How to Play With Money

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Over the summer, I had a bit of free time on my hands – which is always a dangerous thing. I did a lot of thinking. About my life. About my priorities. And, about money.

For most of us, money is a pretty touchy subject.The mere mention of money brings discomfort. Feelings of lack. Wondering if we will ever have enough. Money sits with us as a heavy burden. We shy away from talking about it because we don’t want to make it real. So we say nothing. We pretend everything is OK.

Even if everything really is OK with our money and we are not struggling, we tend not to have a conscious connection with it. Money is this thing that makes the pieces of our lives function but one that we may not really understand. We may not have intimate knowledge of why we make the money choices we do.

I decided to make money my special project for 30 days in order to fully experience my relationship with it. But, most importantly, I wanted to remember that money is fun. Because it is. Really.

I can still remember sitting around the dining room table as a kid and playing Monopoly. The heady-high of acquiring property and converting it into even greater riches is a feeling I have not forgotten. Do you remember what I’m talking about?

Intent on reconnecting with those playful feelings, I went into the experiment with the idea that I would do one fun thing every day to bring more money my way.

I have captured the 30 days of this experiment in my new free E-book, “How to Play with Money: 30 Days of Remembering Money is Fun.” If you think you might need a little more fun in your life around money, you can get your copy by subscribing to the blog. Just fill in the information in the box on the sidebar of the blog and a copy will be sent your way.

I would appreciate it if you would help spread the word about the book and the blog. Everybody needs to experience a bit of fun around money and I would love to have more friends-of-the-blog!

Thank you!

Money is fun.

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Shingyo Shelley February 5, 2011 at

Thanks for the musings around money. I remember years ago doing an exercise with students where they were asked to write down all the sayings about money that they heard as kids like “Don’t put that in your mouth, you never know where it has been,” or “Find a penny, put it in your shoe, you’ll have good luck the whole day through.” There were many, many interesting responses, especially across cultures. Try it with friends and family – it is interesting and learningful. I wonder if there is a link between those sayings and how we play with money?

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Andrea February 5, 2011 at

I think those sayings have a lot to do with how we play with money – or don’t. “Money doesn’t grow on trees” comes to mind! Thanks for that reminder, Shelley.

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