Dear Money

My mission is to raise awareness and educate folks about the psychology of money. That means digging into money archetypes, sharing useful tips on how to transform challenging behaviors, and coming clean with my own money story. I'll post a mashup: mini-essays, Q & A, poetry, videos and more. You can participate by sending a letter, sharing an insight, or just starting a conversation.

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1 02, 2018

Eight Money Voices Driving Your Decision Making

2018-02-01T15:58:38+00:00

Ever wonder why you buy dinner for a friend when you haven’t got the dough? Stock up on every shade of lipgloss when you actually only use one? Hide the credit card bill from your spouse? Give financial gifts to your grown children, always with strings attached? When it comes to money, maybe your first, [...]

15 01, 2018

Spiritual Reality About Needs and Wants: An Interview with Reverend Zoë Inman

2018-01-15T09:18:04+00:00

She is a striking brunette with Hepburnesqe eyes who doesn’t mince words or worry about being nice. She is also a many-faceted spiritual teacher who combines her mad skills as a clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient, with a deep passion for awakening. The Reverend Zoë Inman and I first met in 2009 when she was holed [...]

17 10, 2017

KCSC’s Money Moves Radio With Guest Paola Bruni

2017-10-18T10:40:51+00:00

On October 12th, I shared the KCSC airwaves with Money Moves host Pamela Fugitt-Hetrick. I talked about money archetypes, simple but significant steps for transforming challenging money habits, and ways to care for yourself during turbulent times. http://audio.zbsradio.com/media/audio/20171012/3ba5ca79e1f1274.mp3

2 10, 2017

Recite this Mantra: Money Isn’t Bad. Having Money Isn’t Bad.

2017-10-02T11:26:13+00:00

“I know that,” you say, in a huff. "I like money." But when I hand you a twenty-dollar bill and ask you to close your eyes and tell me how it feels, you get tongue-tied. You squirm and your body goes rigid. I can practically hear internal doors slamming shut. Eventually your discomfort is so [...]

5 09, 2017

How I Medicated My Depression By Shopping and Returning

2017-10-02T10:04:39+00:00

In my 30s, whenever I became depressed, I would pack myself off to a Nordstrom and spend three to four hours trying on beautiful, expensive clothing. A salesperson (who was paid on commission) would enthusiastically hustle from floor to floor collecting garments, accessories, and all manner of goodies to drape, zip, and buckle onto my [...]

9 12, 2016

Love My Work, But

2017-10-02T10:16:03+00:00

Dear Money, A couple of weeks ago, I collapsed at work…fainted, face-down on the grungy laminate floor in the cosmetics department of a well-known retailer where I spend my days waxing, plucking, and filling eyebrows. I was hauled off in an ambulance with my blood pressure soaring. I’m only 33 but apparently, I am already [...]