Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL 9 [APR. 14]
Happy Saturday! Another week in the books and it’s my favourite time of the year…spring weather, taxes paid, expedited side hustle season approaching and playoff hockey has started (yes, I love hockey).
My Posts This Week
Sticking to my standard posting schedule of Tuesday and Thursday, two posts were published on Making Momentum this week. On Tuesday I launched the first feature of the Momentum Series and then on Thursday started a fun and engaging challenge.
- 30 Small Wins Challenge – Make Momentum With Your Money And Life: a challenge featuring 30 different tasks that are easy (or difficult but rewarding) to action and accomplish. The benefit of these challenges cover your money, health and mind and the goal is to make some momentum with 30 small wins in each category. Checkout the challenges and get the free PDF checklist to track your progress.
- Momentum Series: Financial Pilgrimage – Journey To Financial Freedom: the first edition of the Momentum Series interviews was published on Tuesday. The blogger featured is Financial Pilgrimage, who shared his story, financial journey, money goals, debt repayment and a bunch more.
Momentum’s Finest Newsletter & Giveaway
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Alright, it’s time to get into the Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest content for Volume 9! The week that was provided another round of amazing content and we’ve got 10 blog posts and 8 podcast episodes to share.
PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
The Stages Of Financial Freedom: The Road To Financial Independence from Get Rich Slowly
JD Roth at Get Rich Slowly shared this post originally published on his other site Money Boss. What’s the purpose of the post? Sharing his six stages of financial freedom, with each stage allowing you greater autonomy and self-expression. From Stage 0 of Dependence to Stage 6 of Abundance, it’s a fun read and helps understand the money mindset of one of the most prolific personal finance bloggers.
Why You Should Track Your Net Worth from Passive Income MD
Do you track your net worth? Passive Income MD connects the importance of knowing your net worth akin to the importance of knowing your basic vital signs. Your financial history and current standing is like your medical history and general health. In this post, MD gives you the how and why of tracking your net worth. It seems like a basic stage of the financial journey, but its an effective tool in your overall financial tool belt.
How To Teach Your Kids Good Money Management Skills When Yours Suck from Debt Discipline
Brian at Debt Discipline has been sharing some great content in April to support Financial Literacy Month and that trend continues with this guest post from Laurie, formerly of The Frugal Farmer. With four kids in their family, Laurie ponders the common question of, “how can we teach our kids good money skills when our own financial house isn’t in order?”. She shares some great tips including honesty, showcasing self-improvement, learning together and more. I don’t have children but plan to one day. The opportunity to learn from current parents on how they’re educating their own kids on money is a great benefit of being in the PF community.
How To Get Started With House Hacking To Build Real Estate Wealth from The College Investor
House hacking is a term I’ve heard many times over the last 18 months or so. I wish I’d have heard about it 5-10 years earlier before making my own real estate and living accommodation decisions. Rob from The College Investor penned this great post to educate others on the basics and best practices of house hacking. So much value packed in here, tons of data and rationale to give you all the information needed on house hacking your way to real estate wealth.
SIDE HUSTLES BLOG POSTS
4 Tips To Earn Four Figures A Month Tutoring from She Picks Up Pennies
Do you have a knack for teaching and supporting others? Perhaps an expertise in a specific field or niche that could be in demand? Tutoring might be the right side hustle for you. As Penny from She Picks Up Pennies notes in her post, it can be quite the lucrative side hustle too. She shares 4 tips to help you push your income opportunities up and improve your effectiveness as a tutor. I’ve done some tutoring in the past and have dipped my toe in at VIPKid, so this post had some great relevance to me.
5 Ways To Make Money On The Weekends from Well Kept Wallet
Weekends are the side hustlers playground. No more stresses and time constraints of the 9-5 job, the opportunities for income generation open up. Laurie at Well Kept Wallet has 5 suggestions on earning some extra cash on the weekends. Similar tips and tricks to other side hustle posts but with a different spin too. What side hustles are you working on these days? How do you maximize your time on the weekends to do so?
BUSINESS & BLOGGING BLOG POSTS
Self-Employment vs. Being Employed: Which Is Better? from Millennial Money Man
Bobby at Millennial Money Man has been on a rocket fueled trajectory with his blog and seen amazing income generation in 2018. He is very qualified to weigh-in on the self-employment vs employment question. Bobby includes pros and cons for each with personal anecdotes and thoughts to help others decide on what path might be right for them should that decision need to be made. I agree with all of the pros and cons he noted and see the benefit of both sides of the coin but it’s unique, personal decision for everyone. What’s your ideal working scenario?
Are Your Posts Worthy Of Rockstar Finance? from Route To Retire
I was lucky enough to have my Stupid Money Mistakes post Rockstar’ed. It was a pleasant surprise! It’s a badge of honour in the personal finance blogging community. Jim from Route To Retire recently served as a guest curator for Rockstar and concludes that stewardship with the question of are your posts worth of Rockstar Finance? Jim shares what he learned after churning through countless posts and gives suggestions on improving your content to cut through all the clutter. So many great tips and takeaways here for me to consider in my own writing. Thanks Jim!
LIFESTYLE, PRODUCTIVITY & WELLNESS BLOG POSTS
How To Recover From Burnout from Millennial Money
Similar to Bobby mentioned above, Grant at Millennial Money has been killing it. From the blog, podcast, book he has written, special projects, side hustles and so much more, it has been a busy ride. With all that effort comes burnout and the negative side effects that come with it. Grant shares his own story over the last 8 years and rounds out the post with 11 great tips to dealing with burnout. I really enjoyed this post from beginning to end and the success Grant has seen is super motivating…but the cautionary tale also provides some ideas to adjust your own path along the way.
