IN DEFENCE OF BEING MOTIVATED BY MONEY

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JKG | jkgphotography.co.uk
Location: Covent Garden, London

I don't know if its always been seen as a bad thing to be motivated by money, but I do know that its definitely been a thing for my entire life. Thats 27 years! Is it the patriarchy? Is it misogyny? Is it the fact that money makes people feel so uncomfortable? Whatever the reason behind this, I desperately want to defend it lol.

I'm just going to be honest and put it out there that I am motivated by money. I like money, I like making it, I like spending it and I enjoy the comforts and somewhat freedom money brings.

Growing up in a single parent, working class household and in an area that was riddled by poverty, I have been on my grind since birth lol. I have seen first hand what lack of funds can be like so sub consciously and consciously, I have worked hard to yes have an amazing career and fulfilling life, but also to have some bloody money.

Ambition is something I think is just in me. I've always got up, got dressed and faced the world - even when I didn't particularly want to. Even before blogging, I would take on extra shifts and find a side hustle - because being able to treat myself, or have things I once only dreamed of, genuinely makes me happy.

I do think I should also mention that yes, money does motivate me, but it is not the only form of motivation I have. My childhood self motivates me the most as I want to make her proud, and I also find motivation in being able to give my own children, what I did not have growing up. I love my job so I guess that also helps.

I just don't think being motivated by money should always be seen as a bad thing. If anything, it encourages me to get my butt out of bed in the morning.

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The biggest negative connotation attached to people who are motivated by money is greed. And quite often we are told that 'if money is your motivation, you won't last long'. Both of these I actually agree with and greed is something that crept up on me a few years ago, but something I have definitely nipped in the bud now (is that the saying lol)?. I got caught up with comparing myself to other people, and finding out that a few bloggers were paid more than me for a campaign. I lost my shit but it was the reality check I needed. I know my worth, but the situation could have been handled better and I 100% didn't need to sulk like a child lol.

I also agree that if money is your ONLY motivation, you won't last long. You grow tired of the same shit day in and day out, and there is only so many Jo Malone candles you can buy, and expensive holidays you can book because honestly - that becomes fucking boring too.

However, when your life is full of other things, and money just plays an added factor in that, I believe being motivated by money can definitely be a positive.

Showing gratitude and giving thanks is something I am learning to do more and more. Even if things aren't going my way, or I'm going through some bullshit, there is always some form of joy in my life and I have to remember that. Being grateful elevates the negative side to being motivated by money.

There have been times where I have no inspiration for writing, or I just can't be bothered to film a video, but then I remember that I would like to travel over the summer, and that I also need to pay my rent, and in those moments I get my ass in gear because hello... ya girl needs her money?!

Money does make the world go round (whether we like that or not), and it doesn't have to be this evil and negative thing that so many of us have been told that it is.

But what I will say though, is that money may lead to happiness, but it does not lead to inner peace.

Happiness comes from things, inner peace does not.

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7 Comments

  1. 25th April 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Such a great post Grace! I think coming from a background that doesn’t have money we’re taught how to think about money and it’s often negatively. I’ve found that’s its only people that don’t have money that don’t like talking about it. Others that do, don’t mind discussing it and will often talk and share with you how to make more money! I think maybe that’s because they’re grateful for their situation and therefore want to show gratitude by sharing information.
    I definitely think society needs to open its minds to money and discuss it in order to to shift this negative perception we have of it otherwise it will always be an issue. It’s not even discussed in school and so most people unless taught at home don’t know how to handle their finances. Anyway, great post thanks for sharing

  2. Helen
    26th April 2018 / 10:00 am

    Yes! The idea of money not mattering only really comes from a place of privilege, where money wasn’t a big issue, in my experience at least. So absolutely, find motivation wherever you can and know that your hard work should be rewarded xx

  3. 26th April 2018 / 4:52 pm

    This post is everything from the photos to the way its written! I too am motivated by money and for so long I have had to constantly defend myself but for what? I work hard and the reward is money, the harder I work, the more I get and the more things I can buy myself and more experiences (holidays, festival, concerts) I can have. I grew up with a single parent and started earning an income at the age of 13, I am now 18 almost 19 and I am still earning and living life like I am middle class. I did not come from a place of privilege so I feel I view money differently, I am happy when I know I can live more than comfortably and in order to do so I have to work hard to earn my disposable coin

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

  4. 26th April 2018 / 7:47 pm

    I agree with everything you’ve said and I’m in the exact same boat, brought up with divorced parents, both in debt and both struggling in different ways to make ends meet – unhealthy relationships with money too always caused an issue, but knowing i’m slowly building up a buffer fund has given me some mental calm, and just like you said – it doesn’t bring inner peace but at least i won’t have to worry about replacing a tyre! you look gorgeous as always grace! http://www.shivsblog.com xx

  5. 30th April 2018 / 11:33 am

    Great post. I’m actually in the same phase of becoming more positive towards getting and having more money rather than being apologetic about it.
    By the way. I love seeing the outfits on you. Of I would’ve seen it on the average model I would never think of buying it.

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