Saturday, April 7, 2018

Thrifty Thinking: Spiritual and Broke

Are you doing what you love, yet worried about money?  Do you feel torn between following your heart and making a living? Like many people, author Jennifer Noel Taylor was spiritual and broke, until she had a shocking “Aha!” moment in the back of a police car.  Spiritual and Broke is a practical guide for entrepreneurs, writers, artists, healers, and anyone who wants to follow their heart - without feeling like a martyr for the cause.  
This step-by-step guide to financial and spiritual abundance explores:
·        How Jennifer dug herself out of $135,000 of debt, stopped living paycheck to paycheck, and completely eliminated her angst around money; 
·        How to painlessly transform your finances without feeling deprived or denying yourself the little luxuries in life;   
·        The real reason why “bad things” happen to good people.  
Spiritual and Broke shows you how to create genuine prosperity, while honoring your true calling in life. 
I had a chance to interview her to learn more.

1.  Why did you decide to write this book?

I decided to write Spiritual and Broke because I’ve run across so many people who have a heartfelt desire to live their purpose, yet at the same time are struggling with money.  Over 75% of Americans are living pay check to pay check!  Likewise, I used to have $135,000 of debt and no savings.  I struggled for years until I figured out how to change my own money situation.  Now I hope to help others get out of debt, build their savings, and take back their power financially.    

2. What sets it apart from other personal finance books?

Many personal finance books offer wonderful and practice advice on money management.  In contrast,Spiritual and Broke takes a different approach; it’s based on the premise that our finances are a reflection of what is going on within us. In my book, I invite the reader to explore their energy and emotions around money first and foremost, before doing a budget, cutting up their credit cards or investing in the stock market.   As Einstein said, “Everything is energy… Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality.”  I feel that it’s very hard to shift our money situation, until we shift our energy so that we’re in vibrational alignment with what we want.  In other words, I explore how to attract abundanceenergetically.  

3. How does our spirituality affect our finances?

I believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and we attract every experience in our life based on the energy and essence of who we are.   Hence, our finances are a reflection of our mind, body, and spirit - the core essence of who we are and spiritual beings. 

4. Why is it helpful to look at our life as having a higher purpose?

I believe that we all hunger for fulfillment in life.  And although it’s tempting to try to find it through relationships or money (believe me, I’ve tried!), true fulfillment comes from understanding and living our life purpose.  


Jennifer Noel Taylor is an energy healing practitioner, self-help motivator, and the CEO of Quantum-Touch, Inc. She has dedicated her life work to helping people discover the healing power of their love.
Jennifer graduated from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Philosophy. After graduation, she started her first job as a Software Engineer at a big company in San Diego. Like so many people, she felt incredibly trapped and depressed at a job that paid the bills but didn’t align with her true passion in life. She innately knew that she had a purpose and felt keenly aware that she was not 
following her true calling in life.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”
To cope with the social isolation and depression she felt at work, she studied bodywork and alternative healing. She attended the International Professional School of Bodywork, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and the Maui Academy of Healing Arts. While working on people, she started to feel the “energy fields” emanating from people. She became fascinated by energy healing and studied various energy healing modalities, including Reiki.
“Everything responds to Love”
She met Richard Gordon, the founder of Quantum-Touch as his lecture on Maui. She fell in love with the vision of Quantum-Touch and received a very clear message from the Universe that energy healing was her true calling. Shortly after training in Quantum-Touch, she quit her job, took a leap of faith, and finally followed her Heart. She took over as CEO of Quantum-Touch in June 2002.
“When you are following your Heart, doors will open almost magically”
As CEO of Quantum-Touch, she continues to promote optimal wellness by helping people connect more deeply to their love. Not only is Love the basis of all healing but it also is the guiding force behind the business itself. Her business practices include spiritually rewarding jobs, loving service to the world, environmental responsibility, and financial abundance. Quantum-Touch has grown from a regional U.S company to a Multinational corporation.
If more people did what they love, how much more joyful the world would be.

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