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
The Pillars Of FI, Pt.2: Designing The Life You Want from BiggerPockets Money
The Part 2 finale of the monumental podcast collaboration between the Choose FI duo and BiggerPockets Money team! This episode rounds out the 10 pillars of financial freedom that Jonathan and Brad at Choose FI have developed. So much value here..so much value that I wish I would’ve heard a decade earlier. From tips on securing post-secondary education for less to side hustling and the 4% rule, the episode is chalked-full of financial goodness. Give Part 1 and Part 2 a listen…then re-listen.
Career Hacking Lessons From A 31 Year Old Executive from FIRE Drill Podcast
Climbing the corporate ladder to spike your income is an amazing way to fast-track and create your own financial freedom. Dom from GenY Finance Guy joined J & Gwen on the FIRE Drill Podcast to share his story, successes and mindset that have helped him with his hustle, salary increase strategies and place of work selection. As a corporate employee, there is a bunch of knowledge in this conversation I can leverage in my own life.
Early Retiree John From ESI Money On Life, Career, Dave Ramsey and Rockstar Finance from FIRE Drill Podcast
FIRE Drill gets a second inclusion this week! In this episode John at ESI Money hops on the FIRE Drill Podcast to chat about his career, early retirement and a dozen other PF related topics. I’ve always been a huge fan of John’s writing and interviews on career progression and maximizing the income opportunities available by being successful at your job. This conversation touched on some of that but also a whole lot more including his purchase of Rockstar Finance. It’s a great listen and I suggest you add this to your playlist immediately.
Route To Retire And Wells Banana Bread Beer from Retire Hoppy
Jim at Route To Retire jumped on the Retire Hoppy podcast with Ted Carr & Roy Weinberg for an insightful, fun and engaging chat. Jim shared his backstory, finding the FIRE community, blogging, dozens of financial value bombs and Jim’s crown jewel of eventual retirement; moving to Panama. Give it a listen!
SIDE HUSTLE PODCAST EPISODES
Selling An Amazon FBA Business: My $425K Exit…And The Guy Who Bought It from The Side Hustle Show
FBA, Amazon FBA, Private Label, Drop Shipping…buzzwords that have filled my feeds and YouTube pre-roll ads over the last few years (…some of those ads are so cringeworthy). There’s good reason as to why FBA has been on an upward mainstream trajectory lately – the potential profits. Nick from The Side Hustle Show is joined by Ace Chapman and Spencer of Niche Pursuits. The unique situation here on this episode? Spencer sold his FBA business to Ace for $425,000. An enjoyable episode with an endless amount of tips, tricks and resources on building success in FBA.
BUSINESS & BLOGGING PODCAST EPISODES
Driving Blog Traffic And Growing Community With Pinterest, Instagram And Messenger Bots from The Media & Money Podcast
The great PT Money gets a chance to chat all things social media and driving blog traffic while building a community with some great guests at a recent conference. The episode includes discussions with four different social media experts, each unique and knowledgeable in their own right: Kate Ahl, Katie Hornor, Monica Louie and Kim Garst. I got some great ideas to action right away and will save the episode for another re-listen further down the line as my blogging game grows.
TRAVEL PODCAST EPISODES
How To Live A Life Of Adventure from Optimal Living Daily
This blogcast by Optimal Living Daily features the narration of a 2009 guest blog post by Rob on Marc And Angel, How To Live A Life Of High Adventure. Rob has visited 20% of the countries around the world. His journey has taken him to some of the most adventurous, awe-inspiring vistas and explorations on the globe. The podcast episode shares the 5 step plan and an additional 6 tips on how you too can live an adventurous lifestyle. This got my imagination and travel juices running! Give the episode a listen and then head over to Rob’s blog post for further resources.
LIFESTYLE, PRODUCTIVITY & WELLNESS PODCAST EPISODES
Steve From Think Save Retire from Chain Of Wealth
This episode could’ve fallen under the personal finance or business & blogging category header but I really enjoy Steve’s (Think Save Retire) insights on lifestyle and the mindset shift he had to now be living the life he and his wife envisioned. Steve hopped on the Chain Of Wealth Podcast to tell his journey from earning a high income as an IT professional to now living full-time in an Airstream. He’s a great blogger and subsequently a great podcast guest too! The episode comes in at under 30 minutes but it’s laced from to start to finish with value and advice.
- Breaking The One Percent Blogging Resource Giveaway: the team at BTOP are giving away a free registration into a course by Jillian of Montana Money Adventures. The course is JetFuel ($99 value) and it’s focused on growing your blog. The giveaway is free to enter!
- Millennial Money Free Webinar – Fast Track Financial Freedom – Grant from Millennial Money is hosting a free webinar this coming Tuesday (April 17th) on his website. There are two timeslows and if you’re interested in learning from someone who has truly fast-tracked their financial freedom, join in!
That’s A Wrap…
Another volume of Momentum’s Finest comes to a close! Hopefully this loaded up your reading list and podcast queue with some fresh content for the weekend.
I am looking forward to another round of posts on Making Momentum this week and continuing to connect with all of you.
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Have an awesome weekend!