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Karl and Heather's Journey:

An Evening with Coraline

Saturday night we joined friends & neighbors for outdoor movie night in the park watching Coraline.  After the crazy Saturday we had, odds were 95% that one or more Duncan’s would be asleep within ten minutes of the opening credits (me being the ‘one’ in the equation). To my surprise, within moments of the start, I was hooked.

Outside of the creepy surreal setting and cartoonish characters, The Jones’ and the Duncan’s have some things in common. A central theme for the adults in both our families is money; working hard to earn it and working even harder not to spend it. In contrast, Coraline attributes a higher value in receiving attention/engagement from her busy parents. What she gets is haphazard advice to go find something to do and leave them alone…ouch! So that’s exactly what Coraline does.

Lo and behold Coraline discovers the opportunity for a new life that has everything she desires and more, but at the cost of abandoning family life as she knows it and replacing her eyeballs with buttons…different kind of ouch! In much less dramatic fashion, we all face challenging decisions that make us determine the risk/reward of our actions:

  • Spending in the present vs. Saving for the future
  • Dedicating extra hours at work vs. Investing in family time
  • Cutting back on a bad habit vs. Cutting out the bad habit

Just as Coraline ignored warnings from neighbors & a bug-eyed cat that she was in danger; for years we ignored warning signs of financial dangers: credit card debt, not budgeting and not planning ahead. Thankfully we have both been saved by playing a game to achieve our freedoms’ (yeah Project Money), and now we are doing what we can to help save others. 

watching a movie

So if you haven’t already seen Coraline we’ve basically ruined the plot for you. However, I still recommend you watch it and see if you can correlate your challenges to hers. At the end of the day, although most of us would love to find a magical doorway to a perfect world, working as hard as you can to improve this one (especially financially) is far more rewarding. 


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