Whining Time

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 222-August 10 “The world breaks everyone; then some grow strong in the broken places.”—Ernest Hemingway You will have down days. Remember this page and come here when you have one. Maybe today life sucks. So go ahead and bemoan your state. Weep. Wallow. “Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!” rages the mad King Lear. You, too, are entitled to your rage. Call up a friend and complain. (Ask for permission before you start dumping, though. You don’t want to rain on someone’s good day.) Try not to redeem all … [Read more...]

Role Models

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 221-August 9 “We haven’t come that far—and don’t call me baby.”—NOW button, circa 1975 Someone asked me yesterday who my role models were when was growing up. I don’t remember many role models—rather I remember a lack of them. When I was in high school, it seemed most girls gravitated toward (or were led to) becoming a teacher, nurse, or mother. None of this looked too thrilling to me. Mom took care of what I call the “5 Cs”: cleaning, chauffeuring, cooking, and child care. Children are wonderful and caring for them important, but it just wasn’t the right job description for me. But in the field of … [Read more...]

Trekkies

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 220-August 8 “Please God, please—don’t let me be normal!” Luisa, in The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidtt It was a dark and stormy night. Slippers on my feet, a mug of hot tea in my hand, I zipped past channels on the TV in search of entertainment when I alighted on the documentary film, Trekkies. It was about the fans of the Star Trek television series in its many incarnations. What a fun movie! I truly enjoyed watching these fans speak glowingly of their fascination with the stars, the mythos, the technology, and the spirit behind this television show. The documentary showed various … [Read more...]

Budgeting Spree Money

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 217-August 5 Budgeting Spree Money “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”—Benjamin Franklin Many people struggle with budgeting. They know how much they spend on rent or mortgage, how much the car payment is, and the amounts of other fixed expenses. But there are so many other monthly expenses that are variable! How much do you spend on food? Dining out? Parking meters? Books? Movies? Magazines? Coffees? Munchies? What’s the grand total of all the ATM cash and where does it go? If you can relate to this problem, I suggest you start counting your money. I mean count all of … [Read more...]

The Big Fix

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 216-August 4 “Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.”—Jean Kerr Many people hunger for “The Big Fix.” This is the magical appearance of a large sum of money which will pay off all the past due bills, credit card debts, school loans, mortgages, etc., buy the new house, car, vacation home, and Rolex and still have enough left over to completely fund the retirement plan. It’s winning the lottery, closing the biggest client, inventing the newest electronic gizmo, writing the best-selling novel, getting the starring role in the hit movie, producing the mega-hit record, … [Read more...]