Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL 7 [MAR. 31]
We’ve made it to another Saturday…and it’s the Easter Weekend which means an extra day off work (for most of us, I think).
Either way, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Spring is just around the corner, hold strong through any last brisks of winter weather.
The amazing content in the blogging and podcasting worlds remains as engaging and enjoyable as ever. This week’s Momentum’s Finest pulls together 14+ blog posts and another 11 podcast episodes.
My Posts This Week
Two posts were published this week on Making Momentum. The first is reflecting back on my first month since launching the blog (it has been a fun month) and the second is a collection of online courses from Udemy that might interest the modern side hustler.
- One Month Blogging Review – Results, Community, Tools & Skills: a look back at the first month of Making Momentum. I share some of the results and content I produced plus some of the key takeaways (networking, tools I’m using and skills to build).
- 55 Great Online Udemy Courses For Millennials, Entrepreneurs and Side Hustlers: a major list of some of the best online courses from Udemy. Business, digital marketing, personal finance, podcasting, creative writing and many more topics are included. [Note: TONS of Udemy courses are 90% or more off for the next 3 days!]
I’ve lined up a couple guests for the launch of the Momentum Series. The Momentum Series is a new text-based interview feature I will be starting on the blog in the very near future.
The goal is to highlight individuals or couples who are excelling in their lives, finances and/or general wellness. Whether they’ve overcome hardships or hit rock bottom to get back on their feet or have been constantly on the right path, I want to share their stories, advice and highlight what is working for them.
PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
How Should You Invest For The Short Term? From Actuary On FIRE
Long term, low-cost index fund investing, okay next question. Oh you said short-term? Well, umm….that’s a more difficult question. Actuary On FIRE shares some great insights, numbers and strategies on investing to reach a shorter term goal. The post deep dives on equity vs. cash, risk vs. reward and optimization. Lots of value here, give it a read.
The one, the only, Stock Series from JL Collins continues with Part 32. Given the recent unsteadiness in the markets after monumental climbs, this was another gem from JL. I could try and give it justice, but just go reward yourself and read the damn thing!
Wealth Comes From Where You Live Not Your Salary from Life And My Finances
I live in Toronto and grew up in Vancouver, safe to say I’ve been living in two of Canada’s and North America’s most expensive cities. Lately the allure of moving to somewhere less expensive with a slower pace of life has been calling me. Derek at Life And My Finances explores the idea that high salary does not always equal high wealth with the main culprit holding back your wealth often being where you live.
Two Lists of the Best Personal Finance, Money & FIRE Bloggers
- Best FIRE Blogs You Shouldn’t Miss from Wallet Hacks
- 12 Of The Most Influential Money Bloggers From 2018 from Think Save Retire
Advice: bookmark and subscribe to all of the bloggers Jim at Wallet Hacks & Steve at Think Save Retire mention, then read their posts whenever published. And bookmark and subscribe to Jim and Steve’s websites because they’re amazing content creators too.
25 Things I Wish I Had Done Differently At 25, Professionally, Personally & Financially from The Financial Diet
Recently I’ve been writing and thinking quite often about my formative years and the time I spent in University. The majority of mistakes I made or knowledge I wish I had when I was 18-25 are covered in this post from Molly at The Financial Diet. If I could’ve just been 25% smarter with my money and lifestyle, I would’ve set myself up for more success initially. Can you relate to many of these? What would you add to your own list?
SIDE HUSTLES BLOG POSTS
250+ Proven Ways To Make Extra Money In 2018: The Ultimate Guide from Side Hustle Nation
Woah! Nick from Side Hustle Nation has outdone himself again. This list trumps anything I’ve ever seen before on side hustles and income stream opportunities. If you’re looking to earn more money to accomplish your financial goals, there is 100% absolutely something you can do on this monster list.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING BLOG POSTS
Blog Report – The $100 Challenge Is Complete from Ninja Budgeter
As a new blogger it’s always exciting to see other content creators achieving their goals. Back in October, Mike at Ninja Budgeter set the goal of earning $100 from his blog. And he did it…or sort of, in his words! Mike touches on how he earned his $100, February results, what’s working for him and what he needs to improve on. It’s an enjoyable read for someone like myself still early in the blogging game.
