Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL 10 [APR. 21]
Happy Saturday! We made it to another weekend and Volume 10 of the Weekly Roundup.
This week we’ve got 14 blog posts and 10 podcast episodes for a jam-packed Momentum’s Finest.
MY POSTS THIS WEEK
The Making Momentum blog had two posts pushed live this week:
- Time Is A Finite Resource – Live A Purposeful Life: having a central mission or purpose in life help makes the decisions we make with our limited amount of time easier. Establishing that purpose will unlock a framework of time management to support your money, relationships and how you spend that finite resource of time.
- Momentum Series: Finance Stoic – Wealth & Health: the second feature in the Momentum Series interviews was with the blogger Finance Stoic. Check out the interview to read his family’s story on accruing wealth, career growth and also health and wellness strategies. This is full of advice and resources from someone performing optimally in the worlds of both wealth and health.
MOMENTUM’S FINEST NEWSLETTER & GIVEAWAY
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Alright, lets get into the Weekly Roundup!
PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
How To Retire In 10 Years (Or Less) from ESI Money on CNBC
John at ESI Money wrote this feature for CNBC that outlines his steps on retiring early (or as soon as possible) based on what has helped him accomplish that feat and what he’s learned along the way. ESI shares his 7 steps and then applies quantitative scenarios to help showcase the feasibility and impact of earning (E), saving (S) and investing (I) – ESI. Laying out early retirement in a tactical plan with supporting data really helps clear up how doable FIOR/FIRE is.
My Emergency Fund Investing Strategy from Wealth Well Done
Billy from Wealth Well Done penned this great post on his new mindset and investing strategy for his emergency fund. Personally, I currently have my emergency fund of liquid cash sitting in a HISA of 2.3% (at EQ Bank). Billy shares his research, strategy and rationale on how he developed a three vault plan for his emergency funds. An insightful read that has me thinking about my own emergency fund strategy.
Top 5 FIRE Strategies: How To Capture The Lifestyle You’ve Always Dreamed Of Quickly from Financially Alert
This post by Michael at Financially Alert outlined 5 different strategies he has used personally or seen implemented successfully to reach financial independence. Each of the strategies includes links, resources and personal anecdotes. This is a great article to introduce yourself or others to FIRE and potential strategies to achieve that freedom. From real estate to long-term investing, it’s an easy to digest and well laid out post.
Choosing Our Own FIRE Adventure from Kiwi and Keweenaw
Another FIRE post to feature in the Momentum’s Finest and this one comes from Kiwi and Keweenaw. Mrs. Kiwi recently quit her job before reaching FI but it was necessary and the post helps tell the who, what, when and why of their story and the plans ahead. The main takeaway rings true in the headline of the post, choosing OUR OWN fire adventure. This is your life and you have the power to take control and make it the adventure you desire.
How To Invest: A Beginner’s Guide To Investing In Stocks from The Financially Savvy
This is a great post to help give the 101 to beginners looking to get started with investing. The Financially Savvy outlines the basic framework and steps to getting money into the market. From the types of accounts available, risk tolerance, asset allocation and more, the post introduces a foundation of knowledge to build upon.
9 Money Goals Everyone Should Have from Money Beagle
We all have goals that we’re working towards in our careers and lives. Striving for something to help us reach a specific endpoint. Money Beagle pulled together this list of 9 money goals that he believes everyone should be looking to conquer with their finances. Straight to the point and matter of fact, these aren’t complex quantitative goals to run numbers through a spreadsheet. Attainable, feasible and functional money and lifestyle goals.
SIDE HUSTLES BLOG POSTS
How I Increased My Monthly Income By $497 In 15 Days from Chain of Wealth
Katie from Chain Of Wealth wrote this post to outline how her Laundry Method to passive income earned her close to $500 in the last 15 days. What is the Laundry Method? This is defined as earning income for doing routine tasks you were going to do anyway. 3 steps, a bonus step, real-world examples from her own life, tips, resources and a ton more. This is a great post for anyone looking to grow their own revenue streams. Give it a read and see what exactly is unlocking the success for Chain of Wealth.
