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THIS CLASS IS FOR : Doulas, witches, artists, nurses, teachers, small business owners, photographers, sex workers, life coaches, painters, service industry workers, writers, parents, salaried workers, freelancers—anyone interested in developing a compassion-based budgeting practice.

 

You do not have to identify as queer or as an artist to take this class—but this class centers the experience of queers and artists and the blocks they may face when managing their money.

PART 1 : January 6, 2024 @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST

PART 2 : February 3, 2024 @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST

The two sessions are spaced four weeks apart to give students time to collect data for one month and come back with their questions.

Each session will be 90 minutes in length and recorded, with closed captions provided.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS : 

TESTIMONIALS FROM MY OTHER CLASSES : 

"Taking class with Holly was amazing! I wasn’t able to make the class during real time, but was swiftly sent all materials including the recording and slides. I watched on my own time and at my own pace which made the class both accessible and engaging! Holly was also available to answer any questions I had afterwards. I learned exactly what I needed to know. If you’re considering taking one of Holly’s classes, do it! You won’t regret it." - Jess A.

“Holly’s immense skill combined with her fun and fabulous attitude make her a beyond excellent teacher. Learning from Holly has been nuanced, playful, and incredibly informative. Not only is Holly an incredibly present and positive person, but an amazing artist to learn from.” - Natalie S.

FINANCIAL ACCESSIBILITY : 

This class is $150, with payment plans available to all, as well as seven pay-what-you-can spots available for those who need them. I will update this page as soon as pay-what-you can spots are full. Currently there are 3 pay-what-you-can spots left.

To use a payment plan : Go to the Registration page and scroll to the bottom where there is a link to sign up for a payment plan. You will be redirected to a GoCardless page where you can set up an automatic ACH debit for $50/month for three months.

To use pay-what-you-can : There are seven pay-what-you-can slots for folks who face systemic oppression and also have financial need. This is based on community trust and self selection. If this describes you, click here to use a pay-what-you-can slot!

GRATITUDE : 

 

This class exists is because of the spreadsheet created by my partner Dexter that we have used to track our finances for several years. Many thanks to him and to Robin Stevens for working with me to adapt the spreadsheet into a template.

I am also immensely grateful to my teachers—Marlee Grace, Bear Hebert, and Danica Boyce, among many others.

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Feel free to reach out at holly@aqueerphotog.com with any further questions.

WHAT'S INCLUDED : Two 90-minute live classes, class recordings, a budgeting template custom designed for this class, and a weekly email between classes to keep you motivated and answer questions.

BREAKDOWN :

Part 1 - Beginning Anew

01/06/24 @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST

  • Approaching personal finances as an anti-capitalist

  • Introduction to Google Sheets and the template

  • Setting up your budget for your personal situation

  • Staying with the practice

Part 2 - The Year Ahead

02/03/24 @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST

  • Community check-in

  • Making sense of the data you've collected

  • Creating your budget for the rest of 2024

  • Closing thoughts

  • Live Q & A

Q : What kind of time commitment is required to use this budgeting system? A : You should plan to budget (haha) 10-15 minutes a week to stay with this practice. I recommend writing down your income and spending at least weekly because falling behind makes it feel more time-consuming.

Q : I cannot attend live and I will not be able to watch the recordings until after the new year. Will this still be useful to me? A : Yes, you can start a budgeting practice at any point in the year. Like any practice, you might fall off and then come back to it again. However, I do recommend watching the two recordings one month apart because the first class teaches you how to track your finances and the second class teaches you how to use the information you gathered after tracking your finances for a whole month.

Q : Do you have to make a certain amount of money or be debt-free in order to maintain a budgeting practice? A : No! Budgeting is helpful for any financial situation. My approach to budgeting is that it is a container for your financial information, whatever that information may be. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to managing our resources.

Q : What app is your budgeting template based on? Is it mobile-friendly? A : Yes! It is a Google Sheets spreadsheet, which you can access in your internet browser or using the Sheets app. I formatted the spreadsheet to feel as easeful as possible on both mobile and desktop.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN : How to track your finances, cultivate a sustainable practice of looking at your numbers, and use those numbers to create a budget for the year.

COST : $150, with financial accessibility options.

A TWO-PART WORKSHOP, LIVE ON ZOOM

MY HOPE FOR THIS WORKSHOP :

  • That if you experience guilt every time you spend money, you will go forth feeling more grounded in your choices.

  • That if you struggle with compulsive spending, you will be able to feel deeper into what purchases you really want to be making.

  • That if you've struggled to budget in the past, you walk away with a tool you can use with confidence and ease.

YOUR TEACHER

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I am Holly Stevens—a neurodivergent, genderqueer photographer living on unceded Duwamish land in Seattle, WA. I am not a finance expert; I am an artist and queer with a deep curiosity about how to manage money from a place of joy and confidence rather than scarcity and fear. I have found a regular budgeting practice to be an indispensable tool in this process, and that using a budget does not have to be fueled by guilt or self loathing.

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