Money Drunk Money Sober: 10 Ways I am Silly/Extravagant

For this time period, I am working through Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan’s book Money Drunk, Money Sober before I work through the Prosperous Heart. The following blog entries are in response to prompts and experiences from the book. I see this as an extension of my Artist’s Way work. Some of my entries are jarring and highly personal – any program of sobriety and self-improvement demands admitting dysfunction both personally and in family, and it also calls to admit some painful truths. While not everything I work on appears here, a number of realities do. I have a genuine body of work thanks to my work on the Artist’s Way program, and I can’t ignore the changes the continual commitment has brought about. Because of that, I also can’t ignore what going further into the harder aspects of the program – like facing money issues – has the potential to improve.


Waste, and extravagance

  1. I go overboard on gifts for people. I love to find exactly the right gift for the person, regardless of cost. This is actually part of negative childhood conditioning – half-assed gift giving on my part would be a sign of therapeutic progress.
  2. I like my expensive perfume. I’m a Chanel woman, all the way.
  3. I would much rather have one piece of very expensive real jewelry than pounds of pretty costume jewelry. I’m a bit of a nut for custom-made pieces. That said, I do have many, many pieces purchased at thrift shops. I also consider all the handmade pieces special, because they are art.
  4. I spend too much on snacks when I’m out. Yes, it’s hunger, but it’s also something to do while feeling socially anxious.
  5. I pick up the tab too much.
  6. Mike says I buy too many reusable grocery bags.
  7. I like to stock up on magical supplies, and I live in a city where that’s really not necessary.
  8. When people ask me for herbal advice, I often don’t charge, or buy things for them without asking for repayment.
  9. I give away the store way too much – book feedback, tarot readings, perfume design – it does cost me, and encourages people to treat me like I personally have less value.
  10. I am by turns extravagant and stingy with the time I give to other people. I am learning a balance.