I’m so Proud! Please show your support for Xanthe… ;o)

It’s your ‘Teaching Children About Money’ Coach – Amanda van der Gulik here.

I have some exciting PERSONAL news – and I am just a bit nervous about sharing it….

You see, even though I am very “out there” with my public personality as the

‘Teaching Children About Money’ Coach , well… I am usually reluctant about

sharing too much of my private life. Which is why I am a bit nervous…

But I am just bursting with this news – so I decided it’s time to come out and

share this with you:

After six years of trying to teach my daughter about money, my daughter

Xanthe has started her very first face painting business!

I am absolutely beside myself with excitement – for lots of reasons…

But let me tell you one of them – isn’t it funny how so many times everyone in

the world will listen to you except your own kids? I mean, I bet Lance

Armstrong is having a hard time teaching his kids to ride a two-wheeler!

In any case, even though I’ve helped thousands of parents with teaching their

children about money… sometimes I thought my advice was falling on deaf

ears with my kids.

But Xanthe took those lessons to heart, and she made her passion for face

painting blossom…

And now she’s ready to take it to the world!

So now I have a simple favor to ask of you… it won’t cost you a cent, just a

minute or two of your time.

Xanthe is only six years old and has just started learning how to read and I am

making her a special easy-to-read book to help keep her motivated on her

way to her face painting success and I would love to make it really special

– and you can help me do that if you can just spare a few seconds…

You see, I want to surprise Xanthe with well wishes from my

TeachingChildrenAboutMoney.com readers. Can you send her your young

entrepreneur wishes (or advice) as she gets set to take her face painting

business to the world?

Just type in a simple message to Xanthe below this post, and then press the

“post” button.

I am hoping to get hundreds (or even thousands) of responses… then I will

put them all together for Xanthe. Can you think of a more beautiful gift than

hundreds of well-wishes from TeachingChildrenAboutMoney.com readers

from all over the world? (you can even send your special note in your own

language and then just put in an english translation in brackets beside it, she’d

love that!) ;o)

Just post me your wishes to Xanthe… I will take care of the rest.

Here’s to young entrepreneurs blossoming all over the world!

Cheers…Amanda…Excited Life Enthusiast!

P.S. Thanks for taking the time to read this to the end. I don’t usually share

this kind of personal stuff in my newsletter… and I certainly have never

asked for anything like this before! But I decided to really go out on a limb
this time!

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39 Responses to I’m so Proud! Please show your support for Xanthe… ;o)

  1. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe,
    Wow! I can feel the excitement, I hope all goes well with your business but isnt it fun anyway! Fun Fun and let the money come….

    Light & Laughter


  2. Amanda says:

    That is such a fun business. When Sommer was at Kindy one of my jobs on the fundraising committee was Face Painting. It is great fun and your artistic creativity flows and grows!!!! What a great opportunity to share your art and creativity with other’s!!! Good on you Xanthe (and Amanda) xxSusan (NZ)

  3. Amanda says:

    What a blessing to have such a wise parent to teach you about the world of becoming an entreprenuer! There is so much freedom learning to work for yourself, do what you REALLY love, and knowing how to handle prosperity. Knowing that prosperity is more than making money, but giving and recieving of services, value and yourself.

    You are on your way into an adventure that can be so much fun! If there is one piece of advice I can offer from Florida in the United States of America, it is to BELIEVE! See every day what you want to be, achieve and have and BELIEVE it is yours! You will do great things in this lifetime!

    I would love to interview you on my radio show someitme! You let me know when the right time is, OK?

    Your friend along the way,
    Christine Hiebel

  4. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe

    Best of Fun with your Face painting.
    Color is great
    Enjoy yourself


  5. SimplyStreaming says:

    Hi Xanthe…I just found out that you have started your own face painting business and wanted to write and cheer you on. What a great passion you have helping other people to be someone else for a while. You are so lucky, Xanthe, to have such a passion at such a young age and be able to turn it into profits…I can only say “BRAVO”…and support you with positive thoughts for this great adventure you are embarking upon…go with the flow, little (BIG) one and have a wonderful time living your passion to profits.
    Warm hugs from across the sea.(I live in Vienna, Austria!)…Sallie

  6. Amanda says:

    Thank-you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.

