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Meet Holly Morphew of Financial Impact in Downtown – Union Station

Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Morphew.

Holly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was in high school, on a whim, I decided to study Japanese. I remember walking into class the first day and feeling like I had met my tribe. Later that year I applied for a scholarship to spend a summer in Japan and won. The experience impacted my life deeply, and since the scholarship came from a member of Rotary International, a service organization that funds goodwill projects all over the world, I promised myself I would give back to Rotary when I was able to.

I got that chance after college when I moved to Boston with my three best girlfriends. I got a job at a high-end, boutique real estate company managing the office and selling property with the principal of the company. It was a perfect job for me because my parents are real estate investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about money at the dinner table growing up, and the business came naturally. Because I was now gainfully employed, I could join Rotary.

Around the same time, I bought a house and I was able to rent a room to a friend who helped pay my mortgage. I wondered why more people didn’t also buy a property and that’s when I realized no one teaches us about money, much less how to build wealth.

I proposed to my Rotary Club a service project teaching high school students about money before they had the chance to make the mistakes so many young adults at that time did because of a lack of financial education.

The project was a success and soon parents of my students were asking if they could attend the workshop. That’s when I realized that all ages need financial education. I started teaching personal finance to friends and referrals and later through workshops, speaking, and coaching. I became an Accredited Financial Counselor® in 2015 and rebranded my company in 2016.

My business is always evolving, just as I am. Today I offer more free content and more programs in addition to wealth building. In addition to mastering the pillars of financial independence, I help people monetize a hobby, create more streams of income, and live a more intentional life. Once you’re on track building wealth, the natural next question is, “What’s next?” It’s all about designing a life and business that makes an impact.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, it hasn’t been smooth! 😉 Can any entrepreneur say it has? I love working for myself though, and it’s something I always wanted. I’ve struggled with millions of things from needing more clients to wasting money on bad marketing to not knowing who to trust to not knowing what the right next step, to scaling, to hiring, to firing… you name it and I’ve probably experienced it! But that’s also what makes me good at what I do. Learning from other’s mistakes is a skill, Teaching the lessons we have learned along the way is a responsibility. I’ve been in entrepreneurship in some way shape or form my entire life. I’m still learning, but I am getting better and better.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Financial Impact – what should we know?
I’m a financial coach. I help entrepreneurs and leaders create wealth. I am most proud of my clients. It takes guts to face fears, change behaviors, be uncomfortable, and take an honest look at where you are. Any time you participate in coaching or a transformational program, you’re making a statement that says you believe in yourself and are willing to be vulnerable in order to break through to what’s on the other side.

Nothing that was ever worth doing was easy. That’s why most people don’t change. But, building wealth is simple. Learning the system will get you half-way there. Knowing yourself, aligning your behavior with your values, and expanding your vibration around money will get you to the finish line. That’s where I come in.

I’m known for my authenticity and my values-based approach to building wealth. I start with becoming aware of what drives you and what vision you want to create and then aligning your spending and money habits with that vision.

What sets me apart is my experience in entrepreneurship, real estate investing, and start ups. I can help you reach financial independence in a variety of ways, and you go fast or you can go slow. Once you’ve mastered the pillars of financial independence you can get really creative. Start a business. Buy property. Invest in the market. Create another income stream. Simplify your lifestyle. Expand your lifestyle. There are literally no limits. My job is to help you determine your personal interests, unique skill sets, and current resources to create wealth in a way that’s aligned with the life you want to live.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh my gosh, I’ve had so many mentors, cheerleaders, and supporters over the years! When I was twenty years old, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness with no known cause and no known cure. I was sick for about four years, then off and on until just a few years ago. During that time I sought a lot of alternative healing, due to the fact that the medications made me feel worse than I already did. One of my alternative “healers” said to me, “Holly, your disease is a gift. Learn from it.” That resonated with me, and today I am the healthiest I’ve ever been.

I also want to recognize a woman named Cara. She is a Jungian psychotherapist who taught me that healing happens in your heart, not your head. As a former Type-A, left-brain-dominant person, learning how to quiet my mind to get in touch with who I truly am and what is truly important to me, has been a total game changer in terms of the joy, fulfillment, and abundance I experience in my life. She also taught me that anxiety comes from somewhere. If you have it, you have things to look at and heal. You don’t have to live with pain, fear, or anxiety. You can replace those negative emotions with positive ones.

Another mentor of mine, Al Killeen, is a spiritual guru based in Boulder, CO. He hosts retreats for high-achieving corporate-types. We had an office in the same building. There wasn’t much space for grace or stillness in my life a while back, so Al invited me to a retreat. I was resistant, but I went. It was my first introduction to mindfulness and meditation, two things that are an integral part of my life today.

Another mentor, Barry Perzow, who founded Pharmaca, hired me for consulting work. I created financial statements for businesses he was starting in Israel, Canada, and Europe. He taught me a lot about start up cash flow and planning. From him, I learned how important forecasting and planning are, in order to have a viable business. Most business fail within 5 years due to lack of cash flow or proper start up capital. If you have the right expectations, such as when you will become profitable, it makes the journey more enjoyable and enables you to make better decisions.

Finally, I can say with total certainty that I would never be where I am today without my mom Cindy, my Dad Larry, my brother Travis, and my sister Stephanie. I am blessed with an awesome family. I have a daily gratitude practice where, when I first wake up, I say five things I am thankful for before I get out of bed. My family is always at the top of the list.

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