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Money Mindset

How money, debt and financial culture can affect you personally. The internal challenges and struggles when dealing with money issues. Motivation to do better financially, and how to handle mental setbacks when money emergencies pop up.

The Long Journey of a Side Hustler

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The Long Journey of a Side Hustler

Defying Stereotypes

Quick — when someone uses the term “side hustler“, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

  • A fast-talking charlatan, using sleight of hand to con you out of your life savings?
  • A 20-something jack-of-all-trades, picking up gigs to support video game downloads and extra beer money?
  • Or even an insta-famous social influencer promoting their must-see makeup hacks?

 

social influencer selfie - side hustler extraordinaire

 

Well, I’ve got some interesting news for you.

Because the stereotypical side hustler has evolved over the years.

And here’s one you may have never thought would meet the criteria:

Middle-aged corporate professional, with an aversion to social functions, and an affinity for creative expression.

Does that sound like a side hustler?

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“Failure to Launch”: Helping Your Child Transition into Financial Adulthood

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Failure to Launch – Helping Young Adults Navigate their Future

 

Failure to Launch – What is It?

This next post was super interesting to learn more about. And little did I know — I was already in the midst of this very process. I had no idea “Failure to Launch” was more than just a movie. But I did know the trials and tribulations of navigating young adults into their independence.

I have two sons who are in their twenties, so I’m quite familiar with the push and pull of encouraging them to come into their own. The frustration when they’re not taking full responsibility for their life choices. And the fear of letting them go too soon.

Which is why I’m so glad my friend Brian wrote this post outlining the best ways to help your child transition into financial adulthood. Brian and I are both Gen X’ers, and have children at similar points in their lives. He also writes about financial wellness and paying off debt on his blog, Debt Discipline. Brian and his family have an amazing story about their journey to pay off over $100,000 of debt. So be sure to check out his family’s journey on his site.

And keep reading below, for everything you’ll need to help your kids avoid “Failure to Launch”.

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Money and Health Topics: Women Demand More

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When Worlds Collide

So something really interesting happened last week.

I attended an online webinar in my workplace, and it had to do with topics that I write about on this blog.

Which was super exciting for me, because very rarely does my day job overlap with my after hour activities.

Yes, I do work in the financial services industry — but the actual topic of my work is not something I blog about. I’m not a financial advisor, and don’t offer actual money advice to any of my readers.

Because, c’mon — that would just be asking for trouble, now wouldn’t it?

Plus — see my Disclaimer — I will never even pretend to offer financial advice to anyone who reads my blog. Unless it were to say “Hey you, stop being like me! And cut up those blasted credit cards!!”

But other than that, I’m happy to just be the anecdotal example of how not to fritter your money away over the years.

Which is why I was tickled up and down to see my employer partner with Fidelity to offer this free online webinar. I jumped right onto that opportunity, and signed up for the very first presentation. And was chomping at the bit to discover all the discussion might entail, so I could share my learnings with you all.

And while the following may be specific to women, I’d encourage any fellas out there to read it as well. Think of it from the perspective of your wife, or mother, or sister.

Consider the information below as seen through the eyes of your daughter, or future granddaughter, or niece.

Note: This is not a sponsored or affiliate post. It’s just information I learned and wanted to share.

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What Are Your Goals and How Do You Plan to Achieve Them?

 

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Achieve Your Goals – With Focus & Planning

 

“Your Goals are Important — Don’t Push Them Off.”

I received some sort of marketing email this morning. It was from a company I’d purchased from in the past. You know how that goes — You buy something online, get confirmation sent to your email, and all of a sudden you’re getting emails from them daily.

Email marketing, that’s what it’s all about.

Because everrrryyyone says the email list is golden. Since it’s your audience. They sign up for your newsletter because they like what you’re producing, and they trust you.

Building up an email list and then selecting quality products or services to share is a surefire way to spread your brand’s message. Well then, why am I not doing this? Sure, I send out my new posts via email. That’s pretty much it.

I don’t send out sneak peeks on updated blogging courses that will be going on sale, or one-day-only discounts on the latest tech software. I mean, I guess I could … But given the fact that I don’t blog about blogging, that doesn’t really make sense.

I blog about side hustles, saving money, and being in debt. Trying to squeeze extra dimes and nickels out of activities you have to do anyway. Finding ways to earn extra income with the least amount of effort possible.

Paying bills that have been lingering like a bad cold right before vacation. Making the most of your time on this planet, and learning from mistakes made in the past.

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