This 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.