Hello, my name is Marisa. I am a financial advisor and a mum of two, with a passion for educating and empowering women to take care of themselves financially. Let’s face it, Cinderella is an F**##ing fairy tale and in the real-world money is critically important to our freedom and security.
Let me explain, what is it about Cinderella? I remember as a child (and when I read it to my daughter) I (and she) was completely enamoured. I wondered if it was the handsome prince who rescues her or perhaps the notion that, if our hearts are good and pure we will always be looked after.
Then as we get older we burn our bras, take the pill and join the corporate world. We are emancipated and we are equal – and we almost forget about the Cinderella ideal.
That is until a little baby comes along. Suddenly we are not so free – responsible for looking after this tiny being who is infinitely vulnerable and equally demanding of our time and energy. We often take time out from our careers or cut our hours. Careers stall and earnings decrease.
To some degree, gone is the freedom to choose how, with whom we want to live our lives and the security that we will always be able to look after ourselves and our family. This is also a time when our hearts are pure and good with the love of a new child – we tend to look fondly on that Cinderella myth – that we will always be looked after.
Now I am not saying we ditch the man – if he is good, he can stay (giggle) – but that as women, we empower ourselves during motherhood with knowledge but can neglect to empower ourselves about money and the possibility of needing to build a new relationship with it. Or with a financial advisor who has our interest at heart.
Building that relationship is easy, managing relationships generally come naturally to women. What is trickier is the knowledge part – the finance industry is completely male dominated and filled with jargon. My aim is to change this for women, through helping and explaining the most complicated financial terms clearly, simply and using references that are relatable to us.
Before I had kids, I had a high flying corporate career in investment management. I earned well and felt my relationship with my partner was completely equal. However, investment management is a male dominated field and a 24/7 career. Maintaining this and looking after my family was completely impractical and left me feeling incredibly vulnerable.
Speaking to the mums at pickup, I realised that many women were in the same position. They were highly educated and had once had excellent careers but their financial freedom had been thrown out with the dirty nappies. It dawned on me that I was in a wonderful position to do something.
Through my decade of experience in managing money, I can help other women understand the male jargon that is of the financial planning world into more feminine terms. Giving women the necessary understanding of money and regain their confidence, security and equality.
In the modern world, knowledge is power. This power can be achieved through:
– understanding finance yourself and,
– initiating and managing the relationship with a financial planner who has your best interests at heart. This is a skill women are naturally excellent at.
I look forward to sharing posts with you about all different aspects of wealth management and make your journey of revelling as a beautiful, confident Cinderella an awesome one.