A “Your Money or Your Life changed my life” story

A participant in the current Discover Your Enough Point class wrote this when he signed up:

Back in 1993 after I got out of college I got a job making good money and lived with my folks.  I blew every cent and just had fun!  I wouldn’t call it fast living but I sure didn’t keep anything extra around.

But a few years later when I went to go to grad school (And would get a huge bump in income when I was done) I realized how little I had to show for all my effort.   And I never wanted it to happen again. So in my last few months of grad school I read every book on money I could find.  Some were crazy (Day trading, commodities, etc) others simple common sense.

Thats when I read YMOYL.   Continue reading

How much is enough carbon in the atmosphere? 350

We do know, thanks to Jim Hansen and many others, that 350 PPM (parts per million) is the most carbon we should  in the recipe for air. We now have 387 and rising. This “too muchness” reflects our collective incapacity to know how much is enough – and once there, stop. We don’t like limits.

Parents know that setting healthy limits makes their children feel safe. Studies show that if a playground has a fence, children will play freely everywhere. No fence and they stay close to the door. 350 is the fence but where are the adults to who’ll commit to it so we can safely and freely play on this planet playground. Hopefully everywhere. Hopefully all of us fans of Your Money or Your Life who have discovered that stopping at enough liberates our lives, that the debt and stress of consumerism was the prison after all. This capacity to recognize and stop at enough is what we’re exploring in the teleclasses.

I remember 20 years ago I was at the first US hearing on sustainability with Alan Atkisson. There he wrote the Dead Planet Blues. Here are the words I can now find Continue reading

The Recession ate my Retirement

I talked recently with some friends about their money struggles. The Recession ate their Retirement. They intended to stop working in two years and enjoy the nest they’d feathered lo these many years. Now they just don’t have enough money.  Our conversation inspired me to offer a free tele-class on Rethinking Retirement. The Your Money or Your Life approach liberated their thinking – and I think the conversation itself liberated some new ideas in me. The teleclass will be a rich conversation with prompts – ideas and questions – from me, but lots of time for you to share your woes and wows and discover together what retirement means now. But back to my friends… Continue reading

Reader’s had enough… of Enough

Finally I’m controversial enough to have drawn friendly fire. A reader challenged “Enough” as a Trojan Horse for the a “Green/we are not sustainable” political agenda, and “More” not caused by the consumer culture, but by a deep fear of extinction in the competitive battle for resources. He said:

“This Enough reminds me of what the liberals, socialists, and commies have done: Continue reading

How much is enough email?

Really now…even asking this question via email is absurd.  At the risk of one email too many, I want to tell you about the last free teleclass on “Your Enough Point.” It was a taste of things to come for those who take the 4-week class, Discover Your Enough Point (two classes, same content, one starting Saturday at 8 AM Pacific Time t’other at 5.15 PM Monday). Of course I’m hoping you join the class, but if not, here’s a tidbit from the free call. When I asked people to talk about the “too muchness” in their lives, email came up far more Continue reading