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money talks • a mabel mag column

Money-talks-column-headerThis week Mabel Magazine debuts a column called Money Talks by Sherry Belul. Twice a month she’ll be interviewing different people—asking the same 5 questions each time—and covering things like worth, money stories, and what does doing what you love mean to you.

With the release of Mabel’s Issue No. 3—which covers a lot of these topics and more—we’re so excited to be hosting Sherry here! And so without further ado, some words from Sherry:

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Hi everyone. A couple months ago Mabel invited me to write a piece about money for their spring issue. (If you haven’t yet seen it, your issue should be arriving in the mail this week!) Holy Moly, did that invitation begin an avalanche of crazy mixed up feelings for me.

Every time I sat down to write something I would get flooded with angles and stories and starting places. Confusion and shame would come trooping in. My Squawky Polly mind would tell a story and then immediately contradict it with another story. I couldn’t separate truth from fiction. It was like opening the chicken coop of my mind and watching all the flapping and fluttering as all the creatures struggled to be free. (And well, yes, there was that kinda foul smell just lingering, too!)

And so, seeking clarity, I started talking to artist and entrepreneur friends about money. And whaddya know? Everyone I talked to also had angles and stories, confusion and mind-squawks. I was shocked to find that even friends whom I projected didn’t have a worry about money, even they had some rather foul fowl lurking in their money minds. Seems like this business of making a living while living a creative life is pretty rich soil!

Having the chance to write my piece was liberating for me in many ways. (I won’t tell you why, because you’ll find out when you read it). But even after I wrote the last line, I didn’t feel like I was finished. Far from it. My mind was whirring with all of the other aspects of money that didn’t make it into the piece. I was flooded—in a good way this time—with snippets of conversations with friends. I couldn’t help but think that there is a lot more to explore about how money fits into living a creative life.

I remember writing to Mabel and saying, “Everyone has a money story and it would be so interesting to delve deeper. I’d love to bring others’ voices into this. Can we launch an ongoing series of some kind to bring this crazy topic more into the light?”

And Mabel said yes!

Money Talks will be a twice-monthly column in this blog, showcasing the thoughts and feelings of artists and entrepreneurs living on all sides of the money spectrum. Columns will post on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

Stay tuned later this week—we’ll launch the column on Friday 22 May with none other than the founders of Mabel, Stef and Liz.

Hope you’ll join us as we share the stink and sweetness (and everything in between) in our Money Talks.

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When it comes to celebration, Sherry has a simple philosophy: life is extraordinary and fleeting; celebrate now. You can find more about Sherry and her work  at Simply Celebrate.

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • deb May 19, 2015, 9:54 am

    Yay, Sherry!! Such a rich vein to mine!!

    • Sherry Richert Belul May 19, 2015, 8:46 pm

      Thanks, Deb! It sure is a rich vein. I’ve had so much shame around my own money stuff, it has been wonderful to begin the conversation via Mabel Magazine + now this blog! Hope you’ll follow along and let us know what you think. :-)

  • Lila Danielle May 19, 2015, 12:10 pm

    Whoo-hoo, Sherry! The stink and the sweetness. Love this.

    • Sherry Richert Belul May 19, 2015, 8:47 pm

      Thanks, Lila! The more I talk to folks about money, the more stories get unearthed. And yep, they’re stinky AND sweet. Thanks for popping by! :-)

  • Tina Tierson May 19, 2015, 5:01 pm

    Sherry, YAY! This will be something I definitely need to read as my stinky little money chicks have been having a grand old time the last couple of years, even though I have not!! I think I’m ready to have a very stern discussion with them, so looking forward to all the wisdom you’ll be mining here so that I can send them happily off to new sweet smelling nests! <3

    • Sherry Richert Belul May 19, 2015, 8:49 pm

      I hear ya, Tina. I think one good place to begin, for all of us, is being honest with ourselves about where we are in relation to money and taking a good, clear look at our habits and beliefs. Oh, and … really important: not to judge ourselves! My hope is that in getting to hear lots of different folks talk about money, we’ll get to see that we’re not alone. AND that maybe there are new beliefs/actions we can take on. Thanks for following along!

  • laurie May 21, 2015, 10:53 pm

    To MabelMagazine….great choice for asking Sherry Richest Belul to write a column!!! She’s a wonderful woman!!! I live in the South ….of Georgia and have never heard of Mabel Magazine…had to share Sherry’s column on my timeline…maybe you will get some inquires from another part of the country!!! Thank you again for including Sherry’s column…she brings a breathe of fresh air …a wonderful spirit…a kind and endearing outlook …more of that please!!!!! Thank y’all!

    • Sherry Richert Belul May 22, 2015, 12:11 pm

      Laurie! ha ha. People will think I paid you to say that! Seriously, thank you so much. {Laurie is a friend of mine from elementary school back in Dryden, NY!} I’m so glad we’re reconnected, Laurie. AND that you are now connected to Mabel Magazine. It isn’t just a publication, Mabel is really a way of life. It is an amazing community of people supporting one another in living creative and meaningful lives! Welcome to the Mabel Club, Laurie! :-)

  • Amy Tingle May 25, 2015, 3:18 pm

    This is SUCH an important discussion. Part of my money story is coming from a family where money was NEVER discussed. We could have been rich as thieves or dirt poor, I had no idea. There was an unspoken rule that you didn’t talk about it, didn’t ask about it, even in your own house or you were rude and impudent. I am just beginning to understand how crucial it is to talk about it, beginning with our own self worth. This issue of Mabel needs to be on every shelf in the world! I’m not kidding. I am so glad Liz and Stef asked you to be a voice on this topic regularly. The questions and answers and discussions shouldn’t end between the covers of the magazine. Keep it going!

    • Sherry Richert Belul May 27, 2015, 2:35 pm

      Oh, Tingle, thank you so much for this enthusiastic comment. What you said— “I am just beginning to understand how crucial it is to talk about it, beginning with our own self worth” — rings so true for me. There can be so many layers of shame + fear + uncertainty + comparison around money. I am seeking freedom from all that and a place to simply explore. So glad to have you included in this conversation!!!

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