March 2018 Side Hustle Report – $1,682.55 from The Financial Panther
The latest side hustle report from The Financial Panther went live to highlight his hustling efforts for the month of March. I always love his reports as it lays out practical examples of how and where this additional income is coming from. The Financial Panther includes 11 revenue streams in his side hustling efforts…he makes me feel lazy. Dive into his report for the details and figures on all the different earning areas.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING BLOG POSTS
How Long Does It Take For Your Page To Rank In Google And How To Maximize Your Chances? from Think Save Retire
Get on the first page of Google and let the organic traffic wash over your site. Boom, easy. Well not really, and not easy at all. Steve from Think Save Retire outlines the results from a recent study by Ahrefs (an industry leading website and authority on SEO). The post is jam-packed with takeaways on the age, updating frequency, core content, external backlinks and other levers that support Google rankings. The post also features an awesome infographic. Great read for bloggers!
TRAVEL BLOG POSTS
How I Used Travel Rewards To Save $2,809 On My Dream Ski Vacation from Winning Personal Finance
We read a lot about credit card hacking and travel rewards. Well how about a post that provides direct results of doing so? Jason from Winning Personal Finance does just that in his recent article highlighting his dream ski trip with friends and then wife. Detailed within the post are the specific costs and points used for their flights, accomodation and rental car. The net result from their travel hacking efforts? A total cost of $680 and total savings of $2,809! Success. Check out the full post for all the takeaways.
LIFESTYLE, PRODUCTIVITY & WELLNESS BLOG POSTS
Simple Life With Less: A Mindful Happy Healthy Lifestyle from Chris Istace
This post features the thoughts from Chris Istace as well as a trifecta of other bloggers: Steve at Think Save Retire, Accidental FIRE and Bob at Tawcan. The topic discussed? Living a mindful simple life with less. Each share their own thoughts, strategies and successes on living this lifestyle as well as the happiness, mindfulness and financial rewards of doing so. Each story has similarities but also differences that provide unique insights that make each individual’s approach interesting to ponder.
30 Goals For Your 30s from Smile And Conquer
Sarah from Smile And Conquer recently celebrated a 32nd birthday. Similar to Sarah, my own birthdays bring on a period of self reflection on the past and plans for the future. This post shares 30 different goals she’s working towards in her 30s and can easily be borrowed to build your own list. Financial goals, lifestyle goals, health and fitness goals, family and friend goals, and many, many more. Tons of great goals that you can leverage to form your own framework of objectives.
The Ultimate Guide To Relieve Stress In Your Career from Career Crisis Accountant
This post hit my inbox inside the Rockstar Finance Newsletter on Thursday. It came at good timing, this is the busiest and most stressful time of year at my office. Damn you stress! Luckily I have some strategies in place to combat this and many of these are covered in this great post by Career Crisis Accountant. There are 8 strategies listed and each includes additional links to other posts, resources and best practices. If you’re looking for ideas to implement in your own stress combating efforts, dive in.
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
Practical Strategies To Pay Down Debt & Retire Early from Mo’ Money Podcast
Two of my favourite bloggers and podcasters joined forces on the Mo’ Money Podcast this week – Jessica Moorhouse (…of course, it’s her show) and Deacon Hayes of Well Kept Wallet. The discussion focused on Deacon’s story, including how he conquered his debt, the launch of his blog, growth of his business and plans for the future. The section on paying down and escaping the burden of debt was full of takeaways to expedite your repayment process. The episode comes in at only 30 minutes but includes a ton of advice and value.
Cracking The Secrets Of Early Retirement from FIRE Drill Podcast
The FIRE Drill duo are becoming weekly features on Momentum’s Finest. And it’s well-deserved given how great their podcast is! This week’s episode featured a chat with Jeremy from the ever-popular Go Curry Cracker. From travelling with kids, credit card usage, retirement activities, investing and what seemed like a dozen other topics, the episode is a sure-fire listen.
How To Gain A Competitive Edge from Afford Anything
Morgan Housel is a former Wall Street Journal columnist and has spent most of his adult life studying, reading, reviewing and discussing investing and money. This week he joined Paula Pant on the Afford Anything podcast to discuss getting a competitive edge as an investor. Strategies, insights, real-world examples and great all around discussion between Morgan and Paula make this an enjoyable listen.
