The most famous people in the world only go by one name. Jesus, Prince, Ghandi, Madonna, etc, so when somebody starts to become a single name person, I start to pay attention. Which is why I follow Seth's Blog. I used to think of him as a marketing guru (one of hundreds), but I've recently realized that he has become such a differentiated source of business insight and wisdom that he's actually worth listening to.
Along with Drucker, and Harvard Business Review Case Studies, Seth has made my list of personal MBA reading which is a category of books that I read to help me with career development and Entrepreneurship. This is a pretty high honor because I almost never finish books unless they fit one of the three categories (faith, fiction, and my personal MBA).
One of Seth's books, The Dip, has been one of the most influential books that I've ready recently. And as doubly high praise, my mother in law (a nearly retired family practitioner) found it incredibly helpful too.
This month, my husband and I committed to being a bunch of spendypants. In addition to home renovation costs (flooring is in the cart at Home Depot, but I have to research the "other" stuff that goes into laying laminate), we are paying for other people to eat for nearly 1/3 of our meals this month (My parents for 12, 5 meals with our community group from church, 1 graduation party, 3 grill outs with friends, and 3 meals camping). On top of that, we are going camping (on the beach- first time ever!), and I'm about four hours away from buying my husband new sneakers if he doesn't promise to buy new shoes this weekend. And we spent money on a babysitter, so that I could go out for a girl's night the same night that my husband went bowling with friends.
So, yeah, at the end of the month we should be a bit fatter around the waistline and a bit slimmer around the wallet. It's a good thing these balance each other out.
Note: I finally got a few of my real life people to read this blog. They told me it wasn't funny. I knew that it wasn't funny because I wasn't trying to be funny. And even if I was, my humor does not translate well to writing. In fact, my humor doesn't translate well to jokes which is why I'm not a comedian. Rather, my humor is basically amusing observations with a self effacing component. But the people want humor, so here it is. Personal finance humor- the worst part is that its all true.
Last year, on Black Friday (you know, the day in which frenzied consumers flood retail establishments to ensure that the effects of gratitude and thanksgiving to God are not long lived), we moved into our house. Last night, as we were sitting on overturned paint buckets and drinking Budweiser on our deck (that has several missing boards), while my son ran around in just a disposable diaper, my husband and I reflected on whether or not we are good neighbors.
We decided we are not. Instead, we are redneck neighbors, and we aren't even going to change that until at least next summer.
Through a series of frugal hacks and poor decisions, you too can be the Redneck Neighbor, and I'll teach you how! You're welcome!
I recently turned down a job offer to make significantly more money than I make right now (about 25%). Not only that, I think the job would have offered more opportunities for career growth and somewhat higher job satisfaction.
Why would I turn down this job? The primary reason is that it's not the right time for me to double down on my career. That won't happen until I'm about 45 (yes, seriously).
If you are curious about why I plan to plug into the rat race at the same time all of you FIRE folks are getting ready to do some slow travel or start an artisan underwater basket weaving convention, feel free to read on. If not, have a nice day, I'll see you next time :).
The story of my "alternative" career goals
I'm a wife, a mom, an employee, and a personal finance nerd who is devoted to spreadsheeting my way through life.