Good Sunday morning everyone and welcome to Spring – a time of renewals, fresh starts, and optimism! After a particularly gloomy winter here in the PNW I am beyond ready for blue skies and warm weather.
With this new season upon us, today’s Camp FIRE features posts that have helped re-motivate me, increased my optimism or otherwise energized me to keep on grinding. I think I’ve got some really good ones for you today, so let’s toss some gasoline on this flame and get the Camp FIRE burning!
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The Best Personal Finance Articles of the Week
Here are some posts I’ve recently read that have stood out to me for one reason or another. I hope you get as much from reading these posts as I did. Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments section. And because this is a “round-up” post – PLEASE do leave a link back to one of your own recent posts, or to an article that you’ve enjoyed so that the rest of us can check it out!
When Your Time Is Your Own, That’s Living The FI-Life.
Do you ever wonder what you’re going to do with all of that free time once you reach Financial Independence and retire early? hahahaha. Man, I slay myself sometimes. But that’s a question most (every) early retiree gets asked. Jeremy from Go Curry Cracker was asked if he’d be interested in going back to work and getting a big fat check and stock options. Now that he’s retired and has all this time on his had, Jeremy asks How Did I Ever Have Time For A Job? Such a good read and motivating as hell. Makes me want to reach the FI-Life more than ever.
Is your net worth worthless?
Net worth is a popular metric in the personal finance community. It’s a measuring stick of sorts, but there are so many ways to calculate your net worth that you really shouldn’t (ever) use net worth to measure yourself against someone else because it’s almost never an apples to apples comparison. James from Retirement Savvy thinks that net worth is a useless number, especially when it comes to retirement planning. Guess what? He might be right. Check out Forget About Net Worth When Retirement Planning and see if you agree.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Amy from Life Zemplified says simplifying her life is “bringing less stress and more joy, less stuff and more freedom, less unhealthy habits and more pleasure, and even mo’ money but fewer problems.” Uhhh, where do I sign up for that gig!?! Do you think your life could stand a bit more simplicity? Check out Simplifying Has Brought Us Greater Health, Finances, and Fun and see if you agree with Amy that less equals more
Blogging is for the birds.
So you think you’d like to start a blog? Are you sure? Lindsay from The Notorious D.E.B.T. would like to have a word with you. She’s got Five Reasons Blogging Is A Terrible Side Hustle, and I’m having a hard time coming up with a reason why she’s wrong. Blogging is tough nut to crack, but if you can stick with it long enough, the rewards might be worth it (this is what I tell myself 3 times per day). Check out her post and see if your still up for starting (or maintaining) your own blog.
Inspiring restlessness since 2016
After spending the past year on the road, Matt from The Resumé Gap posted this cleverly titled article: One Year On The Road. 😉 Do you think you’d regret it if you started living your dream right now? Or do you think that perhaps you should wait a bit? Matt’s advice: “Don’t wait.” This post has little to do with personal finance and everything to do with chasing your dreams, which is why I’m so aggressive with my personal finances right now, which is why I’m sharing this post with you. Confused? Me too. Just read the post – you won’t regret it.
There you have it. Eight killer posts instead of the typical four. I hope you find one that inspires or motivates you to keep grinding to reach your goals. Did you have your own favorite post of the week? If you’ve recently posted something that you’re proud of, please leave a link to it in the comment section so that we can all come check it out!
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