The Friday Feast ~ the 20th of May

Published May 20, 2016   Posted in Friday Feast

The personal finance community is filled with so many talented writers and inspiring families in search of something better out of life than the traditional society-approved plan of buying lots of stuff and retiring in your 60s if you’re lucky.

Here is a look at the best of this week’s personal finance blogs.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Millennial Money Man, The Simple Dollar, Goins, Writer, Gen Y Finance Guy, Northern Expenditure, Fetching Financial Freedom, Adam Chudy, She Picks Up Pennies, 1500 Days and Enweathen. 


Happy Friday!  Today, my wife and I are moving our Airstream out to a beautiful Saguaro-studded campsite west of Tucson for the weekend. The picture below was taken just down the street from the camp. This is what location independence is all about!

Let’s check out what all you find people have been writing about, shall we?

First, run over to Millennial Money Man and dive head-first into what the mythical work-life balance really looks like.

And elsewhere, Trent from The Simple Dollar gave us a kickin’ article about the fallacy of buying shortcuts. If you think you can buy a weight-loss program and be good, think again. The best things in life really are free, and what could possibly be better than achieving your goals?

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Jeff at Goins, Writer who wrote about the talent myth and how little talent has to do with actual “greatness” and more to do with simple practice.

Excellence is borne not of any particular innate ability, but of practice. In other words, you can be good at whatever you want.

Therein lies the rub, he said. What do you want to be great at? Or perhaps better asked: What are you willing to practice and master? Where do your natural motivations lie?

Yes, you can be good at nearly anything. Which should cause us to be careful with where we focus our attention and our practice. That last thing you want in life, to paraphrase Thomas Merton, is to climb a ladder only to realize it was leaning against the wrong wall.

Guilty as charged.

More from the personal finance community

Gen Y Finance Guy chat with us about the reality of those “overnight” successes taking 10 years to make happen. “The ladder to the top is never as crowded as people think it is.”

Challenge accepted again! Maggie from Northern Expenditure accepted my challenge and posted her commencement address to graduating seniors. My favorite tidbit from her speech? Focus on your strengths!

Also this week, Fetching Financial Freedom talks about their $4/month smart phone plan and some of the inexpensive options out there on the market.

Lastly, Adam Chudy wrote (last December) about how roomy and spacious it is when you go the extra mile. For some strange reason, it never seems to be crowded out there!

Honorable mentions: She Picks Up Pennies talks about salary schedules1500 Days asks if you are in tune with your body, and lastly, Enweathen discusses five lucrative careers that don’t require a degree.

Photo of the week

I shot this photo of the sunset a couple weeks ago out west of Tucson close to where our camp site for the weekend is. It’s beautiful out here in the desert Southwest!

Sunset over Saguaro National Park West

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday I am having a little fun and talking about the seven things that those who will never retire say, and on Wednesday, let’s discuss the tiny house movement – specifically, is it a fad, or are those little tiny homes actually here to stay?

Thanks for reading, and cheers to another financially productive week ahead!

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24 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 20th of May”

  1. Happy Friday! Thanks for the links. I’m really enjoying the commencement address to graduating seniors challenge. It generated some great responses. Enjoy the travels and weekend!

  2. I loved Adam’s post about the extra mile. It is amazing when you sit back and realize that if you are willing to put more work in, you are doing something that almost no one else does! Absolutely love the picture! Wisconsin has finally moved about 40 degrees so maybe we can better enjoy a sunset now (even though it always looks better with mountains in the background!).

  3. Thank you for the list and the amazing shot! Now to read through these articles as I eat my breakfast 🙂

  4. James says:

    Love the photo.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration for the post Steve! It’s always great for an excuse to tell people what they should be doing! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the roundup, Steve. I am looking forward to reading a couple of these articles that slipped by my notice tomorrow morning over a large cup of coffee!

  7. Jack says:

    Thanks for including me in the roundup!

    That’s a beautiful shot. Since you are comfortable with tech and photography, you should look into putting your photos up for sale yourself with a symbiostock site so you get to keep all the money unlike microstock.

    • Steve says:

      You’re very welcome, and thanks for the kind words regarding the photo. I’m not familiar with Symbiostock, but I will take a look. Thanks!

  8. Beautiful shot! I am glad to see you guys enjoying your new-found location independence. I guess I have some weekend reading to do!

  9. I’m curious to see your tiny house article. They are tipping over like crazy around here. Too many folks building their own and not balancing them out and once they take them on the road…..disaster.

    • Steve says:

      Wow! That sounds like some pretty shotty craftsmanship. I wouldn’t build a tiny home so I could transport it, personally. I think RVs are much, much better options if mobility is what you’re after.

  10. I feel like the tiny house movement if it ever gets big enough will come under the direct fire of all the folks with massive mortgages in places like SF and NYC. They have already jacked up rental rates and home prices to sky high levels with draconian zoning codes. If the tiny house movement threatens the value of their properties, they will aim similar firepower at preventing them from being anywhere within 100 miles of their cities.

  11. I’m taking up the challenge to write a commencement address. 🙂

  12. Hannah says:

    This might be the best round up yet! Have you read Peak by Anders Ericsson? He talks about how “intentional practice” (ie practice that involves unlearning and relearning over and over again, usually with the aid of a coach) leads to greatness. A lot of the popular information about the Talent Myth comes from his academic research.

    It’s worth a read, especially since you guys are about to have a lot of time to dedicate to intentional practice if you want.

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