TRAVEL BLOG POSTS
Credit Card Churning Experiment Month Eight: My Favorite Resources from Military Dollar
Churning and earning! Military Dollar is running an experiment to see what success can be achieved with travel and rewards points in a year (currently at month #8). If you’re looking to start travel hacking and earning rewards, this series of posts is a great place to dive in. Anecdotes and status updates on points earned, links to resources, credit score standing and much more.
Here’s How To Save Thousands For Your Next Vacation from Making Sense of Cents
Do you want to go for a vacation? Yes. Do you know how to save money for a vacation? Yes, I think so…maybe? Well Michelle at Making Sense of Cents provides readers with 7 ways to save for your next vacation. If you’re just starting to try and get a better grasp on your personal finances and how travel can still be a part of the equation, this is a great post for you. From setting your savings goal by knowing how much you need to hacking your travel, there are some tactical takeaways to refresh your travel planning mindset.
LIFESTYLE, PRODUCTIVITY & WELLNESS BLOG POSTS
Time Is Money – Manage It As Much from Finance Stoic
We’ve all heard the saying time is money, but what does that really mean and how does it form your own decision making? The Finance Stoic pens an excellent post on the role goals, time management, prioritization and dealing with stress play in his life, career and financial journey. As I continue to improve my own goal-setting and work efficiency, this post has a ton of takeaways that I can reflect on.
Why Walking Is My Favorite Mode Of Transportation from Mr. Free At 33
I am in the same boat as Mr. Free At 33, I haven’t owned a car in almost 5 years. There are some definite drawbacks and shortfalls by not having a vehicle readily available. However, there are also a ton of benefits and Mr Free aka Jason Fieber highlights these in his post. Included benefits noted fall under the headings of mindfulness, health and finances. Check it out!
Seven Realizations That Have Improved My Life from Four Pillar Freedom
A quick read with some awesome insights and personal stories on Seven Realizations That Have Improved My Life from Zach at Four Pillar Freedom. I can connect with each of the main points that Zach shares but three that really held true for me are #1, #4 and #6. Check out the post and see what realizations you might connect with or come up with on your own in terms of your life.
This post came to my inbox via the Rockstar Finance daily newsletter. And boy, I am glad it did! Leon at Lifehack pulled together this insightful post on productivity via prioritization based on the structure of the Scales Method Leon created for his team. The strategies are easy to digest and I’ve made some notes of my own on prioritization and task management.
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
Financial Peace Graduates | What’s Next from Choose FI Podcast
Another gem out of the Choose FI camp as Andy Hill from Marriage, Kids and Money stops by. The anecdotes on getting your significant other onboard with financial independence through the tactics and successes Andy had used, were extremely valuable. The episode breaks into different realms of FI like paying down debt vs. investing, Dave Ramsey, budgeting, travel and rewards.
The Philosophy of Financial Independence from FIRE Drill Podcast
This was a fun podcast! Carl and Mindy, aka Mr. & Mrs. 1500 from 1500 Days, join the FIRE Drill duo to chat (and throw in some jokes) about FI. The topics range covered include real estate, index and individual stock investing, trailer park investing, solo 401ks and tax benefits, working, lifestyle, happiness and a dozen other things. Do yourself a favour and listen in.
Achieving FI Before 40 Despite Breaking Every Financial “Rule” from BiggerPockets Money
Not only is Tanja from Our Next Life a great blogger, she’s a great podcast guest! Tanja hopped on the BiggerPockets Money show with Scott and Mindy to share her financial story. Tanja is authentic, honest and unique in her approach to financial independence and her path to get there is chalked full of lessons we can all take value from.
