Hong Kong

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 320-November 16 “At the celebration of the Chinese New Year, one of the most honored observations is that of paying off all old debts. And we send missionaries to China!”—Anonymous After I won the trip for two to Hong Kong on a game show, my mom called to tell me that she was inviting herself to come along. Several friends of hers had been there, and she was itching to go. Then, as the two of us excitedly made our plans, dad said he didn’t want to be left behind, so we included him, too. I wrote the Holiday Inn Harbor View to see if I could arrange for a rollaway bed in the room. I said I would pay … [Read more...]

Tic-Tac-Dough

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 319-November 15 “What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs.”—Babe Ruth Back in the seventies, my sister, Jane, went on the game show Password. She was their all-time champ, reigning for a total of nine days. In those days, big money was a few hundred dollars, and she made $5,000! The whole family celebrated and loved watching one of our own have her fifteen minutes of fame and fortune on television. Well, I wanted to do it, too. I watched the show daily for several months, practiced with my sister, and then went down to the Password audition—and yes! I was selected to … [Read more...]

Dad

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 318-November 14 “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”—Anne Sexton My dad is great. Growing up in the Great Depression, he lived on thin money much of the time. He met my mom when she was a secretary and he was a young cadet. They married in the midst of World War II. When he returned from active duty, he got his engineering degree—and me. Employment called him to Chicago, and my sister Jane made her appearance. When a man from California was heard bragging about mowing his lawn in his shirt-sleeves in February, Dad dusted the snow off his boots and moved us to Los … [Read more...]

The Emotional Bank Account

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 317-November 13 “You leave home to seek your fortune, and when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.”—Anita Baker Sometimes when I speak to groups, I tell my story of having come to Hollywood to be a star. I pause, look around the audience and ask, “Anybody recognize me?” There is usually a good laugh at that, but once a hand shot up in the back of the room and a shout rang out, “I do! I do!” I looked out into the audience, recognized the speaker and said “Thanks, Mom!” That was one of the endless deposits Mom and Dad made into my emotional bank account. Sometimes the “Bank of Mom … [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...]