“I’m over being a pop star,” says award-winning artist Beyoncé. “I don’t wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic.”
Historically, women have always struggled to be taken seriously by society. And despite the fact that there are now countless powerful and inspiring women who occupy cornerstone positions of influence in business, society and on the stage, this still rings true. Beyoncé, for one, aims to change that.
A mother, songwriter and businesswoman, Beyoncé was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In the late 1990s, she rose to fame as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child and has been a household name ever since. During the group’s hiatus, she began her solo music career and catapulted into the public eye. She became the first musician to debut at number one with six solo studio albums on the Billboard 200, and released hits like “Crazy in Love” and “Irreplaceable” that went on to top the charts in multiple countries across the world.
Owing not only to her musical prowess, but also her relationships with companies like L’Oréal, American Express, and Pepsi, the critically acclaimed artist has cemented her position as one of the most successful – and powerful – women in the world with a jaw-dropping net worth of over $400 million. However, despite her immense wealth, Beyoncé never relents in her efforts to enrich society. In April 2020, she donated $6 million to the National Alliance in Mental Health, UCLA, and other local community-based organizations.
In July 2020, she continued in her philanthropic efforts by establishing the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund in partnership with the NAACP. The fund provides $10,000 grants to black-owned small businesses following the protests over the death of George Floyd. Beyoncé provided relief and hope to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, helped African American communities in need of support when they needed it most, and proved just how far wealth can go in the right hands.
Beyoncé believes that “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” To redefine what wealth means to you, improve your relationship with money and live a healthier, more abundant life, take it from these three inspiring female change-makers.
Reframe Your Wealth
Berite Labelle believes that to build a healthier, more abundant life, it starts with how we consider the meaning of wealth. She says: “Wealth refers to the value of everything that a person or a family owns. But let’s reframe wealth as ‘more than money’.
I would like to see wealth as an abundance of limitless knowledge that can be used by our powerful brains to treat our imaginations like treasure. I think there is nothing more valuable than our self-education; it’s the best gift you can give yourself, and nobody can take it away from you. It is priceless.”
Berite Labelle learned the art of self-empowerment from a young age, and masterminded her skills to become a self-made woman and live her dream in Hollywood. As Beyoncé says: “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”
Deconstruct Your Beliefs Around Money
Leah Steele is a holistic wealth strategist, thought leader, and the host of The Wealth Witch Podcast, a top wealth and entrepreneur podcast for women. Her cutting-edge wealth repatterning work deconstructs financial slavery consciousness and is paving the way to a new global wealth paradigm where financial freedom is the reality.
She says: “It is time for women to own their ability to acquire and accumulate wealth. But to do that, we first need to deconstruct our beliefs about money. Money is a neutral resource – it is neither good, nor bad. It does not control us. We are programmed and conditioned from a young age to live in fear of money. Sometimes it’s a fear of not having it, and sometimes it’s fear of having it as well as the responsibilities that come with it. That programming and conditioning is designed to keep us operating as compliant commodities, working to serve a greater global financial agenda.
Steele continues: “When we repattern those beliefs and release those fears, we are able to see money for what it actually is; an ally and a resource to be used to elevate our life circumstances and to create impact and change in the world. Deconstructing our money story enables us to feel worthy of acquiring and accumulating wealth. For women, wealth is a means to multiple ends. It allows us to be independent and that independence grants freedom. Wealth gives us choices. It gives us sovereignty. The freedom to make choices about where we live, where our children go to school, what type of food we feed our families, and what type of medical care they receive. It allows us to stop being dictated to by a system that doesn’t have our best interest at heart. To instead take back our power and make our own choices about the direction of our life and the lives of those closest to us.”
Form a Relationship Between Wealth and Health
Michelle Patrick is a clinically experienced Doctor of Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine and the founder of The Gui Lai. With an invested passion and interest in self-mastery, five element theory and philosophy, Patrick believes that the human body is capable of great self-healing and expansion when the “physical, emotional and spiritual bodies align in their divine thread of consciousness”. In doing so, Patrick claims that a symbiotic relationship is formed between wealth and health. “Wealth and health can be intrinsically linked,” she begins. “While not always directly associated with an increased holistic health blueprint, there is, like anything in life, a symbiotic relationship between all things.
Wealth and wellness is absolutely one of those relationships,“ she says “Often, we become too side-tracked by our routines to truly acknowledge the crucial relationship between our wealth and wellness. Considering the mutual relationship that these subjects foster, the generation of wealth can help support or stabilize the foundations of our holistic health. It not only allows us to venture into the realms of wellness practices that are suitable for our individual needs, but also allows us to be able to support these practices with grace and ease.”
This naturally reduces our capacity to be and feel stressed, says Patrick. “As a result of the manifestation of symbiosis, this reduces our Cortisol levels. Cortisol is a primary stress hormone. It increases the sugars in our bloodstream and enhances our brain’s use of this glucose, thus increasing the substances that support tissue repair. High levels of this hormone can cause various effects on our body, such as weight gain, high blood pressure, skin issues, and osteoporosis.”
Our ability to expand into wealth consciousness, and the generation of it, supports a less volatile environment for stress, she says “Of course, wealth can be considered more than its monetary associations. It is a toolbox of self-mastery that expands homeostasis in every aspect of existence – for example, love, health, mind, vision and drive. It is a collective self-prescribed consciousness of well-being. When we are in the divine flow of our existence, with reduced levels of stress, we are allowed to step fully and abundantly into our own possibilities, power, and prowess. As a result, we become more expansive in our purpose, naturally generating more possibilities for wealth, as well as creating a solid platform of holistic health to build upon. To be wealthy is to be well, and to be healthy is to be wealthy in all areas of your life.”
It’s clear that wealth represents more than just the figure in your bank account. Rather, it represents an abundance in heart, soul and mind. Wealth is a congruence between your health, financial prosperity, and fulfillment throughout all facets of your life, and deserves to be treated as such.
By interweaving wealth consciousness throughout your spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing, many avenues present to cultivate holistic health, financial freedom, and endless opportunities. For this reason, wealth is a number of ends for women, and not the end itself.