Melissa Leong is a personal finance writer for the Financial Post. You can also see her on TV talking about ‘feel good finance’ on CTV’s The Social as their resident money expert.
She has appeared on such shows as Canada AM, Global News and CBC Radio to educate people about better ways to handle their money.
Throughout her journalism career spanning over 15 years, she has covered numerous topics, some of which include politics, business and terrorism. Hugh Jackman and Duchess Sarah Ferguson are amongst the many people she has interviewed.
Melissa is a wife, mother, money expert, speaker and author. I personally applaud her for flexing her girl power muscle and reaching for her own personal greatness. It’s inspiring to see!
On January 8, 2019, Melissa is launching her new personal finance book called Happy Go Money. You can purchase your copy at the following places:
Despite her crazy busy schedule, I was able to capture a tiny slice of her time to ask her a few questions about her new book!
Simply Chrissy: What inspired you to write the book Happy Go Money?
Melissa: A few months after our wedding, my husband got a prescription for sleeping pills ahead of a ski trip with friends. He had a severe reaction to the pills. He became buried under the crushing weight of depression and terrified under the attack of relentless anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I made it my mission to be happy in the face of it. In the day, I wrote about personal finance for the Financial Post. In the off hours, I became a joy ninja. I went to wellness retreats, therapists, Buddhist temples. I pored over every book I could find on the study of happiness and positive psychology. I consumed hours of lectures from monks and scientists and resilience gurus. Everyone talked about mantras and gratitude exercises and anti-inflammatory mood-boosting diets — all of which I tried. No one talked about finances. In that time, I gained some valuable insights about happiness and money which I turned into this book.
Simply Chrissy: Did you learn anything new about the process of writing this book?
Melissa: If you had asked me years ago, “Can money buy happiness?” I would’ve said, “Hell no.” On my first day of journalism school, the professor said, “If you want to make a lot of money, there’s the door.” And I didn’t care, because I thought I was going to be a war correspondent subsisting off of instant noodles and the satisfaction of being a force of good. I’ve never been motivated by money. But I’ve since learned that you can buy happiness—to a point. You just have to know what to spend on and how to manage your money for joy.
“He became buried under the crushing weight of depression and terrified under the attack of relentless anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I made it my mission to be happy in the face of it. In the day, I wrote about personal finance for the Financial Post. In the off hours, I became a joy ninja.” – Melissa Leong
Simply Chrissy: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Melissa: We have to be clearer about our goals. If, for example, the goal is to build self-esteem and you’re doing it through dieting and cosmetic work, is that ultimately effective? The same applies to achieving a happy, fulfilled life. If you’re trying to get that through attaining wealth and material goods, then let’s have a conversation. Happiness is also not a destination. It’s a work in progress like success and confidence. It’s okay to trip up when it comes to structuring your finances for a good life. You learn, you keep going and you try again.
“Happiness is also not a destination. It’s a work in progress like success and confidence. It’s okay to trip up when it comes to structuring your finances for a good life. You learn, you keep going and you try again.” – Melissa Leong
Simply Chrissy: What is your favorite chapter of your book and why?
Melissa: My favorite chapter to write was probably the conclusion. It is personal and heartfelt. It marks a milestone for me and it marks a moment of pride that I have for the reader. She’s finished a finance book. She’s gone on a journey. And I hope she feels happier and better prepared for life’s big and small choices.
Simply Chrissy: Where can people connect with you on social media?
Melissa: I’m most active on Instagram under the profile: @lisleong.
♠ Connect with Melissa via her Instagram page, HERE
♠ Email Melissa: Hello@melissaleong.com
Thank you for visiting and reading this interview! I hope that you pick up your copy of Happy Go Money so that you can continue, or, get started improving your personal finance skills today. Personal finance is not taught in school, yet handling your money properly is a top priority life skill. So, it’s up to you to educate yourself.
And if you haven’t already noticed, consumer debt is a problem that’s out of control.
Financial problems is one of THE top reasons people get divorced. It also causes high anxiety, stress, sadness, depression and health problems.
Money really does matter. It contributes to happiness when properly allocated and cultivated. Money really does impact your quality of life.
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