Wins and Losses Series: Todd from Invested Wallet – “Feeling defeated is an understatement”

Wins and Losses Series: Todd from Invested Wallet - "Feeling defeated is an understatement"

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Todd from Invested Wallet!   Hi MikedUp Blog readers!   My name is Todd Kunsman, I’m the head of marketing for an awesome start-up company and I’ve also been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017.   I recently decided to launch my own platform called Invested Wallet, aimed to help educate and inspire beginners and beyond on investing and […]

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The 41 Best Christmas Songs of All Time – Definitively Ranked

The 41 Best Christmas Songs of All Time - Definitively Ranked #Christmas #Music #Holiday

When it comes to the best Christmas songs of all time – we all have our favorites… Some are a little ‘poppy’ while others may lean a bit ‘classical’ but no matter the situation (in Q4 of any year and part of Q1…) – there’s a Christmas song for that!   Every year (for the past 3 years) my wife and I throw a grande ‘ole bash on Christmas Eve (a real rockin’ holiday party) where we invite over family and some friends for a great night of food, festivities, fun, and … you guessed it – Christmas music! But inevitably, there’s always debate about which Christmas songs are the best (read: worth our precious dance party time).   So… I’ve searched high and low for an authority on the matter. And I’m stoked to report that I have found the high power of all Christmas music rankers!!   This […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Clint from NextGen Wealth – “I just didn’t know any better when I was 22 years old”

Wins and Losses Series: Clint from NextGen Wealth - "I just didn’t know any better when I was 22 years old"

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Clint from NextGen Wealth!   Clint Haynes is a Certified Financial Planner® and Financial Advisor in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the founder and owner of NextGen Wealth. On the personal side of things, he is a complete craft beer dork and has been making – or at least attempting to make – his own beer since about 2014. He […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Matt from Spills Spot – “I was unemployed for about 6 months”

Wins and Losses Series: Matt from Spills Spot - "I was unemployed for about 6 months"

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Matt from Spills Spot!     I love that Matt took the series prompts to heart with this one – he really dives into the lessons learned during these wins and losses and I’m stoked that he let us into these moments in his life. Some gems in this one! Take it away, Matt!     Hello MikedUp Blog readers!   […]

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How to Finally Land that Dream Job You’ve Always Wanted

How to Finally Land that Dream Job You’ve Always Wanted

Ahh, the golden goose, the ‘one day’, the… Dream Job. I think that in an honest moment, we’d all admit that we have one. I know that I do… But like most of us, you may think that dream job of yours is completely out of reach. I know that was my thought process for too long. And what’s worse – it doesn’t have to be true.   (Photo courtsey of Al Emmert)   Today I have Eliza with us to discuss the nuts and bolts of things you can do today to put you in that dream job tomorrow. Here’s a little about Eliza to get us acquainted:   Eliza used to be overweight, burned out, had a slew of health problems, no savings and in a ton of debt.  Glamorous right? She has since done a 180 on her health and is now on track to retire by […]

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Healthy Holiday Tips for a Fun and Festive Season

Mel, our resident clinical research nurse, is back to share some great healthy holiday tips for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just generally trying to avoid holiday weight gain – some healthy tips from an industry professional are perfect for the season!  Mel has done the research and worked with the patients, so without further pause – here are some of her great tips!     The “heavy” hitting holidays are here – so we need to be armed with some healthy holiday tips! It starts with Halloween and various fests (pumpkin and apple to name a few) then moves on to Thanksgiving, Christmas and other religious holidays.  Let’s not forget about birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirement parties, going away parties and on and on…… This translates into many occasions to eat, and, not the healthiest foods.  But why?  Why have these joyous occasions turned […]

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Shout-out: The Most Important Pillars of our Financial Lives

Shout-out: The Most Important Pillars of our Financial Lives

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: The Most Important Pillars of our Financial Lives   Click here to check out the episode!   First off – I had a blast recording this podcast episode! Denis and Katie do a great job in their podcast of discussing some great financial topics and asking questions designed to elicit thoughtful answers. In this episode, we talked about a few of my “Financial Pillars for us Millennials” posts where I cover the most important topics that form the foundation of our financial lives.   But, if there’s one thing I love about podcasts, it’s that there are always […]

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Wins and Losses Series: My Early Retirement Journey – “I’m still a work in progress. Everyone is.”

Wins and Losses Series: Ellie from My Early Retirement Journey - "I’m still a work in progress. Everyone is."

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: My Early Retirement Journey (MERJ)!   MERJ is a single 30-something actively trying to leave the workforce on her own terms and figure out what exactly to do with her life. She writes a great blog over at My Early Retirement Journey and I’m stoked to share a small portion of her story with you here today! Take it away, MERJ: […]

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Who is the Fittest Personal Finance Blogger?

Who is the Fittest Personal Finance Blogger? #fitnessbloggers #fitness #health #exercise #gainz

Ohhh, do I have a treat for us today!! I’ve gathered up all of the fitness bloggers (actually, financial bloggers) in the world (who were within shouting distance and wanted to take part), took them out of their mom’s basements (they’ll be back before dinner, moms…), and I issued them a challenge (and asked a few questions)! What was that challenge? “Where are you at with your current fitness level? Where would you like to improve in the months ahead? How will you get there? And perhaps the most important question – Who is the fittest financial blogger of them all?!?!?   There can only be one!   jkjk – it’s not like I’m competitive or anything (don’t ask my wife or any of my friends or family, OK – cool). 😉   Here, your favorite personal finance ‘nerds’ will see if we have the chops to be “fitness bloggers”   […]

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“I’ve – Got – Posts… On Big-Time Sites and Blogs!”

Since I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to see MikedUp Blog grow in readership over the last 2.5 years, I’ve been so stoked and humbled to be able to write for some pretty amazing publications and other blogs! While I’ve tried to include the fact that, “Hey – I wrote for Business Insider!!” or “I’m on this awesome blog you should check out!!” – on our Saturday Shout-outs or in a weekly email I had been sending exclusively to my subscribers, keeping you all informed of my guest posts has been a little clunky and disorganized.   So I’ve come up with this page here – “Every Guest Post Mike’s Written… Ever”   It’s pretty straightforward and will probably evolve over time, but with this method, I’ll have an easy to digest resource for you in case you’re looking for posts I’ve written on other blogs. Thanks so much for checking […]

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