Shout-out: Growing Up Abused – A Story Of Tragedy And Triumph

Shout-out: Growing Up Abused - A Story Of Tragedy And Triumph

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: Growing Up Abused – A Story Of Tragedy And Triumph (via Andrea of Saving Joyfully – posted on Money With a Purpose)   Click here to check out the post!   I’ve come to know Andrea via Twitter as a fellow personal finance blogger, and her demeanor is 100% happy and helpful to all she interacts with. She’s also from Ohio, which is how we started talking in the first place, and honestly – I could’ve gone forever thinking that she had come from a great home with a stable upbringing… All because of how she acts today. […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Amanda from Why We Money – “The struggles make the victories even sweeter”

Wins and Losses Series: Amanda from Why We Money - "The struggles make the victories even sweeter"

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 Kevin Newton)   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here     This week we have: Amanda from Why We Money!       Amanda is the co-founder of WhyWeMoney.com – a site where she and her husband share ideas, experiences, and tactics for finding a balance between enjoying life today, while still planning for a great tomorrow. She has a great one in store for us today so I’ll let […]

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Hey Cancer – You Picked the Wrong Bitch (Part 2)

Hey Cancer - You Picked the Wrong Bitch (Part 2)

This is the second and final portion of a story from Jen – a wife, mother, daughter, …, a breast cancer survivor, and a badass. Please click here to read Part 1 of Jen’s story and then come back here for the ending.   As I said in the first half of Jen’s story – this is quite possibly the most important post that has been published on MikedUp Blog. Thank you so much for reading…   Here’s Jen picking up where she left off:       August 4, 2017   Exchange day.   I was so excited about this surgery! This was supposed to be the end of this journey for me, and because the exchange is a far less complicated procedure than a mastectomy, I was optimistic about the road ahead.   The surgeons simply open you up, remove the expanders, tweak the pockets that will hold the […]

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Hey, Cancer – You Picked the Wrong Bitch…

Hey Cancer - You Picked the Wrong Bitch #remission #cancer #journey #family #breastcancer #surgery #fight

This post will be unlike most things you can find on MikedUp Blog. Normally, I will help to solve a pain point in your life in some aspect of fitness, finance, business, or personal relationships… But not today. Today, I am humbled and grateful to bring you the ultra-personal story of a breast cancer survivor – from life before cancer all the way through to present day…   But this isn’t just any story from some random person… Much like the story I wrote about in 2016 – where a man deployed to Afghanistan away from his wife and child to wage war who ended up returning home in critical condition, not knowing if he would survive the multiple surgeries ahead of him… I too know the key character in this story pretty well.   Jen (as you will read below) is a wife, mother, scientist, … a little OCD (her own […]

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MikedUp Blog’s No-BS Promise to “The Team”

MikedUp Blog's No-BS Promise to "The Team"

It’s currently 8:47pm on Tuesday evening as I write these words right here… And as of right now I have no post to publish tomorrow at 0533 – Wednesday, October 24. It’s not because I’ve procrastinated and just didn’t do it. Or because I have no other post to slot into this timeframe in a pinch… I actually have posts scheduled out for the next 3 weeks, but I’m not using one of those today.   You see, I had a guest post scheduled to run today titled: “How Bad Financial Habits Might Actually Be Great For You”    But in an honest moment, I disagreed with the tone, points, and just about everything of substance in the article… I was going to sell it to you as – “C’mon, all. Let’s see the alternate viewpoint and make an informed decision.” But that would’ve been a lie. There weren’t useful things […]

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How to Not Gain a Single Pound Over the Holidays

How to Not Gain a Single Pound Over the Holidays #avoidweightgain #health #healthychoices #exercise #nutrition

Just because it’s “a thing” doesn’t mean we have to submit to the typical winter hibernation… When the weather turns colder, the days retreat shorter, and the average person tends to pack on 5-7 pounds during the winter months (John’s Hopkins). Well, here at MikedUp Blog, we’re doing everything we can to avoid holiday weight gain.   As my 3 year old says, “No. No…” (she also waves her finger while saying this). No extra pounds are welcome on this guy. And they shouldn’t be welcome on you either.   Let me issue you a challenge right here and now   I’m not gaining a single pound this holiday season. In fact, I vow to lose those 5-7 pounds. Are you game for doing the same?   If so, here is our game plan to avoid holiday weight gain   1- We’re going to make healthy holiday choices   Last […]

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Wins and Losses Series: “Still In” from Military Millions – “Shortly thereafter, things started to explode”

Wins and Losses Series: Still In from Military Millions - "Shortly thereafter, things started to explode"

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: “Still In” from Military Millions!     Reading through this submission for the first time I was cycling back and forth through moments of laughter followed by moments where my jaw literally fell through the floor… We haven’t had a Wins and Losses Series with quite this much intensity (yet still some humor). Sit back. Enjoy. […]

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Shout-out: 10 Signs You Have An Exceptionally Good Boss

Shout-out: 10 Signs You Have An Exceptionally Good Boss #leadership #personaldevelopment #businessowner #improve

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: 10 Signs You Have An Exceptionally Good Boss (Jessica Kay via The Financial Diet)   Click here to check out the post!   As we’ve worked to get our family business off the ground, I’ve been seeing bosses from multiple angles. I have one at my day job and I am one at night and on the weekends… It’s kind of been a meta experience to this point and ultimately I think it’s helped me a metric ton on both ends (although I still have a long ways to go…). I’m seeing things my boss does well and applying […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Josh from Money Life Wax – “Be grateful for what you have”

Wins and Losses Series: Josh from Money Life Wax - "Be grateful for what you have"

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: Josh from Money Life Wax!      Josh and I have worked together in the past – namely when we squared off on what to do with a large inheritance. So when he offered to participate in this series, I knew he’d have some great stories and lessons to share with us. But I had […]

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Help!! I’m Proposing and Need Some Financial Advice!!

Help!! I'm Proposing and Need Some Financial Advice!! #creditcards #proposing #highyield #savings #personalfinance

Hi, Team! From time-to-time, I’ll do a mailbag post where I’m literally answering questions from readers just like you! So if you’ve got a burning question or would like a second set of eyes on a financial, business, or fitness situation, please feel free to reach out on Twitter or via email and my answer to your question may be featured in a post!   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   Today, I’m responding to Jake, who asked a few things about credit cards and online savings accounts (my comments are in bold italics here):   1- What’s the best way for me to pay for a wedding ring that I don’t currently have the cash for but will in the next 12-15 months (he’s proposing in the next 2 months), and what are some things I need to be thinking about? Is going with a 0% APR for a year […]

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