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Since the time I was kid, my parents drilled into my head to never chase after money. My father always said, “Be of service and money will follow.” What I am learning more and more about myself is that the less I worry about money, the more it flows into my life. The less I worry, the more mental space I have to create programs and services that will help people move forward in their lives. It wasn’t always that easy. I would often find myself scratching my head wondering, where is the money going to come from? It was quite the paradox.

On the outward, I seemed to have it all together, but my bank account was a hot mess. HOT MESS. My self-worth was wrapped around how much money I made (or didn’t make). I mean, come one now. My mother is a doctor (how Indian of her) and my father is a CPA. Both in private practice. Both have worked their little brown butts off. The bar was set from a pretty young age. Needless to say, I lived a very abundant life. I got to travel all over the world from a very young age, meet people that I would not have typically had the chance to meet. But most importantly, like the thing I am most grateful for- is the opportunity to invest in myself through formal education, certifications, books, seminars, retreats, and mentors. I no longer view money as something that defines me. Rather, it is merely an expression of my work, creativity, and commitment to service. It’s taken consistent practice and discipline to get to this place.

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I’m so thrilled to be part of Kate Northrup’s Money Love Stories project that’s part of the launch of her new book, Money: A Love Story.  

The idea is this: Money is a taboo topic and it’s a source of shame and fear for many. I can tell you from personal experience in my house growing up, there were two main conversations about money. The first was that money should be saved and never spent. The second was that money was meant to be spent and not held onto until the day you die. Weird and confusing for a kid my age.

Watch the video below to hear Kate interview me about my own Money Love Story. I hope it inspires you to keep it real about your own relationship with money!

I absolutely love Kate’s approach to money. I gotta say, a lot of the financial experts there put me to sleep, so it’s quite refreshing to be a part of this conversation with Kate.

Money: A Love Story is a uniquely kind and rollicking guide to getting your finances on track. It’s chock full of inspiring stories -including Kate’s own of getting into and out of $20,000 of credit card debt -and 29 eye-and heart-opening exercises.

Whether you want to pay off your debt for good, rake in more income, or forge a lifestyle of true freedom, Money: A Love Story is your road map. True abundance, financial clarity, and a loving relationship with your money (and yourself) are all yours for the having. This book will take your hand and show you exactly how to get there. 

P.S. When you order your copy of Money: A Love Story you’ll get free access to an exclusive 2-hour online event called A Course in Having Enough. Kate will be joined by guest experts Marianne Williamson, NY Times bestselling author of A Return to Love, Barbara Stanny, bestselling author of Overcoming Underearning, and Amanda Steinberg, Founder & CEO of DailyWorth.com to teach the course. To order the book and get all the details visit www.moneyalovestory.com.

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I hear this all the time: “Oh, I’m spiritual, I don’t care about money,” or “Is it wrong for me to charge people for my services? I mean, I am spiritual.”

It breaks my heart when I see people who have a purpose and a gift, yet are struggling to make ends meet because they are afraid or feel guilty to ask to get PAID for what they do.

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This is such an important topic, whether you are an entrepreneur or you work for someone else because, money is our tool of trade and without it, we cannot sustain ourselves (unless you’re living up in the Himalayan mountains and I’m almost positive you would still need money to survive, trust me, I’ve been there.)

There ain’t nothing spiritual about not getting paid for your gifts @AskVasavi

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This week’s Keepin’ It Real answers a question sent in by Lisa, one of my viewers and I promised her I would be sure to address her question here on today’s episode.

The belief that one cannot be spiritual and make money has got to stop. I share some of my personal experiences in today’s video and what to do if you are struggling with this issue.

The topic of money can make people squirm in their seats. I’m hoping that today’s video will demystify some of the myths that have been passed on for years about being spiritual and making money.

In the discussion section below I would love to hear about what you were taught about money and if that impacted how you run your business (and your life).

Here’s to you being spiritually, emotionally, and financially abundant.

Love always,
Vasavi

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It doesn’t matter where I am or who I’m speaking to, there’s one question I get asked constantly:

“How can I feel more comfortable being me?”

It takes a lot of courage to ask this, because it forces you to get REAL & raw with yourself.

Today’s KIR video is all about busting out from behind those masks we put on, so check it out & listen up:

Hey Vasavi! I love you you are so genuine and real. You aren’t called the Keepin’ It Real Guru for nothing, and I really look forward to your weekly videos. So thank you! Here’s my question. I know deep down that I am waiting to be unleashed. I feel like most of the time, I am wearing a mask. It’s scary for me to just be me. It’s been so long where I can just be myself that I’m starting to forget who that even is. How do I just be me?”

There’s one main reason why so many people are afraid to be themselves: societal conditioning.

We spend our entire lives learning there are rules we need to follow, lines we can’t cross, and things we shouldn’t say. We start to believe if we don’t obey these guidelines, we won’t be accepted, approved of, or loved. So we hide ourselves. We push ourselves to fit in and meet everyone else’s standards, because we’re so terrified of being shunned or shamed.

And worst of all, when we’re constantly an altered version of ourselves, we slowly but surely start to forget who we really are.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Watch the video now to get the steps you need to start living as the authentic, totally unadulterated YOU.

Warning: expect to break a few rules. That’s what liberation’s all about, baby!

How about you? Do you feel at ease being 100% yourself, all the time? Or are there moments you dodge behind masks too? Get real with me in the comments below, I always love to hear from you guys.

xo

Vasavi

P.S. My new website is launching on FEB 1, 2013!! Come join my LIVE website launch party here: http://bit.ly/UWl0D9

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