An interview with Mint Worthy's Vanessa Bowen
Vanessa was living in a condo she couldn’t afford, buying things she probably didn’t need and was living paycheck to paycheck.
A lot of us can relate.
Vanessa was in her early twenties, but she wanted to live that lifestyle, at the time at least. She soon realized that wasn’t what she wanted.
Now, Vanessa as a designated accountant and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. She's also the founder of Mint Worthy.
“I asked myself, ‘How did I get to this? There is no reason for me to be in this situation.’” Bowen said during a phone interview with Elena’s Club.
Bowen decided it was time to turn her life around and get face-to-face with her relationship to money and fix her lifestyle.
“That was when I got into this journey of personal finance. I got a mentor, and I learned how to better manage my finances,” she said. “It became a passion.”
She was able to buy her first investment property at 27 and realized that after working in the corporate world for nearly a decade it was time to quit and start helping women.
So she did just that. She quit her job and made it her job to help young women change their relationship to money.
In November, Elena’s Club will host three financial literacy courses that will help young women understand everything there is to know about personal finances.
It includes budgeting, saving and investing, and of course, money manifestation.
Bowen, who is one of the financial literacy instructors, will be helping women understand their relationship better with money.
Her company, Mint Worthy, is a personal finance coaching platform that helps women shift their relationship with money and take control of their finances. Her coaching helps women understand new ways of managing and controlling their finances and teaches strategies to truly reach their financial goals.
“We need to look at all topics of financial literacy, it is very broad and you can go down a rabbit hole. That includes debt management, saving, spending, leveraging alternative investments. But what I am more focused on is getting women intuned with their relationship with money and their mindset around money,” she said.
In her experience, Bowen noticed that while working with clients she’s able to help them build knowledge on managing finances, but once the client leaves they “revert back to their old habits, beliefs and insecurities.”
“So what I talk about first is their relationship with money. We all have limiting beliefs about our relationship with money,” she said. “We hold this guilt and shame around money, which inhibits us from taking better actions and making better decisions.”
Bowen said that by changing our mindset now, we are able to build better habits that we can teach the future generation of young women, who for generations have not been properly talked to about money management and having a healthy mindset about money.