I’ve been so lucky lately to come across a number of enjoyable and inspirational books that I just haven’t been able to put down (except, of course, when those books have me running to incorporate whatever special tips they’re providing). The Little Book of Hygge was no exception. I was excited the second I added it to my library list and it definitely did not disappoint!
I had been reading a lot about hygge and the more I read, the more articles and resources started to pop up (don’t you just love how social media does that for you… ;-)). So when I came across a highly-rated book dedicated to hygge at the library, I knew I had to read it.
I spend a lot of time writing, reading, and studying personal finance and yet I still struggle with good ole’ fashioned budgeting. It often feels boring, depressing, and monotonous. I want to be dreaming, creating, and building! Not cutting back, canceling out, and organizing my spending.
But it’s a necessary evil. And the more I’ve fought it, the more I’ve realized how important it is. Luckily, along the way I’ve found different ways to make budgeting easier…and dare I say, enjoyable. So that’s what I’ve got for you today! 5 different ways to make budgeting easier (and maybe even fun!).
There’s no way around it – having a husband that travels a lot sucks. Big time. It can be lonely, tiring, and frustrating.
But I’ve quickly realize that I can either fight it or embrace it, and fighting it is often useless.
My husband travels a lot for work – almost every single week. It’s not the ideal scenario for me, but he loves his job and it gives me the opportunity to stay at home with my kids instead of working – so I’m definitely not going to fight it. That leaves…embracing it.
So here are the tricks I’ve come up with along the way that make the situation happier, easier, and more enjoyable. And for those that are new to having a traveling husband…I promise you, it does get easier (I know you think it won’t!). (more…)
Wow. It’s been THREE years of blogging for me at MBAsahm! This is a huge milestone for so many reasons. From the very beginning I promised myself I wouldn’t quit blogging until I had put in at least 3 years and thank God I made myself do that because now I’m sure I’ll never stop.
If you read my blog regularly, you already know that starting MBAsahm was one of the best decisions I ever made. So if you’re considering starting a blog, DO IT. It may not be exactly what you thought – it may be more, it may be less – but I promise you, it will be fulfilling.
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I spend so much time explaining the in’s and out’s of blogging and describing what it takes (and what I do), so I know what a lot of you are thinking and wondering! I hope this will be helpful for anyone that is just starting out and also for any of you that are considering it. But first and foremost, don’t stop! Your blog is what you make of it, so if it doesn’t feel right, just change course. Eventually it will all make sense. 🙂
Daily affirmations are one of the easiest and quickest ways to completely change your life for the better. They allow you to create your own reality, transform your future, and do things you never thought you could, should, or deserved to do. They are LIFE-CHANGING.
And it is the simplest thing you will ever do. You just have to do it.
I know they may sound crazy, but I’m telling you, THIS WORKS. Think of the most successful people in the world and I guarantee they use some form of daily affirmations in their life.
Wow, I can’t even believe it’s happened. I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE BOOK. It may actually be better than The Miracle Morning (even though The Miracle Mornings is STILL a must-read for everyone).
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life is brilliant. Jen Sincero actually makes self-improvement cool.
This book was so amazing that after I read it from the library, I actually purchased it just to have a hard copy to reference.
(And I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. So I don’t own books. But now I own this one.)
Writing is a fickle thing. Even when you love to do it, you often feel like you have to do it. When you’re inspired and motivated, you can’t type fast enough. But when you hit that writer’s block or have distractions pulling you in different directions, you can waste a ridiculous amount of time just staring at a blank screen.
If you write for a living, that problem can be a really big problem. And not just because you really do have to write. The bigger problem is that if you’re writing for a living, you’ve almost certainly obtained your dream job and you just want to keep it that way!
So the next time you need to overcome writer’s block or are seriously backed up on your writing obligations, try out some these strategies:
Honestly, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that blogging may very well be the new American dream. It gives you everything…complete control over your life, your finances, your time.
Financial freedom. Career success. Time to parent. Freedom to travel.
That may be the gist of it, but those reasons really only scratch the surface of why you should start a blog.
Having a blog is so worth the effort it takes to make it succeed. It is, without a doubt, the best thing I ever did for my family and my career. And the benefits go way beyond the obvious (that it’s a flexible way to make some extra money).
So before you blow this off as something not worth your time, consider these reasons for starting your own blog:
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I am bound and determined to pay off my mortgage early. It didn’t start that way, but a few years into the loan my husband and I realized there were just too many benefits to paying it off, so it needed to happen. Since then, the desire to be debt-free has grown, while the loan balance has shrunk.
It’s an amazing feeling to watch this massive loan get smaller and smaller and I can’t wait for the day that it’s over. What’s even more amazing has been realizing that little changes can actually cut off years of mortgage payments. So, of course, when you add up all those little adjustments, you can seriously impact the length of your mortgage.
As with all major endeavors in life, the first step is always the most important, so if want to pay off your mortgage early, take one of these steps TODAY.
Here’s what I’m doing to pay off my mortgage early (and what you should be doing too!):
If you’re trying to figure out how to retire early, you’re not alone. Retirement is the ultimate dream for most of us and figuring out how to pull that off is happening more and more. It may not be easy, but it’s certainly possible!
If you’re looking for some inspiration, tools to make it happen, or just want to see if you’re on the right track, these books will help you get there. They are full of tips and tricks that will teach you how to retire early and achieve the new American dream.
Good luck and happy reading. 🙂