Sitting here with my son this morning as he inexplicably has the day off from school, so rather than regale you with another fiscally fascinating tale of finance, I shall present to you the following two things in its stead:
- A picture of Perry the Platypus, courtesy of this same son who wanted to “make art” while I “make words” (Success!)
- My favorite articles from the month courtesy of The Internets, and which only requires 10% of my brain this morning hopefully leaving me with enough to make it through the day ;)
But I will say – some of these really forced me to slow down and reflect over the weeks, so I’m excited to share them with you today in hopes they inspire you as well.
If you missed the collection from last month, you can check those out here.
Blessed weekend, everyone!
How to Inscribe a Book by The Distilled Man — “Do you ever pull a book off your shelf, crack it open, and find an old inscription written by the person who gave it to you?… Giving someone a book with a personalized message written inside is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give.”
A Love Letter from a Dead Man and a Net Worth Update by Physician on Fire — “I suggest everyone reading this article create something similar for a loved one if you pass. This simple exercise highlighted my mortality. I have hugged and kissed my wife and children a lot since I started working on this piece. I noticed I take too many things for granted until I had to contemplate their absence. Hopefully, this index card is useful in one hundred years.”
Consumption Spirals by Paul Jarvis — “I’d rather be happy with what I’ve got than think I’ll only be happy when I buy what I desire. Think about it: it feels better to be happy presently than hopefully happy later.”
Inside the Financial Gym, where trainers offer you wine and Kleenex as they strip you ‘financially naked’ and analyze your money issues by Business Insider — “People were constantly coming up to me who didn’t have $250,000 in assets and asking, ‘Hey, can you help me with my money?’… I realized that they wanted to talk to someone about how to manage their money. They wanted to go to a place. And I realized that most people don’t have a place that exists where they can talk about their finances.”
(Shannon is the same person behind the $$$ blog, Financially-Blonde.com, and the podcast Martinis and Your Money btw :) Check out the pictures throughout this article – there’s even a MONEY BAR at this “gym” – Brilliant!!)
Saving Is Sexy @ Humble Dollar — “The Olson and Rick paper grew out of a series of experiments, which found that savers, both men and women, were viewed as more desirable romantic partners, because they’re perceived to have greater self-control… [But] while good savings habits may help you find a long-term partner, it may not help if you’re hoping for a short-term fling… Those who toss their money around may be viewed as more fun and exciting, and hence a better choice for a one-night stand.”
Meet The Instagrammer Using Her Influence to Inspire People to Leave a Legacy of Impact @ Charity Charge — “I got to the point where I wasn’t sure what was scarier; having cancer or dying without leaving a legacy in this world. ” (The company attached to this blog btw is from a new credit card out there which applies all your rewards to the charity of your choice! Pretty cool idea!)
Absolute Budget Excel Spreadsheet Version 2 is now available to download for free! from Hayes over at the Absolute Budget blog. In case anyone’s still looking for the “right” budget template :) Here’s a screenshot of part of it:
Why You Should Write an Acknowledgements Section For Your Life by A Life of Productivity — “Acknowledgements sections usually exist only in books (and maybe in speeches at weddings). What would yours look like if you had to write one for your life?”
A Growing Cult of Millennials Is Obsessed With Early Retirement. This 72-Year-Old Is Their Unlikely Inspiration by Money Magazine. (Which our Blog Directory may or may not be featured in (!!!)) — “Vicki Robin had no idea she’d become a millennial icon. The 72-year-old coauthor of the 1992 bestseller Your Money or Your Life was recuperating from a hip replacement early last year when a young man she’d met at a sustainability event months prior told her she was popular on a Reddit forum about financial independence. At the time, she was confined to the pullout couch of her Whidbey Island, Wash., living room, with its view of the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. So she had plenty of time to explore the online community where, to her surprise, she discovered she was something of a celebrity.”
And lastly, a scary video on the future of technology –> “HYPER-REALITY” by Keiichi Matsuda — “Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.”
Hope you find something good :)