December 17th was my birthday. I love my birthday. It is a reminder that I am still alive
and able to continue doing good things in this world. This year, December 16th came with a snow storm!
Call me weird, I was excited about that. I’m one of the lucky ones that didn’t have to go anywhere. I could stay at home and not feel like I had to be anywhere else. As my boyfriend and I settled in after dinner, he went to the basement for something. And then I heard, “Hey Baboo? (That’s our nickname for each other. Charlie Brown anyone?) Could you come down here quick?” Oh no. He pointed to a pool of water slowly making its way around the corner of the room. Lo and behold, our water heater decided that right in the middle of blowing winds, white-out conditions, and freezing cold, would be a great time to start leaking.
We knew when we moved into the house three years ago that the water heater would have to be replaced eventually. We noticed some little rust spots growing this past summer, and really hoped that it would hold out until spring, or whenever COVID-19 would not be an issue, so we could have someone replace it. Needless to say, it didn’t wait. Luckily it was a slow drip, so we were able to drain the thing
before it created too big a mess. We laughed about the absurdity of timing and how that wasn’t quite what I was hoping to get for my birthday! But it was okay, everything was fine and under control.
In a moment like this, it is so easy to give in to frustration, anger, even panic. What saved our peace of mind was having an emergency fund. I used to think a savings account was there simply to keep checks from bouncing. It’s not. A few years back I decided to get serious on getting out of debt and getting my financial life on track. The first step in doing so was setting up a $1000 emergency fund. Some of you may be thinking “That’s impossible, I never have enough left to think of saving it.” My truth was that I had a mountain of debt and was tired of never having enough. So I got angry. I didn’t want all my money going out the door at 15% interest (that was the average). I buckled down and put every penny I could toward that $1000. And I left it there, in a savings account, gaining a little bit of interest, ready for when I needed it most. Then I hyper-focused on getting rid of that mountain.
Flash forward to today. I have that emergency fund. And it saved me from freaking out in the middle of a snow storm, wondering if we would be able to pay for a water heater or have to heat water on the stove instead. Worrying if I’d have enough room left on a card to take care of it. I have no credit cards. I paid them off and cut them up. And it’s wonderful.
Have hope. It can be done. After the past year we’ve had I understand that it may be tougher than tough. But I know you can find a way to give yourself a little peace of mind. You owe it to yourself and to your family. You worked too hard to give it all away as soon as you earn it! Been there, done that and worse.
Let me show you how to find freedom. I would love to talk with you.
Angela Miller, Financial Coach
(Check out my latest virtual financial seminar on the Events page!)
Welcome to Terra Healing Partners! For me, this collaborative center has been nearly six years in the making:
Back in 2015, I stepped into my intuitive energy healing work full-time (THAT'S a story in itself!) and in 2016 I opened Beleno Spiritual Healing Center.
To clarify, I not only opened it, I bought the building, renovated it, gathered the practitioners and managed the rooms, events, renters, budget, utilities, snow removal, lawn care, cleaning, maintenance, taxes...
I had support from amazing people I worked with, but it was essentially a solo venture. Then one day in 2018, I woke up, literally, and knew I had to close the beautiful building and my office and put it up for sale. (After facing 2020, I see why that had to happen, I would not have been able to sustain its operation during these shutdowns.)
I floated from office to office, took a break, connected here and there, all the while knowing that there was another center brewing, one that was truly collaborative. One where I could enjoy the freedom of creating a healing space for my clients without undue financial burdens, where others shared in that vision and supported our collective mission.
So I waited. And waited. (Which is so, so hard for an Aries!).
And then it began to unfold, little by little. Mid-summer 2020, practitioners and clients began expressing the need for a collaborative center. They were tired of being isolated, tired of working alone. Many had been inspired by the 2020 events to finally step into their healing work and others lost their workspace in the economic shutdown. Clients missed the class time connecting with others.
Months of realty shopping and lease negotiating ensued and then a friend stumbled upon Dery Mansion...and here we are! After networking, planning and renovating, we are ready to birth Terra Healing Partners in 2021!
I believe collaboration is key as we create the new structures that require equal partnerships to carry the weight and share in the joy. We are honored to be an example of this new energy and we thank you for joining us on our journey.
We hope to be your partners for LIFE!
Live in love,