized that women face unique financial challenges,” she says. “Women are plagued by financial stress, and it can keep them from taking charge of their finances and using their money to help them live the lives they want,” she adds.
Finally, she discovered her mission: combine her financial knowledge with coaching to empower women and teenage girls to tame their financial stress and realize their dreams.
KELLEY OFFERS BUSINESS ADVICE
Do you work with clients? If so, most likely there is a coaching aspect to what you do. In the case of Kelley’s work, she focuses on the connection between money and emotion for her clients. She then works to change their anxiety to one of excitement. “Instead of harping on their past,” she says, “I like to see where my clients are now and help them move forward.”
Listen how she guides her clients to let go of the past and focus on their future. This ability is a key element to her work and one that many other professionals strive to develop. Kelley describes the importance of good mentors and some advice she has received over the years. Of mentors she offers, “I believe they can shape your life experience.”
To those who might be thinking of changing careers, she encourages you to follow your heart and to really understand what you want out of your work life. “What do you want your work to do for you?” she asks. “What work will make that possible?” And, of course, the more you can make money work for you, options you will have!
About Kelley Holland:
Kelley has a graduate business degree from the Yale School of Management, and she is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Recently she became a Certified Financial Education Instructor.
She is also a member of Everyday Health’s Wellness Advisory Board. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Coaching from New York University and is a certified Positive Psychology Coach.
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