Woe Is Me

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 323-November 19 “Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.”—Lily Tomlin “Help me, Chellie, I’m in crisis!” cried Ellen. Having embarked on a new career in real estate eleven months before, she was having a difficult time and had not yet sold a piece of property. “I’m not doing my affirmations, I’m in denial about my finances, I can’t do the budget homework, and I’m not sending out ships. I just can’t do it!” As we talked, she laughed at herself and told me I should get some “Woe is Me” buttons to go with the “Yeah, but” buttons. At times like these, life just seems so hard. We know … [Read more...]

Shark Bait

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 322-November 18 “The wolf will hire himself out very cheaply as a shepherd.”—Russian Proverb One of my big disappointments in business was discovering that there are people who will hire you, take and use the gifts you deliver, and then won’t pay you. Even worse, they never intended to pay you. A local businessman rang up my bookkeeping service one Thursday afternoon with a rush job. He had a meeting with an accountant scheduled for the following Monday, but his books hadn’t been reconciled. He was panicked—he needed a year’s worth of bank reconciliations done by Friday. I said we could help him and … [Read more...]

Live within Your Means

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 316-November 12 “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”—Charles Dickens Notice that you can add any amount of money to this formula and the result is the same. If you make a million dollars a year but spend $1.2 million, you’re in just as much misery as the person who makes $30,000 and spends $32,000. The problem is over-spending. Human beings are basically just desire machines. It sometimes seems we can’t get enough of anything. I know it’s impossible for me … [Read more...]

You’re Wearing Your Thinking

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 308-November 4 “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson You're wearing what you are thinking. It’s on your face: Your emotions show. If you’re angry, I can see it. If you’re happy, I can see that. I know if you’re depressed, exuberant, alert, sleepy, cocky, defiant, joyful, excited. Your expression tells me if you love your life, love your fellow man, love me. It’s on your body: I can see the self-respect of the person who dresses carefully, neatly, cleanly. The flamboyance of loud colors states clearly you are unafraid of my opinion. … [Read more...]

What Looks Like Good News Isn’t Always Good News

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 306-November 2 “There is no death—only a change of worlds.”—Native American Proverb I remember well, that horrifying day years ago, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded into space. My father had worked in the space program nearly all his life, and helped design the navigational system for the shuttle. On many mornings, my sisters and I had gotten up in the early dark before dawn to watch another space launch: The Mercury program, Gemini, Apollo, and all the shuttles. Star Trek fans, we cheered when the first space shuttle was named the Enterprise. We girls had grown up and moved out, but we … [Read more...]