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To mark International Women’s Day 2018 and Queensland Women’s Week, we asked Queensland women to share their lessons on financial wellbeing and how to enjoy a life well lived. Wellthy founder and CEO Lea Schodel divulges her secrets to a wealthy life to her younger self.
For Lea Schodel, real wealth might not be reflected simply as a dollar figure.
The founder and CEO of Wellthy said she had learned money was an element of wealth, but not wealth itself.
“Real wealth is when you have an abundance of anything truly meaningful to you. There are many things that money cannot buy that we need in our lives to feel truly wealthy,” she said.
Working out what would make you feel wealthy is your key to achieving it.
Lea is a financial wellbeing consultant, speaker, coach and registered financial planner. She facilitates online learning, group coaching, workshops, retreats and other programs that teach people about financial self-care and wellness.
Her goal is to educate women so that they can overcome the many challenges, including lower pay, that women face in attaining financial health and wealth. For the past five years, she has been a writer and contributor to wealth and wellbeing industry publications, forums and consumer magazines and blogs.
As cofounder of Yogic Journeys, she also runs programs and retreats designed to take yoga, meditation and mindfulness from a practice to a lifestyle.
Try not to dwell on past mistakes. Every experience whether good or bad provides you with an opportunity to learn, expand and grow. If you have made mistakes forgive yourself and others so you can move on.
Real wealth is more than just having lots of money. Whilst money may be an element of wealth, it is not wealth itself. Real wealth is when you have an abundance of anything truly meaningful to you. These may include things like love, connection, community, health, happiness, safety, support, a sense of purpose etc. Take the time to work out what makes you feel wealthy and work towards acquiring more of those things.
In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Be proud of who you are and your individuality. Do not be held back from doing or saying things because of what others may think.
Dream big: if you can imagine it you can achieve it! Aim high and set goals, even if they scare you a little. Take action towards achieving your goals, celebrate the milestones and enjoy the journey.
To manage money well we need to manage ourselves well. Being in control of your finances requires you to be in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. If you can align and balance these three things you are more likely to be able to take action towards creating a positive financial future and financial wellbeing.
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The views of the Ms Schodel are not necessarily the views of the QSuper Board. General information only and you should get professional advice before relying on it.
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