If you're a close follower of GEQ, you've heard me say before that love is an art. And for systematic people like me, that can be a scary reality to face! So I'm here to say that there's good news: even art forms have underlying 'rules' that we can learn and apply. For example, in music, there's a rhythm and a key, which provide the structure for creative expression to flourish within. Just like art, relationships will never be broken down to pure science - but there are some foundational principles that serve as a framework for every healthy relationship. Knowing and applying them won't guarantee you harmonic relationships, but it will most definitely set the tone.
Rare Leadership by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder is about as generic and cookie-cutter sounding as any leadership book I’ve ever come across. In all honesty, I received it as a gift and anticipated feeling underwhelmed by its contents. Yet what I found is that for everything it lacks in marketing and intrigue, it delivers all the more in substance. I read Rare Leadership with my jaw dropped. This isn’t generic fluff at all; this is revelatory insight into the mechanics of the human brain and its implications on western-world leadership. Fascinatingly, it boils down to just one key differentiator:
I don't know about you, but I like learning lessons from the media I consume, whether it be movies, songs, blogs, or even instagram feeds. You could say I'm easily inspired :). Sometimes, though, the lessons aren't so obvious. And other times, the lessons are plain to see, but it's unclear whether I agree with them. Which brings me to this quote from Disney's 2019 version of Aladdin:
Jasmine: "You cannot just break into a palace like you own the place!"
Aladdin: "If you don't have anything, you have to act like you own everything"
Is he right?
As a finance enthusiast, even I can admit: budgeting isn’t really a ‘fun’ word. It’s kind of like 'vegetables.' Just seeing the word can make us feel insecure about our life choices. It immediately reminds us of something we should be doing better, yet ironically, leaves us feeling discouraged - not inspired - to change.
But there’s good news! We don’t have to run away from the topic hoping it leaves us alone already. Because here’s the thing: budgeting isn’t out to get you! That’s right. You don’t have to budget, period. And you’ll be just fine. I’m sure of it.
So I’m not here to tell you what you should do or make you feel bad if you don’t. Instead, let’s take an honest look at the biggest benefits of budgeting, and then you can decide for yourself if you might actually want to budget. Genuinely.
Let's say you’re convinced that budgeting matters - so much so that you’re willing to give it a shot! What now?
In this post, we’ll get some clarity on what we mean by the term budgeting, the mindsets we need to go about it healthily, and a few practical steps on how to get started budgeting today. Woo!
Ahh, budgeting. We've been told we should, but we don’t. It’s a love hate relationship, just without the love part.
So what if - what if - we shouldn’t? What if under certain circumstances we’re actually perfectly justified - better off, even - to stop budgeting?
In my mind, there are four scenarios that call into question the need and legitimacy of budgeting as a financial discipline.
A brief overview of the many unexpected perks of having an at home coffee bar - including, most notably, tens of thousands of dollars! Read on to see what I use in my own set up, how I decided what machines to buy, as well as a detailed analysis on how having a coffee bar saves us money, how much money, and how quickly. Trust me, you need this!
As of today, it has been exactly 546 days since I’ve last snoozed - and counting. Prior to my personal breakthrough, I spent years of my life trying to kick the bad habit unsuccessfully, so you could say I’ve learned some things along the way. Now, I’m able to get up without snoozing 365 days a year! In this post, I’ve boiled it down to four easy steps so that you can be saying the same thing a year from today :)
One of my favorite ‘fun facts’ about myself is that I got married in college when I was just 20 years old. Megan had turned 21 exactly 7 days before our marriage (which proved clutch for our honeymoon in Colorado, as we wouldn’t have been able to rent a car otherwise!). At the time we got married, I had a year left of schooling, and Megan had a full two years left en route to her Master’s degree.
In our generation, that raises some eyebrows and drops some jaws! After all, before deciding when to get married, there are some other considerations to make, like, you know, who to get married to, and if you even want to be married. For us, getting married, getting married to each other, and getting married young were all pretty simple decisions, despite their gravity, and I’m happy to walk you through our journey.
Most of us have been told that we should keep a budget. Most of us have been told that we should avoid credit card debt. If we’re lucky, we’ve even been told we should save and invest some of our money each month. But what’s the big picture? What are we really aiming for, and why? Any good financial planner, before recommending a financial plan, is going to take some time getting to know our personal goals and aspirations. Similarly, we need to have a familiarity with our financial philosophy before we dig into the details of our financial habits. My financial philosophy is simple: Live Now. Live Long. Change The World.
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