Five Ways To Stop Giving Holiday Gifts

My family hasn’t given holiday gifts to each other for years and when we stopped, the holidays went from stressful and expensive to a time when we could relax and enjoy each other. Recently, some blog readers asked me how we got to that point—how did we have the conversation that initiated the change so…

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When Listening To Your Gut Is The Wrong Thing To Do

Initiating change in your financial life is difficult, because there are so many areas to consider! And when trying something new requires change in behaviors, schedules, processes or decisions, the common wisdom is to rely on your gut instincts to guide you. But recently, I discovered that when you try new things, your initial gut…

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Six Clues Your Gift Giving Is Codependent

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, when I was younger I used gift giving to gain love, approval, control and admiration. People seem to think that the less control you exert over your environment, the less control you have over your money, but I found exactly the opposite to be true for me.…

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Your Money Can Be A Daisy

When I went through my coach training, we used various metaphor tools to help illuminate how we felt about different areas of our lives. An example of this would be to consider your answer to the following question: If your money was a person, place or thing to you, what would it be? Some of…

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Why Law of Attraction Isn’t Working & 4 Ways To Fix It

I have met many finance-professional types who turn their noses up at manifestation principles, but I am not one of them! Law of Attraction (LOA) helps people become more spiritual about their money, and provides another perspective and set of tools to help people reach their financial goals more quickly, and more in alignment with…

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When Trying To Create Change, Remember These 5 Things

To create change is one of the most difficult things we attempt. Especially in the area of money; whether it be practical change, such as paying off debt, or internal change, like altering our thought patterns, it’s hardly ever as simple as adding a behavior to our daily routine. What I have discovered is that…

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8 Reasons Why Reconciling Your Checkbook Sucks

When I was growing up, I remember my mother was an account reconciling ninja. She would sit at her old-fashioned, humongous roll-top desk with a pile of cancelled checks, her check register and her most recent checking account statement. She would methodically go through the register, crossing off the checks that had cleared, and then…

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