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Blog Round-Up: Week of November 3, 2014

Blog Round-Up: Week of November 3, 2014

Last Friday, we enjoyed Halloween and girls were able to score enough candy until Santa Claus visits next month. šŸ™‚ I am a trustee on the Little Company of Mary Foundation board and we held our Sellabration Gala last Saturday. It was an amazing event. I am so grateful for the privilege to give back and help raise money for such a worthy organization and cause. It was a lot of hard work, but we had a great night. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a little rest and relaxation, which I figure will happen in 2028. Maybe.

A Weekly Recap

This week we talked about one of my favorite topics: money happiness. Every day I talk to people about money and overwhelmingly people are mystified, overwhelmed, intimidated and afraid of their money. They worry about not having enough or too much. They agonize over every decision. They have very little money joy. This makes me sad on multiple fronts. First, because it’s not how I was taught to view money. Second, their kids are picking up on those emotions. Even though it may not be the parents intent, their kids will likely inherit the same money hang-ups.

To help people began to shift their money mindset and stop the continuing cycle of money UNhappiness, I shared the 5 Commandments of Money Happiness. It may not always seem this way, but money happiness is a choice and it’s up to you embrace it. Because so many of us have always felt money happiness was out of our reach, I posed 3 Questions to Unlock Your Money Happiness. Give yourself permission to use your money with joy.

A Few Good Reads

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

Laurie, aka the Frugal Farmer, introduced us to Fruclassity: Frugality for the Not-So-BadA$$. A version of living frugally and mindfully that is not so hard-core or extreme as some advocate and follow. As I’ve always said people need to make mindful, value-based decisions on how they spend their money and get out of debt. Laurie put together some good guidelines to help you do so.

Pauline over at Savvy Scot had a Word about Helping and Gratefulness after dealing with two very different Airbnb guests at her home. It’s a good reminder how acting gracious and acknowledging others can make a difference and change the tenor of a conversation.

Kassandra from More than Just Money took us to The School of Failure. She accepted a challenge that she was unable to complete successfully. But instead of throwing herself a pity party or pretending it didn’t happen, she took the time to learn from her failure and press forward.

Erin from Broke Millennial shared How Being a Woman Busted Her Budget. Now before you jump to any wrong conclusions, head on over and read her post. Male or female, we can all relate to her situation.

Lance from Healthy Wealthy Income gave us Money Advice from the Future: What Are You Waiting For? Everyone dreams of some magical sum of money that will make all their problems disappear and allow them to live a good life. But for many, it never goes beyond the dream stage. We either don’t think it’s possible or are unwilling to do the work. Lance gives us some hard love and shares habits of current millionaires that we can emulate.

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


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  1. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Thankfully Will did not trick or treat for too long, so we have not been over run with candy. This weekend we are headed to South Carolina for my brother in-laws wedding. Bill and Will are both in the wedding party so it should be a good time. I hope you guys enjoy your weekend!
  2. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Thank you so much for the inclusion this week. Money and happiness is such an interesting combination. I'm always amazed at how you can give two people money and they will do two different things with it. We are almost always a spender or a saver. Someone has control of money or it has control of them. Thanks again for the inclusion, what a great way to start a Friday!
  3. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon!! Luckily, the candy here is about gone too as it is at the other Shannon's house - the temptation is too much for all of us. :-) Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
  4. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    I appreciate the mention this week Shannon! The Sellabration Gala you were a part of sounded like a truly fun and worthy event. I hope you can relax a little this week-end though. :)
  5. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Thanks so much for including me -- and defending me! :) I know the title can be a bit inflammatory.
  6. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Glad your girls had a good Halloween :) Have a great weekend!
  7. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Sounds like you had a good time last weekend! I hope you get some much needed R&R this weekend :)
  8. Saturday, November 8th, 2014
    I agree with you that money does not have to be a scary thing at all. Personal finance seems daunting, I think, until you realize that it's really all about goals and priorities. Nothing to fear! Hope you have a lovely and relaxing weekend :)
  9. Saturday, November 8th, 2014
    We don't have kids, but we still have more than enough candy leftover. We only had two trick-or-treaters: our next door neighbors kids! That's it! We bought two bags of candy so I've been eating a pathetic amount the past week.
  10. Sunday, November 9th, 2014
    Thank you for the mention Shannon!
  11. Monday, November 10th, 2014
    I do enjoy exploring the links you mentioned. I enjoyed reading the "The School of Failure" the most. I look forward to another blog-round-up-week. Thanks Shannon.
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    "As a Certified Financial Planner, it is my passion to help individuals and families build a healthy relationship with money. I look forward to helping you raise financially confident kids.ā€ - Shannon Ryan