I stumbled upon Crystal Paine's blog, Money Saving Mom, awhile ago and have soaked up everything she has said since. Crystal helps women navigate through being frugal, living intentionally, and building personal businesses. She is genuine and helpful and inspiring. And I'm pretty sure we would be real life friends; there are so many things from her story that I resonate with.
So when the opportunity came to be part of the launch team for her newest book, Money Making Mom, I jumped on it. I knew this was a book I would want to read anyway and definitely fits for the season of life I'm in.
I was a bit daunted when I first saw the book though. I'm not the fastest reader and don't retain things easily, so I thought it would take me a long time to get through the 218 pages. But it turned out to be quite a quick read. Crystal's writing is so approachable and easy to grasp. She connects with her readers through her honesty and practicality.
I especially loved reading Crystal's personal account of finding her passions. It was encouraging to read it took her time to figure them out. It is so reassuring when others say they didn't always know exactly what path to take. Knowing it can take time to figure it all out is really comforting because that has been, and still is, my journey.
Money Making Mom is filled with inspiring stories and experienced wisdom. Crystal talks through the meaning of financial freedom, different business options, various ways to bring in income, and overcoming distractions and fears. She helps you embrace your unique story by realizing your skills and talents, passions and knowledge. And she wonderfully wraps it all up by explaining that generosity should be at the heart of it all.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Crystal in Money Making Mom:
"Properly stewarded, money can be an amazing tool and a resource for those who need it not only to survive but to live with purpose." (page xiii)
Hopefully those quotes will inspire you to buy and read the book! It really is so great. After reading you'll feel as though Crystal has been your coach and your cheerleader. She is supportive and encouraging in a very practical and real way.
I would say the only catch is it won't be for everyone simply because the timing isn't right for everyone. I know if I would have tried to read this even a year ago I would have felt a bit frustrated and discouraged. (Life with a baby was just hard!) But it is definitely wisdom that can be applied later on in a different season of life. So if you're searching, wondering, dreaming, I'd say at least go ahead and buy the book and begin to investigate what your options are, maybe even just begin to see you have options. It might be just the encouragement you need to see the multitude of opportunities before you. You just have to start somewhere. And Crystal can definitely help you start, even if you have to wait a bit before applying what she teaches.
Money Making Mom will help guide you towards a profitable future. Crystal's words will inspire and enlighten. She will help you navigate your own heart as well as your money making choices. I definitely recommend this book for any mama who needs, or wants, to generate income. Happy reading, friends!
I'd love to know your thoughts on this review and this book! Feel free to comment below and share your own journey towards financial freedom, making money from home, or building a business. What resources have helped you on your journey?
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You can follow Crystal on her blog, Money Saving Mom, here. You'll also want to check her out on social media. You can follow her on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and also periscope.
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*Disclaimer: I was given this book by the publisher as part of the launch team for an honest review and for promotion of the book.*
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.