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Prizes! I have a couple prizes! And some giveaways!

But let’s start with my first Thank You:

Thank You Lorraine!
Again, extreme thanks to Lorraine of Raincoaster Media. When she moved to Yellowknife from my home turf of Vancouver’s DTES, I knew the north had gained a treasure. What I didn’t know is what a treasure she’d be to me. She got me on as a regular contributor for a US-based blog that has, oh, about fourty times the traffic my own blog has. And then she got me onto The Bunker Project podcast, Show #53 which is one of Canada’s pre-eminent podcast shows with – gulp – listeners in excess of 100,000 did you say, Lorraine?
But more than that, she helped me take my concept from Nancy’s Kinda Goofy Idea into something real. As you can imagine, there were more than one Nancy-Freak-Out moments What do you mean Qik doesn’t archive?; No, no I really don’t think live-coaching is possible; CRAP I FORGOT TO BUY THE BOOZE!. Through it all, Lorraine was encouraging, creative, and my right-hand person.

More thanks forthcoming but now:

A PRIZE! for the Facebook Money Trivia Quiz!

The questions were:
1. Who are the bigger savers, Canadians or Americans (as of 2010)?
ANSWER: Americans! In a startling reversal of a long-held historic trend, Americans now save nearly double what Canadian’s save, per person. Canadians save less than 3% of their income; Americans save just over 6%

2. What is the fundamental difference between a credit union and a bank?
Credit unions are owned by their members; banks are owned by shareholders who may live anywhere and don’t necessarily use the bank.

3. How many modules are in my online money coaching program?
Go find out!

4. T/ F Jesus said “Money is the root of all evil”
False. It’s written in the book of Timothy, not at all attributed to Jesus, and it says The love of money [important distinction] is the root off all evil.

5. The touted ideal savings rate is 10%. How much do Canadians (or Americans) save as a percentage of their income?
See A to Q #2.

Congrats to April Smith who won the contest and won a gorgeous cushion with the word Abundance hand-sewn on – a cushion created exclusively for my online launch!

Thank you Bill, and Lee (and Devon and Nigel and …) of Kellett . They created Your Money by Design with care and enthusiasm above and beyond what I had any right to expect from a web developer. And Bill made it possible when it looked like it wasn’t. Gratitude to you!

Thank you to the people who participated – to Lowell-Ann (midlife/silver-collar career coach), Betty-Anne (coachee), Melanie (coachee) , Krsytal (tweet chat) and Marcy (tweet chat) . The day would have been monotone, and frankly impossible, without out. Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME to some 604 friends. My BFF Anita, of First Weekend Club graciously donated 5 pairs of tickets to the Vancouver Canada Screens Series – of your choice! Thanks, Anita!

I’d like to give them to some Vancouver friends who showed me particular luv, promoting my online launch party via FB, G+, Twitter, Blogs. I am truly grateful. I have 5 pairs so if I figured out correctly, the most wide-ranging luv came from:

Kate Trgovac

Julie Linkletter

Maggie Murray

Isabella Mori

Beatrice Scott

Winners, kindly “e” me at nancy [at] your money by design .com And I’ll forward your info to Anita to claim the pair of tickets.

Thank You to all who graciously promoted the event.
I felt so much support, and I can’t tell you what that means to me. You helped get the word out about my business, which is about helping folks with their money, so close to the bone. Karma to you! and to you, young and handsome who-knows-how-to-cook (any young women reading??) Kyle for the podcast in advance!
By conservative estimates, I’d say easily 10,000 people would have heard about the event through you all. What a start! THANK YOU.


To be entered for the prize leave a comment answering this question: What other ways to you recommend that I promote Your Money by Design without breaking my own bank?

A number of people gave me golden answers on my livestream yesterday (starting at the 4:45 min below) but I’m still looking for more! Leave a comment by midnight Monday, Sept 12th and you’ll be in the draw for the $100 gift certificate to Amazon.

In the draw so far: Mira, Amy, Megan, Joey, Paul, Kate, Gregg, Jason, Liz

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AND THE WINNER IS …  (via Random Generator)… MIRA!~!    Congrats, Mira, I’ll msg you on FB.

