The Sparkly New Dress

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 19 – January 19 “All right, so I like spending money! But name one other extravagance!”—Max Kauffmann Elizabeth was “between jobs.” A beautiful girl with a great smile, she spoke of her dissatisfaction with her current job on the first day of the workshop. She longed for a better position with better pay. The next week, she came to class and laughingly told us how she had been fired. “I know I created that happening!” she exclaimed. “I was doing affirmations for a better job, but wasn’t sending any ships out to look for one. So I guess my higher self took charge and got me fired so I would have to get … [Read more...]

Count Your Money

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 18 – January 18 “A man who both spends and saves money is the happiest man, because he has both enjoyments.”—Samuel Johnson To achieve success, you must think positive and send out ships. But if you want to achieve financial success, you have to add the third step: Count your money. Keeping track of how much you’re making, how much you’re spending, and how much you’re saving will tell you how effectively you’re doing the first two steps. In other words, budget. I suggest that everyone should have not just one, but three budgets, all with complicated names: Low, Medium, and High. You start with Medium … [Read more...]

Mom’s Envelopes

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 17 – January 17 “A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.”—C.E. Hoover I grew up in the typical fifties middle class household: Dad worked at the office, brought home the paycheck, mom stayed home and raised the three kids. My childhood was mirrored on television land shows like Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver and The Donna Reed Show. Those were the days when, since I both lived in and watched it on TV, I thought everyone’s life was like that. All the girls in the neighborhood were Donna Reed-ettes looking for their Carl Betz. My mom deposited dad’s … [Read more...]

Baby-U-Deserve-Getting-Every-Thing (Budget)

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 16 – January 16 “It’s amazing how fast you can go through $7,000 with beer, pizza and The Gap.”—Ben Affleck What is your reaction to the word “budget”? A sinking, depressed, deprived feeling? You are not alone. Many people audibly groan at the mention of the word. For the vast majority, it connotes scarcity, lack, and limitation—none of which are very pleasurable concepts. “Budgeting” in common usage usually means cutting the fun, frivolity, entertainment, and spontaneity out of your life and creating a bare-bones, austere, nothing-but-the-basics spending plan—something you do when you’re stressed about … [Read more...]

The Black Limo Fantasy

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 13 – January 13 “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”—Abraham Lincoln Annie shared her dream of being an artist. Well, she was an artist of course, but she wanted to be paid to be an artist. This is a distinction I run in to with many people. They bubble with creativity, pour their souls out onto canvas and marble and paper, then sit in the middle of their wonderful work and cry. “But how do I get recognized?” “Why isn’t the world beating a path to my door? Why doesn’t this work sell?” They remind me of the Black Limo Fantasy: When I was eight, the nation … [Read more...]