Over the past year, I have read (err, skimmed at times?) thousands of personal finance articles (thank you, Rockstar Feed!). There are so many amazing writers producing poignant content each and every day. It is beautiful.
As 2017 is coming to a close, I have been thinking back to some of the “highlight” posts from other bloggers. Posts I have been re-reading… savoring and soaking in as I look towards 2018.
I would like to share a few of these posts with you today… so pull up a chair, grab a warm beverage, get cozy and enjoy!
17 Articles Worth Reading Again
In no particular order, here are a few of the posts that made me pause, think, laugh, re-assess, and make a change throughout the year.
Four Pillar Freedom: Kill Complaining. Develop Strength
“This will sting. It requires you to admit that you are the reason you’re not where you want to be, why you don’t make as much money as you want, why you don’t have the life you want. Complaining feels so good, but it doesn’t change anything. Taking action is hard, but it changes everything.”
Wealth Well Done: Achieving Your Dreams & Avoiding The Prisons that Trap Your Soul
“These “invisible prisons” come in many shapes and forms, such as: mental, emotional, and financial cages we lock ourselves in each time we make a bad decision.”
Retirement Manifesto: The Final Words of a Dying Man
“Those are the final words I’ll ever receive from my friend. As I thought about that email while writing this post, I realized something. It wasn’t the final words that mattered, it was the symbolism which they represent. I’ll explain more at the end of this post. It’s important.”
She Picks Up Pennies: Leaving the Best Job I Ever Had
“Today, the best full-time job I’ve ever had is ending. Don’t get me wrong. I’m going back to a pretty fantastic one. But as I pull out of our driveway and say goodbye to my maternity leave, I can’t help but think about the sixteen-pound drooling baby bossman who made that job so wonderful.”
“Look at your job as a vehicle to allow you to get to get ahead financially. Look at your job as a mean to provide money to allow you to reach FIRE one day. Without your job, you won’t receive any income, and that means you can’t save money toward achieving financial independence or retire early. Your job, and side hustle if you have one, is simply a vehicle that you can use to enable you to get to where you want to go/be in the future (i.e. FIRE). Don’t focus on the end results, focus on what you can do today instead.”
“Bring out a fresh sheet of paper and write your obituary. Or if that’s too morbid, write your life story as you’d like it to read at a very advanced age (I picked 95, but you can adjust as you see fit). … I like to perform this exercise periodically to ensure I’m populating my life with the memories I want to reflect on.”
Financial Panther: The Dream of Barista FIRE
“I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had jobs like this – these simple jobs that we just enjoy for some reason. Unfortunately, work like this typically doesn’t pay enough for most people to make it a long-term thing. And so, we end up moving on to bigger, better, and in all likelihood, more stressful jobs – the real jobs that we can talk about at professional gatherings or at family events.”
Mad Fientist: Valuable Lessons from My First Year of Freedom
“Losing your excuses is exciting but it’s also scary because you finally have to do what you’ve said you were going to do.”
“Feeling like you can buy or do anything, while simultaneously being completely content with what you already have because you know more won’t make you happier, is one of the best benefits of pursuing FI.”
Cait Flanders: Why Spending Time Outdoors Matters to Me
“The outdoors is the one place where I’ve never felt like I had to measure up to anyone else.”
“To my utter surprise, the worst off were the ones who were making heaps of money at the firm, and then let go. You’d think that with their mondo salaries these people would’ve had all the savings in the world, but no: They spent the previous five, ten, or fifteen years working for a firm that was hauling ass and basically raining promotions and raises. These people believed the good times would never end, and bought huge houses with considerable mortgages. And they weren’t unique—this shit happens all the time during the good economic times.”
Tiny Ambitions: Learning to Savour the Firsts and the Lasts
“The trouble is, in our fast-paced world, do we ever really take the time to savour the firsts and the lasts? I am absolutely guilty of racing from one thing to the next, bulldozing any hope of appreciating the moment.”
“Let’s talk about early retirement and financial independence! These phrases alone have a lot of weight associated with them, and you might have an immediate gut response to just hearing these terms. My request for you: Don’t assume financial independence means retirement.”
Montana Money Adventures: It’s Time to Quit
“Between Thanksgiving and New Years, I plan out my next year. I look at my mentoring questions, my 2017 goals, review all the things I’ve learned and ways I’ve grown. Then I look out at my old 3,5,10 year goals. I put everything on the table, reshuffle the deck and I get prepared…… to quit.”
“The most successful, happy, thriving people I know have mastered the balancing act. They don’t fear giving things up and they aren’t fearful of investing their time/money/energy into high leverage activities in areas that matter.”
Chief Mom Officer: It’s OK If You Don’t Want to Quit Your Job to Travel the World
“As they say, “personal finance is personal”? It may be cliche, but it’s cliche because it’s true. Personal finance is unique to every single person and family. My financial situation is unique and is different than yours. My goals and dreams are different too. And different doesn’t mean bad, or wrong, or that you don’t fit in to the financial independence movement – it just means different.”
“But though we are small in numbers, we possess enormous strength. That ability to decide how we wish to spend our lives, free from the constant worry of money, is a superpower, one we’re lucky to have… Just as I urged folks who came to the FIRE panel at FinCon17 to consider this question, I pose it to you as well: How will you use your superpower? Not just for your own benefit, but for the benefit of others, and for the greater good. And might it take the form of a charitable mission?”
Luxe Strategist: I Grew Up Poor But I’m Privileged Anyway
“I’m not ashamed of my successes, and I’m not going to apologize for it. But those who think my successes are a result of just my hard work alone aren’t seeing the full story. And thinking that financial privilege is the only way to get headstarts in life is also short-sighted.”
Keep Thrifty: Take Back Your Sanity By Switching From Push to Pull
“Have you ever felt like your life is a constant shift from one commitment to the next? As soon as one meeting finishes, another is about to begin. In the open spaces of your calendar, you do your best to keep up with your inbox, respond to texts, and answer the call of social media. I’ve been there, putting myself in a position where my obligations were in charge of my attention.”
While this is certainly not an “all-inclusive” list of the articles that have positively impacted me this year, it is a good sampling of the amazing content I have enjoyed. I hope you found a few of these posts from this past year inspiring!
Always an Adventure,
Mrs. Adventure Rich