Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL 18 [JUNE 16]
Happy Saturday Momentum Makers!
Summer is basically here…and the World Cup is here! Who are you rooting for? I don’t really have a horse in the race but I do like an underdog story. So I’ll pull for Iceland!
It’s been a GREAT week on Making Momentum (more details in the next week or two in a post).
MY POSTS THIS WEEK
- Understanding Your Credit Score And How To Check It For Free: Have you ever wondered what your credit score is? Plus how you can check and monitor it for free with some great resources like Credit Sesame and Borrowell.
- A Letter Of Appreciation For My Dad – Life, Money & Other Lessons: With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, I wrote a letter of appreciation for my dad reflecting on the life, money and other lessons he’s given me.
- Momentum Series Interview: Marc At Vital Dollar – Generated Over $1 Million Blogging: This week’s Momentum Series Interview is with Marc from Vital Dollar. Marc has been earning a living online for over a decade, generating over $1 million through his different websites.
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We’ve got 12 blog posts and 8 podcast episodes to fill your weekend reading and listening needs.
So let’s dive into Volume 18 of the Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest!
PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
House Hacking: A Lucrative Passive Income Stream for Young Professionals from The Mastermind Within on Physician On Fire
If you’re looking to purchase your first home, you need to read this guest post by Erik from The Mastermind Within on Physician On Fire. Heck, even if you’re an older individual looking at diversifying your income streams and generating passive income, read this post. The focus? The power of house hacking and how it’s unleashed major money momentum for Erik. What is house hacking? Check out the post! Erik has written about this on his own site here as well.
21 Tips For Investing In Your 30s from Natalie Bacon
Natalie Bacon is a former CFP or as she notes “I like to explain what I did on a daily basis as being an assistant to rich people”. Ha. In this post, Natalie shares 21 tips to master investing in your 30s. It’s a long post broken into 4 stages but it’s chalked full of great advice and resources.
11 Mistakes To Avoid While Building Wealth In Your 20’s from Damn Millennial
The post above touches on investing in your 30s, well let’s now look at building wealth in your 20s via Damn Millennial. Unfortunately, I made some of these mistakes in my early 20s (see Stupid Money Mistakes). Specifically #5 & #6 when I was a youngster. Did you make any of these mistakes? Luckily when you’re 20, there is plenty of road ahead to right the ship.
5 Thoughts After One Year Of Home Ownership from Half Banked
Desirae from Half Banked and her Fiance have reached the 1 year mark of home ownership, woo! This post shares 5 thoughts reflecting back on the past 365 days. Great insights and relatable anecdotes. This line really ringed true to me: “your house is the place where you live—it’s not your whole life. Budget accordingly.”
Lifestyle Deflation Is One Solution For Better Finances And A Happier Life from Camp FIRE Finance
Lifestyle inflation is an unfortunate factor that catches many of us as we ascend our salaries and age. Cars, homes, vacations, etc. Earn more, spend more…sigh. Ty at Camp FIRE Finance frames the opposite here as the solution to financial problems. The post includes input from six other great bloggers plus a collection tips and resources to help you deflate your lifestyle.
What The First Week Of Retirement Is Really Like from Retirement Manifesto
Fritz has done it! The man behind Retirement Manifesto has crossed the 9-5 finish line and triumphed the quest of retiring early. Congrats! If you’ve followed Fritz journey on his amazing blog, you’ll know his family, friends and readers were looking forward to this for him and his family. He made it there and this post shares what that first week is really like.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING BLOG POSTS
60 Lessons I Learned After 60 Months of Blogging from Anthony Moore on Medium
5 years of blogging lessons collected into 60 quick-hitting headlines from Anthony Moore, one of the writers on Medium with tons of engagement. As a blogger still in year 1, I love getting insights from those who’ve been in the game for an extended run. So many of the points got me nodding my head and mind running. Click over to Medium and take a few minutes to dive into the list.
TRAVEL BLOG POSTS
Travel Hacking? It’s Not For Everyone! from Money Scrap
This post was great timing from Money Scrap as I just had a conversation with a friend who did the same thing! I’m someone that is churning credit cards and using spreadsheets and various reminders through Todoist to stay on top of the bonuses, deadlines, statement dates, etc., I haven’t done what Caroline discusses in her post. However, it rings true that travel hacking isn’t for everyone. Life is crazy and busy, if travel hacking and rewards churning doesn’t fit your system…there’s no need to force it.
Summer is here! The sun is out and it’s time to hit the road out of town for some adventures. Or is it? Moneylogue published a post highlighting some great ideas around enjoying a staycation in your own city. I’m in Toronto and no matter the day or time, there is something going on. So I can definitely take advantage of my own city this summer. And it doesn’t always have to crush your wallet as Moneylogue points out.
LIFESTYLE, PRODUCTIVITY & WELLNESS POSTS
50 Self-Development and Growth Books That Are Integral To Life from Birds Of A FIRE
Summer is the perfect time to churn through some books. Kick the feet up in the fresh air, whether you’re relaxing in the city or by the waterfront. Olivia at Birds of a FIRE pulled together this awesome list featuring 50 books aimed towards self-development and growth. I’ve read quite a few of them but this list has helped seed some new additions to my summer reading list. Check it out!
