Shout-out: 10 Ways to Make Life Simple and Sane Again (Andy’s 10 New Things)

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 Ways to Make Life Simple and Sane Again (Andy’s 10 New Things) by Brent Truitt via Life Zemplified   Click here to check out the post!   First of all, this was just a fun story to read. It is well written and really pulled me in the more I read. So there’s that… But more than that, there’s a great message conveyed in this post that details a life’s transformation. From a more sedentary, indulgent, and less healthy path to a life of purpose and intentionality.   Big hurdles or turning points in life have that effect […]

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Shout-out: The Five Most Important Numbers You Need to Know

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 Five Most Important Numbers You Need to Know by Meghan Rabbitt via Rockstar Finance   Click here to check out the post!   Photo by Al Emmert   At least 33% of the posts I write on MikedUp Blog have some component of personal finance. You could say I’m a personal finance nerd and I wouldn’t hate it. Probably wouldn’t argue at all, actually. I say all of that to say that if personal finance is a passion of yours (e.g. you want to get out of debt, make sound financial decisions, and build wealth…), then you […]

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Shout-out: Here are the 10 Questions you Need to Answer Before Starting a Business

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: “Here are the 10 Questions you Need to Answer Before Starting a Business” by me via Life Planning Today   Click here to check out the post!   For the last 2 years, my wife and I have been consumed by the process of acquiring and running our business. We’ve made mistakes, learned many lessons, and actually done a few things right. So when Brad from Life Planning Today asked me to write a post for his site about starting a business – I was stoked!   This post shares with you the 10 questions you need to […]

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Shout-out: Unsolicited Advice Given to an 18-Year-Old Stranger

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: Unsolicited Advice Given to an 18-Year-Old Stranger by me via Max Your Freedom   Click here to check out the post!   Max was kind enough to lend me some space on his blog to post this article, so first off – thanks! This post stems from a morning that Monica and I were waiting in a Panera Bread for some bagels and coffee for our staff and I noticed a young fella studying for the SATs.   My mind started to wander back to a time when I was in this young guy’s shoes. And before too […]

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Shout-out: A “Message to Garcia” and its impact on my career

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:  A “Message to Garcia” and its impact on my career by Forrest Baumhover at Westchase Financial Planning   This entertaining and informative story of a snapshot in Forrest’s Naval career does such a great job at depicting that reality and a leader’s tactics aren’t always what they seem. People have different ways of leading and although they may seem completely foreign and asinine to you, it’s likely the end goal is the same.   I started reading this story and expected to determine the direction and ending a few paragraphs in, but as I read more and more – […]

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Shout-out: Everyday Money Show (Episode #3 – with Mike from MikedUp Blog)

Everyday Money Show with Mike from MikedUp Blog

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: Everyday Money Show (Episode #3 – with Mike from MikedUp Blog)   Click here to check out the post! Or just download it with your favorite podcast player!   A friend of mine (Jason from The Wealth Hound) recently started an awesome new podcast – the Everyday Money Show – where he talks with experts in a variety of fields to discuss the topics that impact our money lives every day. This week, I was fortunate to be able to record the  3rd Everyday Money Show episode with Jason! We talked about everything from which Big Ten football team […]

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Shout-out: Why we’re risking a healthcare disaster in early retirement

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: Why we’re risking a healthcare disaster in early retirement by Steve at ThinkSaveRetire    In this post, Steve (a 35-year-old retiree and PF blogger) covers a unique health care plan that multiple people have brought up to me recently – Liberty Healthshare. This plan is unlike your traditional healthcare coverage. There is cost sharing, more selective admission to the plan, and claim denials if you were hurt while engaging in ‘dangerous behavior.’   Yet, Liberty Healthshare has many members that ‘share’ the cost of claims among the group. Premiums are low but the risk is seemingly high. Let Steve outline for […]

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Shout-out: The 5 Big Things I Learned After Leaving Money Magazine

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 5 Big Things I Learned After Leaving Money Magazine by Diane Harris   Diane worked at Money magazine for over 22 years and ultimately left as editor-in-chief to start her own thing. Before leaving, though, there were countless interviews, stories told through personal experiences and ultimate learning about… Money.   After talking, thinking, writing, and sharing money for 22 years, Diane summed up her 5 most critical lessons in this article. If she’s not qualified, I don’t know who would be. The best part about her advice…? These are simple and practical things we could probably all implement without […]

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Shout-out: Start with why: How great leaders inspire action (a TED talk)

Hello all!   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   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: Start with why: How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek (a TED talk)     Simon Sinek is a well-accomplished author, leadership guru, entrepreneur, and former advertising account manager for many large companies you’ve heard of. His book of the same title (that I am currently reading) was given to me by one of our advisors just a few months before we filed the papers for our new business.   Have you ever experienced something, determined it wasn’t for you, then gone back a few years/months/days later and changed your mind? That’s […]

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Shout-out: It’s Your Ship – Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

(Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   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: It’s Your Ship – Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, 10th Anniversary Edition   This is my second favorite business/self-improvement book to date – and I’ve been through a few. In the book, Captain Abrashoff details his unorthodox approach to driving a ship for the US Navy. That’s both in the literal and figurative sense. Rather than traditional Top-Down management techniques that one may assume would come with military leadership, Captain […]

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