    I can’t wait to put all these messages together and present them to her.
    I will give them to her for her Christmas present, she will love them.
    So if you would still like to add another comment then please do, I will check in on this page often and will add comments to her book until Christmas Eve, 5pm EST.

    thanks again for all you kind words of encouragement, you have all been incredbibly generous in your thoughts and comments.

    Here’s to you own massive success…

    Cheers…Amanda van der Gulik…Excited Life Enthusiast!

    P.S. For those who are new to this page, I sent out the above post as an email to my members list and these were the wonderful responses we received. Please add your own comment for Xanthe to help encourage her on her new business venture! Thank-you. ;o)

  7. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe,
    I live in Russia and I do not exactly how to make money but I wish you a good luck .
    All the best

  8. Amanda says:

    Xanthe rocks, enough said 🙂

  9. Amanda says:


    What an amazing gift you are giving your daughter.

    If more of us had parents like you we would have had different experiences and been able to be there to support those who needed it along the way.

    By what you are doing for your daughter you are changing many many lives along her path.

    You are both in my thoughts and prayers,


  10. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe,
    I wish you much luck in your face painting business. I am going to tell my 5 year old grandaughter
    Adaiah about it. Maybe she would like to try it herself.

    Christyl Lane

  11. Amanda says:

    Good Job Xanthe!! I am so proud of you. You are a very big girl, taking a big step to control your future. I wish you all the best and I will definitely share your story with my children. You will be very successful, I just can feel it!!


  12. Amanda says:

    Xanthe, I wish you well in your new venture. Remember to love what you are doing and to treat your customers as you like to be treated, then success will come your way.

    Here’s to lots of success,

    Gwen Settle
    Abbotsford, BC

  13. Amanda says:

    Dear Xanthe

    I am very proud of you!

    What a smart girl to think of such a good business idea!

    I know you will do really, really well!

    Don’t forget to have lots and lots and lots of fun!


  14. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe,
    I think starting a face painting business is so neat. I think it is so important to try things that you are passionate about and it sounds like you are about face painting. Have fun and I hope you meet lots of cool people doing it!

    From Carla

  15. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe,
    I am Freny, came to know that you are interested in face painting business. I am also in a business of painting bags, purses, envelopes, jars, pots, and many other products since my childhood. I stopped doing the same for some years, but I have started again, and I earn well, and most important is I do with passion. I just want to tell you to continue doing the same with love and earn abundance of money that will make your parents proud. All the best, and blessings in total love.

  16. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe
    Congratulations on starting your own face painting business – I hope it is really successful and fun
    From Fiona (Australia)

  17. Amanda says:

    Way to Go, Xanthe!

    Keep on painting with your favorite colors! Your mom told me how GREAT you are! Good luck on your business and may this be the start of abundance and an awesome life for you!


  18. Amanda says:

    Dear Xanthe,
    Good luck to you

  19. Amanda says:

    Hi There Xanthe!

    What a treat knowing that someone at your tender age is doing such a fun and wonderful thing like face painting… and turning it into a business! The whole world is your canvas! I for one would love to see some of your work. Ask your mom to make a special website for you to show off your artwork. I can only hope my granddaughter shows the same entrepreneurial spirit when she turns 6 (she’s only 20 months, so I have a ways to go to see that, but you can be her inspiration.) . Thank you, Xanthe, for showing the world that you are never too young to start being creative. Best of luck with your face painting business!

    Cynthia Fertal

  20. Amanda says:

    Hi Amanda,

    My message for Xanthe is “You can do it”

    I am also including a link to an art paint program that I have used that does have a free version to it. My granddaughter really liked the program when she was 6. This program allows you to import pictures and alter them or draw/paint free hand. It actually looks wet. You can save or print too.
    Your daughter would have fun and develop more of her creative talent with it. Here is the link



  21. Amanda says:


    You Go Girl!

    Can’t wait to hear about your success!


  22. Amanda says:


    My 10 year old daughter has started her own business as well and is doing really well. You can do it too.

    Remember, to never quit.

    Always think of how you can provide service to other people better and know that you are Perfect!

