Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of January 12, 2015

Blog Round-Up: Week of January 12, 2015

It’s been another busy, but good week for me. It always seems to take a moment or two to get back up-to-speed after a break. As I was organizing my calendar for next week, I realized that we’re already at the mid-point of January, which doesn’t seem possible. And many of us are headed into a long holiday weekend, which I’m certainly looking forward to enjoying.

Weekly Recap

On Monday, I focused on achieving goals, specifically when you feel like giving up. Let’s get real — the road to goal success is full of bumps and curves. And a big reason many people do not achieve their goals is because they are ill-prepared to managed those set-backs, often emotionally. My 3 Tips to Help You Achieve Goal Success can help you weather those setbacks and stay focused on achieving your goals.

On Wednesday, I asked you to join me in Resolving to Break the Money Taboo Cycle. Our silence around money is deafening. It hurts marriages, causes goal failure and leads to financially illiterate children. It’s time we take a stand and resolve to communicate about money within our homes. I hope you’ll join me.

Special thanks to Budget and the Beach, The Finance Girl, Shoeaholic No More and Enemy of Debt for sharing The #1 Culprit Behind Goal Failure in their round-ups. I appreciate the support!

A Few Good Reads

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

Brian from Luke 1428 showed us How To Make a Record of Your Home Inventory in Case of a Catastrophic Loss. This is a great reminder and something every homeowner and renter should do.

Travis at Enemy of Debt reminded us that Improvement Requires Change. We don’t always like to admit that because change isn’t always easy. But Travis is willing to make some changes to see the improvement he has been working so diligently towards.

Liz over at Budgeting for More created a Frugal Fun Winter List of activities to help make those cold winter days go by faster. Fun should always be a part of our lives and Liz had some suggestions to help keep it affordable too.

Lauren from LBee and The Money Tree shared her Darkest Financial Secret with us. It’s never easy admitting our secrets and/or mistakes, so I commend Lauren for being honest with us and more importantly, taking action.

Michelle at Fit is the New Poor shared Unwrapping the Awesomeness: Experience Gifts. While I certainly cherish the tangible gifts that I receive, I do love giving and receiving experiences as presents too. They are typically money well spent.

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Have a great weekend! Are you doing anything special over the holiday weekend?


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January 16, 2015  •  8 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup


  1. Friday, January 16th, 2015
    Have a great weekend Shannon! I don't have a 3 day weekend, but I still hope to get a lot accomplished!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, January 19th, 2015
      Thanks, Kayla! I hope you were able to get everything accomplished you planned. :)
  2. Friday, January 16th, 2015
    Hi Shannon,

    Great list of posts you recommended. I have to read Brian's post about doing a home inventory. I realized I didn't do it last year so I need to get on the ball with that.

    I hope it was a great week. Have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, January 19th, 2015
      Definitely give Brian's post a read, Corina. Lots of great info there. I hope you had a wonderful weekend too!
  3. Saturday, January 17th, 2015
    Great list of posts! I need to get reading :). We're headed out to San Diego this weekend to spend the week with my family in CA, so I'm looking forward to enjoying your beautiful weather soon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, January 19th, 2015
      I hope you're having a great time in San Diego, Mrs Frugalwoods. We're having some beautiful weather right now. Just don't catch the measles!
  4. Monday, January 19th, 2015
    Yeah, we're really in the mid of January. Days go by so quickly. Shannon, I like your tips especially about flexible goals. Let's see beyond of it and have different perspectives and alternative plans.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, January 19th, 2015
      Thanks, Jayson. Yes, it's important to be flexible and have plan B, C and so on when it comes to our goals. :)
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