Welcome to the first roundup of 2018! Sorry for not doing these roundups for the past few weeks. With the holiday schedule, things got hectic, and some other bloggers also had different schedules. But, we’re back and kicking now!!
Each week I’m going to try to put together a list of 3-5 great blog posts I’ve read from other personal finance bloggers. These posts are a collection of things I find interesting and thought-provoking, and if you like the content I’m posting I’d encourage you to check out some of the posts in this list.
There’s risk in virtually everything we do. If you pay attention, though, you start to realize that a lot of risk tends to be blown out of proportion as Accidental Fire points out. Take some time to focus on the real risks worth managing. Perhaps that means focusing on some long-term things that may be very real, but far away instead of shorter term things that seem scarier in the moment. I really like this one, because I find the psychology around risk management fascinating.
On the journey to financial independence, you don’t have to just go pedal to the metal the entire time. Increasingly I read about people who “Barista FIRE” – basically built up your nest egg to a point where it’ll cover most of your regular spending. For the remainder, a simple, relatively low-paying job – like a barista job – will cover the rest. It’s probably a lot easier to achieve this level of financial independence than you realize, and if you’re like The Financial Panther, it may be your preferred approach to retirement.
A bit of motivation from Jillian comes by talking about quitting. No, it’s not a ragequit story – though let’s be real those are always fun to read. Instead, Jillian reminds us to look at things in our life that we should quit – including some surprising revelations for her own journey.
Being an adult isn’t always easy or straight-forward. I’m 97% sure that nobody really knows what they’re doing in life – but we all put on a good front, don’t we? Thing is, we just have to try, and figure it out along the way. It can be like throwing pasta at the wall and seeing what sticks, but eventually something will.
Boy oh boy did this one get a lot of feedback, especially on Twitter. David at ZDF spent months working on this post about a very difficult topic to talk about. Regardless of if you think everyone can bootstrap their own lives, the system oppresses everyone, or something in between, this post is sure to get you thinking. I was overwhelmed with how profoundly lucky I am to never have to deal with some of the things David talks about, and feel a sense of responsibility to help people who aren’t as fortunate.
That’s it for this week! If you have a blog that I might not know about, let me know in the comments!