Archive | June, 2013

How I Made $5300 Doing Nothing, or — Thank You Dividends.

28 June 2013

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How I Made $5300 Doing Nothing, or — Thank You Dividends.

I have been investing in stocks on and off since I was 23 with some success but not enough to really say that I was a good investor. I spent a lot of time reading about finance, but still found myself chasing the ‘hot stock’ and newest investment strategy. About 3 years ago I became […]

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Avoid a Cookie Cutter Life

26 June 2013

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“If your goal is to live a boring life and be like everyone else, you are probably well on your way.” This is the opening line to a great article on List25 entitled: 25 Ways to Live Differently The article goes on to briefly enumerate 25 steps that will make a big change in your life. Items on […]

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You are only going to get older

24 June 2013

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You are only going to get older

One of my favorite travel resource sites/blogs is Boots N All. They have a great article entitled: 11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip  For me numbers 1, 10, and 11 hit home the hardest. Why wait until you are ‘retired’ to travel the world. In this current world […]

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Which is More Important – Your Money or Your Life ?

21 June 2013

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Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez This is the book that changed everything for me. It changed the way I see my finances, how I spend my time, and how they relate to each other. Life Energy is […]

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3 Great Tools for Automating Your Budget and Tracking Finances

19 June 2013

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3 Great Tools for Automating Your Budget and Tracking Finances

Before I can begin serious planning for a round the world (RTW) trip, I need to take care of my debt and spending.  I hope to pay off the credit cards in the next 9 months or so, assuming no big surprise expenses come up between now and then. I have trouble keeping budgets and […]

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Move Outside your Circle…or, Places I’ve Been

16 June 2013

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Move Outside your Circle…or, Places I’ve Been

Most people in the US have rarely ventured outside of their immediate local area. Granted, there is a vacation here or there, but essentially you can draw a circle by putting an average person’s house at the center, and their work as the radius, and they will be within that circle 98% of the time. Two-thirds of Americans […]

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The Wheel of Life – An Exercise

16 June 2013

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The Wheel of Life – An Exercise

The Wheel of Life, which is loosely based on the Bhuddist Bhavacakra, is a charting tool to help you focus on improving certain aspects of your life. The categories typically included are: Business/Career Finances Health Family & Friends Romance Personal Growth Fun & Recreation Physical Environment You then consider each category in turn, and on […]

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