Money Talks – Live From The UK Chautauqua from The Mad Fientest Financial Independence Podcast
The Mad Fientist sits down with the great Vicki Robin and 8 other attendees of the UK Chautauqua to play a game of “Money Talks” while recording this episode. You can read more about that game on the podcast show notes. It’s like you’re at the table with them and sitting in on a all-encompassing financial discussion.
5 Quick Money Tips For Millennials from Optimal Finance Daily
The Optimal Finance Daily show narrates Chris Reining’s post on money tips for millennials (original post is here). It’s a quick-hitting episode that comes in under the 10 minute mark but the 5 tips shared are relevant for millennials (and anyone really). The 5 tips center on investing, buying a home (or not), more investing, education and wealth. Listen to the podcast and then go read Chris’ original post to take in further detail on the topics discussed.
SIDE HUSTLE PODCAST EPISODES
Side Hustling and Dividends to Financial Freedom from The Mastermind Within
Joining Erik at The Mastermind Within is the FIRE and personal finance blogger, Bob from Tawcan. If you’ve read his blog, you know Bob is a hustler, dividend earner and producer of great financial content. This episode could fall under the personal finance category (or career) but the entrepreneurial, blogging and passive income discussion points really struck home. Tawcan currently has three side hustling endeavors and earnings of $1,200+ in monthly dividends from his portfolio…talk about a path to FIRE.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING PODCAST EPISODES
You Can Earn A Living Doing Something You Care About from The Fizzle Show
The Fizzlers always know how to get you motivated and keep you focused on the bigger picture. This quote pretty much sums it up, “for entrepreneurs there is no outer limit of what is possible, and just that thought alone always gets me excited”. If you’re looking for some extra motivation or to remind yourself why you’re pursuing your own path, click play and enjoy.
Bloggins VAs. Everything You Need To Know from Do You Even Blog
This week’s Do You Even Blog guest is Kayla Sloan. Time is valuable and with growth comes more work, more stress and more decision making. Kayla is an expert on all things related to virtual assistants (VAs) and shares her experience with Pete on the episode. So, so much knowledge on the industry and best practices. However, the discussion shines light on much more than that. From productivity and prioritization to networking and business growth, strap in for another extremely valuable episode from DYEB.
Darren, the blogger behind ProBlogger (as I’m sure you know), recently attended the Social Media Marketing World Conference in San Diego. As someone at the forefront of the blogging and digital media community, I take Darren’s takeaways with the highest regard. The topics Darren brought back to share from the conference are on Facebook’s changes, being human, live content, episodic video series, the sequence of stories, messenger bots and the still relevant power of blogging.
TRAVEL PODCAST EPISODES
Destination Diary Vancouver from Extra Pack of Peanuts
This episode from Extra Pack of Peanuts has a close connection to me given I grew up out west in the lovely backdrop of Vancouver, BC. If you’re thinking about visiting or wanted to learn more about one of the world’s most beloved and beautiful cities, please listen in to this episode.
Top 11 Ways To Rock Your Music Festival Experience from Zero To Travel
With spring and summer approaching on the horizon, so to are the music festivals! Joining the Zero To Travel show this week are Jason and Kelly Law from Festy Go Nuts. If you’re a concert goer or frequent music festivals, these 11 pieces of advice will help make sure you’re set up for success and a great time.
- Fitz from The Retirement Manifesto was featured on MSN Money with How Your 401K Can Make You A Millionaire
- Apathy Ends – Mr. & Mrs. AE – paid off their student loan balance, highlighted in their post For The First Time In 7 Years
- The Froogal Student included my Stupid Money Mistakes post on their 11 Best Articles For Your Financial Health article
MOMENTUM’S FINEST NEWSLETTER
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That’s A Wrap…
Another Momentum’s Finest comes to a close.
Please let me know about any ideas for the Momentum Series interviews if you think someone might be a fit.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend!