The Power of Enough; How Much is Enough? Of Anything?

Just sent out an email to my list about The Power of Enough; How Much is Enough? Of Anything? If you didn’t get it, you’re not on my email list and you can sign up by clicking the link at the top of this site. It’s huge. You can’t miss it. You can listen in to the first class free, but I’m giving a nice discount to those who sign up before that.

Speaking of Enough, I’m doing a 10 Mile Diet in September. Say what? 10 miles? I’m blogging at if you are curious. It’s an experiment in hyper-local living. Continue reading


I like a good bargain as much as the next girl you might date

“Smart SWF looking for a good bargain. Are you the one?” Interested? According to ING Direct and eHarmony, you might be.

When ING Direct Bank asked 1000 people what they’d think of a blind date described as frugal, only “3.7 percent answered “sexy,” while 15 percent picked “boring” and 27 percent chose “stingy.””

Back when we wrote Your Money or Your Life we tried valiantly to redefine frugal as cool. A “high joy to stuff ratio.” Even though frugality is a non-starter in the dating scene, ING discovered that “smart” is attractive. The NY Times article on the subject goes on to say “EHarmony also crunched the numbers on 30 million matches Continue reading

Back to the future with Your Money or Your Life

One more post before bed… To those who attended the EPA webinar, didn’t we have a grand time? It’ll be posted soon so the rest of you can join in. I’m glad to be teaching straight up YMOYL again.

It’s no news to you that we are in a persistent Recession. Calling it “double dip” makes it sound like ice cream but honest interpreters (from Paul Krugman to the Federal Reserve to name two) now admit we could be headed for deflation. No time like the present to once again encourage masses of people to use the 9-step program to clean financial house and put up some savings at the rate that farmers put up vegetables for the winter.

Consider my re-emphasis on Your Money or Your Life 9-step program to be Canning Lessons – how to grow and store money to have the security of enough and the happiness of freedom.

As you can see with the new teleclasses, Continue reading

Does wealthy make wise?

Since we’re talking about happiness (on this blog and in the Happiness 101 course this Fall) I wanted to share a snippet from Jurriaan Kamp of Ode Magazine: There is much that the West can learn from the rest (of the world). … For one thing: People in challenging circumstances in developing countries are focused on solutions. They are creative and constantly find new ways to improve their lives. As a reader recently wrote on “Too many people in industrialized countries are losing hope. Continue reading

Free Webinar * How Much is Enough *

On August 19 (coming right up) I’ll be doing a talk/free webinar at the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle. You can sign up for the free webinar free here. And here’s the promo:

ENOUGH FOR LIFE: The “Your Money or Your Life” approach to living well within your (and the earth’s) means

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from noon to 2 pm (Pacific)! Continue reading

Numbers and how we feel about them

As loyal readers know. Your Money or Your Life (YMOYL) was selected by my publisher, Penguin, as one of their 75 all time great books to celebrate their 75th anniversary. Yay.

As you may know from looking at my 65th birthday picture in a prior post, I’ve lost weight. Yay. But it now bounces around in a 3 pound range and this morning’s bounce was up. Boo.

At the point of reissue in 2008, Your Money or Your Life was in the top 100 on Amazon. Yay. Continue reading

Money & Life – the movie

Three years ago Katie Teague came to my apartment (while I was recovering from cancer and it shows…), making a film about Money & Life. Here’s a trailer for the film, followed by an excerpt of her interview with me. It looks like a very important film for these time… as our faith in the money system erodes. Consider donating! And consider signing up for the KickStart teleclass for support in transforming your own relationship with money.

This child mesmerized by flowers in a meadow speaks of real wealth to me.

Finding happiness in all the right places

Front and center in the NYTimes Business section on Sunday is an article on money and happiness. Your Money or Your Life came out in 1992 at a time when marketers had cleverly severed our brains from our wallets. We were promised that products bring happiness but rarely questioned the assumption. The book was a wake up call for millions. It was updated and reissued in 2008 – at the launch of the recession. Seems the economic downturn plus  the upturn in the new science of happiness is getting our heads screwed on right. Finally. Article author Stephanie Rosenbloom reports marketing analysts say that… “the next generation that comes along is not so interested in spending way their predecessors did. The are adopting a different attitude of living more simply.” In the next weeks I’ll be unpacking the information in the article… and adding new. In the Fall I’ll begin my series on Happiness 101– the science, politics, practice and purpose of happiness. It’s gaining legitimacy as the new bottom line, and the neuroscience is helping that happen. And Bhutan (see older posts on Gross National Happiness GNH)