Why are we writing about money on a wellness blog?

If you’re like me, your relationship with money is… complicated. Money is often the driving force behind many of our day-to-day decisions, from the bills coming due to how much we should spend on lunch to the stress around having enough resources now and in the future

For many of us, our deepest anxieties revolve around the lifelong quest to have enough money to survive, and then thrive.

Thriving means a wide range of things to different people. Though many of us rarely pass a day where we aren’t asked to make difficult decisions around how we spend, earn and save.

Money and Wellness

Financial wellness is a term thrown around frequently these days. But what does it actually mean?

While we can’t speak for Wells Fargo’s definition, or how your company makes you sit through an annual 401k wellness lecture, we can offer our own explanation. Financial wellness is part of our holistic approach to health and wellness at Wellfellow. What a mouthful.

So what?

I plan on diving into issues around money that are somewhat unique to gay men. Rather than making broad assumptions of how much or how little gay men earn, save and spend across the board, I’ll focus on specific topics.  Some may resonate with part of our readership but feel foreign to others.

I’ll use my weekly HEY NOAH column to answer questions about money.

Plus, I’ll talk about how some sources say gay men earn less than their straight counterparts while others report that gay couples earn more than hetero couples.

Graphic of male couple on dollar bill, financial wellness

I’ll describe my own journey and complicated relationship with money. I’ll even share some strategies that have kept me on the right track as my income has grown, in addition to my desire to spend.

What you can expect

Our approaches toward money may not always resonate or feel right to you, and that’s okay. Not all of what we practice and preach will be applicable. However, the core of the lessons learned and insights shared will hopefully span across socioeconomic backgrounds and belief systems.

You don’t need to have a high net worth to understand the value of investing in experiences over shoes. Likewise, you don’t need to be racked with credit card debt to learn about creative tactics for fixing bad money habits.

Wellfellow’s three core values are holistic, realistic and inclusive . Our approach with how we talk about money will follow the same philosophy. I’m looking forward it.

If you’d like to ask me a question about money, click here