I had so much to say this week, but not the energy to write and refine it the way that I wanted to. I was really impressed with the pieces I read, though. Kudos to the bloggers who continuously create compelling content. I admire your consistency.
1. Five Easy Ways to Cure Frumpiness – Ravishly
Remember my 2016 resolution to “unfrump?” I haven’t felt like I’ve done a very good job of it. I came across this article in a roundabout way, and I like the advice.
2. Transitioning Our 401(K)s After We Retire – Our Next Life
I am forever grateful that Our Next Life is out there doing the hard work and research of the specifics of early retirement so I don’t drive myself crazy thinking about it while I’m in the very early stages of financial independence. This has law and tax stuff and all the implications all laid out. Because they’re serious.
3. Reach Financial Independence with a Quality World – Two Cup House
This is actually a homework exercise that can bring you some clarity. I will make my lists and create my Venn Diagram very very soon. Maybe on my way to FinCon. I need to think heartily about my choices. And about the world in which I want to live.
4. The Monthly Nut Ratio – Montana Money Adventures
This is another homework assignment that forces you to look at your fixed expenses. What percentage of your monthly income goes toward billed items like a mortgage, credit card debt, phone bill? The lower the percentage, the quicker to financial independence. And inner peace.
5. The Power of Habit Formation with Gretchin Rubin – Afford Anything Podcast
Okay, so I didn’t read it. I listened to it. This interview prompted me to go out and buy the book that day. For the last few months, I’ve been obsessing over why I can’t be consistent in freelance writing, or why I can’t meet deadlines, even my own. I’m going to write more about this, but I thought it was a problem of focus and went to the doctor to see about ADD testing, etc. I thought it could be a problem of overload. But, as I listened to this interview, I heard about the Four Tendencies and the struggle of those with the Rebel tendency. I thought, “Hm. Sounds like me.” I went to Rubin’s site and took the tendency quiz, and sure enough, the results confirmed it. I’m a Rebel. No one in my immediate circle is shocked. But, my new problem is what to do with this information. I obviously need to apply some strategies. As a Rebel, I don’t like to be bound by constraints – my own or others – and I’m led more by what I want to do in a day than what I’m supposed to do in a day. Oh, there’s so much to it. Because the first response would be, “So what. Do what you’re supposed to do.” Yet, we know that motivation and behavior does not work like that.
I’m so glad for this to come up on Afford Anything, because I dismissed it in the past. I wasn’t a fan of Rubin’s happiness stuff, and honestly didn’t pay much attention to her work. But now? Oh, golly. This Rebel has work to do.