My Latest Musings:

  • Dear Money Adventurer, Community grounds and guides us, sharing wisdom, providing support and encouragement, and witnessing our journey along the way. At the very beginning of my Financial Therapy career, long before The Art of Money became what it is today, I taught my methodology as a six-week, small group course that met weekly in my living room. Little did I know that those humble beginnings would grow into my flagship, year-long money school and global community, TWO published books…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, The world of money and finance has always had more than enough tough love to go around. When I first began my own money journey, I was discouraged by the cold and unyielding approach that most traditional financial advice seemed inextricably rooted in. I threw myself into my money research, but every book seemed to be written by older white men determined to tell you that there is only one right way to engage with money. The…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, The journey of growth is rarely a straightforward path. Sometimes it looks like a Cha Cha. You embark on a new direction, follow the rhythm with a sway of your hips, and, in the end, find yourself back where you started. Please know that it is totally normal and okay if this happens to you. We’ve all been there. In fact, I recently found myself doing the Cha Cha with the Art of Money. So, when I…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, In a world that often tells us that net worth defines self-worth, the privilege of wealth often comes at the cost of personal connection, hindering our capacity for intimacy, honesty, and vulnerability. After an unexpected inheritance at the age of 22, Iris Brilliant– already active in anti-racist and feminist organizing – found herself unable to reconcile her personal and political values with owning stocks in guns, oil, and tobacco. Navigating this space led Iris to discover her…

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  • Hi there, Money Adventurer, Whew…a lot is going on in the world right now, eh? (Yes, I’m glaring at you, Mr. 2 year pandemic.) I don’t know about you, but I know that times like these can bring up a lot of tough emotions, and often those emotions bring up our money stuff as well. And that combo? Can turn us into a hot mess. As in, there isn’t enough dark chocolate or warm baths to help us get through…

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  • Dear Money Adventurer, As you know, we’re getting close to the end of the registration period for the Art of Money 2022 program. If you’re reading this and you’re still trying to make a decision about whether or not to join us yourself, well…I have some help for you. See, the decision you’re trying to make now is a money decision: Should you spend money on improving your relationship with money? Feels like a bit of a paradox, right? If…

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