Learn how one woman changed her money story after learning her colleague earned 47% more than she did.
I am excited to bring you a guest post today about how one woman completely changed her life by making one change.
Today’s guest post is from Julia Egan of Balancing Bravely.
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how I changed my money story and changed my life
My money story slapped me in the face when I least expected it. I had two kids (4 and almost 1). I had a great job that I loved. I was earning decent money. My husband and I had a house and were paying off our mortgage. Then one day, totally unexpectedly, I discovered that a colleague with almost the same job as me was paid 47% more money.
The next few months were a whirlwind exploring so many different big life question. I loved my job, I loved what I did, I deeply believed in what I was doing, but it was hard to balance all of that with the knowledge that I was being massively underpaid. And maybe undervalued? I began to question myself, doubt myself. Those were very challenging months.
But I believe that strength comes from adversity. I believe that our resilience in the face of challenges is what makes us incredible.
So, I took the plunge and decided to quit my job and start my own consulting company. I am essentially doing the same thing I was doing before, but I refocused my time and energy on the aspects that I truly love.
Was it scary?
Absolutely, but I learned to turn that fear into bravery.
I have not only changed my money story, but I have changed our life journey. Together as a family, we stepped back and asked ourselves new and innovative questions about what we really want our life to look like. We went way beyond thinking about our goals, to really delving deep into what we truly want out of life.
In the process, I became intrigued, some might even say obsessed with understanding work-life balance, figuring out how to not feel so overwhelmed and so busy all the time.
I’ve learned that work-life balance is not the end goal, it’s the journey. Just like in your marriage, your wedding day isn’t the most important part of marriage – it’s the day-to-day choices and decisions and interactions you have with your spouse that shape your relationship. Work-life balance is about showing up every day knowing what you value most and making sure you prioritize those things. It’s about living intentionally.
Does that mean you won’t be busy? Absolutely not, I am truly busier right now that I have ever been in my life. But I am also happier. I am finding ways to fill my days with the things I value and care about. My husband and I are working toward a vision of a life that we can both imagine together.
If I could give myself one piece of advice, it would be: if you don’t know what you want, you won’t ask for it, and you probably won’t get it. So figure out what you want, start asking for it, and the answers may just surprise you.
Thoughts from Budget and Bliss
Finding out your coworker with the same position earns 47% more than you is gut-wrenching. I couldn’t imagine what Julia was feeling when she read that bit of information.
If you enjoy your job and would like to stay with your current employer do your research about the industry standard pay. You may be surprised to see a wide pay scale for the type of work you do.
Make a list of everything that makes you highly qualified for the job and
If you are unhappy with your current employer you may find yourself in a similar situation as Julia and finding either a new job or starting your own business. If you are looking for a new job be sure to do your research on pay for the industry so you can negotiate the salary you feel is fair for your knowledge and the workload.
Thank you again