The Black Limo vs. the Volkswagen

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 82-March 23 “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”—Michelangelo Annie, my artist friend, had found the Black Limo and gotten in. She was selling paintings to people, even selling a series of paintings to a company for their corporate offices. She arranged for a one-woman show of her work to be scheduled at an art gallery, and had interest from other galleries as well. She was an artist on the move! I hadn’t seen her in a few months, when I called to chat. She was in the middle of a big painting project. But not … [Read more...]

The Saga of the Pants

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 81-March 22 “It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you are tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.”—Robert Strauss This tale comes from Corinne and Dave Pleger, who participate in Civil War reenactments with authentic costumes, sets, and props. It is a great lesson in how commitment and intention will take you through breakdowns into breakthrough: “Over a year ago, Corinne took a class that taught her how to sew an authentic pair of Civil War Federal Army pants. Corinne sewed a pair for me that immediately became the envy of my unit. One man, Ron, admired my pants and asked … [Read more...]

The Tenth Archer

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 80-March 21 “Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness—a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.”—William C. Bryant A perfect day on a field of dreams. Sunshine casts its radiant light on the target that all desire to hit. The golden bow and silver arrow await the archers, ready to be used to their highest purpose. The first archer takes the field confidently. He notches the arrow, pulls back the bow, and the slings the arrow straight and true across the grass. Bulls eye! Cheers resound from the gathered watchers and the archer retires with a … [Read more...]

Alcoholics Anonymous

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 79-March 20 “If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”—Mary Pickford My name is Chellie C., and I’m an alcoholic. This is my story of what it was like, what happened and what it is like now. For many years, I drowned my problems in alcohol. Drinking was a habit, my coping mechanism of choice, which increased over time until it got out of control. It started with having a glass of wine when I got home from work. Then two. In classic alcoholic denial, I bought bigger glasses so I could still … [Read more...]

Carmen the Waitress

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 76-March 17 “Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.”—Samuel Butler I have been very blessed in this life with a wonderful, supportive, loving family. My two sisters are married with children, and live within two blocks of each other in Chatsworth, California. (They family joke is they used to live six blocks from each other, but they couldn’t stand the commute.) I get to be the auntie, and developed the tradition of taking the kids out for a day trip each year for their birthdays. One year, the kids and I decided we wanted to go to Disneyland, and since this was a big, … [Read more...]