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Blog Round-Up: Week of August 11, 2014

Blog RoundUp: Week of August 11, 2014

Last week I had a girls week. It was just me, Lauren and Taylor and it was the best week. I planned to be out of the office but still had a list of things I needed to accomplish. Instead of crossing things off my list, I found myself playing with the girls for hours. And it was heaven. This week was a bit insane as a result, but I don’t regret a minute of my time with the girls. I always talk about money priorities, but whom you choose to spend your time with is just important as what you spend your money on.

A Weekly Recap

On Monday, I shared 3 Important Back-to-School Money Lessons. Back-to-school shopping offers parents so many great teachable money moments and I hope you are/took advantage of them. The girls and I always have lots of fun conversations when we do our back-to-school planning and shopping, both money-related and personal. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what’s on your children’s minds.

And I also had a guest post at Luke 1428 where I shared 4 Guiding Principles that Every Child (and Adult) Must Learn. Rich or poor, young or old, these are principles we all need to embrace and live.

Special thanks to Young Adult Money, The Finance Girl and Million Dollar Ninja for sharing my posts. If you missed you, please let me know.

A Few GOod Reads

My favorite posts from the past week. Enjoy!

Kerry from Breadwinning Mama had great insight in Yup, Kids Are Like Sponges. Feeling under the weather, Kerry’s young daughter took care of her, mimicking the behaviors she had observed Mom do when she or her brothers were ill. And it does feel great when we see our kids model these same behaviors back to us.

Tonya over at Budget and The Beach had a great post on Being Uniquely You. Sometimes we try so hard to fit in that we forget to celebrate and honor our uniqueness. This is such an important lesson for all of us.

Michelle at Shop My Closet Project shared My Net Worth Just Hit 6 Figures Even with Debt and How I Feel About It. Congratulations on a huge accomplishment, Michelle! And I love that you’re putting your game face on and aiming even higher.

Grayson from Debt Round-Up reminded us My First Priority is My Family, Then Business. It’s admirable to me that Grayson wants to provide a great life for his family, so he works full-time while also owning a growing business. It is even more admirable that he recognizes that more money doesn’t matter if it means sacrificing his family time.

Deb from Debt Debs shared an intensely personal post on Thoughts on Suicide and her past struggles with depression. I thank Deb for her bravery and sharing such a personal story with us. It’s my hope that people continuing sharing their stories to let those suffering from depression know they are not alone.

In the wake of the shocking loss of Robin Williams this week, it feels like all of us are little unbalanced. In his memory, I plan to let those around me know how much they mean to me and how much they are loved. I hope you will do the same.


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August 15, 2014  •  19 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    I think it's wonderful that you spent so much time playing with your girls. I think your idea "In his memory, I plan to let those around me know how much they mean to me and how much they are loved. I hope you will do the same." is also wonderful. We hear about the tragedies like Robin and so many who have gone before. We also need to speak about the successes and daily struggles. There is hope, all is not lost, and we want all who are suffering to know this. Thank you very much for profiling my post, Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      You're very welcome, Deb. I had a great week with the girls and I am grateful that we had a chance to spend so much time together. And thank you again for sharing your story and helping others suffering from depression know that they are not alone.
  2. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    Glad you had a great week with your daughters last week! I'm right there with you, regardless what it might mean about things I want to get done, I don't regret that time with the kids. They stay young for such a short time that time with them and nothing else is absolutely precious. Hope you have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      It's true how precious our time is with our kids, especially at that age. They grow so quickly! I need to take advantage of all the time I have with them, especially while they still want to hang out with Mom.
  3. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    I'm sure your girls will have really fond memories to recall as they get older! Great round up of posts this week Shannon.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      Thanks, Kassandra! We had a great week and I know I'll treasure those memories and hope they do too. You have a great weekend too!
  4. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    I've had those days where I had so many things to do, but then I decide to stay out all day and play volleyball and just relax, because sometimes we need to ignore that to-do list and relax and have fun. Glad you got to spend that QT with your girls. Thank you so much for mentioning my post! Have a great weekend! MB Open! Yay!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      I agree, Tonya! Some days you have to set that to-do list aside and enjoy life. Those to-do's will always be there. :) And you're welcome - I loved your post. :) You have a great weekend too!
  5. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    Glad you got to spend some time with your beautiful girls :) Have a good weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      Thanks, Mackenzie! I think they are pretty darn beautiful too! :) You have a great weekend too!
  6. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    I am so glad that you were able to have quality time with the girls! I had that with Will this week. I really needed to focus more on work, but it is hard to say no when they want to spend time with you. Plus he makes me laugh more than anyone I know, so it is always a fun time. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      It is hard to say "no" to them when they want to play and we need to take advantage that as long as it last. Will always looks like he is having a blast in his pictures and I can see the two of you laughing the day away. :) I hope you have a great weekend too!
  7. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    That does sound like an awesome week with your daughters! My September is going to be full of travel and I look forward to taking a step back to enjoy some time off and spending time with my family. Thank you very much for including my article. I appreciate your support as always!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      It was a fantastic week, Grayson. I used to travel more frequently for week so I remember needing that time to just be with my family. You're ver welcome and I always appreciate your support too. :) Have a great weekend!
  8. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    Aww, your girls' week sounds like so much fun - glad you had quality time with them!! Thanks for the links, as well, there's a couple I haven't read with interesting topics. I hope you have a great weekend, Shannon! :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      It was the best girls week, ever! :) Glad I could share some new links with you - lots of great reads. Have a great weekend, Anna!
  9. Friday, August 15th, 2014
    I am so glad that you got to spend quality time with the kiddos. Even though I'm a grown up I really love those special moments with my mom. We went to NYC last year for mommy/daughter weekend and it was GREAT. Thank you Shannon for including me this week! I'm just wanting to get to the next level and I am excited to discover what I am capable of as I continue to work on my finances. I'm looking forward to reading the posts with a nice cup of coffee this weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      What a wonderful weekend, Michelle! I love time with my Mom and my sisters too. :) Girl time, young or old, is always a blast! And needed! I love how empowered you feel Michelle and what a role model you are to others. You can do it, my friend! Have a great weekend!
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