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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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: 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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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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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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Wins and Losses Series: Mark from The Retirement Spot – “I was actually helping the company eliminate my job”

Wins and Losses Series: Mark from The Retirement Spot - "I was actually helping the company eliminate my job"

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 Kevin Newton)   This week we have: Mark from The Retirement Spot!   Spoiler alert – Mark crushed this post and it’s full of knowledge gems. Take out your notebook… I know I did. Take it away, Mark!       I read some of MikedUp Blog’s series on Wins and Losses, and I said: “Oh yes I want to participate in this”.  What […]

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Why I’ll Never Consolidate Debt Again – But Why You Should

Why I’ll Never Consolidate Debt Again – But Why You Should #debtconsolidation #personalfinance #debt #networth

Have you ever considered taking an opportunity to consolidate debt that you have hanging over your head? Well, as I’ve written about extensively, we have more than a few thousand dollars in debt to our names, and consolidation is a tool we’ve considered using at multiple points on our journey.   But on the flip side, I’ve also heard more than a few horror stories about folks that consolidated their debt only to fall further into the hole they had dug for themselves… So today, I have an expert here to help educate us about the debt consolidation process – and when it may be an appropriate tool for you to pull out of that toolbox!   Joseph Hogue worked as an equity analyst and an economist before realizing being rich is no substitute for being happy. He now runs five websites and a YouTube channel on beating debt, making […]

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