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money talks with Liz Kalloch

Liz Kalloch Money TalksHello, hello. Welcome back to our twice-monthly Money Talks column. If you’ve been following along, you know that in our columns we get to hear from artists/entrepreneurs who “bare all” in terms of beliefs about money + tricks/tips/tools to earning a living while living a creative life.

We started this column almost a year ago, following an essay I wrote for Mabel Magazine called “Do What You Love and The Money Joy Will Follow.”

Over the past year, it has been my pleasure to interview so many amazing artists and entrepreneurs. I’ve learned so much. I am grateful to all our brave and honest contributors.

As we wind down this column, I thought it would be fun to hear from Mabel Magazine founders and co-editors, Liz Kalloch and Stefanie Renee Lindeen about what stands out as some of the most important pieces of information they’ve learned about making money + living the creative life. We get to hear from Liz today. We’ll share Stefanie’s thoughts with you next time!

Liz Kalloch bioLiz Kalloch
Designer / Artist / Writer
San Rafael, CA

Out of the wide range of entrepreneurs and creatives that you interviewed for the Money Talks series, the one standout thread was the idea of worth. What are we worth? What is the worth of what we do with our lives and our businesses? What is the worth of this thing vs. that thing? What is the value we place on our own worth? Do we get to set the value of our own worth, or do we let others do it for us?

These are a few of the questions that your question Are you earning what you’re “worth” brought up for me and I’ve worked to get closer to answering some of them, and still have a ways to go on others. Bottom line though: I’ve learned more about how I place value on my own worth, and have put into practice something quite valuable to me — stopping to acknowledge my experience, my knowledge, my worthiness, my passion, my interest and my deep love for what I do everyday, especially in the face of someone saying “oh your rates are too high”, or “your work is okay, but it’s not what I’m looking for” and remembering I am still of worth. And so is my work.

More work to do on this topic, but your column has inspired a lot of my thinking about over the last months.

In terms of my favorite standout quotes from this series? Here you go:

Ren Allen on the question “What does the expression “starving artist” bring up for you?” says: “I have a few choice words on this topic, but I don’t want to cuss here. It’s crap. It’s a line we’ve been fed (no pun intended) and it’s utter crap. I realize that society doesn’t always value art. But ultimately it’s up to us, as artists, to value our own work and what we bring to the table before we are ever going to find our ‘tribe’ who values us as well.”

Cindia Carrere on the question “Do you have any childhood money stories that have to do with making a living from work you love?” tells the story about how she had to raise the money herself to attend her 6th grade overnight field trip and how empowered she felt when she raised the money, and how it helped to her to appreciate the feeling of financial independence.

Maya Stein on “Do you think the expression, ‘Do what you love and the money will follow’ is accurate?” says: “Frankly, I could do without the second half of that sentence, mostly because the emphasis on it feels inaccurate. It suggests that there’s a symbiotic relationship between love and economic success, and they are — in my mind —a bit like those proverbial apples and oranges.
The irony of being a creative entrepreneur is that the words ‘creative’ and ‘entrepreneur’ don’t always play together very well. That phrase can mostly feel like an oxymoron, like ‘jumbo shrimp.’ It’s hard to keeps tabs on the money part and at the same time engage fully in the ‘love’ part.”

And Sara Page on “What’s your biggest money story currently?” She SO inspired me when she said: “I’m in the game now to leverage myself, and create passive income. I was so limited before. I thought ‘dollars for hours worked’ was the only model. The ‘good girl’ in me still wants to get it right, spiritually. The ‘brave girl’ wants to live her life to the fullest. The ‘creative girl’ wants freedom to keep diving into her creations. And the ‘mom and wife’ lady doesn’t want to choose between t-ball shoes, healthy groceries, and the auto-debit phone bill that’s coming out of her checking account next week. (What can I say, I want it all!) So I’m doing affirmations. Examples: ‘It is safe for me to succeed.’ ‘I love and accept that I have ambition and desires.’”

Money Talks has been a beautiful, heartfelt, honest and motivational column for me {and I think many others} and we are SO very happy that you volunteered yourself for it Sherry.

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