I Let My Heart Hijack My Wallet

The following is the introduction from my book, “Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart From Hijacking Your Wallet.”  Available at Amazon.com on March 21, 2017. When I hit financial rock-bottom, four years after graduating from college, I owed money to three different payday lenders. I was behind on my car payment and had past due utility bills and credit cards. …

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A Life Sentence of Minimum Payments

A life sentence of minimum payments? During a recent coaching appointment, my client and I looked at her credit card statement and discovered something disturbing while putting together her debt reduction plan.  Although she doesn’t have an astronomical amount of debt (just under $8,000), my client felt like her credit card balance wasn’t budging.  Part of the problem is her interest …

Tis the Season for Emotional Spending

Emotional spending peaks in the month of December when we’re doing our holiday shopping. In this video, I share tips on how to keep Santa from emptying your wallet! Be mindful of your emotional spending triggers.  Do others in your family pressure you to spend more than you’d planned?  Are you buying extra presents for your kids because you’re trying …

Dream Team Sign Ups Are Now Open!

Sign ups are now open for the Money is Emotional Dream Team!   Sign Ups Open December 12th – 24th So, what is the Dream Team and why should you apply?  The “Money is Emotional” Dream Team will be comprised of my Super Fans – those of you who are my biggest cheerleaders and promoters.  Some of you are coaching …

Financial Divorce Disasters (Video)

Divorce is an incredibly emotional time for people, which also means it’s a particularly dangerous time for money mistakes! Here are 3 red flags to be on the lookout for: 1.) Using money as a weapon against your soon-to-be ex-spouse. It’s likely this will boomerang back with negative consequences for you! 2.) Giving too much away to keep the peace. …

“Escape” Book Review

Heather Hutzel is truly my “Spiritual Morpheus.”  Reading “Escape: Break Free from Mediocre Christianity and Embrace the Radical, Set-Apart Life You Were Made For,” opened my eyes to the reality that many of us Christians are living in the wrong story.  We are living in the Story of the World rather than God’s story.  We might even think that we’re …

Different is Not Wrong (Video)

Do you disagree with your spouse about money? Many times these issues are gray areas, with no clear right or wrong answers.  Most of us want to get our way and we usually think that our way is best! But just because your spouse thinks differently than you doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is wrong.  If you find …

Unequal Pay, Equal Say (Video)

When you are married, both you and your spouse have an equal say in the family finances! It doesn’t matter if you make 100%, 50%, or 0% of the income. As far the state is concerned, if you are legally married, you have an equal share of the family’s assets.  But if one partner feels entitled to a greater say in …