16 Quotes to Nurture Your Financial Wellbeing + bonus insight from Ayanna Mojica

I’ve been known to say that the future isn’t female unless it’s funded. As I make that statement, I don’t mean that the future is anti-male or replacing men or sans men. I mean that the female mindset around systems, societies and self care has to find equal footing and hold equal space, especially since literally 50% of the global population is women. We talk about women’s rights as if they’re a happy consequence of economic strength. But in reality, women’s rights ignite economic development.

Collectively, humanity must head toward a more egalitarian existence so that we can thrive, but that future requires funding. Access to monies, investing and financial literacy are tools for change, just as trusts are way to harness the energy of money to fuel a legacy. Progress is never permanent and money is a way to feed progress once it has been achieved. It all begins with the individual and cultivating a mindset that embraces fiscal wellness.  From Gloria Steinem to Chris Rock to Michelle Obama, here are 16 quotes to nurture your financial wellbeing.

“Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options.”  — Chris Rock

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” — Clare Booth Luce, Author & US Ambassador

“There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.” — Marlene Dietrich


“We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” — Gloria Steinem


“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” — Will Smith


“Never ever chase money. You should chase success, because with success money follows.” — Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones


“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” — Michelle Obama

“If you’re saving, you’re succeeding.” —  Steve Burkholder


“Don’t think money does everything, or you are going to do everything for money.” — Voltaire


“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” — Margaret Bonnano


“It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.” — Groucho Marx


“Money is something you have to make in case you don’t die.” — Max Asnas


“Money follows art. Money wants what it can’t buy. Class and talent. And remember while there’s a talent for making money, it takes real talent to know how to spend it.” — Candace Bushnell


“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” — P.T. Barnum


“Automating some of your finances can be incredibly convenient and is a great way to save time, but automating everything makes it too easy to go on autopilot and forget to pay attention to your personal finances.” — Alexa Von Tobel, Founder of LearnVest.com


“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” — Henry David Thoreau


UPDATE: Feb 22, 2019: After I published this piece, I came across some beautiful insight from Ayanna Mojica on Facebook that I had to share. So this post now has 17 Quotes to Nurture Your Financial Wellbeing. Scroll down for more:


Shame will keep you from the money you really deserve. Clear the shame & watch the flow increase significantly.” — Ayanna Mojica


Curious about the featured image? The United States where I reside doesn’t have a lot of currency featuring women’s faces, and especially women of color, of dollars and coins. I’ve found Latin America and Africa to be very different with several countries offering beautiful bills highlighting women as part of the history and economy. This example is from Cameroon.