Finding Motivation for Success


Finding Motivation for Success

As a financial planner, I am constantly looking for ways to motivate my clients to achieve financial success. For some people, motivation comes naturally and they just need a roadmap to success while other people need some more hand holding along the way. Just like my clients, though, I need motivation myself and for the past year, I have found a great deal of motivation from the Art to Self daily emails.

Almost a year ago, Stephanie Halligan, joined my podcast to talk about the launch of Art to Self, and after hearing her, I was motivated to sign up for the daily emails. I can’t even begin to tell you how much they have meant to me. After a few months of receiving them, I printed out 16 of my favorite ones and created a vision board that I hung next to my desk to motivate me. Each morning, I smile when I see the email in my inbox and there have been many days that I didn’t feel motivated until I got that cartoon pick-me-up.

Stephanie's original artwork for my podcast!!! LOVE!!!!!
Stephanie’s original artwork for my podcast!!! LOVE!!!!!

A Book of Motivation

I am thrilled to have Stephanie back on the show today for a quick motivational podcast to talk about the launch of her book, Art to Self. I received an early copy of this book, and I have to say that it doesn’t disappoint. Many of my favorite drawings made it to the book with others that are new or I didn’t remember. The book is broken up into sections so you can flip to the section where you need the most motivation on any given day.

What I love most about the book and the drawings is that the acknowledge, embrace and celebrate the ups and downs of life. A journey to financial health and success is not a smooth journey, in fact, it’s usually the opposite. There will be many bumps and rough spots along the way and it’s important to embrace the tough times and move forward with positivity. This book is a great reminder for the best and worst days on your financial journey.

Listeners of my podcast can get a $5 discount on a signed copy of Stephanie’s book by CLICKING ON THIS LINK and entering the promo code “martini” at check out.

You can also:

Buy the book direct through Amazon

Sign up for Stephanie’s daily emails for free

No matter what journey you’re on, I encourage you to find motivation from any possible source to keep you on the right track. For me, I am motivated by my husband and son, my family, my friends and from resources like Art to Self.

What motivates you? Are you an Art to Self fan?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. Hi Shannon!

    What a great podcast topic! I really enjoyed learning about Stephanie’s work and I can’t wait to subscribe to her daily motivations. I’ve been looking for ways to make my workday mornings better and I think Stephanie’s toons just might be the answer to my call! And the foreword to her book you read for us really spoke to me. Post undergrad life for me over the last year has been semi lackluster, trying to find my niche and really getting into the groove of adulthood. It gets very frustrating and discouraging when I think about where I hoped I would be at this point in my life. But like she says, “life is perfect even when it doesn’t feel that way”. I honestly felt that chip that’s been on my shoulder slide away and I feel 50 times better about the day than I did this morning! As of late, it’s been a challenge to find motivation to keep chugging along but I keep hope that I’ll find something that truly lights my fire so I can build a successful and meaningful career. And I really hope that career will allow me to take some fabulous vacations! I haven’t had the opportunity to do that yet, but I feel that I will be able to take all that I’ve been learning this year about personal finance(and myself) to find a way to have some great adventures in the future.


  2. Congratulations Stephanie on the book. I believe visual queues are very important to motivation whether it be Art or photos.
    How many of us have used an unflattering photo of us to look at to stay motivated on an after holidays diet? I think lots of people have. It works for all goal success.
    Art specifically brings feelings and hopefully a connection to a motivating emotion.

  3. Seeing how much debt I have paid off is what motivates me to stick with it. Once a month I update what my spreadsheet to see what I owe, whenever I feel discouraged I look at what I owed a year ago. This little trick always makes me feel like I’ve came a long way!

  4. I had never heard about Art Self until literally a few minutes ago when I read Stephanie’s guest post on Cat’s blog. I used to enjoy drawing so it’s really cool to see Stephanie pursue that passion and what it’s become for her. Very motivating!

  5. This short-form podcast was such a treat to see pop up on my phone this morning! Gave me the jolt of a 5 hour energy shot more than a tequila shot–and that’s a good thing! 😉 Keep up the great work, Shannon.

  6. Loved this! There is so much of what I call “faux motivation” out there — cute little quotes that are actually pretty meaningless, but which are mocked up in Canva free art and look pretty. So I appreciate real motivation! Thanks for this suggestion — I’m going to try to track down that book!

  7. I think it is really easy to guide people with right and enough motivation because they are ready and willing to do whatever it takes for them to get out of debt. In fact, there are really people who are easily motivated and who get motivated with right advice.

  8. Hey Shannon!

    Enjoyed the pod cast today. Looked into Steph’s Art to Self, subscribed to the emails and ordered the book.

    Motivation? For me, it depends upon what I’m doing. If it involves people, it’s the satisfaction I get in helping them, supporting them, and/or teaching. I’m retired from almost 30 years as a teacher and counselor. Projects, it’s not always the finished product. Sometimes it’s simply figuring something out, and making it work.

    I just finished setting up an event web site, for an organization. Started with a template, but had to learn to code, to make it event and year specific. Each little task completed, motivated me to move on to the next.

    Money, growing it. That’s my motivation, as growing it allows me to spend some of it.

    Keep up the great work! Awesome pod casts and blog!

    Now, I’ve got to find the motivator to move on with my web site. Don’t like how it looks and where it’s at.

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