5 Articles That I Absolutely Loved Last Month

5 Articles I Absolutely Loved Last Month #roundup #personalfinance #personaldevelopment #family #retirement

This post is a guest curation for Rockstar Finance, the leader in selecting and sharing the best personal finance content. To get the top money posts delivered straight to your inbox every weekday, subscribe to the Rockstar Finance newsletter.   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)     “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” -Richard Steele   Alright, Team – Since the blog has seen some pretty awesome growth in August, a few pretty crazy things have been happening: I’ve been hearing from more readers through emails, blog comments, and social media messages about the posts themselves (which is awesome, by the way – thank you!), I have seen more doors open up to me that would’ve otherwise not been there (thank you again!), and I have been interacting with so many more bloggers in the personal finance community and beyond (thanks thirdly…?)!   And it’s that […]

Continue Reading

How to Start Going Green – 13 Easy and Effective Ways!

How to Start Going Green - 13 Easy and Effective Ways! #environment #gogreen #sustainable #environmentallyfriendly

  Have you ever had a desire to start ‘going green’ (you know, using more environmentally friendly products and practices) but you just don’t know where to begin? Well, that was us just a couple months ago… And until I started asking my friends for some advice, I had no idea what to do, where to look, much less how to get started.   That is until I asked one of my ‘greener’ coworkers to help me with an intro guide on how to get started. Little did she know, I’d ask her to write a guest post for the blog as well… 😉And it doesn’t hurt that she’s also an accomplished writer! So let me get out of the way and let Sarah hook you up with the roadmap on how to start going green. Take it away, Sarah!     Hi, all! I am a coworker of Mike’s and […]

Continue Reading

Wins and Losses Series: Bryan from Buck & Cents – “Housing prices plummeted 93%”

Wins and Losses Series: Randy - "I'm kicked out by my father in the only game he ever showed up to"

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 by Al Emmert)   This week we have: Bryan from Bucks and Cents!     Bryan is a Dad, a Finance Manager, and a budget expert! He has been an extreme saver for most of his life, even before extreme saving was considered ‘a thing’! You can read about his goal of eventually saving up to $23.0 million (currently in the 6-figure range)! He started his site […]

Continue Reading

Wins and Losses Series: The Physician Philosopher – “The call you never want nor expect”

Wins and Losses Series: The Physician Philosopher - "The call you never want nor expect"

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: The Physician Philosopher (TPP)!   TPP is a blogger that I’ve been getting to know more and more over the past month. He’s an anesthesiologist, husband, father, and all around intelligent guy that has a ton of wisdom to share. That’s why I was stoked when he agreed to carve out some time to write for […]

Continue Reading

Wins and Losses Series: Randy – “I’m kicked out by my father in the only game he ever showed up to”

Wins and Losses Series: Randy - "I'm kicked out by my father in the only game he ever showed up to"

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 – just see this week’s contribution below).   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   This week we have (a very special treat): Randy, a 60-ish retiree that has taught me more about life and what it is to be a father than any other person on this earth    Randy is not a blogger but he is no stranger to writing. The man has lived an incredible […]

Continue Reading

22X Blog Growth Last Month!!! Exactly How I Did It

How I grew my blog traffic 22x in One Month #blogging #traffic #engagement #MikedUpBlog

Honestly, I never thought I’d be writing one of these posts:   “I 22-X’d my blog traffic in 1 Month – Click here to find out how!!”   Well, the truth is- that’s what happened. By every metric, my traffic exploded last month – it was crazy. And although the month just finished up a few days ago, I’ve had 31 August days to write like crazy, market my content, interact with you amazing readers, and just learn about what worked well and what fell flat…   I knew after my initial goal of 25,000 monthly sessions was achieved in August that I would have to write about the process. It seemed too monumental to just move on and continue without acknowledging what just went down… So here are my top reasons for putting this experience out there for all of you:   To say ‘Thank You!’ for reading, sharing, […]

Continue Reading

How I Increase Productivity and Get 25 Hours Out Of a Day

How To Increase Productivity By Getting 25 Hours Out of a Day #productivity #efficiency #goals #tasks #progress #personaldevelopment

To successfully increase productivity for an extended period of time, it is essential to have a well thought out plan in place. Sure, you may get lucky and be ultra-productive for a few weeks or months, but eventually, the absence of a solid plan will lead to increased stress and burnout. Trust me… I’ve been there.   But once I had a handle on my stress and anxiety, I turned my focus to a full proof plan that would allow me to increase productivity while still enjoying the finer things in life…   This is that plan:   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)     “Dude, how in the world do you find time to do all of that?!? It’s like you get 25 hours in a day…”   This was a friend’s response after hearing about my revolving priority list (below). It wasn’t a beat-my-chest brag sesh’.     […]

Continue Reading

Wins and Losses Series: Scott at Making Momentum – “Did the Risk Pay Off? Hell Yes”

Wins and Losses Series: Scott from Making Momentum - "Did the Risk Pay Off? Hell Yes" #finance #mistakes #lessons #learning #personaldevelopment

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: Scott from Making Momentum!   I was stoked to see that Scott had volunteered to write for the Wins and Losses Series. His blog is packed full of actionable content for those of us trying to do more, save more, or just be better (and so much more than that). He’s a guy that’s blowing up in the blogging world and I […]

Continue Reading

How to Prepare a Successful Student – (It’s Not With Supplies)

How To Prepare A Successful Student (And It's Not with Supplies) #attachment #success #academics #parenting #personaldevelopment

Hi, Team! This is a special occasion for me today. I’m bringing you a guest post from a close friend, published author, English teacher, and candidate for Virginia Senate – He’s my brother-in-law (@ronnierossva)! Ronnie has been an educator for nearly a decade and he knows how to prepare a successful student. Whether you’re returning to your school for a new year or starting a different journey at a new school, Ronnie has you covered below! Hint – it has little to do with “Back to School Supplies”. Take it away, Ronnie:   (Photo by Al Emmert)     Ronnie Ross is a new father who, along with his wife and son, lives in the Piedmont area of Virginia.  A teacher and school administrator, he spends his days helping young folks read, write, and think “better.”  Recently, inspired by the birth of his son, he announced his candidacy for the Virginia […]

Continue Reading

Wins and Losses Series: Drew from FI Introvert – “You’re broke. You have nothing”

Wins and Losses Series: Drew from FI Introvert "You're Broke and You Have Nothing"

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 are are interested in participating in the series, please send me an email and we can talk details.    This week’s participant is: Drew from FI Introvert   Drew has recently become a blogging friend of mine and I’m so glad that he agreed to take part in this series. Why? Because everything I read from him carries with it either a great lesson or some solid information. Drew went all-out with what’s below and I’m so excited to share this with you now! Take it away, Drew!   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   Background   I struggled for years to decode […]

Continue Reading