Another day, another giveaway!
Got three more books to give out today – two by good friends of mine in the community, and one by someone I WISH I could have been good friends with but who would have probably gotten me into way too much trouble, lol… Benjamin Franklin ;)
Before we get to that though – congrats to the winners of yesterday’s giveaways!
- Atomic Habits – Nat Metz
- Broke Millennial Talks Money – Sarah
- Anything You Want – Heidi L.
Now here’s what we’ve got for you today…
Book #1: “Adventures in Opting Out”
by Cait Flanders
One of my favorite people in the space, and one of my favorite topics! Though Cait’s been opting out of so much we rarely get to hear from her anymore, lol…. so not a fan of that, but I am a fan of the book ;)
We all follow our own path in life. At least, that’s what we’re told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine — even great. But they leave some of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we’re ready to opt out.
After going through this process many times, Cait Flanders found there is an incredible parallel between taking a different path in life and the psychological work it takes to summit a mountain — especially when you decide to go solo. In Adventures in Opting Out, she offers a trail map to help you with both. As you’ll see, reaching the first viewpoint can be easy — and it offers a glimpse of what you’re walking toward. Climbing to the summit for the full view is worth it. But in the space between those two peaks you will enter a world completely unknown to you, and that is the most difficult part of the path to navigate.
With Flanders’s guidance and advice, drawn from her own journey and stories of others, you’ll have all the encouragement and insight you’ll need to take the path less traveled and create the life you want. Just step up to the trailhead and expect it to be an adventure.
Book #2: “Fire the Haters”
by Jillian Johnsrud
Another book from a friend in the PF world – Jillian Johnsrud! Formerly of Montana Money Adventures, another great money blog from years of yore… I remember reading it for the first time and being absolutely blown away. She wrote with such rawness and vigor! And was super inspirational! In fact, she holds the title for having her very first blog post featured on Rockstar Finance – a quite impressive feat ;)
But today isn’t about her old blog, it’s about a new(ish) book of hers all around managing the haters in your life… So if you’ve been struggling with it, whether online or off, make sure to enter for this book and see if any of her tips help squash it.
Here’s a testimonial I wrote for her that landed on the back cover of it – coincidentally next to a quote by Cait Flanders!
“Haters suck. But giving up on your dreams sucks more. Don’t let the haters win! Pick up this book and let Jillian help guide you through this beautifully messy place they call The Internet. It’ll be like having coffee with your best friend, only a best friend who also happens to know exactly what you need to succeed online.” – J. Money, All-Star Money
(I had put “Certified Hustler” there as my title, but I guess the editors didn’t like that one too much 😂)
And then here’s more about it by Amazon:
Sharing your creative and entrepreneurial ventures online can feel like traversing a rough and uncharted ocean. Full of setbacks and obstacles that might sink your ship.
If you ever wanted to go out to coffee and “pick the brain” of someone who has successfully navigated this creative entrepreneurial life, this is your chance. All for the price of two lattes.
We will deal with your three big stumbling blocks
- Online critics: How do you “fire the haters” and create boundaries online to keep you working, healthy and productive?
- Inner critic: From imposter syndrome to fears of what friends and family might think.
- Failure, fear, and finding the courage to create: Cancel culture, recovering from failure, and how to stay in the game.
Book #3: “Franklin’s Thrift”
by David Blankenhorn, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead and Sorcha Brophy-Warren
I’ll be honest and say I never did end up getting through to the end of it, but I do remember enjoying some of the stories from the beginning portions of the book. One I had on my night stand for a few months, but now time to go onto someone else’s!
So if you’re a fan of the infamous B. Frank. too, or just enjoy history in general, this book’s for you… Here’s more from Amazon:
Americans today often think of thrift as a negative value—a miserly hoarding of resources and a denial of pleasure. Even more telling, many Americans don’t even think of thrift at all anymore. Franklin’s Thrift challenges this state of mind by recovering the rich history of thrift as a quintessentially American virtue.
The contributors to this volume trace how, from the eighteenth century on, the idea and practice of thrift has been a robust part of the American vision of economic freedom and social abundance. For Benjamin Franklin, who personified and promoted the idea, thrift meant working productively, consuming wisely, saving proportionally, and giving generously. Franklin’s thrift became the cornerstone of a new kind of secular faith in the ordinary person’s capacity to shape his lot and fortune in life.
Later chapters document how in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, thrift moved into new domains. It became the animating idea behind social movements to promote children’s school savings, create mutual savings banks and credit unions for working men and women, establish a federal savings bond program, and galvanize the nation to conserve resources during two world wars.
And that’s today’s giveaways!
Tell me a story that corresponds with whichever book you want, and you’ll be entered to win…
For example, if you want the Opting Out book, tell me an area you want to opt out of or a story around a time you tried or something, and if you want the Hater one tell me a time you had to deal with hate in your life and how it was successful or not. Or any other stories around the corresponding subject – you get the idea…
You can enter for whichever ones you want, and I’ll be announcing the winners after 5pm EST here at the bottom of this blog post as well as in tomorrow’s next post…
So get your entries in fast! And will be back tomorrow for more goodies! Shifting into $$$ merch next from around the community…
Thx for reading,
UPDATE: Giveaway now over!
Congrats to our 3 winners:
- “Adventures in Opting Out” — Working Mom
- “Fire the Haters” — Nakpangi
- “Franklin’s Thrift” — Caroline
Back tomorrow with more 🔥