Book Clubs, Body Check-ins and Gelato Girlfriends

written by Bari Tessler July 19, 2023
Barbara Huson holding Bari's Art of Money book

Dear Money Adventurer,

As a lifelong book lover who grew up on dreams of becoming a published author one day, I still get a thrill when folks ask me about my books. Even though my first book, The Art of Money: A  Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness, came out in 2016. 

My first book is my heart book. It’s everything I wanted it to be. So when my dear colleague, Barabara Huson (formerly Stanny), invited me to talk about my book with her book club, my answer was an immediate “Yes!”  

Now, Barbara and I go way back. I’ve been recommending two of her books – “Overcoming Underearning” and “Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money” – to my clients and community for years. 

I’ve also interviewed Barbara before. Those meaningful money conversations live in the library of my year-long Art of Money program – and you get an all access pass to that treasure trove of resources when you join my flagship program and global community. 

This time around, though, Barbara interviewed me, and we also got to tag team some of the questions from her community members. I like podcast interviews, but I especially LOVE being welcomed into a community where I get to teach and support folks live in the moment. 

Many times during this interview, I was asked a question and instinctively closed my eyes so I could really feel into the answer. I learned this eyes-closed technique decades ago while practicing “authentic movement” during graduate school in the ‘90s. 

Over the years, this deep listening practice has become my own personal somatic cue that shows up when I’m teaching and feel rooted in a safe and brave community.  When I close my eyes like that, it means I’m present in the moment and comfortable in myself.  

Want to go behind the scenes with me and Barbara’s book club? Here’s a video clip of the teachings I shared and a loving reminder that your body has a lot to say about money, too. Plus, a compassionate step-by-step to help you “close your eyes” and learn how to do a body check-in before, during and after money conversations and money decisions.

I was and am so delighted to have had the chance to share this conversation with this beautiful book-loving community. I got off the call thinking, “I would love more of that heartfelt goodness, please.”

And there was more. Shortly after the call ended, a beloved girlfriend surprised me with a text saying she was in town for a quick minute, so we spontaneously met up for gelato and a hug.

It was a good, good day.

As I said, I’ll have more of that gorgeous, heartfelt goodness, please, for every one of us.

With my dearest wishes,

P.S. Speaking of heart-filling goodness, did you know that I’m offering a virtual Money Date Workshop THIS SUNDAY?!  Join me on Zoom this Sunday, July 23rd from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm MT US time.

I haven’t offered an a la carte workshop like this in over a decade. Typically I only offer my work through my higher priced programs or private financial therapy,  so this is very exciting – and it’s going to be so much fun!

What is a money date, you ask?

In a nutshell, it’s a time and space for you to connect with your practical money to-do’s in a way that brings in somatic-based mindfulness and big doses of creativity and ritual. A money date can be done solo or as a couple. It’s a bit like a “get things done” jam session meets a sipping chocolate ceremony. Make some money date magic with me this weekend. Sign up here to save your seat.

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