Of course there’s more to life than money. But my goodness, life can be pretty fabulous when you have the money to support you in living your life exactly as you want.
As a money coach for women, I’ll help you get clear on what’s holding you back, while growing your confidence and giving you the knowledge and support you need to make your dream life a reality.
Now let’s start by acknowledging that it’s not your fault you’re overwhelmed and confused when it comes to all things finance. We simply aren’t taught this stuff in school. Unless you had parents who were good role models for managing and growing money, it’s no surprise you feel you’re left floundering more often than not.
As a money coach I’m right there by your side. Ready to help build your knowledge and confidence, so you can make better financial decisions and feel more engaged with your money.
HEY there, I'm Karen.
Money Coach. Former Financial Adviser. Morning Person. Reformed shoe addict. Mum of boys.
After working in the finance sector for over 20 years, including 6 years as a financial adviser, I saw the need for people to be better connected to their money. In my time as a financial advisor many couples were given comprehensive investment strategies, but I’d see women end up feeling overwhelmed by it all a lot of the time. more about me
What I discovered was that to really address our financial future we need more than just the practical money management side of things sorted. We need to consider our relationship with money too. Because when we manage our emotions around money, all of a sudden managing the practicalities of our finances starts to flow with ease.
Women Talking Finance was born from a burning desire to create a business and community that helps women just like me. Ladies who want a secure future and financial freedom.
CULTIVATING FINANCIALLY EMPOWERED WOMEN WHO OWN THEIR MONEY STORY
When we own our ‘money stories’, we transform our lives. Let me tell you my own tale.
I was raised by a single mum, and throughout my childhood, I experienced much financial stress. This had quite an impact on my beliefs around money and my self-worth.
I internalised this shame and worked hard to keep myself as safe and financially comfortable as possible.
But my downfall was overspending. Even when I’d been working in financial advice for 15 years, I still had money issues. (Yes, I see the irony). I was never truly engaged with my finances. Despite all the things I did right, when money came in, I spent it.
It wasn't until I uncovered the reasons why I couldn't save money, that I could make the necessary changes to my money patterns.
Knowing where these patterns came from in my childhood, truly changed everything for me.
The jolt from avoidance to action came in 2014
It wasn’t until the year when I became a single mum myself (of two boys), that I became curious about ‘behavioural finance’. My research led me to examining my own unhealthy habits and views around money.
Before we can make any meaningful changes in our lives, we need to do the internal work first. Looking for external solutions just isn’t the answer.
So, I hope you’ll join me in becoming your best financial self. Hey, who knows where you could be in a year’s time?SEE HOW WE CAN work together
Taking care of your money is the best self-care you can give yourself.
Because when you call BS on our money story, you can re-write the plot so you get the ending you really desire.
I changed my money story, and you can too.
To change yourself you need to first understand yourself. I help you get to know yourself, who you really are and how you’ve been shaped. Your money story was written years ago. But the chapters are still being written so you can change the destination of where you're headed.
Money doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I’m here to make managing money enjoyable. Because I’ve taken ownership of my own money story, I’ve got the experience to show you how to reclaim yours too.
Finance is always an emotive topic and I understand we all have unresolved issues when it comes to money. There’s no judgement when you come to me. Instead I ensure a safe, compassionate and understanding space is created for you.
I show you the defining moments to break-through to discover and build your financial freedom. We all have the tools we need within us, I can show you how to find them.
Karen Eley is a certified Money Coach with more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and as a Financial Adviser.
Before going out on her own, she worked her way up to being a partner at a top financial planning firm in Adelaide – a position she held for over a decade.
Now, through her business, Women Talking Finance, she helps other women to be confident and knowledgeable about all things finance. Karen practises what she preaches too, having invested in shares, managed funds and property.
A reformed shoe addict (yes, she understands the temptation of want versus need), she’s also a mum of two young boys, occasionally finds time to hit the gym and once upon a time, loved cooking.
What Karen does best is translate complex financial concepts into simple, digestible ideas.
She has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and two Diplomas in Financial Planning.
Karen also sits on the Uniting Church of South Australia Investment Committee.