4 Financial Mistakes That Actually Improved our Lives

4 Financial Mistakes That Actually Improved our Lives #personalfinance #family #saving #emergencyfund #home

  Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Jon back onto the site! We first heard from him a couple years ago when he discussed how he and his wife paid off $89,000 of student loans in just over a year, and while he’s written a few articles since… it’s been a minute. That’s why I’m stoked he’s here today to talk about some of the financial mistakes he’s made and how they may have actually benefited his family!   It’s not all $89,000 student loan payoffs, friends – we’ve all made some mistakes from time to time. But as you’ll see – it’s less about the mistakes themselves, and more about how you respond.       (Photo courtesy of MissFunctional Money)   Take it away, Jon!     4 Financial Mistakes That Actually Improved our Lives     If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to obsess about […]

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The 11 Most Hilarious Memes From My Wife – Now you Know

  Alright, Team – here’s the deal. I’ve got no value to add to your life with this post. No suggestions to improve your fitness, finances, or business’ competitive position. What I do have are 11 amazing memes from my wife (that qualifies as “family”, right…?). She’s sent these to me throughout pregnancy, us buying our business, and raising our daughters. After months of receiving these memes, laughing my butt off, and responding in kind – I started screen-shotting and saving these things.     I make no promises to censorship below and I only caution you to know 2 things:   She’s not wrong She’s hilarious   I’ll provide a couple lines after each meme, but let’s be honest – these things speak for themselves.     The 11 Most Hilarious Memes From My Wife – Now you Know   1- Let’s hope our [oldest] daughter uses her sass […]

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Can’t Exercise When you Have the Kids?? Think Again

Can't Exercise When you Have the Kids?? Think Again

I’m not a stay-at-home dad but I’ve had a few Saturdays with Monica away at a baby/bridal shower and the girls staying home with me. On her way out the door there’s a quick rundown of the schedule, a couple of last-minute ‘don’t forgets,’ and the statement question – “You’re good, right?” I have her full confidence, no doubt, but she’s known me for over a decade and in the back of her mind she understands that I’m cooking up a list of easy exercises for me and the little ones to knock out while mom’s away.   I’ve got this whole, “lost 65 pounds, higher energy level, on-my-shoulder-whispering angel thing,” reminding me that I never miss a Monday and that I’ll need to squeeze at least a 30-minute workout into this day.   How, then, can I have a tremendous – memory generating – Saturday with my daughters and […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Tim from Life for the Better – “You don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone”

Wins and Losses Series: Tim from Life for the Better - "You don't know what you got 'till it's gone"

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: Tim from Life for the Better!   Take it away, Tim:     My name is Tim and I blog over at Life For The Better. I am currently 25 years young and an officer in the Air Force. I am currently in pursuit of financial independence. In order to achieve the goal of financial independence, I’ve set out to live a […]

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How to Increase your Business’ Profit Margin in Under One Year

From Broke to Ballin - Up Your Business' Profit the right way #smallbusiness #profit #reviews #entrepreneur #growth

  Increasing your business’ profit margin can be an incredibly difficult task – especially when you’re juggling bills, chasing down accounts payable, and working to develop your staff to their full potential. Well, we’ve had some time to experience the highs and lows of business ownership, and this post is our step-by-step guide to earning more while doing the work you love.   How to Increase your Business’ Profit Margin in Under One Year    But first – A MikedUp Blog Original:   “We’re on track to come up about $20k short…” As I said the words to my business partner, she was understandably irate.   “Excuse me? $20k… That’s a lot of k’s!!!”   You see, there are great advantages to being in business with your spouse, but explaining the fact that we are about to be broke and maybe not make payroll in three months – is not one of […]

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23 Proven Routines and Philosophies For the Best Version of Me

23 Proven Routines and Philosophies For the Best Version of Me #goals #routines #improvement #personaldevelopment

What would you have to do to discover the best version of yourself? Not just the fittest, the smartest, or the most socially responsible you – I’m talking about the total package… The best YOU. All-around. To unleash your fullest potential, you would need to design an incredibly healthy lifestyle prioritizing just the right amount of happiness, fitness, success, and freedom.   Over the last decade, I’ve been experimenting with different routines and philosophies to do just that – design a healthy lifestyle to unleash the best me   In this decade of experimentation (ages 22 – 32), I’ve lost 65 pounds and kept them off, started a business with my wife that provides for our family and the families of our employees, hiked the entirety of the most naturally diverse rainforest on earth (with 2 great buddies) in pursuit of my Master’s degree, became a father (twice over now […]

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What You Should Know About Health Insurance in 2019

What You Should Know About Health Insurance in 2019

    (This is a sponsored post discussing what you should know about health insurance – please see my disclosure for more details.)   Open enrollment just ended and 2019 is in full swing! If you’ve recently enrolled in health insurance, hopefully, you know a thing or two about your new plan. But if you’ve worked at the same company and have received the same health insurance year after year, it’s easy to just click a few buttons without fully reading the fine print.   Are you up-to-date with the latest news?   Knowledge is power and we’re here to discuss some of the most important 2019 health insurance trends—so that you can confidently make an informed decision about your provider and their packages.     What You Should Know About Health Insurance in 2019   You’re No Longer Required to Have It   You probably recall when it became […]

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Unexpected Humor During my Bestie’s Cancer Battle

Unexpected Humor During my Bestie's Cancer Battle

If you’re a regular MikedUp Blog reader, you’ve at least heard about our friend ‘Jen’ and her battle with breast cancer – she wrote 14,000 words about every detail of her story. You’ve also seen Jen’s story from the point of view of her co-worker and dear friend. We’ve sufficiently covered many of the highs and lows that one may encounter with a cancer diagnosis or the diagnosis of a close friend. However, that’s still a little meat left on the bone. Believe it or not, there are still funny times, great experiences, and human moments that happen during life while on this journey. A lighter side to cancer, if you will.   So in this third and final post detailing some portion of Jen’s journey, I’ve asked one of Jen’s best friends (Erica) to share some of her thoughts about what Jen went through. Below, we’ve got some wig […]

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Hey, all – I’m asking for a quick favor here

  Hopefully, the new baby pic of Stella helped grab your attention… (Desperate times, ya know??)   Team –   First off, thanks a million for stopping by! Whether it’s your first time on MikedUp Blog or visit number 1,792 (thanks, Mom) – just know that I appreciate each and every one of you!   If you are relatively new here, I’d ask you to head over to my Start Here page to learn much more about me and what you can expect to find here on MikedUp Blog’s regularly scheduled posts (I’m pretty proud of how the Start Here page has come together).   With that being said – I’ll cut to the chase   I’m in Rockstar Finance’s ‘Rumble’ this weekend and – shameless ask here – I could use your vote. I’ll tell you how you can help me out in under 30 seconds and then I’ll give you […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Jon from Compounding Pennies – “My happiness came from impressing others”

Wins and Losses Series: Jon from Compounding Pennies - "My happiness came from impressing others"

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: Jon from Compounding Pennies!   Jon helps people improve their finances one day at a time at his blog Compounding Pennies. There he writes about his struggles and successes with money. By making small changes every day, you will see a massive change over time.   Take it away, Jon!   When I first read the Wins & Losses series, it […]

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