My Risk Checklist: How I Take Smart Risks from Wealth Well Done
We’ve all got to take some risks in life. Heck everyday we’re taking a collection of micro risks in our careers and personal lives. But when it comes to the bigger risks, we need to be smart. Calculated, committed and confident. Billy at Wealth Well Done has a 6 question risk checklist he uses to evaluate risks. The logical progression he’s set them up in makes sense. And the personal experiences he attaches to each help give context on how you can apply the checklist.
24 Healthy Habits, Hobbies, and Scientific Facts to Improve Your Life [Infographic] from Money Mini Blog
This ‘post’ is actually an awesome infographic as opposed to a long-form article. Kalen at Money Mini Blog shared this great visual focused on healthy habits to improve your life. The 24 habits range from diet, fitness, puzzles, hobbies and a handful of other proven strategies all geared to bettering your body and mind.
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
Mr. Money Mustache — Living Beautifully on $25-27K Per Year from Tim Ferriss
Diving back to the archives for this one! I was reminded of this podcast episode after Camp FIRE Finance shared it last week…so I re-listened and it was just as motivating and enjoyable as the first time I heard it. This episode featuring Mr. Money Mustache was originally published on the Tim Ferriss Show almost 18 months ago. Tim shines as a host and Pete delivers the goods as these two go back and forth for over 90 minutes about money, life, the world, the future and so much more.
Everyday Money for Everyday People | With Alyssa from Mixed Up Money from The Wealth Hound
Jason from The Wealth Hound launched his new podcast The Everyday Money Show this week! Congrats to him! Jason shares why he started the show and the purpose behind the new podcast. And then joining him on the inaugural episode is Alyssa from Mixed Up Money. It’s a fun conversation and yours truly even makes a quick appearance on the final segment! It’s safe to say episode #1 was a big success.
Normal Sucks. How to Be Weird (With Money) from Money Peach
Chris welcomes Michelle from The Holistic Wallet onto the Money Peach podcast this week. Michelle shares her story of pursuing the normal American dream…and how it didn’t work out and why it sucked. I think a lot of people can relate to this one. The radical change we make when we say enough is enough when it comes to our money and life.
Changing Daily Habits for More Time and Money from His And Her FI
I’m a big proponent of developing habits and routines to make momentum. Whether that be work productivity, financial systems, health routines or any other means (see my Waking Up At 5AM post). The duo at His And Her FI discuss the daily habits they’ve changed in their own lives to unlock more time and money. They cover a lot of topics here from the morning routine, grocery shopping, cooking, date nights and a collection of other habits we all manage in our own lives.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING PODCAST EPISODES
Choose Financial Independence: 10 Months To “FU” Money from The Side Hustle Show
A meeting of podcasts powerhouses! Jonathan from Choose FI joins Nick Loper on The Side Hustle Show this week. No surprise here that it was a great episode focused on Jonathan’s story, the strategy and focus behind the Choose FI project and central purpose of their business.
16 Leadership Activities (You Can Do Today) from Noah Kagan on YouTube
Noah Kagan recently returned from Israel after a trip focused on leadership. What did he bring back for us? 16 leadership activities and strategies to implement to become a better leader. These aren’t traditional business conference tips and tricks to lead. As usual Noah brings his own unique insights and ideas…many of these are outside the box.
ROI and Focusing Your Efforts from The Money & Media Podcast
Time is so limited in this crazy life. Work, family, friends, health, daily tasks, etc. occupy your mind and calendar…and then you need to try and find time for your blog, podcast, Etsy shop, side hustle or other passions too. You gotta find the best bang for your buck. Or ROI. And that’s what Rose Marie, the creator of the uber successful Busy Budgeter, is chatting about with Joe on The Money & Media Podcast.
How Radical Curiosity Leads to Innovation in Life and Work from Afford Anything
Shane Snow is an award-winning journalist, author, creator of Contently and other successful projects. This week he was Paula’s guest on the Afford Anything podcast. Wow! This was a thought provoking conversation about learning from others, leveraging your curiosity, building a wide-ranging skill set of experiences and knowledge…and so much more. My description won’t do it justice so I highly recommend you head over and listen in.
BOOK I’M READING RIGHT NOW
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
I decided to use my Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card to order a few new books for the first wave of summer reading.
The one I’ve cracked open first is Shoe Dog, the personal memoir by the mastermind behind Nike. It’s a New York Times best seller and so far I’m hooked. What a story Nike and Knight are. It started with borrowing $50 in 1963 and now the company comes in at over $30 billion annual sales.
I will be finished the book in no time! Lots of behind the scenes stories and eye opening insights on growing a business of this magnitude.
PRE-ORDER GRANT SABATIER OF MILLENNIAL MONEY’S BOOK
Grant has been an awesome source of inspiration for me and thousands of others. Millennial Money, the blog and podcast, are amazing resources for anyone looking to master their money and life.
Grant’s book Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need is available for pre-order now. Given the precedent Grant has set on Millennial Money, this book is going to be of the highest quality. I’m going to order 4 and prize them out to Making Momentum email subscribers closer to the official release date.
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That’s it for this week Momentum Makers – enjoy the weekend!