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks


What a day yesterday. What a day. Huge, massive props to raincoaster who took my concept and made it reality AND picked up the booze TO BOOT for the IRL part of the launch because I forgot the booze! More about her later.

So for those who missed it, here’s the after-after-party recap:

10:45 AM John Chow called me! as in JOHN CHOW WHO MAKES NORTH OF $40,000.00 PER MONTH OFF HIS BLOG called me!
Well technically I called him but he answered! Seriously – that was fun; thanks John! Here’s my conversation with him.

11:00 AM I jumped online with a livestream talk about why I’m so passionate about helping folks get a handle on their money via my business, Your Money by Design. There are micro reasons and macro reasons. Hear me get all on fire and a bit political here.

11:15 AM And then we hopped over to twitter (let’s connect there!) where 20-something Krystal, who paid off her student loan of $20K within 2 years, and now is a homeowner in Greater Vancouver and Marcy, a mortgage broker in GTO who helps women get mortgages because “Prince Charming is not a mortgage strategy”, had a ranging conversation with me about folks and their money. Other tweeps tweeted their thoughts too (holy. how’s that for alliteration. but don’t say it fast). You can replay it all on my CoverItLive post.

12:00 PM Live Coaching! Melanie and her wife Liz got married two years ago and they also have each been going back to school. They have student debt and want to balance paying that off with their goals of home ownership and having a family within the next five years. Watch the live-coaching replay here.

12:30 Then it was over to the Your Money by Design Facebook Fanpage for a money trivia contest.
The 5 questions were:

1. Who are the bigger savers, Canadians or Americans (as of 2010)?
2. What is the fundamental difference between a credit union and a bank?
3. How many modules are in my online money coaching program?
4. T/ F Jesus said “Money is the root of all evil”
5. The touted ideal savings rate is 10%. How much do Canadians (or Americans) save as a percentage of their income?

1:30 LUNCH! and Nancy Money-Coaches the Daschunds! (to little effect)

2:00 Livestream with Lowell Ann Fuglsang about how to handle being stuck in a job you hate because of the money. Listen to our thoughts here!

2:30 – 3:30 Then I riffed some further thoughts via live-blogging in response to some lovely testimonials from clients past and present provided:

Testimonial #1 (Thanks B&J!)
On feeling hope again about getting out of debt

Testimonial #2 (Thanks Karen!)
About pulling your head out of the sand about your money (I help the process feel safe!)

Testimonial #3 (Thanks Kathryn!)
Developing a healthy relationship with money

4:30 Livestream coaching again with a Yellowknife woman who is suddenly single. Previously, she did not attend to the money in their household. Now, she not only knows she needs to, but really is excited about taking control so that it empowers her life-purpose. (Note the stunning backdrop to our convo too!). Replay it here.

OUT OF BREATH YET? I sure was.

And then I realized I’d messed up! I had in my mind the IRL part of the launch was at 5:30 but OOPS I’d sent THE INVITE FOR 5pm! So my wonderful, fantastic northern friends were all patiently (told you they were wonderful) for me as I dashed back home to celebrate with some cupcakes and champagne (which Lorraine had to buy because I forgot that too!)
Nevertheless, it was really fun and kinda wild to be celebrating with friends here in my northern home, and livestreaming it, and catching texts from folks, and being joined on skype by friends in Australia and Vancouver (and Halifax but I missed that one, sigh!)

And then it was time to call it a day, and collapse into the illustrious Gold Range with a handful of friends for the best chinese food in town.


Party On, Dudes! Join us in a toast to personal financial freedom and security and, not incidentally, the official launch of YourMoneyByDesign‘s new online money management program.

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us today!

Live streaming by Ustream

Here’s Nancy on location in beautiful Yellowknife, livecoaching a newly-single woman on personal money management in this challenging situation. Enjoy.

Nancy chats with her mentor Lowell Anne Fuglsang about the gilded cage. Check out her website at Workstyle-Lifestyle and her Facebook page too!

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