Why I Write About Business and How YOU Benefit

Becoming a business owner was one of the most exciting and terrifying moments of my life. Here are the 5 resources that helped me most along the journey #business #personaldevelopment #goals

  Three years ago, my wife and I willingly jumped into the entrepreneurial deep end. And at that moment, effectively put our family under a near 7-figure sum of debt that we won’t shake loose from for a decade. Were we scared at times…? No – we were terrified, stressed, and on-edge for nearly 2 years. But looking back from the other side, I wouldn’t change those nerve-wracking years for anything. They’re what allowed us to pursue and fulfill our professional dream of becoming business owners.   Since we took that leap, our family and our business have been on a rollercoaster ride complete with tremendous highs and some… teachable moments. We earned 140 5-star reviews in our first year of business Grew by 8.7% in our first fiscal year Got blindsided with a 2-weeks notice from one of our most trusted employees Almost went bankrupt (and one of our proudest accomplishments) helped […]

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MikedUp Blog Turns 3 Years Old – And Exciting Updates!

    If you would’ve asked me when I started this blog if I expected to still be writing posts in 3 years, I honestly don’t know what I would’ve expected…   I’m equal parts confident and pragmatic, and the truth is – I probably would’ve wrestled with that question a bit.   I mean, 3 years is a long time   Three years ago we had a 1-year-old daughter, I was still into running half-marathons, my wife and I were both working for other people, she was fresh out of dental school, and we hadn’t realistically considered the prospect of owning our own business.   But here we are – 2 kids, strength training with cardio infusions, new jobs, school a distant glimmer in the rearview, and working together on our family business…   …And I’m still writing… and loving every minute!!     First off – Thank You!  […]

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Introducing a New Series on MikedUp Blog!!

    (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Well, we had a great thing going there… For 41 Friday’s in a row, we shared with you 2 of the greatest and 2 of the worst moments from a generous writer’s life to this point in MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series.   There were debt payoffs, ejections from your kid’s little league games, diagnoses, hot takes, suicide attempts, and everything in between…   I started the Wins and Losses Series for 1 reason alone – to learn from other’s experiences so that we could all improve together. And reflecting from the other side of this series, I’d say we accomplished that mission.   But I feel the time has come to close the chapter on the series.   It’s been a great run, but honestly – I’ve got something shiny, new, and (hopefully you agree) exciting to take its place!! […]

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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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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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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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Wins and Losses Series: Riley from Young and the Invested – “It’s not what you buy, but what you pay”

Wins and Losses Series: Riley from Young and the Invested - "It’s not what you buy, but what you pay"

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 MissFunctional Money)   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Riley from Young and the Invested!   Take it away, Riley!     My name is Riley Adams and I blog at Young and the Invested, a site dedicated to growing an online community for young professionals looking to improve their financial literacy and develop strategies to reach financial independence.  I’m a senior financial analyst at […]

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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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Reviewing the New Release – “Financial Freedom” by Grant Sabatier

  This post is part 8 in Rockstar Finance’s latest “Traveling Book Review” where different bloggers each raise their hand to review a chapter in an upcoming book – this time: Financial Freedom. The idea is to start with the blogger reviewing Chapter 1 (Money is Freedom, in this case) and progress through to the end (Living a Richer Life – Chapter 14) – in order to get a good feel for what to expect in the new book.   This installment of the Traveling Book Review is centered around Grant Sabatier’s Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.     Here’s a Financial Freedom chapter list to kick us off:   1- Money is Freedom 2- Time is More Valuable than Money 3- What is Your Number? 4- Where are you Now? 5- Next-Level Money 6- Is it Worth it? 7- The Only Budget […]

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