Happy Friday everyone!
To start with a bang, I am co-hosting an awesome giveaway, brought to you by Settlement Buyers.
The prize is a Canon Rebel T4i DSLR camera! Just check the widget below to enter, if you are a FB fan or Twitter follower of RFI you are already entitled an entry. Contest is open worldwide, good luck!
Other than this life is good. February is now over and I am pretty happy with all that has been achieved. Works on the house, swimming, buying a car and a boat, growing my net worth in spite of all that, seeing 10 chicks hatch and run around the house making the cutest noises… Stay tuned next week for a house and finances update.
Swimming goal update: CRUSHED IT! I aimed for four swims and stopped counting around 10, it has been heavenly warm and sunny lately, you even have to dive to under one meter or the water is not refreshing! I think it should be too hard from now on to keep the swimming, it should be hot until May.
Over at Helpful Habits, Gareth has some wonderful advice about overcoming procrastination… if you can take a 4,000 words post, and struggle with that problem too, it is a must read.
Jana recommends a little drastic action on Daily Money Shot and I can’t agree more. If you don’t push yourself you’ll never get wherever you want to be.
CF breaks big goals into smaller, easier tasks on the Outlier Model, and I have tried that too. Thinking about swimming for 20 minutes is big. Thinking about getting into the water isn’t so much, but once you are there, you just end up doing the swim. Or swimming for 10 minutes which is better than the task of just jumping in. See? It’s all inside your head.
Digital life simplified update: My other February goal was to simplify my digital life and this week was geared towards the blog. Well, it was ambitious, I was supposed to write 15 posts to put in queue, but had a really hard time posting last week so I used up my queue, and writing 15 posts this week plus the usual 5 was a bit too much. I am also getting complains from BF that I am too much on the computer, so I will get it done when he leaves for a trip to the capital city in a week or so. I have 5 posts queued meaning I wrote 10 this week, not so bad.
I began to update the old posts, adding links and checking the existing ones, and it is also a work in progress.
Overall I am quite happy with this month, and mostly with my zero inbox! I hope it encouraged a few of you to try and simplify your digital life as well!
On blogging news, I want to talk about the ”older” bloggers. Most of them are in their early to mid thirties like me, but have been blogging for five years or more. I remember back in 2007 when I was still working in the UK and reading PF blogs made me dream about financial independence. I filled my Reader with them, and couldn’t wait to get to it and read another post about how to make smart money choices and how I could retire five years into the future. I wasn’t really involved in the community back then because I am a bit shy, and felt those posts were already so awesome I didn’t have much to add with my boring life and my boring job.
Anyway, fast forward five years, I am noticing that those cool bloggers visit my blog too . It is like being a freshman (freshwoman?) and having senior friends, I feel so cool hehe. Even when I just started blogging, I read a few new to me blogs that may have been no more than a year old at the time and felt like they were unreachable people. Now we are friends, we help each other out, they ask for my advice on occasions. I am even starting to get my own “freshmen” come over to me like I am some kind of veteran blogger. We are all human so don’t be shy and come say hi!
As I got to know many bloggers in the past few months, I now have a decent size sample to say 99% are wonderfully kind, helpful, awesome people. /start rant. And the 1%… well, I guess a few of you have been victims of blogging douchebaggery, from the sneaky subtle obstacle thrown your way to the plain obvious act of malfeasance. I have chosen to ignore those people and move on with life, it perspires anyway over the long term and the amazing success of the most selfless and helpful bloggers out there is proof that you never have too many friends and should rather play nice, but hey, that’s just my two cents. /end rant.
Finally, I want to thank everyone for reading this today. Savvy Scot recently had a polite post saying what a PITA it is to read blogs with weird fonts.
The thing is I live in Guatemala. Internet is not always reliable and the lack thereof has cost me more than a fully written post. So I write in Word, paste in WP, and off it goes. But if I add something, the extra stuff will come out with another font. And it all looks normal on drafts.
When I saw that, I copied the whole post again to Word, made it all one font and size, brought it back to WP. Same crap. One more than one occasion, I have to say I gave up and hit publish.
Don’t get me started on the paragraphs. Yes, I know how to click enter and have a line break paragraphs.It all looks good in drafts and once again by hitting publish it shrinks together, meaning I want to pull my hair out and you have to blink through a 500 word paragraph. I am so sorry for that, thanks for bearing with me!
I published 4 posts this week
Thank you to the awesome people who mentioned Reach Financial Independence this week
Money Bulldog, Budget and the Beach, My Alternate Life, Modest Money, Frugal Rules, Canadian Budget Binder, Prairie Eco Thrifter, The Frugal Path, The Heavy Purse, Mo Money Mo Houses, My FI Journey, Eyes on the Dollar, Outlier Model, Canadian Budget Binder, Carnival of Wealth, The Money Principle, Mochi and Macarons
And finally, here are a few great posts for you to enjoy!
Losing Isaac, finding life in the death of a child on Frugal Rules, by John’s wife Nicole
Thinking like the rich on Freedom 35
The oddest financial claims of all time on Modest Money
How to increase your yield through micro loan on Average Joe
How much house can I afford? You got to be kidding me! On Wealth Informatics
The death of the 9/5 work week on Young Adult Money
Online funerals: stream your goodbyes on The Frugal Path
Longing for the simple times on Budget and the Beach
Are the self employed less credit worthy? On Money Bulldog
Make life better for yourself: Change your attitude on Prairie Eco Thrifter
A psychic gift On Unique Gifter
How 100ft is saving me $100/year in utilities cost on Edward Antrobus
Sex & the City on a budget on Student Debt Survivor
Is poverty in the US an excuse to do poorly in school? On Eyes on the Dollar
How to hit the reset button on your life on You Only Do This Once
Five dumb ways to spend your tax refund on The First Million is the Hardest
Beware of financial rip-offs On Club Thrifty
Estate planning – Our return from Miami On Wise Dollar