Blog Round-Up: Week of January 5, 2015

Blog Round-Up: January 5, 2015

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was great and busy, although it’s amazing how fast it goes by. You put so much effort (and stress) into the holiday, then it’s gone in a blink of an eye. We’re wrapping up our first full week of 2015 and hope the new year has been treating you well, thus far. I’m just grateful the heat has returned to LA. My sincerest apologies to those suffering through a deep-freeze right now. Stay warm!

Weekly Recap

On Monday, I shared The #1 Culprit Behind Goal Failure. We don’t like to openly talk about our fears, but that is what gives them so much power over us and prevents many from pursuing goals and dreams. Now, more than ever, our kids fear failure because it’s become such a public event, thanks to social media.

Our lives are on display, and we forget that many people only share the good things or their wins. Our kids (and us too) don’t even want to try unless we are 100% confident of success. But we forget that many of our successes would never occur without a few failures first. Show your kids How To Conquer Fears and Achieve Goals by shining a light on their fears. When I do this, I find my fears are rarely as terrifying as I imagined. I encourage you to do the same with your kids too.

A Few Good Reads

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

Andrew from Living Rich Cheaply reminded us to Live For Today. No, he isn’t suggesting we join the #YOLO movement, but to not get so caught up on what we’re doing or working towards, that we forget to enjoy what we have today. A good reminder as we start a new year to be present in the moment.

Michelle at Shop My Closet Project shared Your Budget Is an Expression of Your Values. I am definitely pro-budget but many people struggle to create and maintain one. Understanding, as Michelle does, that your budget is a reflection of what matters most may be the key to finding your budget mindset.

Kayla over at Shoeaholic No More let go of a big secret in Confessing to My Family. Her debt is no longer a secret to her parents, and I am proud of Kayla for being honest with them. And even prouder of her parents for being supportive and encouraging her continued efforts to eliminate debt.

Greg from Club Thrifty shared Holiday Money Lessons for Kids. The holidays offer so many great teachable moments and Holly and Greg took full advantage of them. My favorite – after proudly buying her items with her own gift cards, their daughter asked them ‘Do I still have enough money to put some in my college fund?’ – now that’s one smart girl.

Corina at Now Now Mom’s Busy had a must-read post for parents, Reminding College Students about Stranger Danger. We teach young children to be wary of strangers, but as Corina shared, college students are at an even higher risk of stranger danger.

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


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January 9, 2015  •  11 Comments  •  Uncategorized

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  1. Friday, January 9th, 2015
    Thanks for sharing my post. You're right about the year going by fast! I can't believe it's 2015...I still accidentally write 2014. When you say the heat "returned"...how cold did it get in LA? I think the "heat" is supposed to return here in NYC Sunday...meaning above freezing! =) Great point about our lives being on display especially nowadays with social media...most people post their "wins" which makes others think that failure never happens which is absolutely not true.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, January 11th, 2015
      It's somewhat scary to realize we're almost midway through January. It got pretty cold for us, low's in the high 40's/low 50's. :) I won't complain too hard. Yes, social media makes it easy for people to make their lives look perfect. Hope you had a great weekend!
  2. Friday, January 9th, 2015
    Thanks for sharing my post Shannon. It means a lot to me! :) Have a great weekend!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, January 11th, 2015
      You're welcome, Kayla! I hope you had a great weekend too!
  3. Friday, January 9th, 2015
    Hi Shannon,

    Thank you so much for sharing my post on your blog today! That message was definitely an important one to share. As a mom of an 18 year old girl it made me nervous watching that segment.

    I'm going to check out the other posts you shared here. I hope it's been a great week. Have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, January 11th, 2015
      You're welcome, Corina. Thank you for sharing it. We think our kids get to an age where stinger danger is no longer an issue, but that's not really case. A good lesson for both parents and kids of all ages. I hope you had a great weekend too!
  4. Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    I'm headed to Hawaii soon so I won't complain too much about the BITTER cold we've had the past couple weeks. I'm sad the holidays are over. Next year I think we'll decorate before Thanksgiving. It sounds ridiculous but honestly it goes by too quick for all the effort!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, January 11th, 2015
      I bet you and Victoria are so looking forward to your Hawaii vacation. It's definitely one of our favorite places and a great chance for you to get out of the cold! :) It does seem like we put so much work into decorating our homes for such a short time!
  5. Monday, January 12th, 2015
    How are you Shannon? We seem to have had a blast during the holidays! I like by the way your article about How To Conquer Fears and Achieve Goals. I believe that when talking to kids, we need to put the cookies on the lower shelf. I look forward to another article related to this.
  6. Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
    Thanks Shannon for sharing my post. I really appreciate it! It took me awhile to get a handle on this. I think people try to lie to themselves about their habits and what they are willing to do to save money. I am being honest with myself and admitting that I will be drinking coffee, and enjoying different things that balance out MY life. These things might not be a priority to other people and that's ok.
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