A Money Coach in Canada

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Dear Readers,

Most of you know that I moved from Vancouver to Yellowknife, NT, a couple months ago.  Non-Canadians, I’m very far north, as in, aurora borealis north.   Or golfing in the midnight sun, north.

Last Saturday, in typical northern hospitality I was invited to my first party … by a group of bloggers!

I thought I’d return the favour by introducing you to some of my fellow True North(ern) Voice blogging buddies.

Natalie, a maritimer (there are lots of them here!) writes about some unique facets of ordering at the local McDonalds:

  • But friends, this is the North! People are ridiculously friendly here. If that same situation had occurred in the South, I am certain the pubescent McD’s worker would have …. read more

Readers:  care to take a guess what’s up with the metal box?

Newfoundlander expat FerryTales (read into that…) was brave enough to poll some northerners about seal hunts for a living.

Readers:  … on second thought … never mind.  Moving right along now,

Megan, formerly from Novia Scotia (TOLD you there are a lot of maritimers up here!) retells an old bible story of famine and — well, I’ll let her tell it:

  • Boaz thinks Ruth is awesome. I’m not surprised: I think any man would feel this way about a hot young girl who appeared uninvited and volunteered to do whatever he wanted. Even better: She showed up at HIS feet, even though there are younger men around. (I’m not SAYING she’s the Old Testament version of Anna Nicole Smith, but I do have to wonder.) But Boaz points out that there’s another guy with first dibs on her. He says she should sleep over, and in the morning they can … read more

Failed Mommy comes up with a plan not to look like a poser when she recently took a holiday in a Phoenix Resort

  • Despite our best efforts, however, I have a feeling that the hotel staff and the other guests caught on to our facade. ..

And this completely captures some of what it is to be a northerner, thanks to Alex (who may, or may not be from the maritimes?) and found this great piece:

  • In summary: Be Northern. Build a house out of town. Wear moosehide and sealskin. Park your car in your yard. Pee by the highway. Take your dog to work. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em. Say “the Yukon” (What gutless bureaucrat dropped the “the”?). Jaywalk. Commute on your quad. Look people in the eye. Don’t shave – and ladies, that goes for you. Curse. Spit. Enter without knocking. Eat bannock, dry-meat and tea. Build campfires in your yard. Shop at the dump. Call the rest of world “Outside.” Kill your cellphone. Kill your dinner. And stop acting like a goddamn southerner.

Photo Credit:  JL Gordey

About the Author

Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. matt

    Love this post Nancy! Makes me want to escape the “outside”.


    Apr 16, 2009
  2. This is great. Still kicking myself for not being able to make it to that party.

    The Bushman’s last blog post..Cooking with Kyle on CanLiving


    Apr 16, 2009
  3. heyyy Nancy! Thanks for the shout out.
    First of all, yes, I too am a maritimer. Nova Scotia born and raised!

    Second…I can’t believe I missed that party! I was even in YK for that weekend! Like I mentioned to Megan earlier, I practically am a pirate so going to a pirate party would be just like going to a regular party for me. Except not.

    Alex’s last blog post..The city of romance, and frostbitten genitals…


    Apr 17, 2009
  4. Great blog! I love the concept of a money coach as compared with a financial planner…it seems like everyone is a financial advisor these days! Hope you are staying warm up in the northland!

    Brandon’s last blog post..Blog Income Report


    Apr 18, 2009
  5. Ah yes, that’s my blogging friend Brandon right above there, now he really *can* talk about the “northland”:) – I’d love to make it up to NWT sometime – never been (I’m Canadian, from Ontario originally). Would be great to eat some bannock again too. I’ll be back to read more of your blog….. stop by and say hi on mine if you like. I

    MoneyEnergy’s last blog post..How Should You Spend Your Tax Refund?


    Apr 20, 2009
  6. brad

    Interesting that “North” is always a relative term. I lived for 10 years in rural Vermont, which is closer to the Equator than it is to the North Pole, but to the rest of the United States it’s considered the “North.” And–apart from the moosehide, sealskin, bannock, and dry-meat–Alex’s description of what it is to “be Northern” translates perfectly to “be a Vermonter” or for that matter “be a Yankee.”


    Apr 20, 2009

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