Money Memoirs: Jennifer Lee

written by Bari Tessler January 23, 2017


Most of us don’t talk about money, except with our closest friends. But we ALL have money stories. Tough times we survived. Triumphs and gifts. Practical wisdom and soul-deep insights. And when we share our money stories with one another, openly and lovingly? Well, magic happens. We un-shame. We spread confidence and peace of mind and a whole lotta love. Honesty is just the beginning … Please curl up with a cuppa and enjoy this special, intimate interview series: Money Memoirs.

Can you still hear your grandmother’s gravelly voice saying, “waste not, want not” when you’re wondering whether you should splurge on that pair of boots?

Do you feel your great-grandfather’s entrepreneurial blood coursing through your veins, as you consider launching yourself into the online marketplace?

Our money stories aren’t just ours. We carry a whole lineage of financial beliefs, attitudes, and habits. But WE decide what to do with them.

If you want to understand what you’re doing with money — and why — it’s helpful to look back. To recall the first time you got an allowance, how you felt about it, and what you did with it.

But for many of my Art of Money students, it’s helpful to look even farther back. To our parents, grand-parents, and whole lineage. How did they interact with money? Did they survive great scarcity? Did they live opulently yet feel guilty about it? What unanswered questions (or koans) did they pass on to you?

This intimate Money Memoir with Jennifer Lee touches on these themes of lineage — and shows how themes from our past can affect our money life, today.

I know many of you already know Jennifer Lee from her popular book, The Right Brain Business Plan. But today, she’s been gracious (and brave!) enough to pull back the curtain on her business, her health, and her money.

Listen to this vulnerable Money Memoir, in which Jennifer shares:

  • The big health challenge she’s been facing — and what it’s taught her about money and work
  • How she’s working with the challenging emotions that come up around money
  • How she’s challenging the mainstream myths about entrepreneurship — and getting simpler and healthier, instead
  • The incredible story of her Japanese-American grandfather — and how it’s still impacting her, today
  • How to be an ambitious, free-spirited woman … AND learn to receive support.

To download the mp3 file of this recording to your computer/phone, you can either subscribe to the Art of Money Podcast through your favorite podcast app on your phone, or subscribe on iTunes here, or you can download the mp3 file of this recording by right clicking over this link and selecting “save file as.”

I’m so honored by how honest Jennifer got about her money challenges and triumphs. This interview is so rich … and I hope you walk away inspired by her practical wisdom.


Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee, CPCC, PCC, MA is the founder of Artizen Coaching®. Before pursuing her own passions full-time, she consulted for ten years for Fortune 500 companies such as Gap Inc., Accenture, and HP, helping leaders and organizations manage change. As a director of executive development for Gap Inc., she led onboarding and coaching programs for those at the level of vice president and up. She grew her coaching business in her spare time, and in 2006 Jennifer made the courageous leap from corporate America to living the life of her dreams. Learn more about Jennifer on her website:

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