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Blog Round-Up: Week of May 12, 2014

Blog Round-Up: Week of May 12, 2014

It’s been a hot week here in Southern California, which is unusual for us. There are some bad wildfires burning in the LA and San Diego area, so to my friends and readers in those areas—be safe! In happier news, I will be speaking at the Empowering Mothers Benefits Brunch this Saturday. Please help spread the word and if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there!

On Monday, I posed the question, College or Retirement Savings: Which Should Be Your Priority? From a logical standpoint, retirement is the easy and correct answer. Emotionally, it’s much tougher. Of course, there is no reason why you cannot do both. You just need to plan appropriately. Natalie, aka The Finance Girl, put together a great Step-by-Step Guide to Help Finance Your Child’s College Education for you on Wednesday. College is definitely an investment, and there are multiple options available to help cover those costs. It’s important that you sit-down with your children and work together to figure out how to best pay for college. On Monday, I’ll be sharing some tips to help you work through that process.

A Few Good Reads

These are my favorite posts from the past week. Enjoy!

Cat from Budget Blonde—and new Mom to twins—had a great staff post on the 4 Lessons I’m Teaching My Kids about Money at Young Adult Money. You know me, I love seeing and hearing about the lessons parents are teaching their kids. Cat’s got some great lessons planned for her babies.

Liz over at Budgeting for More reminded us of the importance of Taking Chances. I love this line, “What if we never try?” and that’s the question on her mind as she debates her future. In the same vein, Mackenzie from The Random Path realized Doing Nothing Equals Expensive. While a different situation than Liz, I was struck by the quote, “When you choose not to act, you have still made a choice. And most of the time, the choice is a bad one.” These are great posts for those of you struggling to make changes or facing some big decisions.

Grayson at Debt Round-Up was pulling no punches in his post, Personal Responsibility is Dead. We all make mistakes and shouldn’t beat ourselves up forever over them, but we do need to take responsibility for our actions. And sometimes, some people cannot. It’s unfortunate because change only happens after you own your actions.

Vanessa, one-half of the Cash Cow Couple, shared Why They Love Their Minimal Lifestyle. She shares a great story that will make you pause and make sure you’re not missing the good life you already have because you’re chasing after another life.

And finally, this post is a few weeks old but my blog, my rules. 🙂 Holly from Club Thrifty shared All We Have is Time. It is one of our most precious commodities, and Holly has a unique experience with how truly precious it is from her years working at a funeral home. We spend countless hours chasing after money, but in the end, how and with whom we spend our time matters more.

That’s a wrap for this week. Again, shameless self-promotion, I appreciate you spreading the word about the Empowering Mothers Benefits Brunch, and I hope to see some of you there! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Shannon

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May 16, 2014  •  22 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    Hope the brunch goes well! I just read on Tonya's site about how hot it's been for you guys recently. I appreciate you listing Cat's post! She covers all the kid and baby topics that I probably won't write about for quite some time : ) Have a great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      Thanks, DC! It was fantastic. :) It finally cooled down this weekend, thankfully. You have a great weekend too!
  2. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    Hope you have a good weekend and good luck at your Mother's Brunch.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      Thanks Holly!
  3. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    It's sad to see those fires. My in-laws are in San Diego and they're still about 30 minutes from them. Hope the brunch goes well and have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      I forgot that Nicole's parents are in San Diego - I hope those fires stay far away from them! I hope you had a great weekend too, John!
  4. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    I loved your post about retirement and saving for college. That was great. Thank you for mentioning my post. You know I don't like to hold punches back!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      Thanks, Grayson! :) And you're welcome - personal responsibility is something we all need to embrace. And yes, I know you don't hold back, which I love!
  5. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    Good luck with your speech. Speaking engagements are something I'd really like to get into. I'd love to hear more about your experience.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      I bet you would be great a public speaker, Stefanie, with your background. I love presenting and interacting with the audience. I'm sure you get the same high when you perform on stage too. :)
  6. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    I have plans this weekend, otherwise I would have love to have stopped by to meet you, and I love that place. I'm so glad it's going to cool down. It's been BRUTAL working from home this week! Have a great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      Thanks, Tonya! We'll have to connect another a time! And yes, I'm so glad it finally cooled down too.
  7. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    I've been hearing a lot about the wildfires on the news. Looks terrible - I hope you and your family are a safe distance away. Thanks so much for the mention and have a great weekend : )
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      It is scary. Wildfires are not uncommon but they are starting early this year. I hope you had a great weekend too!
  8. Friday, May 16th, 2014
    Have a great time at the speaking engagement, Shannon: I know you'll encourage and inspire as usual. :-) Great posts here, most of which I haven't yet read!!! This will be a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. Have a terrific weekend, my friend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      Thanks, Laurie! I appreciate your kind words and support. You'll definitely enjoy these reads! Hope you had a great weekend too!
  9. Saturday, May 17th, 2014
    Thanks for the mention Shannon! Have a fabulous weekend :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      You're welcome, Mackenzie!
  10. Sunday, May 18th, 2014
    Hey, how did the talk go? Were the mothers M-Powered? heee
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      It went great! I certainly hope they left feeling inspired and motivated. :)
  11. Sunday, May 18th, 2014
    All of the posts you mentioned were great reads. Especially Young Adult Money's!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 18th, 2014
      I agree - Cat's article was great!
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