It’s been a two weeks since the last FFR. My family has been fighting through sickness and a busy schedule, and I’ve continued to ponder this endeavor. It’s only been a month of somewhat serious commitment with writing and working on this blog before or after work and on weekends – I can tell it’s going to be a struggle. The first nine months of owning this domain were pretty much a once a month post of my dividend income. I’m aiming to become something more than that. And honestly, I can’t devote enough time to the dividend niche. I’ll leave that to the experts. It is downright hard to work on this hobby with a life full of a day job, a spouse, and two rambunctious kids. I am working on an early morning habit by rising one hour before my family wakes up so I can read and get ready for the day. I’m aiming to devote 30 minutes of that time to writing and brainstorming for this blog.
I just had to take a break from writing to catch my son who is crawling up the stairs and happens to need a diaper change. It was #2. The struggle is real.
Those three things (Wife, Children, Job) take priority over this website. If I put this blog above any one of those things, I’ll fail. It’s my duty and I’m called to take care of my family and to take care of business at work.
I’m going to stick it out. Eventually hard work pays off (especially if you bring your A-Game). In the process I will make many mistakes, and here’s two I made since my last FFR:
- Somehow messed up the Genesis Theme and caused the White Screen of Death – Lesson: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Bonus: I learned a little about using FTP in order to fix it.
- Almost made myself look like a real jerk in front of many people on another blog post – fortunately it was just the author who emailed me to get clarification after which I realized my mistake. Learning point: when you read something make sure you really read it. Don’t jump to conclusions if you haven’t given 100% of your attention to what the person is saying.
I am learning everyday and finding motivation in the success of others, and at the same time I’ve kept my internal motivations and I’m focusing on my own path. I’ve recently been inspired to do several different things to try and earn a side income. I’ve sold some items on eBay for a 100% gain and I sold an article about the Military’s New Retirement System to a popular personal finance blog. It was published this past week. Doing that allowed me to cross out one my goals for this year – and I’ll need to up the ante and set a more audacious goal in that arena.
Dude, Talk About the Podcasts
Today I’m documenting what I found interesting, educational, and helpful. I’m sharing with you so you can start subscribing to these podcasters, share them, or listen to an episode you saw here or discovered by clicking on their links. If you’re like me and just starting out on your road to financial freedom, you’ve got a thirst for knowledge on all things finance related. I find I’m learning a lot by listening. Some people learn “mo’ better” by reading. If you’re a listening learner, podcasts are an AWESOME free resource to hear experts and successful personas talk about how they went about creating and living their financial dreams. I listened to several different authors but I’m going to highlight two that I have not mentioned on the FFR before: The M.O.N.E.Y. Podcast and The Money Guy Show.
J. Money and Paula Pant have an awesome new podcast that went live on 1 Feb 2016. I reached out to J. Money and asked if I could review their new podcast and he graciously agreed. Thanks J. for giving me the go ahead and encouragement.
So far I’ve listened to Episodes 4, 5, 10 and 11. This podcast has gotten better with each episode and I appreciate how J and Paula have two completely different styles and methodologies for life and finances yet end up on the same page. Their unique perspectives balance well and allow them to interact with the listener and their guests in a positive way. I find myself identifying with J. Money and where he’s at in life: family with kids, mainly an investor and not heavily into real estate. He works a lot of side hustles, which for me and my work is something I can action on while I serve. On the other hand I enjoy hearing Paula P.’s real estate insight- and do listen to this podcast because she provides real, practical tips on how she executed her real estate business plan. It’s better to hear nuts and bolts, realistic stories than pie in the sky snake oil salesmen when it comes to real estate investing. I appreciate hearing about where these two are in their entrepreneur journey – and they reveal more and more of it as their season of podcasts grows.
I’ve placed links to the episodes I’ve listened to below (they should appear as WordPress windows). Definitely check this podcast out. They are labeled Explicit in iTunes due to some language, however, I don’t find any of their subject material offensive and I’m pretty conservative.
Paula told some of her story on how she started her real estate business in this one.
This one spoke to me – developing side income streams has so far been a challenge while trying to maintain a balanced life: Family, Faith, and Work. I appreciate hearing how others are making it work!
Awesome episode – these guys are getting better and better and the interviews are great. I’m going to look into Tom Crowley thanks to this one.
Thanks to these two guests I started taking pictures of some “junk” in my house and selling it online. I’ve earned $115 on Ebay in the last week alone by finding a deeply discounted product and selling it for roughly over 100% of gain while beating the retail price. Now to find a sustainable online retail model…
After listening to an episode of this team I became a subscriber. Money Guy has some useful and actionable money advice that you can incorporate into your daily routines, so check them out for a laid back, one on one conversational style that encourages you to take action. The topic for this episode is defintiely one that I can identify with – at work I constantly see Soldiers driving cars that cost about two year’s worth of their salary. I see those vehicles and I think “man, that’s nice. Wish I had one of those.” And even though I know what that person makes (everyone in the Military knows what the other guy makes) I hardly ever think of that luxury vehicle as an overwhelming debt, when we know that this is the truth! People get in debt up to their eyeballs just to own a car – and view having a “car note” or payment as a badge of honor and something they will have for the rest of their lives. Money Guy talks to you about the best kind of mistakes to learn from, which are the ones your friends and other people make.
It’s been a long day, as I’m 6-9 hours ahead of most of my readers (all three of you). But, it’s been a good day filled with play time with the kids. The oldest and I went to an indoor playground and had a blast – we played non stop for about 1.5 hours in a massive jungle gym, some bouncy houses, and an indoor soccer field. Good times.
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