Anna’s Story

My initial drive to join the 6 Week Online Money Make-Over was to smarten up about my super and shares and explore other forms of investing. An added bonus was the opportunity to connect with like-minded women who valued financial independence and confidence as much as I did. Over the couple of months that I was involved with the group I acted on a lot of tasks around my super and shares that historically I’d shown some procrastination towards. I learnt a lot from the women in my group. Oh,  and red wine also became a central theme of our sessions!

But there were also some unexpected outcomes from my time in the group.

In the first session I wrote down my one to two year goal and nervously read it out to the group. I’ve had a long held ambition to start doing my own consulting work, focusing on improving the quality of adult literacy and numeracy training, particularly for remote Aboriginal communities. To be honest, when I read it out I’d described the goal with such perfect clarity and detail I was embarrassed by it.

After the first hangout I pinned the planning sheet on my wardrobe door to remind myself of it, as I’d get ready for work. I started to make tentative steps towards it; they were small but important practical gestures. They included

  • Getting an ABN
  • Speaking to trusted and skilled people
  • Getting tax advice
  • Putting money aside for software programs
  • And lots of reading and research.

During this stage of my planning I reminded myself of Tim Minchin’s advice to be ‘micro-ambitious’. By detailing all the small action steps I needed to get done, I committed myself to completing these tasks and was not overwhelmed by the larger goal. The weekly GIG sessions with the terrific group of women I did it with also kept me accountable.

A month after putting this goal down on paper I was asked if I’d work on a project with an Indigenous organisation across remote cattle stations in Northern Australia. It couldn’t be better suited for me: I had the technical skills for it and the childhood experience of growing up on a cattle station. Since then, I’ve been approached on another literacy project in the Northern Territory. This has all happened in a few months since that uncomfortable moment of the program, reading out and making real what I wanted to do.

Zoe and the 10thousandgirl team have been the enablers and have prompted me to go after what I really love to do. They also linked me with other smart and strong women to learn from. In the occasional moments of self doubt I look at the “Why?” part of my goal planning sheet to remind myself of why what I’m doing is so important.

Anna did the 6 Week Money Makeover as part of a Melbourne-based group in 2015.

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