Valuing Our Work

To make a living doing what we love, we often have to look at how we relate to money, valuing ourselves and our work, and related issues. Many people, when facing the work that calls most to them, believe they can't move ahead because of money issues (worries about not making enough to live on, having too much debt, etc.). Questions to consider as you review your life's work might include these:

  • How do you value your work in the marketplace?
  • Do you have challenges asking for what you believe your work is worth or believing that you should be paid to do what you love?
  • What do others who do similar work as you in your community charge, and can you use this as a guideline or starting place for your own work?
  • How can you clean up your finances (pay off debt, collidate loans, engage in holistic financial planning) so that you can free yourself up to do the work that calls most to you?
  • How can you make the work that calls most to you your right livelihood?
  • How might you barter for services you need to get started (e.g. bartering editing for website development)?
  • You might consider contacting and even interviewing others who do similar work. If you are held back from having too much financial obligation, are there ways you can simplify your life and lifestyle (e.g. move to a smaller house/apartment, give up non-necessities, grow your own food, barter services) to give you more space and time to do your heart's work?

Recommended Resources

 Girl, Get Your Money Straight by Glinda Bridgforth

Abundance by Kathy Frieston

Money and Me by Gayle Rose Martinez

The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

The Total Money Makeover Book by Dave Ramsey

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher and Barbara Smith

Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinetar

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

Currency of Thought by Debi Waldeck

Abundance and Right Livelihood by Neale Donald Walsch Judith Barr The Healing

Your Relationship with Money radio show