My husband, John, and I wanted to form new habits around money. We had bills to bring to a zero balance, we wanted to have a focused conversation once a week about how we were doing, we wanted to track our expenses each day, we wanted to track our donations and random acts of kindness.
In other words, we were ready to take a big leap into a new way of doing money.
I was afraid of this leap because I worried we would fail. We had tried things before. Spreadsheets and software programs, endless conversations and promises that were quickly set aside and forgotten. Each effort left us feeling frustrated and deflated.
But we’re in a different space now, I told myself.
I love mandalas. When we were on our backpacking trip around the world for nine months, our family created four beautiful mandalas in Peru that are now framed and hanging in our dining room.
Since then, my daughter Allison and I, and many of my friends, have colored or painted mandalas.
They do something good for me inside, both as I’m creating them and when I look at them afterward.
Without meaning to, while doodling, I began designing a mandala that would help John and I track our progress in this financial habits leap.
I have resisted owning my artistic abilities all of my life, saying the rest of the family were artists, but not me. In recent years, though, I’ve come to see that art is more than painting pictures. For me, it is cooking, baking, knitting, decorating showpiece cakes, and coloring in mandalas.
So for me to take a canvas and draw my own mandala design was a big leap in itself.
My idea was that the canvas would hang in our family room. Initially it would look like a black and white image. As John and I moved through this leap into new financial habits, we would color in various shapes. Over time, the mandala would be colored in, proof we had completed our leap into new habits around money.
This process opened a new way for John and me to talk about money. We were co-creating, not just our new money habits, but also a work of art that will symbolize for years to come so much more in our life.
Right away I realized the mandala would be helpful in any leap, of any kind, by anyone of any age and I began creating them for my family and friends, at their request. I witnessed as they each began using their Leap Mandala and what it did for their self-esteem, excitement about their leaps, and the celebration of progress towards a goal.
Leap Mandalas spark courage, and sparking courage to leap is what I love to do in this world.
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