This is one of Lucille’s illustrations! Any guesses on what it is? 😉
What does a medical illustrator do all day? Draw viruses and skin diseases? And, like, HOW? From photos? From real life???
Medical illustration is one of the few creative fields that still requires actual drawing – not just graphic design or photos with filters. Today Lucille is telling us about drawing simulated results for plastic surgeons and how she deals with drawing bladder infections.
First things first! Enrollment for my beloved course Put Your Money Where Your Happy Is ends tonight at 11:59 pm CST! And we even bundled it with Make It Stick Habit School and 2 workbooks! That’s $425 of stuff for $197!
I’m at a dinner party, sitting between two very nice people I just met.
The man to my left is a financial planner and the woman to my right is asking him about retirement, investments, etc.
“I mean, I know I’ve got to get it together,” she nods over pasta. “I know I should be maxing out my 401k and all that. I probably wouldn’t need help with my retirement if I’d just unsubscribe from the J. Crew newsletter.” She laughs self-consciously and takes a sip of red wine.
“I’d be happy to help,” Financial Planner Man says, and smoothly hands over his business card.
Reader, it was all I could do not to slap that card out of his hand and yell “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HELP HER YOU’RE TREATING SYMPTOMS NOT THE CAUSE!!!”
But, uh, that’s not polite dinner party behavior?
A bit of real talk: 99% of the money advice starts in the wrong place.
It treats a symptom (living with debt, spending too much) without addressing the cause (buying things to keep up with our friends, shopping when we’re tired/overwhelmed.)
Here’s the truth:
You’re not going to have any money to invest if you keep shopping instead of feeling your feelings.
You won’t have any money for the down payment on a house if you keep buying shit you don’t really like because you don’t understand what ACTUALLY makes you happy.
You won’t be able to open your bank account and feel calm + proud if you don’t understand which purchases bring you joy and which ones bring you regret.
If we don’t understand what makes us happy + why we spend the way we do, a budget is just moving numbers around on a page.
Put Your Money Where Your Happy Isaddresses allllll this. We get to the root of what makes you happy, see if it’s actually reflected in your spending, and if it’s not, I teach you how to change that.
Without deprivation, shame, guilt, or cutting the cable.
Of course, I’d love it if you joined us inside PYMWYHI, but even if you don’t I hope you remember this:
I’m trundling through Target on a Thursday night, my list in one hand, coffee in the other. I’m making my way towards the cat food when I see it: The 50% off end cap. Gold staplers! Scented candles! A bunch of throw pillows that don’t match the colors of my living room but whatever! Since it’s on sale I need it, right? I’m ‘saving money’ if I buy this throw pillow that’s been marked down from $20, right? I tuck two throw pillows and a cake-scented candle into my cart. I don’t actually like cake-scented things and I don’t need throw pillows but that’s beside the point! I’M BEING A SMART SHOPPER OKAY??? I push my cart in the direction of the cat food and sort of shake myself awake. What in god’s green earth am I doing? Why am I buying a bunch of shit I don’t need or even really like?
I’m not saving money by buying things on sale. I’m spending money on things I don’t need and won’t add anything to my life. They will, however, deplete my bank account.
I know you know this but it bears repeating:
We're not saving money when we buy things we don't need that happen to be on sale. Click To Tweet 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have stopped and put them back. 15 years ago, I would have bought those things and brought them home. And in two weeks I would have looked at them and thought “What was I thinking?!” I would have looked at my bank account statement and wondered “Where does it all go?!” But I don’t do that any more! Now I (mostly) only buy things I love and when I look at my bank account I feel proud and calm.
If you’d like to stop buying things you don’t need + feel good about your bank statement, you might be interested in my free, video mini-course
We’re slowly tipping towards the end of the year. It’s a season for gratitude, gathering with loved ones, and sharing the bounty of the year.
It’s also the season for:
passive-aggressive relatives questioning your life choices
spending a million dollars on presents
feeling like you need to buy a bigger tree, give nicer gifts, or send holiday cards
comparing our lives to what we see in the holiday letters and photos we receive
Funnnn! Who doesn’t love justifying their decision to go back to school, quit that job, or keep driving the old car over the Thanksgiving table? Who doesn’t enjoy looking at their credit card statement on December 27th and breaking into a cold sweat?
Nobody. Nobody enjoys those things.
Friends, if there was ever a time to get your money + happiness in order it’s now. The holiday season is – hands down! – the most expensive, most stressful time of the year.
This week I bid goodbye to a friend who’s moving to New York (weep!) and cut 8 inches off my hair (I love it!) This weekend, we’re up north visiting my parents, enjoying the peace and quiet that comes with country life. Yesterday I saw a fox run through the front yard!
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