A Fire in Malibu

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 355 – December 21 “All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost.”—J.R.R. Tolkien Be careful whom you judge. Sometimes the person who looks like a shark and swims like a shark isn’t a shark. I remember hearing Tom’s story, right after a big firestorm had raced through Malibu canyon. He told me how scared he and his neighbors were the night that the fire approached their homes. They waited breathlessly by their radios and television sets, waiting for news, waiting to hear if the wind had changed direction, was coming their way, if they’d have to evacuate. They leaned on each other … [Read more...]

Joe To Go Coffee

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 354 – December 20 “The only person who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything.”—Theodore Roosevelt   My friend, Erik, gave me a pound of Joe To Go Coffee. It was a delicious blend called “Chocolate Hazelnut.” I thoroughly enjoyed it, and when it was gone, I wanted more. So I called Erik to find out where to get some, and he offered to order a five pound bag for me. Delighted, I said, “Great!” and waited for the delivery of my yummy coffee. And waited. And waited. No coffee. Finally, I called Erik and asked what had happened. He assured me that he had ordered the coffee … [Read more...]

Storage Lockers—The Sequel

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 353 – December 19 “Isn’t it frightening how soon later comes, after you buy now?”—Earl Wilson   After the “The World’s Largest Writing Workshop” at the Barnes and Noble bookstore, I wrote to Billy Mernit, thanking him for his time, his expertise, and his relaxed and friendly teaching style. I enclosed a copy of the “Storage Lockers” page and asked if he would allow me to print it and use his name. I also mentioned that if he had any changes he would like to suggest, I would be happy to make them. I was delighted to receive his charming response, in which he said he was flattered and happy to … [Read more...]

Storage Lockers

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 352 – December 18 “Teach thrift to all with whom you come in contact; you never know when you may need their savings to finance one of your ventures.”—Don Marquis   One Saturday, I went to a local bookstore for “The Largest Writing Workshop in the World,” which hosted local authors to speak on the craft of writing. As I had just signed the contract for my first book, I had several agendas: 1) I wanted to participate and learn something new about the craft of writing; 2) I wanted to find out how events like this were done; and 3) I wanted to introduce myself to the store manager, let him know of my … [Read more...]

For Your Children

“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”—Phyllis Diller 349-December 15 “I have no trouble selling someone else’s products or services, I just have trouble selling my own!” Joan despaired. A chorus of agreement rumbled through the class. “I used to be much more motivated when I had children,” she went on. “I knew I had to make a living to support them. I was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen. But now the kids are grown, I have enough money to get by, but I want more. But I just can’t seem to make the calls and do the work.” An idea came to me: “I want you to get four pictures of yourself,” I said. “One picture of you as a baby, one from third grade, one from … [Read more...]