Hello. You'd think having conversations about money would be easy for me after all, I talk about money all day long with my clients, conversations with my spouse, with my children, with friends about money. Not so easy.
I remember an evening a couple of years ago. I was out with friends for dinner. We were talking about destination weddings, frankly, rather disdainfully about the pressure that destination weddings put on guests to spend beyond their means, let alone if you're part of the wedding party.
At the end of the evening, the bill for dinner came. It was a casual dinner. We were, frankly, at a bar restaurant watching a hockey game, And the bill was a couple of $100. We had ordered a bottle of wine. We had ordered several appetizers and entrees. And frankly, I wasn't paying that much attention.
Did I say to my friends, I prefer to spend that kind of money on a really special dinner? I'd like to be more intentional when we go out together next time about our spending. But I didn't say a thing. I was ashamed to bring it up. But conversations about money are hard. My advice? Be a good listener.
Keep in mind that others grow up with different money stories and different attitudes about money modeled to us by our parents. So no judgment and keep trying. These are hard discussions to have, but always worth having .
If you'd like to discuss in more detail, please reach out to me at Laura@trueabundanceadvisors.com.
My name is Laura Rotter, owner of True Abundance Advisors. And I love helping others live their lives on purpose. Thank you. Bye.