So, I’m reading this great book called ‘The The Millionaire Next Door’ and it is highlighting one of my self imposed mantras of what I aspire to be…”All cash and no flash”. I even bought the book at a thrift store, for 79 cents, already living some of it’s principles 🙂

A summary: “Most of the millionaire households that they profiled did not have the extravagant lifestyles that most people would assume. This finding is backed up by surveys indicating how little these millionaire households have spent on such things as cars, watches, suits, and other luxury products/services. Most importantly, the book gives a list of reasons for why these people managed to accumulate so much wealth (the top one being that “They live below their means”). The authors make a distinction between the ‘Balance Sheet Affluent’ (those with actual wealth, or high net-worth) and the ‘Income Affluent’ (those with a high income, but little actual wealth, or low net-worth).”

This great video, I think, highlights a big social misconception. A fancy car does not equal rich. I see these guys as piled in debt with an impulsive attitude towards money. I.e. not wealthy. It is, in my mind, synonymous with the holographic illusion we have come to accept: “ghetto fabulous”. The truly wealthy evidently have known this for generations. Challenge your ideals 😉

I happily enjoy life without television…but if you missed this speech, as I did, it bears repeating. Undeniably beautiful ❤

Excerpt: “To the beholders that I thought mattered, I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me, “You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.” And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.

And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty.”