SIDE HUSTLE PODCAST EPISODES
Why You Should Ignore 99% Of Worthless Advice About Starting A Business from Optimal Business Daily
This Optimal Business Daily blogcast is a narrated guest post from 2012 by Ramit Sethi on Budgets Are Sexy. You can check out the original blog post here. In traditional Ramit fashion, this is straight to the point with no punches held back. The episode (and post) shares Ramit’s advice on ignoring all the typical advice that comes with starting a business. Push aside all the fluff and BS, what should you focus on? Earning money.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING PODCAST EPISODES
Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview from Freakonomics Radio
This podcast interview with Mr. Zuckerberg was recorded last summer, well before the recent Facebook data scandal, as part of the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life Of A CEO”. I can’t even begin to consider what life is like for one of the richest people in the world at the helm of one of the most revolutionary companies in history. The discussion bounces around to countless topics about social interactions, Facebook’s mission, forming bonds, Facebook Groups and dozens of other topics. I can’t do the episode justice with a description so if you’re interested, click through and tune in.
5 Problems New Bloggers Face And How To Conquer Them from Do You Even Blog
This was a different episode of Do You Even Blog than the standard long-form one on one interview. This week joining Pete on DYEB was Jillian from the great Montana Money Adventures and a new blogger, Fred from Prairie FIRE Canada. The discussion points centralize on mistakes new bloggers make, tactics to defeat those, writing advice, blogging like it’s a business, lifestyle, networking and much more. Throw on the podcast episode and then read the takeaway notes from Pete to reap the full rewards of this great blogging chat.
Tools And Techniques For Blogging While Travelling from ProBlogger
The great Darren Rowse of ProBlogger profiles the different strategies, tools and techniques available for bloggers to stay connected and publishing content when on the road. Par for the course with ProBlogger, the episode is full of ideas to keep you blogging effectively and efficiently. Darren outlines 7 different approaches you can take, the pros and cons, equipment suggestions and best practices. With summer approaching this is a valuable listen for fellow bloggers.
Do You Have To Spend Money To Make Money? from Fizzle Show
A common question asked in the business and entrepreneurial worlds, do you have to spend money to make money? The Fizzle Show team tackle this question and share their own insights on cash flow, business success and growth. Discussion points include perspective, over-reliance on money, staying focused, being resourceful and a bunch more.
SEO For Bloggers: The Simple Way To Get More Free Traffic From Google from The Side Hustle Show
Nick at The Side Hustle Show is joined by Matt Giovanisci. Matt owns and operates 4 niche authority websites that focus on SEO to drive consistent traffic and revenue growth.The foundation of his blogging strategy? Creating epic, best-in-class content. Matt discusses his own process for keyword research, content development and the successes he has been having.
LIFESTYLE, PRODUCTIVITY & WELLNESS PODCAST EPISODES
Health Equals Wealth from Optimal Health Daily
It’s always a great week when we can intake some classic content from Mr. Money Mustache. This week his 2011 blog post, Health = Wealth, was narrated on Optimal Health Daily. This podcast episode (from Pete’s blog post) highlights some of MMM’s thoughts on health, fitness, lifestyle choices and happiness. From biking or walking whenever feasible to limiting the intake of specific foods, MMM provides listeners (and readers) with lots to consider in their own lives.
- I Dream Of FIRE was featured on CNN: Taking A Year Off At 38, With A Plan To Retire At 48.
- Rockstar Finance is giving away 10 free copies of the updated version of Your Money Or Your Life
- Breaking The One Percent is giving away a free course access to Brett Romero’s 2 Minutes A Day To 10K Twitter Followers
30 SMALL WINS CHALLENGE
Have you checked out the 30 Small Wins Challenge post yet? This post profiles 30 actionable challenges to help make momentum with your money, health and life.
Review the challenges, download the PDF checklist and stay tuned for more content in the coming weeks. I am going to be sharing an update after 30 days to highlight my own progress as well as the successes of others.
Head to the 30 Small Wins Challenge.
THAT’S A WRAP…
Another Momentum’s Finest comes to a close. I hope you’ve got some great new reading and listening material for the weekend and week ahead.
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and have an awesome weekend!