    Many Blessings,
    Ana Seidel

  23. Amanda says:

    Hola Xanthe!!
    Felicidades por tu nuevo libro y por tu nuevo negocio, imaginate siendo
    tan pequeña todo lo que estas logrando. Gracias por compartir tus historias
    es sorprendentre que a tu edad seas fuente de inspiración. No dejes de avisarnos cuando salga tu libro, mi hijo de 5 años lo va a disfrutar mucho
    Saludos y abrazos desde México
    Eduardo,Renée, Sebastian (10) y Rodrigo (5)

    Hi Xanthe!!
    Congratulations on your new book and your new business, imagine being so little and all the great things you are achieving. Thank you for sharing your stories, its amazing that at your age you are a big source of inspiration. Please let us know when your book is on sale, I´m sure my 5 year old son will enjoy it
    Greetings and hugs from Mexico
    Eduardo, Renée, Sebastian (10) and Rodrigo (5)

  24. Amanda says:

    Way to go Xanthe! Best of luck with everything! That’s AWESOME !!

  25. Amanda says:

    Xanthe – How exciting to hear that you have started your very own Business! I started my own Business as a CLOWN and started face painting too! Last year I sold my Business (Rainbow Entertainment) for LOTS of money. So I hope you enjoy yours too!

    You GO GIRL!

    Rainbow the Clown
    PS: Please tell your Mum I sold it because now I am back Teaching, and last term ran a “Club Enterprise’ at lunchtimes with 36 kids. At the end of the term they held a market. Not only did they all make REAL money (they had to donate a % to charity, the rest was theirs) they had HEAPS of fun too! I also work part time for the Wisemoney Foundation. Tell Mum to have a look on the website, we have some VERY COOL moneyboxes with a difference that we sell.


  26. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe!

    I think it’s great that you already started your own business ;-D. Make sure you have lots of FUN, enjoy and CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Denice R.
    Portland, OR

  27. Amanda says:

    Keep up the good work! I know you will be very successful in your face painting business!
    Believe it and you will achieve it!

  28. Amanda says:

    Hey Xanthe – Way cool – good luck with your face painting!!

  29. Amanda says:

    Dear Xanthe,

    Good luck with your new business venture. I’m sure you will be a great success. My 3 year old daughter loves to get her face painted.
    Best wishes for success,


  30. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe!

    Best Wishes for your new business! I know you will be a success!

    Dee (from Illinois)

  31. Amanda says:

    7.13AM Wednesday 19th November 2008

    To Xanthe …..a VERY special little girl…..
    Lots of Love and success with your very own business.
    I think you are wonderful.

    Patricia Headford
    Sydney AUSTRALIA

  32. Amanda says:

    Amanda, That is awesome news. I would love to wish your daughter much success in her new endeavor and to stay positive and don’t let anything get in the way of her dreams. You Go Girl!

    Where is her business located? Me and my daughter love getting our face painted. We are in California.

    I share your enthusiasm for life, especially when it comes to children. My purpose in life is to help children experience how truly beautiful life can be by satisfying their desire to be accepted for who they are. I am currently writing a children’s book about interracial children that I plan on dedicating to my daughter.

    Keep in touch,


  33. Amanda says:

    Hello Xanthe!

    Congratulations on your new business! I will give you the advice I give everyone: “Discover your passion because when you do what you love with all your heart, you will never work a day in your life!” I also encourage you to Dream BIG and always remember that YOU can HAVE anything, DO anything, and BE anything you dream of! I look forward to seeing your work and hearing about your amazing success as an artist!

    Follow your dreams,
    Michelle Sanchez
    Business Success Coach/Certified Dream Coach/Author
    One of My Dreams Come True: http://www.behappyhealthywealthynow.com

  34. Amanda says:


    Good luck with your new business. Remember to have fun with it!


  35. Amanda says:

    Dear little Xanthe,

    My advice to you as you go into the world is know what you want and then Never. Never. Never. Never. Never. Never give up.

    Go for the gusto Xanthe. You cannot fail.

    Justin C.

  36. Amanda says:


    it is so lovely that your little one is inspired to do this venture. Good on you for encouraging her and providing a model for her to follow. Very very important. love and best wishes to you too.

    Carolyn x

  37. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe

    Tremendous to hear about your face painting business. All the best with this .Go get em!



  38. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe,

    I am very happy to here that you are starting a face painting business. I have been in business for myself for years making signs and it is always very exciting. You will meet very cool people and have a great time. I wish you the best!!

    Judie 🙂
    Woolwine, VA

  39. Amanda says:

    Hi Xanthe.

    Your mum just told me about your facepainting business. What a fabulous idea. I wish you all the very best and great success with your venture. That is the beginning of a great life in business.

    very best wishes, Carolyn Hastie, Chittaway Bay, NSW, Australia

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