This book uses words that are common to everyone and puts them into a refreshing perspective to show how we confuse our emotions with our finances. The book digs deep and raises eyebrows; some of the observations are startling. The book comes from one woman's journey of healing from almost financial ruin to peace and stability. The author's comment: If I can do it without a Masters degree, so can you. It takes compassion, hard work and courage. Using in part client stories to illustrate a point, the book also provides tools that can be used immediately.
I spent my entire life, until I was in my 50's, being a serial entrepreneur. I had 22 jobs and six businesses, always restlessly looking for the 'bell' to chime; to hear and see what resonated with my values, what gave my life meaning. I graduated college with a degree in Film and Fine Arts from New York University, but had fallen in love with the food business and sent myself off to study at the Culinary Institute in New York. I built and ran a restaurant in NYC, and then moved to Los Angeles where I worked for several food companies like Gelson's, Someone's In The Kitchen Catering, LA Croissants, and LA WAFFLES. I left the grind of the food business for the construction industry thinking it would be easier. I ended up working seven days a week. I had started a restoration company working for the Insurance industry, and although I made a lot of money, it was ruining my health. In 1997, I sold the restoration business, got married and took a year off. When I went back to work, I became the national sales manager for an upscale woman's knitwear house, but after three years, conflicts between the two owners created so much tension that I left. My husband suggested I become a mortgage broker, (he was a real estate attorney, and the market was exploding.) I started a company called: Home Loans For Women and it was there that connected the dots between what I had experienced at the woman's knitwear company, and the financial complications they and other women had gotten themselves into. It was then that I started to feel I was getting closer to what gave my life value. Two years later, my eleven year marriage fell apart; I was the plaintiff in an unsettled law suit; the housing market was shifting, we had to leave our $3800 a month rental beach house, and my dog was dying. My life started to unravel...and I was going over my own financial cliff. It was in that year that my veneer cracked, and my true self stepped into the sunlight. Through my year of healing, my restlessness began to make sense, my issues with being an over spender became clear, the awareness of self-sabotaging behaviors became issues of choice not status-quo. That's how I became an EXPERT on emotions and money. I have written three books: A Woman's Guide To Getting A Mortgage A Mother's Guide To Teaching Her Children About Money It's Never About The Money...even when it is.