DREAM | Happy Broke: 5 Things to do When Money is Tight

If ever there was a time for you (and me) to extend a helping hand to someone, the time is now.
Happy Broke

Written by: David Nazario

Is money tight for you right now? You're not alone. It's tight for me too. Working forty hours a week for someone else has never been an option, but, for the past year or so, my side hustles combined with my writing have allowed me to live comfortably. But, some recent travels (that I don't regret at all) have disrupted my comfort. But, it's cool, I'm not upset about it, I'm actually pretty happy and excited because I know exactly what I need to do.

Here are the five things that I am doing to maintain my happiness while I am temporarily 'broke'. Feel free to follow these steps if you are in the same boat.

Believe That Money Is On Its Way. Use this 'down time' of money flow to put your faith to work. Faith is what will keep you positive and motivated during a period that most people might perceive as a time of struggle. Then, match your faith with belief. You have to believe that the Universe is working in your favor to turn things around. You have to not only believe that things will get better, but you have to believe that things are better right now. You must live in the space of knowing that everything is alright and already taken care of. This is how you create the type of life that you want for yourself – an abundant one with plenty of money to do all of the things that your heart desires.

Jump into your Passion. For me it's pretty simple, either get to work, or don't eat. This forces me to get on top of my game, and it should do the same for you. Use this time to reconnect with your professional network, investigate previously unexplored opportunities, and work diligently (smarter rather than harder). Maybe you are a a personal trainer or an interior designer. Use this time to spruce up your website or offer some type of promotional deal that will increase your clientele. Or maybe you've been working a 9-5 all your life and haven't turned your passion into an income stream yet. This is the perfect time to begin. It all starts with a plan. So write down your goals and get your plan together, putting a daily, weekly, or monthly time limits on each goal.

Keep Your Spirit On Point. Now is the time to reconnect with your God – that entity that you consider to be a higher power or guiding force in your life - whether it be by listening to Gospel music, beginning a new practice like Thai Chi, meditation, or chanting, or increasing the number of days you practice yoga during the week. It could even be that you start reading a new daily devotional or pick up an old one that you haven't read in awhile. Whatever it be, reconnect with God/the Universe/Mother Nature/your Spirit, then sit back and watch the opportunities (and money) come pouring in.

Help Others. If ever there was a time for you (and me) to extend a helping hand to someone, the time is now. Undoubtedly, the best way to receive more blessings in your life is to be a blessing in someone else's life. By extending a helping hand without expecting anything in return, the Universe will repay you with opportunities and more abundance than you can imagine. Put in some hours at a local community center or connect with a young person who is looking for a mentor. The point is, help others if you want people to help you. It really is that simple.

Be (Extra) Grateful. Now is the time to be 'extra' grateful. If you do not have a gratitude journal, get one. If you have one but have not written in it in awhile, crack it back open and begin jotting down all of the things that you have in your life to be grateful for. Wake up with gratitude in your heart and end each day focusing on one (or the many things) that you have to be grateful for that day. By doing this you will attract more situations into your life to be grateful about.

It is easy to get into a state of believing that you don't deserve to be in the position that you are in. When this happens you have to remind yourself of two things: 1.) This is your journey, and your journey alone, one that has been handpicked just for you. Be grateful for it. 2.) There are lots of people who have it worse than you do. Remember this and give thanks for the fact that things could be a lot worse.

David Nazario is a writer and educator who resides in New York City and Pennsylvania. David currently works as the Editor-In-Chief of Mute Magazine and writes for a number of entertainment, music, and fashion related websites. He is also in the process of finishing up his first book, I'm David, Christianity is Goliath: Why Love is More Important Than Religion, a memoir/self-help book that he hopes will make the world a more a better and more loving place. You can learn more about his book here. Instagram: @sdjlife

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