My Latest Musings:

  • Dear Money Adventurer, Here’s a fun stat to start your day: a recent Forbes survey about New Year’s resolutions for 2024 showed that the second most common New Year’s resolution is “to improve my financial life.” (It was just behind “Get in better shape with my fitness.”) If that stat is accurate, that means there’s a good chance that you’ve got some goals for 2024 around getting better with money, or as I like to say, improving your relationship with…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, When I got a request from a reporter with the Wall Street Journal for “brain hacks” to help folks worry less about money and make better financial decisions in the new year, I knew I wanted to share my answer with you. Because we could all use a little less worry in our heads and our hearts right now. Money worries can be a reflection of old money stories you’ve inherited, money patterns that no longer serve…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, As this year’s gears begin to wind down, I’ve got something special for you on the horizon to help you reach your goals for 2024: The next round of the Art of Money Mentorship Program, which begins on March 7th! While registration doesn’t officially begin for another month or so, we’re opening the doors for early birds for one week, starting now, for a few reasons (which I’ll get to in a moment.) First, though, since there…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, I’m a huge believer in pausing at the end of things.  Savoring the view at the top of that mountain you just climbed. Taking a few deep, heartfelt breaths at the end of that project. Saying a prayer of gratitude to your old house as you leave it for a new one. Taking a moment to honor, celebrate, grieve, and acknowledge what’s happened. That’s what this time of year is, at its best, for me.  It’s a…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about your financial support team Please say it with me:I do not have to know everything.I can ask for help.Sometimes, getting support is the strongest, bravest thing to do. Years ago, I was a diehard DIY’er, when it came to money stuff. Back in the early days of my Financial Therapy work, I advised everyone to keep their own books — essentially, to be their own bookkeeper — at…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, A while back, this question popped up in my year-long Art of Money program: Bari, help! As soon as I start working on the practical, nitty-gritty stuff around money, my brain shuts down. I’ve been trying to catch up on my taxes, but as soon as I begin, I panic. My brain goes blank. It’s like I’m a computer in meltdown mode: blue screen of death, nobody’s home. It’s just too difficult to look at. I feel…

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