I Found True Happiness on the Far Side of the World

Finding True Happiness On The Far Side of the World #Joy #Happiness

It was “go outside and start sweating instantly” hot with 100% humidity.   We had finally made it to a suitable campsite at about 4:00pm and I was quickly running out of water. The 4 liters I had packed in the morning were all bone dry, save for a few drops in one of my bottles.   The rum was still half full though… But that wasn’t going to do my dehydration much good. I glanced at my two friends, both dropping their packs and seemingly exhausted. We were the only 3 humans within 50 miles on the uncivilized edge of a Costa Rican rainforest. Ocean to our west and deadly rainforest to our east. The options were few.   I knew we had to take care of a few priorities. Quickly. Darkness was coming and we needed to set up our tents, start a fire, and find water. All […]

Continue Reading

What To Do When You Inherit One. Million. Dollars.

What to Do With An Inheritance #ReduceDebt #Save

What would you do if you Inherited a Million Dollars? Here is what it would feel like if you won a million dollars… or at least how I see it going down. You wake up, turn on the coffee pot, grab some breakfast and flip open your laptop. As you are logging in you decide to grab your phone and look at your checking account because it is payday. However, when you pull up the account you notice a 7 digit number instead of the normal 4. You spit coffee all over your laptop but who cares, you are officially a millionaire! After the shock wears off (if it ever does) you are now confronted with one question: what are you going to do with your new fortune? So now what do you do? Opposing Viewpoints Blog Battle! Hey, so before you read any further this is a dueling blog […]

Continue Reading

67 Great Frugal Tips to Make you Wealthier Today

67 Great Frugal Tips to Make you Wealthier Today

There was a point in my life when I’d ask my college roommates to bring me back ketchup packets from their lunches out (#1). I wasn’t about to pay full price for the Heinz when they’re just giving that stuff away at some local establishments… I mean, C’mon.   I say the above to let you know that I’ve sat for hours contemplating different ways to save a buck here or earn a buck there. All in a combined frugal effort to fight the staggeringly large 6-figure student loan debt over our heads.   And now that I’ve been to the frugal mountaintop and we’re nearing the end of our student loan repayment, my personal finance nerd friends and I will occasionally search the web for frugal tips that we haven’t heard of or tried in a while.   But I haven’t found a comprehensive list that details all the […]

Continue Reading

Shout-out: 20 Reasons Why I spent Over $10,000 on a Home Gym

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: 20 Reasons Why I spent Over $10,000 on a Home Gym(Miguel – The Rich Miser)   Click here to check out the post!    While I’m not planning to shell out $10k on a home gym, my optimistic-self thinks that a (less expensive) home gym could be in my future. Aside from the convenience factor of having the gym in your house, Miguel goes on to extensively explain why what some may consider a luxury item should be at least considered as a staple. Hey, I write about fitness on occasion, so the fitness as a priority point isn’t […]

Continue Reading

Shout-out: How To Save On Healthcare Costs

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: How To Save On Healthcare Costs (Jim from The White Coat Investor)   Click here to check out the post!   You want to help me reduce healthcare costs? I’m in. Oh, and you’re a doctor who knows the system inside and out? Yeah, now I’m glued. Jim is a licensed physician with over a decade in practice and he’s taken the liberty to give us some actionable and (actually) achievable pieces of advice to help reduce or eliminate health-related costs. As we’ve set off in business for ourselves and will soon be responsible for our entire healthcare costs, […]

Continue Reading

2018 Life, Business, and Blog Goals Mid-Year Recap – How Have We Done!?!?

2018 Goals Recap

Way back in January (2018) I wrote this to open my annual Goals Post:   2018 Objective: To actually write down tangible and somewhat attainable goals for the most important aspects of my life. Nothing is off limits… And with the article below, I’ve achieved my first goal of 2018 (actually writing them down).   You know what? This writing goals down business actually does have an impact. I’m going to go through my original goals post, category-by-category below and let you know how I’m (we’re) doing. Intrigued…? Me too! Oh, and heads up for the subtle announcements that may or may not be scattered about the post.   I also wrote in the original post’s introduction a plea to you, the reader:   2) Indirectly hold me accountable. Read/share this article and drop me a line throughout the year to the tune of, “Hey, man. How’s the debt payoff coming???” Thanks in advance, […]

Continue Reading

How to Best Prepare your High Schooler for the Big Bad World

Prepare your high schooler for life after high school

How to best prepare your high schooler for life out of the nest can be a terrifying thought.   Take it from me – the father of a 3-year-old who hasn’t quite approached that stage yet but experiences a 10% rise in blood pressure just as I write this sentence.   Sure, there’s research and logical thought on best practices, but how can you know if that’s what actually works – in the real world?   Well, we are incredibly fortunate to have 2!! people here today that literally work with 14-20-year-olds as they prepare for and enter life after high-school.   These two – collectively – have 3 degrees and double-digit years of experience helping kids just like ours make this transition successfully. There may not necessarily be one “right way” to prepare your teenager, but there are some great general concepts and the two below have graciously offered […]

Continue Reading

I hate avocados… But call me a ‘snowflake’ millennial any day!

Avocado and it's relationship to the millennial stereotype

I recently found out that I’m a “snowflake millennial,” so now I’m jumping on the bandwagon – all aboard!!   Stereotype (definition) – a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or the idea of a particular type of person or thing.   Can they be based in truth…? Sure.   Should you believe every stereotype you hear…? Not so fast.   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   The stereotype I’m most interested in today is this: Millennials are lazy, job-hopping snowflakes that seek only instant gratification.    Let’s not stop there. I’ve even read that more seasoned generations tend to believe that millennials are unprepared and incapable of taking the reins to lead our world forward. For the record – I think this opinion is short-sighted and not well investigated… So let’s take care of the latter.   Why am I interested in this stereotype? Well, I found out last year that […]

Continue Reading

I was interviewed – extensively – by Scott at Making Momentum; check it out!

Hi, Team! Today I’m sharing a snippet from one of my guest posts on another blog (Making Momentum). Scott, who runs the site, reached out with an opportunity for me to be interviewed and to share my story with his readers. And I’ll just say that going through this process was a blast! Scott didn’t pull any punches with his questions and I made every effort to answer fully and to the best of my ability. Much of these topics haven’t been covered on my site… Yet. But I am taking the inspiration and some of the content to rework my “About Mike” page. So, needless to say, Scott’s interview made a significant impression on me. Below is a short snippet, but if you want the full 4,000+ word experience, please click over to Scott’s site. I’ll be monitoring the comments on the Making Momentum interview and on this post, so […]

Continue Reading

I’m not doing that with my kid, Dad! (guest blogger – Pops; parenting advice)

Big news this week!   Below I will introduce a new guest blogger to MikedUp Blog, and depending on how this article is received, maybe we’ll be able to coerce him into writing a little more often. I’d love your thoughts in the comments below! For now, I’ll kick it off, then let the ‘new guy’ take his swing. Thanks for reading!     I was talking with my dad (Pops) on the phone the other day after a particularly long day at my first job.    After the call – next would be parenting/husbanding followed by some work on the business, and if I were so efficient, maybe some blogging. But I had a few minutes on the commute and wanted to catch up. The conversation was casual for a bit while we covered the basics: sports, business, work, retired life, etc…  When we got to the family talk though, things […]

Continue Reading