It is unbelievable but here we are at the end of July and halfway through 2015. It seems strange how time either moves at a snail’s pace or lightning fast. It’s really starting to heat-up in Southern California, which makes for great beach weather and weekend fun. At the same time, we’re also starting to gear-up for back-to-school, although it does feel like school just ended. But according to the calendar and store flyers, we will be headed back-to-school before you know it. Or the girls are ready!
A Few Reminders
My good friend Adam Carroll has written an easy-to-follow guide to building your cash reserves over 30 days. Adam is on a mission to help people become financially free, and this book is the first step. His book, 30 Days to $1K: Learn How to Minimize Your Expenses, Eliminate Your Debt and Build Your Savings is available at Amazon, and I highly recommend you pick-up a copy!
Also, just in case you missed it, I had the pleasure of joining Adam on his Build a Better Life podcast. Be sure to download the podcast and join our conversation.
Finally, if you’re looking to earn some extra income through freelance writing but don’t know where to begin, I encourage you to check out Get Paid to Write, a new program from my good friend, Cat from Budget Blonde. Cat has built an extremely successful career as a freelance writer from scratch and is sharing her best tools, tips and secrets to help writers succeed. Click here to learn more about Get Paid to Write and receive a 15% discount on the program.
A Few of My Favorite Posts
Here are some of favorite posts from the past month. Enjoy!
Tonya from Budget and the Beach gave us a powerful reminder that We Are All In This Together. Life is full of ups and downs and we may feel alone, but we are not. Tonya reminds us of our power and potential in her compelling pep talk.
Joe from Stacking Benjamin’s shared How I Ran 3,264 Miles in 1000 Days (and How You Can Too). First, congratulations on such an amazing feat, Joe! This is more than just a post on running, but on creating positive symbols that motivate you to push yourself and succeed, which is something we all need to have.
Michelle from Making Sense of Cents identified some Top Email Scams and How to Avoid Them. We’re more savvy than ever, but the email scammers are also getting more and more clever too. Make sure you stay on top of the latest scams and signs to be on the lookout for. This is also a good post to share with those who may be less tech savvy and more prone to open every email, including those from a Nigerian prince.
Crystal from Money Saving Mom had a great post on the That Thing Others Are Shaming For – Do It Anyway. Let’s face it: we live in a judgment filled world. And sometimes people like to pick on others for no reason other than the fact that person is happy and/or successful. A good reminder to not let put downs from naysayers dim your light.
Getting married soon? Brian from Luke 1428 shared 10 Important Money Questions You Need to Ask Your Partner Before Marriage. Do not wait until you say “I do” to start the money conversation with your future spouse. Have it before to make sure you share money values and avoid marriage-ending arguments later. Also if you have kids, I encourage you to check out Brian’s post on How To Protect Your Child From Identify Theft, which unfortunately occurs too often and something most parents overlook.
Hayley from Disease Called Debt told us Why I’m Not Waiting Until Retirement to Make Life Count. I often hear people tell me they will start living when they reach retirement. But why wait? We should enjoy life mindfully every step of the journey.
Mackenzie over at The Random Path wrote a beautiful post called Don’t Be Fooled by the Rocks that I Got. She is not going to be defined by her “rocks”, which is a lesson we all need to embrace.
Well that’s a wrap for this month. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!