Sue Holm, JD, CFRC
I am a money coach and a lawyer. I have been in financial recovery for more than 20 years. I completed my training and became a Certified Financial Recovery CounselorSM in 2007 because I want to pass on the gifts of recovery.
Despite many of life’s advantages, including a great education, money baffled me. I couldn’t get a handle on my spending and lived in a money fog – not knowing what my actual expenses were, or where my money went. No matter how much I made, I never seemed to have enough.
There were overt costs for late fees and overdrafts. The more painful though were the emotional costs – frustration, shame, self-blame. I spent so much time and energy alternately trying to figure out my money, and denying I had a problem. It takes a lot of mental and emotional energy to deny a problem that is so pervasive.
I suffered much longer than I needed to because I was ashamed that I couldn’t figure it out myself and was too proud to ask for the help I knew I needed. I read books, made budgets I couldn’t follow, and continued to spend unconsciously. To recover, I had to set aside my pride and ask for help. I found Mikelann Valtera, who coached me through the financial recovery process. As my recovery continued, the shame and blame faded away as I developed a healthy relationship with money.
I learned how to manage my money on a daily, monthly, and annual basis. I became aware, not only of what I spent, but why I spent as I did. I uncovered and resolved beliefs and fears about money that I acquired as a child that did not serve me as an adult. I learned to be intentional in my spending, how to save for predictable and unexpected expenses, and yes, save money to invest for my future. The time, money, and energy I spent in this process was the best investment I ever made.
If you are ready to begin your journey to financial recovery, please contact me.