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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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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Boost Your Health in 2019 – Tips to Look and Feel Great

Boost Your Health in 2019 - Tips to Look and Feel Great #sleep #stress #health #fitness

    I’m not getting any younger. And sometimes the aging dog needs to learn new tricks. That’s why when we rang in 2019, I sought out new answers to the question of ‘how to be healthy in 2019.’ Sure, I was maintaining my fitness, but we’ve got a new baby on the way and some other big changes ahead – and my fitness, health, and wellness arsenals needed restocking.   That’s why today I’ve asked Stephanie to help us with some tips:   Personal development and self-care gave Stephanie Haywood a boost when she needed it the most. She writes to share with us the gift of self-knowledge, self-care, and self-actualization to help us face life’s challenges.    Here is Stephanie’s answer to my question of how to be healthy in 2019   Every day you wake up is an opportunity for self-improvement. Make this year your Year of Change, […]

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Improve your Fitness With These Killer 10 Minute Workouts

Alright, here’s the deal. We’ve all got a bazillion things to do these days. Personally, I’m trying to be the best husband and father, grow our business, improve my blog, network, learn new things, yadda yadda… And if your priorities aren’t in line, it’s not too difficult to hit the “do-later” button when it comes to your workouts. But if we’re being honest, skipping the workout in favor of pretty much anything else can be a huge mistake. I’m no saint when it comes to knocking out hour and a half long workouts 5 days a week, but – when it comes to just needing to get something accomplished, I’ve turned to the 10-minute workouts below to get the job done.   “I hear you and 100% – yes, if we’ve got enough time to workout for an hour at a time a few days each week, that would be ideal.”   […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Nathan from Millionaire Dojo – “He fired me on the spot”

Wins and Losses Series: Nathan from Millionaire Dojo - "He fired me on the spot"

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: Nathan from Millionaire Dojo!   Nathan is a 25-year-old on his way to financial independence. He set a goal to become a black belt in finance (achieve a net worth of a million dollars) and blogs about the steps he’s taking to get there. You can follow his journey at Millionaire Dojo.   Take it away, Nathan!     First off, […]

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How She Lost 220 Pounds and Took Back Her Life

Alright… You caught me. I was procrastinating and scrolling through my Facebook feed a while back, just killing some time when I saw a friend of mine post, “This is how I lost 220 pounds in about 18 months!” The post was headlined by before and after pictures, and I literally did a triple take. 220 pounds!! That’s crazy, amazing, awesome, and … it had me wondering: what weight loss tips could she share for someone at the start of their journey?   Here are some of her before/after pics:     During her journey, Kate went from a size 4XL to a Medium and from a pant size 28 down to an 8/10 (depending on the pants 😉)   So I reached out to my friend (Kate) to ask if she’d be willing to share a bit of how she made it happen. She was stoked to share her tips and […]

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“I Have Accepted Another Job Offer – This is My 2-Weeks Notice”

"I Have Accepted Another Job Offer - This is My 2-Weeks Notice" #2-weeksnotice #resignation #business #employees #respect

  “Wait… What?!?!” Let me just say off the top that receiving our first version of the “2-weeks notice” flanked the $h_t out of me. I never saw it coming… Not even for a second. But after some time to reflect, process, and move forward – as they say, “Everything happens for a reason.” Now all that’s left to find out is whether that reason will set our family up for the next great step in life complete with increased happiness and wealth… or, if that reason is the start of the financial apocalypse as we know it…     (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   We’ll get back to the 2-weeks notice, but first – a MikedUp Blog original     Don’t know if you’ve heard, but my wife was pregnant with our second child and due back in early January (I don’t say: “we’re pregnant…”).     So […]

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Ideas For How to Make Extra Money on the Side

Ideas For How to Make Extra Money on the Side

  Michael Williams is here today with his post on how to make extra money on the side. We’ve talked previously about why you need to start a side hustle, and Michael is here to add context to that argument, as well as give you some great options on how to get started.    Take it away, Michael:     Ideas For How to Make Extra Money on the Side     The term ‘Side Hustle’ is used a lot now, gaining popularity over the past few years. Surprisingly, it isn’t a new term, being used by American newspapers as far back as the 1950s where it described the work undertaken by people outside of their main jobs.   It’s clear that making a bit of extra cash on the side has been a part of life for a long time, but in tandem with the term ‘Side Hustle’, it’s […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Max from Tried and True Mom Jobs – “His heart just stopped”

Wins and Losses Series: Max from Tried and True Mom Jobs - "His heart just stopped"

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: Max from Tried and True Mom Jobs!   Max blogs at Tried and True Mom Jobs and writes about ways moms can have the best of both worlds, to make money and stay home and raise their kids in addition to ways to save money and invest.   Take it away, Max!     #1 Worst Moment: When My Grandfather Passed […]

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