“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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Wins and Losses Series: Justin from Saving Sherpa – “I turn denial into fuel and it worked out beautifully”

Wins and Losses Series: Justin from Saving Sherpa - "I turn denial into fuel and it worked out beautifully"

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   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   This week we have: Justin from Saving Sherpa!   Justin shares with us some difficult and joyful moments in his life, but the thing that I took out of his post below is that we can all learn from the way Justin handles adversity. The guy is a rockstar and I’m glad to have him here today! Take it […]

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I cry actual tears every time I shop at Aldi…

Shop at Aldi

After decades of shopping at other stores that we don’t need to mention here, about 2 years ago my wife and I decided to shop at Aldi – exclusively – and we haven’t looked back! In this post, I’ll give you all the reasons why we chose Aldi in the first place, why we stick around, and what the few things are that we would change if we could.   But before that, a little background:     There I was for THIRTY WHOLE YEARS! A sucker. Mark. Pawn. Call me what you want, but I was definitely spending so much more money on groceries every month than what was necessary.   Do you want to know the worst part…?   I didn’t even know the difference!! Aldi hadn’t entered my mental space. I was gleefully oblivious and didn’t see the lead weight forming that would eventually drag our monthly […]

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How to Get ahead of the calories – a Thanksgiving strategy

How to Get Ahead of the Calories - A Thanksgiving Strategy #fitness #calories #exercise #activity #discipline

This is not a research-backed, peer-reviewed, piece on how to get/stay healthy during the coming holiday season. If that’s what you’re looking for, please see Mel’s – our clinical research nurse – post (Healthy holiday tips). There, she’ll help guide you to make smart choices in terms of portions, meals, and food items while still enjoying fellowship and family during the season.   This post is for a different crowd. The crowd that knows Thanksgiving is a few days away and that means 3 things:   1) The best food day of the year is upon us 2) We get to hang out with family, watch football, and play games 3) Did I mention – the best food day of the year is upon us    For those of us who know that bad caloric decisions are in our immediate future, no amount of portion control or, “Which pie type has fewer […]

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Shout-out: Should I Refinance My Student Loans?

Shout-out: Should I Refinance My Student Loans?

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: Should I Refinance My Student Loans by The Finance Twins   Click here to check out “Should I Refinance My Student Loans”   First off, The Finance Twins (TFT) know what they’re talking about… If you remember back a few months, Camilo (1 of the twins) wrote an amazing and gripping story about three rags-to-riches brothers who mourned the loss of their father at a young age, were raised by a single mother in a foreign country, and only went on to be either a doctor, retired from a Wall Street career and now entrepreneur, and an Investor… In […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Fred from Money With a Purpose – “Addicts are master manipulators”

Wins and Losses Series: Fred from Money With a Purpose - "Addicts are master manipulators" #adversity #addiction #family #heroin #overcomingadversity

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!)   (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here     This week we have: Fred from Money With a Purpose!   Fred does not hold back with this story. I have some thoughts that I’ll share below, but for now – let me get out of his way…       My name is Fred Leamnson. I’m a financial advisor at Leamnson Capital, a firm I started in 2011 […]

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Generational Differences – A Poor Excuse for An Argument

Generational Differences - A Poor Excuse for An Argument #millennials #boomers #family #sidehustles #hardwork

Generational differences have caused more arguments at more family gatherings and company Christmas parties than my research capabilities can count.   “Millennials are killing ____”   “Boomers left our castle in ruins…”   Yes – I’ve heard both of these from multiple folks on either side of this… “argument”. I even went so far as writing a post on the subject: I Hate Avocados… But Call Me a ‘Snowflake’ Millennial Any Day!   I actually started that post cautioning the use of stereotypes and ultimately said we can all do better. Well, it turns out that my hot take on generational differences enticed a few responses… And honestly – I’m thrilled that it did.   Because Rosie from Cash Crone had a few insightful things to say on the matter, and I think we’d all be better off hearing from someone a little ‘wiser’ than me.   (Photo courtesy of […]

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When Quitting Your Passion Might Be the Best Option

When Quitting Your Passion Might Be the Best Option #pivot #passion #quitting #goals #ballet

Quitting Your passion is a process I’ve struggled with in the past… And one I’m also wrestling with at the present (more on that… in time). But no matter what your passion or your specific situation, quitting can be so… shameful.   But I’ve recently come to know another great blogger, SC from MissFunctional Money (I know, great blog name, right??) who has also had some intimate experience with quitting something that was her life – for nearly all her life. And news flash – it wasn’t easy for her to make that decision. And because SC has been so open and honest in her post below, I think we’ve been given the fortunate opportunity to see when quitting the thing you love – may be the best thing that could’ve happened to you.    I’ll let SC take it from here:     “What are you going to be when you […]

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Today’s Veteran – This Hero’s Fight After Leaving the War

  Standing on the platform of a 34 foot tower he adjusts his harness, creeps toward the edge, and thinks, “What in the hell have I gotten myself into?” There are still two trainees in front of him so there’s some time to make last minute checks. Carabiner secure? Check. Attached to the overhead cable? Check.   Only one in front now and it’s not the screams of the grown men before him that elicit terror, it’s the logic in his mind. “This cable will actually hold me? I’m not the lightest guy here… I’m not the heaviest either so we should be good. Maybe the cable’s been worn down by all the guys before me? Is my harness secure?…”   Private First Class (PFC) Drew Mullee is 2 days into US Army Airborne School and he’s sufficiently out of his element as he toes the edge of the platform. […]

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Shout-out: Why You’re Not Stupid If You Purchase A New Car

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: Why You’re Not Stupid If You Purchase A New Car by Michael Dinich at Your Money Geek   Click here to check out the post!   Well, if you’re a regular reader, you know that we recently purchased a new car. And during my research leading up to that decision, I came across this article from Michael. I was surprised to see the headline, as a starter, but then as I dove further into the facts of the article, I was pretty surprised with the current auto market.   For so long I had subscribed to the “Never buy […]

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