A Money Coach in Canada

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

Here are Nancy’s two biggest fans. As you can see, they have wildly different styles: one a stereotypical consumer, the other more measured and deliberate in her approach. Neither of them have any savings whatsoever and, as you can see, live literally from hand to mouth.

Introducting Cranmer:

and his sister Maggie:

As you can see, both of them need Nancy’s help!

The Eco and Green-living crowd up here is pretty amazing. Backyard chickens don’t cut it; my LEED-house neighbours have goats. Free-range meat? Pshaw. Folks fish and hunt. How’s *that* for free range.

And then there are my nearly-self-sufficient friends who live on a lake, grow their own vegetables and quinoa, compost their toilet (ewwww, but it works), chop down trees (don’t judge; it’s likely cleaner than your heat source) to heat their home (bear in mind our weather drops to -40C for days on end) and the latest? Bake their bread in this solar-energy contraption. The bread was fabulous, by the way.

I don’t really dare refer to myself as frugal in comparison.

THE SOLAR ENERGY OVEN
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THE GREEN HOUSE (they also have an extensive outdoor garden)
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WHAT SURELY MUST BE THE ONLY LOCALLY GROWN CANTALOUPE
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HAND CUT AND CHOPPED. WHO NEEDS THE GYM?
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EVERY CORNER OF THE HOUSE HAS A RAIN BARREL.
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NOT SURE IF THIS IS USED. OBVIOUSLY NOT DURING MIDNIGHT SUN SEASON.
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INDEED, IT IS!
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I’m ashamed to admit it, but this money coach has been known to purchase mint water. Profligate.  A silly way to spend money.  And contravenes my commitment to a bottled-water-free life.

I’ve mended my ways!

When I saw a baby mint plant at the local nursery (yes, we have one in Yellowknife) I knew I should probably buy it to regain my  self respect.

The northern light has nurtured it over the months.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

And does this not look refreshing?   Score one for the money coach; begone expensive bottled water!  And if anyone else has ideas or recipes (beyond Mojitos) for mint, I think I have more mint than I can handle if I use it for water alone).


Hello my name is Taylor Moore and I am a filmmaker, photographer and game developer.
I am a Digital Nomad.
When I turned 50, I wanted everything to be different. I wanted to radically simplify my life, and get rid of all of the crap that I was dragging around. I wanted to travel, and pursue work that was global and to live the life of a lifestyle entrepreneur.

In the Beginning
So to start things off, I got my personal belongings down to 50 things(excluding my professional gear). It actually was much easier than I thought it would be. Doing this purge has been one of the most liberating things I have ever done. It is comforting to know where everything is, and not to worry about “stuff” anymore. It has made me very conscious of what I will bring into my life next. I don’t know if I will always conform to this lifestyle but it has been a great personal experiment and experience.

Office Away
The next thing was to be anywhere but in an office. In the last year I have worked out of coffee shops, book stores, libraries and beaches. This has been a tremendous boon to my creativity and approach to work and projects.

Bye Bye TV
One of the greatest events has been getting rid of the TV. Now I only watch what I really want, when I want. So many people live there augmented life through TV. With the relatively short time we have here, to spend it being spoon fed information is not my idea of living life.

Regrets, I have some

  • This is not an easy path at times, and I depend on Skype and email to retain my close friendships.
  • Having a romantic relationship in this type of lifestyle is very hard, but the new friendships forged makes it all worthwhile.
  • Loneliness is not something that visits me very often, but it can be lonely. Getting out and exploring my surrounding breaks it.

What can I not live without

  • Digital Camera with which I shoot stills, HD video and time lapse
  • Macbook Pro with which I edit my stills and video with.
  • iphone Keeps me connected to friends, family and twitter.
  • 2 TB backup Drive (Shit happen’s be ready for it)
  • Swimming trunks…ya never know when you will find a good place to swim!

Benefits

  • Having the freedom to pursue projects I believe in – such as being asked to film a Strawbale House-Raising for a family in Tennessee who lost everything in a Tornado.
  • Learning and speaking another language, which makes me think differently and grow.
  • Helping build a school in Mexico and what that does for the children, community and my karma.
  • Realizing that no matter where we are people want to help. And that gives me hope and faith in humanity.

Money tips I’ve learned

  • Always travel with two bank cards
  • Find out which local bank is closest to you (some places are pretty remote.  I once had to travel 20 miles to the nearest bank!)
  • Find out which day is payday for the local folks because the line-ups can be around the block on those days
  • Get used to military men with machine guns standing in front of the banks
  • Withdrawing cash internationally has fees attached.  Use a bank ATM though;  white-label machines have even higher fees
  • Paypal is your friend.  I typically get paid in the local currency via paypal which then converts to Canadian and is deposited in my Canadian bank account.

Taylor Moore is a filmmaker, photographer and game developer. In 2011 he has lived in Chacala Mexico, Guanajuato Mexico, Summerland BC, Tonasket, WA and Yellowknife, NWT. He can be reached at www.pixelbuz.com or on twitter @pixeltrek

Mentors:

Everett Bogue
The guy who made me look at all of the things I don’t need.
Ashley Ambirge
One of the greatest new writers, and my secret agent muse.
Seth Godin
One of the greatest marketing writers ever. Linchpin has been a personal best read for me.
Tim Ferris
Four Hour Work Week Author and Fitness Guru.
Karol Gajda
He’s the guy who got me started on this path…damn you Karol. Walks the talk.
Tyler Tervooren
He is the master of Riskology. No messing with his success.

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