Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL 4 [MAR. 10]
Another exciting week across the blog-o-sphere and podcast circuit. A ton of engaging, thought-provoking and rewarding content.
I got my taxes done, Winter is still hanging around Toronto and I got a ton of emails about the Elite Blog Academy (EBA) being on sale.
I’ve compiled 14 blog posts and 13 podcast episodes below to hopefully provide you some weekend reading and listening material.
MY POSTS THIS WEEK
This week I published two posts to the Making Momentum blog. The first was top of mind after a recent discussion with a coworker about his mutual funds.
The earlier post in the week was spurred on after going down memory lane looking at photos from my earlier years.
MOMENTUM’S FINEST NEWSLETTER & MONTHLY GIVEAWAY
Last week I launched the Momentum’s Finest Newsletter, an email every Saturday that delivers this list along with some extra content, right to your inbox.
I’ve decided to add in a Monthly Momentum Giveaway as a token of appreciation. It might be a book on personal finance, a subscription to a course, gift card or other service
The March Giveaway is a copy of Jack Bogle’s The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing.
An amazing book on the world of index funds from the man who is credited with creating the first publicly traded index fund.
Okay, let’s get into the Weekly Roundup Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL. 4.
PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
Creating Your Personal Buyback Program from Adventure Rich
What is a personal buyback program? A plan of how you will use extra cash to reinvest in yourself to create future stability, flexibility and options. Adventure Rich provides some great recommendations on the what, why, how and when of implementing your own personal buyback program.
Emergency Funds Have A Thankless Job from The Wealth Hound
Staring at your emergency fund in a HISA can be boring. Just imagine the returns if I put it in the market! Well when you need quick access to those fund, your emergency fund won’t seem so boring. It will be your thankless hero to help dig you out of one of life’s surprises. The Wealth Hound had to open up their emergency fund to pay for medical bills for the family dog.
The Five Phases Of Index Fund Investors from Mustard Seed Money
Mustard Seed Money shares his growth as an investor. From the early mistakes made through to Obsession, the Fall, Road To Enlightenment and Phase 5: Simplicity. He includes a special shoutout for John Bogle’s The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing, the book I’m prizing away this month!
How To Pay Off Debt On A Low Income from Debt Discipline
Actionable advice from Brian at Debt Discipline on putting debt repayment on the fast-track if you’re living on a smaller income. Brian himself got out of over $200K in debt, so he knows the ropes. I wish I had read this right when I was coming out of university to fast-track my own debt payoff journey.
SIDE HUSTLES BLOG POSTS
Getting Started With Crowdfunded Real Estate Investments from Working Optional
One of the means of generating income I’ve seen getting more buzz and mentions in the blog-o-sphere and media is crowdfunded real estate investing. Working Optional dives into the topic and lays out a solid framework of the what, why and how of crowdfunded real estate investing.
Negotiating A Consulting Contract: Did I Blow It? from Winning Personal Finance
Jason at Winning Personal Finance recounts a recent negotiation on a consulting gig. As a fellow side hustler and freelancer, I know the throw something at the wall and see if it sticks approach to determining value and terms of a contract. It’s an odd feeling and process that takes a few rounds to get used to “asking for money / setting your value”. Jason then explores the purpose and why he’s consulting and where to apply the additional income.
Is It Better To Be An Employee or Entrepreneur from Life and My Finances
Kimberly of Life and My Finances poses the question on whether it’s better to be an employee or entrepreneur? She lays out a quick pros and cons comparison between these two paths to earning an income.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING BLOG POSTS
An SEO expert breaks down his “INSANE BLOG TRAFFIC” formula from Do You Even Blog
Pete’s guest for this week’s Do You Even Blog? podcast was Grant from Millennial Money. Grant has been killing it lately – media appearances, speaking gigs, writing a book, hitting godly numbers on his blog, etc. This post from Pete is the takeaways from the episode…but it’s much more than that. The post provides a deep dive into knowing your value, a blogging formula for success, killer SEO tips and much more.
Five Steps To Creating A Winning $25k Blog from ESI Money
Every Saturday ESI Money is releasing a new step in his Five Steps To Creating A Winning $25K Blog series, this weekend should see Step 2 – Part 2 published. The link above drives to the introduction of the series (and you can work your way through it from there). I couldn’t recommend it enough for fellow new bloggers. Great advice, proven examples, helpful resources and insightful reasoning behind all recommendations.
TRAVEL BLOG POSTS
Do You Vacation Or Travel? from Minafi
First off kudos to Adam from Minafi for recommending the Canadian travel show Departures – an amazing series created by 3 Canadians. In this post Adam explores the vacation vs. travel spectrum, defining travel in the realm of a journey and vacation as a period of recreation. I’ve backpacked for 3 months around Europe (travel) and also taken all-inclusive vacations in the Caribbean (vacation), I find there is a time and place for both.
LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS BLOG POSTS
Save Even More By Cutting The Cord from Keep Thrifty
As a recent cord cutter, this post from Chris at Keep Thrifty immediately caught my eye. Outside of the monetary cost-saving gains, Chris takes a deeper review on the other benefits that his family see in cutting the cord. From ads influencing children to being more selective of what content we can consume, it’s a great read.
Control Your Time from Optimize Your Life
There never seems to be enough of it and it always seems to go by so quickly – the finite resource of time. Matt at Optimize Your Life published a post this week about maximizing your time and focusing on what’s important to you. Time management is a skill that I too am working on, life is busy…but life is also short and I, like you, want to spend it doing what I love.
