Currently #3: Steve Martin, Blogging is Back, and a store with a sense of humour

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin. “I did have that one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.” “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Ya, he’s great. If you’re on the hunt for a memoir or just a good read, highly recommend. I’M LISTENING...

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Currently #2: The Psychology of Persuasion, teaching finance in schools, and The Future of Cities

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. All about what makes us say “Yes!”. This is one of those books I saw referenced so frequently in recent marketing/PR books that I thought I better give it a read myself. I’ve gone through it pondering how all these principles might apply to the world of money. And art! Because I’m exciting like that… I’M LISTENING...

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Starting somewhere is better than starting nowhere

Can I confess something? I’m having a heck of a time starting this blog. Last March (oh man has it been that long?) I got it in my head this needed to be a thing. I’ve had a craft blog for a few years, but there are other topics I wanted to explore. Topics that needed a different home. Like why are we so bad at teaching people about finance? and how can artists use growth hacking! and what does your money look like if you never want to retire? So I began jotting down post ideas...

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Currently #1: The War of Art, Bad With Money, and Mr. Selfridge

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Ooofph it’s a goodie. If you’re feeling blocked (Hi!) read it. “Rule of thumb: the more important a call to action is to our souls evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” I’M LISTENING TO… Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn. I don’t know how I only just discovered this podcast, but I did, and it’s great. The whole YouTube thing...

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Nobody Cares About Budgets

Welcome to my Saturday morning stream of consciousness.  Excited? You should be. Why don’t more people care about their money? Specifically millennials. With so many personal finance blogs and books and other content out there (with gifs! there are so many great articles with gifs) why aren’t more people taking action? Why don’t they see what an impact this would have on their lives, their futures! *passionately shakes fist* (…Right?) Well, maybe it’s got...

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Banks, Budgets, and Lifestyle Bloggers

I’m scrolling through Instagram, as you do, and I get to thinking about sponsorships and the fact that Social Media Influencer is now a job title (explain that to your grandmother). Which leads to me wonder where are the banks and other financial companies in all of this? If it works for L’Oréal, would it work for Citigroup? Take a lifestyle blogger for example. Look at their Instagram account. They’ve got millions of followers and one of those perfectly curated...

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Finance Needs Better Teachers

What makes someone a good teacher? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I don’t mean teacher in the traditional chalkboard and apple sense. We’re all teachers. We all have to explains things we understand to others who don’t. So what makes someone particularly good at that? Empathy. The best teachers remember what it’s like to not understand. They remember the questions they were too embarrassed to ask. They remember the sticking points. The...

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Why Banks Should Care About Beauty Vloggers

You know what’s really interesting? The rabbit hole that is YouTube beauty videos—monthly favourites, Sephora hauls, get ready with me’s… that slice of the internet. It’s addictive. I can watch someone apply eyeshadow with 14 indistinguishable brushes for hours, knowing full well I’ll never try it myself. My idea of a ‘smokey eye’ is mixing two shades of skin toned beige I’ve owned since university, and I’m OK with that. I am not the...

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Are you a moderator or an abstainer?

I’ve been thinking about the whole Moderator vs. Abstainer thing. Is it just another label, or is knowing which side you fall on useful? Could recognizing it help you become more productive? Happier? I always thought I was a moderator because I can do things like eat 2 squares of a chocolate bar and save the rest (Crazy, I know). However, if I’m honest with myself I approach most of my life with an all or nothing mindset. I’m in or out. Full steam ahead or… no...

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