Welcome to 2017! This year I am hoping to add Saturday Share Day as a feature at least a few times each month. In December, I reviewed the goals I set in August. And with some reflection on where I have been successful in life, I shifted my goals to a more lifestyle based focus on habits. That post has been viewed over 25,000 times because of Steve’s Friday Feasts over at ThinkSaveRetire, J$ and Cait at Rockstar Finance, and Eric Ravenscraft at Lifehacker. And my post, Teenage Decisions that Helped Make Me Rich that was shared by Steve, J$ & Cait, and Business Insider has been viewed over 50,000 times on different sites.
Saturday Share Day posts help address two of the seven habits I am working on – Help Others and Keep Learning. This will hopefully help others in two ways – by sending more readers to the blogs that I highlight AND by helping readers find more information on topics they are interested in. A “win-win” (yes, that’s habit #4 for any of you Covey folks – and yes, I was trained in the Seven Habits and now realize some of my shift to habits are likely influenced by that training!) And the more we all read, question, and synthesize – the more we will all keep learning too.
So here are some posts that caught my attention (in no particular order) – a few from this week, and a few older posts that I have gone back too more than once!
- If you haven’t checked out the Frugal Vagabond – there are a number of reasons to stop by his site. His integrity and willingness to be transparent stands out – and his The Earth Awaits project is simply amazing.
- Ty had to go back to work the week after Christmas and shared his thoughts about time and changing your future in this great post about living the FI life.
- Miss Mazuma wrote a wonderful post about the importance of the FI journey. You may have already read plenty about this topic – but this is a wonderfully written piece to add to your reading list.
- Our friends at Our Next Life were busy enjoying making snow angels while we were swimming in the ocean! Their theme for this year (the year of “no”) is one we should all strive for in 2017. Our theme for this year is very clear – and is the focus of a post next week.
- Free Money Finance wrote a post about the gambling and the poor vs. the rich. This caught my attention because we went to a casino for the first time in 10 years on our vacation. That deserves an upcoming post – once I can put words to what we experienced…
- I’m always amazed with Cait and her insights. A #YearOfSlow and slow living experiments? Sign me up.
- J$ at Budgets are Sexy highlighted some of his most popular and favorite posts for 2016. His post on quitting podcasting was one that I connected with and it deserves another read.
- And finally, someone who spends more on sweet potatoes than us. I honestly didn’t think that could be possible (although we don’t actually keep track of what we spend on them!) Steve and Courtney are too funny (and super-focused folks). Make sure you check out all their sites (and videos too!)
I haven’t forgotten the other 5 habits I identified either. Here’s a quick update on progress in those areas too 😉
Keep moving. We are headed to the YMCA this morning and I did a ton of walking in school this week. My job is spread over two big buildings and there was no shortage of “movement” to talk with kids and go to meetings! Lightening up on getting “work-outs in” and focusing on moving has actually inspired me to keep moving even more!
Eat real food. I am sitting here drinking my coffee and cream and plan on having some scrambled eggs and an apple and a tangerine for breakfast. Nothing fancy, but nothing processed. We’ve made a shift in this direction and I am finding that I am not that hungry and that when I do eat something processed, all I can taste is salt…
Simplify. Haven’t made much progress here! Mr. MSD was with a friend in the hospital all week and that matters a lot more than de-cluttering. We’ll have plenty of time to deal with this in the upcoming weeks and months.
Explore. We had a great time on vacation and rented jet skis for an hour of total speed and fun! And last night we saw our local Philharmonic Orchestra play the music to the epic film Raiders of the Lost Ark (as the film played!) This is something we probably never would have gone too without being gifted the tickets as Christmas presents. It was awesome and we are now looking forward to an seeing the orchestra this summer in our local outdoor amphitheater too!
And finally, Choose happiness and have fun. I find that this one can be challenging, especially when we are busy at work and with other obligations. And as some of you know through a few of my Tweets this week, we have a very young child at school recently diagnosed with a terrible illness. This makes choose happiness and have fun hard – especially when kids and families are experiencing such pain.
For those of you who are not educators, this is just one of the times when people don’t realize all the other jobs that go along with “teaching” each day. My colleagues are ROCKSTARS and I bet you know a lot of teacher rockstars too. They have to put on their “game face” every day, even though they are hurting so much inside.
When it comes to the habit of helping others? They win hands down. And not just by helping their students, but by helping the families of their students too.
So I’ll leave you focused on a few of the habits I am focusing on – try to choose happiness and have some fun – whatever you decide to do this weekend. And work to help others and keep on learning too.