May is my favorite month of the year. Not because of Mother’s Day, (a commercial holiday that I hate and refuse to let my children buy me gifts or cards). But because this month I present to the trainees at my organization on personal finance. Inspiring Reads for May 2019 gets us back to the basics of financial literacy. Caring about what others think, being car-poor, buying a house, recognizing cognitive biases, and teaching kids about personal finance are topics of this month’s inspiring reads.
Find work-life balance, define your life purpose, and take a peek into how the rest of the world lives. Here are three of the best TED talks from around the world that inspire living a better life.
As someone who falls down stairs, trips on even surfaces, and breaks toes getting into bed, I’ve never been what you might call athletic. When friends have asked me to go running in the past, I scoffed at the idea. I thought that I was physically incapable of surviving a jog. Why would anyone want to run, anyway? But I just ran my first 5K at age 40!
I hate April Fools. But it is a good reminder that things aren’t always what they seem. This month I was inspired by posts about tricks to get us to spend more money, as well as things we should keep in mind as we continue to move toward financial independence. Wastes of money, 0% financing, the student loan crisis, getting off our phones, experiencing discomfort, and paying off mortgages are the topics featured in this month’s inspiring reads.
There’s something about a really good documentary that just inspires me to live a better life. Peeking into the world of the über rich, learning the effects of foods on our bodies, seeing images of what we are doing to our planet, and opening the doors of middle-class family homes to see hyper-consumption in action – these are some of the best documentaries!
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Although I previously wrote about reducing commitments at work, this month I have been taking on more than might be healthy. I became a trainer for other providers at my facility, am becoming certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, am helping the Cancer Committee reach goals for our facility, and (foolishly) agreed to give multiple presentations. My stress level is reaching it’s max! This month I was particularly inspired by readings about decisions we make in our career, doing meaningful work, and, of course, pursuing financial independence.
February was a good month. The holidays are over (I don’t consider Valentine’s Day a holiday, but I do celebrate Groundhog’s Day) and Spring is nearly here.
Time is precious. When I read blogs, I look for articles that inspire and motivate me to move closer to my values and goals. Here are my top picks for February 2019.
January was about a new start. As we ushered in the new year, many people reevaluate their goals, clearing out the old, and making way for the new. Here are 6 inspiring reads from around the web that I found in January 2019.
December is a big month. Yes, there is Chanukah and Christmas. This month was extra special because I also celebrated my birthday. Here are 6 reads from around the web this month that inspired me.
2018 was a great year! Here is the story of my journey over the past year, a summary of the 5 most popular articles from The Debt Shrink, and a peek at my personal and professional plans for the next year.