What up, what up!
I hope you really like my site because I’m about to drop another Top 10 list at your feet today ;) But at least it’s not the Worst Posts of 2015! That would keep you busy until at least the start of 2017 – hah.
Unlike the last list of the most popular articles from the year based on page views, this time around I hand plucked my personal faves from throughout the year. The posts that were not only fun to write, but also had some great takeaways that I had recently learned myself (and now form the way I think about money on the daily).
In a perfect world these are the ones you hope to take off and go viral as a blogger, but perhaps releasing them into the wild again might have some better luck? Go posts, go – you can do it! ;)
My 10 favorite posts I wrote in 2015
#1) Being Happy = Being Happy — I think of this concept A LOT. Like, almost every single day. It’s something I feel like everyone should be aware of as it can drastically improve both your finances and your lifestyle once you understand how you work. It took me a good 30+ years to figure this out so hopefully you catch on quicker!
#2) My Answer to All Financial Debates — You know those heated debates in the finance world like whether to invest your money or pay off your mortgage? Or which is better for you – paying off your debt or starting an emergency fund? Well, this is my answer to all of them and it doesn’t always make me a popular guy ;) (Though it has served me well throughout my financial Renaissance!)
#3) I’d Rather Be Young — This is a new line I tell myself anytime I’m jealous of other people’s stuff. Like the Ranges they ride or millions/billions they have in the bank, or their gargantuan careers, etc. Almost every single one of them are much (much!) older than I since it usually takes people a while to accrue such awesomeness, so all I do when I catch myself salivating now is to ask myself if I’d rather have all that wealth or my relatively young age instead. And 10 times out of 10 I choose my youth :)
#4) Challenge Everything Complete! $5,484.07 Banked! — This was the culmination of one of my most popular series (and experiments) done here since the start of the blog. For 12 months straight I cut bills, sold stuff online, and banked every *extra* dollar that came my way eventually adding up to enough to max out a Roth IRA. This post here summarizes how it all went, and breaks down the savings by sections with sexy little graphs…. And the beautiful part is that the savings keeps on going without lifting a finger! We’re already up to $908.28 in round II!
#5) If This Were My Last Post on Money — This one sounds ominous, but it pretty much whittles everything I’ve learned about finances over the years into one simple – and short – blog post. Whenever the day comes to retire this blog I’m totally digging this back up and re-publishing it :)
#6) What I Learned Working Like Benjamin Franklin For a Week — What started out as a fun little experiment copying Benjamin Franklin’s schedule for a week, soon turned into a formidable habit that marks work day #103 in a row for me today :) In which I wake up around the 5 am mark and do some good thinking and “powerful goodness!” I was never able to catch on to the rest of B. Frankin’s daily scheme (cuz you know I *ahem* share in the responsibilities of managing our household and kids), but for all the parts to stick the morning routine has been quite impactful.
#7) What Haters Are Like — You ALL know people like this, haha…
#8) The Zero Waste Lifestyle — I stumbled across this movement one early morning rocking the B. Franklin routine, and it’s penetrated my life ever since (that’s right – I said penetrated!). It’s a pretty extreme take on minimalism/saving the Earth, but it really got me to STOP and think about why I do the things I do with our “stuff” and trash. Very similar to the process of consciously choosing how we spend and save our money too. Highly recommend reading this synopsis and seeing if anything clicks. (And if you’re more interested in seeing how it can apply directly to your finances, check out this post instead).
#9) Freedom > Money > Stuff — A good reminder of the point of money and how it affects our lives. Print out this pic and stick it to your fridge!
And lastly, #10) How Blogger J. Money Socked Away $400,000 In 7 Years — While not a post I wrote myself, this one had to be my all-time favorite as it’s every financial blogger’s dream: getting a story written up about you on Forbes! Even though you’re anonymous!! (Which would have never happened back in the day). It still feels so surreal as it sounds like a totally different person, but I guess that’s what good journalists are paid to do – make someone’s average sounding life look juicy! So I’ll take it any day of the week ;)
Runner up posts:
- PS: It’s Okay to Buy Stuff
- 40+ Financial Acronyms – Which Are You?
- Interview w/ My Mom Who Just Found Out She Can Retire Anytime She Wants :)
And there you have it – the last blog post I’ll write for the year! A blog talking about other blog posts – hah. We’ll be sure to return to our regularly scheduled postcasting from this point out – I promise :)
Happy new year everyone!! Watch those wallets this weekend!
*In case you’re wondering, I couldn’t choose the order of my favorite posts so I made them all #1 ;) Plus, didn’t want to hear the little guys bickering with each other all day long, haha…
[Karate pic by Jeffrey Rowland]