What inspired you to write the book Conscious Spending, Conscious Life?
For many years I taught a college course about issues in consumer economics. I could always find good money management books for a portion of what I was teaching, but no books covered the remainder of my content—that is, self management in a consumer context. This book started out as a small supplement for my students, and then morphed into a full-blown book for the general public.
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What message would you like people to take from this book?
I would like people to be reassured that it is possible to navigate the challenging waters of the consumer culture without becoming over-indebted or losing their sense of self. In fact, figuring out how to skilfully make our way through life is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth. Conscious Spending, Conscious Life was written as a guidebook for this journey.