Overcome Fear By Asking One Simple Question from Financial Pilgrimage
What’s the worst that can happen? A powerful question that can aid in the decision making process for any area of our lives. The Financial Pilgrimage shares his take on this question and overcoming fear to set yourself up for success both personally and professionally.
3 Lessons From Steve Jobs On Loving What You Do from Spills Spot
Ah yes, the great Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech! This was something I’ve watched multiple times during university and start of my career. Matt at Spills Spot penned this post to highlight the 3 lessons he took away from the speech. Each of the lessons ring true and watching this again gave me some lift.
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
Frugalwoods – Podcast Circuit & Book Launch
Elizabeth Thames (aka Mrs. Frugalwoods of the famous Frugalwoods blog), has just released her new book Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living.
To celebrate the launch, she did a run through the PF podcast shows and I’ve dedicated this section her this week.
- The Financial Independence Podcast with The Mad Fientist
- ChooseFI Podcast
- BiggerPockets Money Podcast
- Mo’ Money Podcast
Based on the reviews and chatted through the PF community, I am going to have to check this out. The Frugalwoods blog is super engaging, narrative-based writing that delivers a ton of value.
I am 100% sure the book the delivers the same quality.
Breaking Free Will from FIRE Drill Podcast
While the hosts (Millennial Boss & Fiery Millennials) as well as the guest (Wealth Well Done) come from the world of personal finance…this episode of the FIRE Drill Podcast jumps over just living inside that category in a big way. Strap in for a ride of tragedy, self discovery, personal growth, finding purpose and building wealth.
SIDE HUSTLE PODCAST EPISODES
The Fizzle Team turns the tables on one of their own this week – Chase Reeves. Authenticity, passion and personality, I think those would be three key descriptors of Chase and his YouTube channel. His side hustle of reviewing bags on YouTube has turned into a lucrative income stream and I found the discussion very insightful for anyone looking to turn a passion or hobby into a side business.
Flight Instructor’s App Takes Flight, Earns $30,000 from Side Hustle School
Chris shared the story of a flight instructor and his eventual development of an app. The fact it’s inside the flight industry is admissible. What I really took away from this episode of Side Hustle School was there was a problem (or need) identified, outsourcing of expertise to support the vision, product launching and monetization.
How The New Tax Law Impacts Entrepreneurs And Side Hustlers from The Side Hustle Show
Nick was joined by Josh Bauerle of CPA On FIRE to discuss the “give” and “take” of the new tax laws in the US in this episode of The Side Hustle Show. While not entirely apples-to-apples applicable to me as a Canadian, I still value listening into anything regarding tax optimization and maximizing your bottom line as a freelancer or entrepreneur.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING PODCAST EPISODES
An SEO expert breaks down his “INSANE BLOG TRAFFIC” formula from Do You Even Blog
A double-dip for Pete at Do You Even Blog? and Grant from Millennial Money…this deserved to be mentioned in both the blog and podcast sections. The passion and momentum Grant has echoes through your earbuds as you listen to him describe his transformation, growth, successes, advice and all things money & blogging. I will re-listen to this episode again this weekend.
Joe Gebbia – Co-Founder of Airbnb from The Tim Ferriss Show
This is a marathon episode…and it sounds like it’s only part 1 of 2. Tim Ferriss hosts Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, who shares his origin story and the foundation of experiences that would eventually go onto build one of the 21st centuries most revolutionary companies. From spilling Gatorade on Michael Jordan’s crotch as a ball boy for the Atlanta Hawks to the initial beginnings of Airbnb, it’s a fun and insightful discussion.
Bad Dream Jobs, Building A YouTube Empire, And Using Video For Business from Smart Passive Income
Sunny Lenarduzzi joins Pat Flynn to share her story and lay out all things YouTube that have helped drive her channel to 146K+ subscribers. It’s a great listen for anyone exploring YouTube as another means of connecting with their audience and to also just get insights from someone who is killing it as a solopreneur.
LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS PODCAST EPISODES
Competition, Leadership And Playing To Win from The School Of Greatness With Lewis Howes
The head coach of Ohio State University and 3-time National Champion, Urban Meyer, joins Lewis Howes for an engaging discussion on all things leadership and competition.The discussion focuses on much more than just football and shines the light on mindset, skills and relationships needed for success.
Earn It (Nerd Fitness) from Optimal Health Daily
The blog post of Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness (Earn It) is narrated on Optimal Health Daily. The show provides some easy to digest, hard-hitting advice on earning a healthy lifestyle. Step by step, slowly building towards your goals.
- She Picks Up Pennies included my 35 Rewarding Side Hustles post on her recent My Side Hustle Rumble On post
- The whole crew on the Rockstar Finance Forums. The entire community is so quick to respond to any question, provide advice, share content and create a place of positive reinforcement for new bloggers
- Amy of Life Zemplified and Vicki from Smarter Money Decisions for the launch of the Women Who Money website
- Birds of a Fire launched a great Free 18 Day Financial Independence Course
BOOK I AM CURRENTLY READING
If you’ve checked out my post 25 Books On Personal & Professional Development – My Reading List, you might know I am trying to get through 25 books in 2018.
So far I’ve completed 5/25, including:
I am in the process of wrapping up #6 right now – Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins. Real Artists Don’t Starve tackles the age old myth of the starving artist and being creative is a hindrance on success. The myth is replaced by examples, anecdotes and strategies from successful creators.
That’s A Wrap…
See you for next week’s Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest on Saturdays! Please share any great content you come across this week with me.
Have a great weekend!