15 of My Favorite Reads This Month ⭐

15 of My Favorite Reads This Month ⭐

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Happy Friyay!

As we do here at the end of every month, here’s a brain dump of all my favorite reads collected over the weeks. Spanning everything from finance to housing to social media, kindness, minimalism, mindfulness and even pennies that were shot at in World War II saving a man’s life!

Nothing but the most juiciest for you 😉

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irrelevant investor

The Twenty Craziest Investing Facts Ever @ The Irrelevant Investor — “Since 1916, the Dow has made new all-time highs less than 5% of all days, but over that time it’s up 25,568%… Gold and the Dow were both 800 in 1980. Today Gold is $1,300/ounce, the Dow is near 26k.”

A Manifesto on Progressive Minimalism by Jennifer Taylor Chan — “I consider myself a progressive minimalist: someone who adheres to a minimalist lifestyle as a strategy to improve the quality of life of both myself and the larger community… Progressive minimalists focus on maximizing human well-being within our ecological means through sharing work, consuming less, and spending more time in nature, with our community, and pursuing experiences we find meaningful. Less is not simply more; less is ecologically and financially sustainable.”

The Full Reset @ Collaborative Fund — “To understand the power of starting clean, you have to know the nuance of why the Nazi military became as strong as it did. It starts at the end of World War I, when the defeated German army was stripped clean.”

Building Generational Wealth – The Complete Guide @ Action Economics — “When my grandchildren are born I want to give them their inheritance. Each grandchild will receive the same amount of money, which will be $16,000. $8,000 from me, and $8,000 from Mrs. C. This money will be placed in a taxable brokerage account with their parents as the guardian until they are 18 years old… $16,000 at 8% annualized returns will be $60,000 at 18, $700,000 at 50, and $1 Million at age 55. Effectively I am funding their retirement.”

100 dollar bill

There are more $100 bills in circulation than $1 bills, and it makes no cents @ The Washington Post — “A decade ago, the number of $100 bills lagged well behind $1 and $20 notes. But the tally has doubled since the end of the financial crisis, according to data from the Federal Reserve; by 2017, the $100 note eclipsed the $1 to become the most widely distributed U.S. currency. Output is still climbing, and experts are perplexed.”

Why I Deleted All of My Social Media and 60,000 Followers @ Peta Pixel — “Over time, social media trains us to create and post in a manner that pleases the apps’ algorithm… For example, when I post an image with a lot of red or shutter drag, those images would outperform my other posts by two or three times. Over time this began to motivate me to not only post more images with movement or red, but I would also shoot more in that manner. My art was becoming a meme.”

A [free] 3-Minute Mindfulness Course from David Cain — “It comes in five simple lessons. It will teach you: What mindfulness actually is, three ways you can practice it anytime anywhere, and why you might want to do that. Your homework is literally one minute a day.”

When Necessities Become Luxuries @ [Halt Catch FIRE] — “I was born in a country which does not exist anymore. It had many names through the decades but you probably knew it simply as Yugoslavia… Life was good back then but, as usually happens, politicians decided that they wanted to mess things up.” [This is an excellent extension of our own post we did here this month – in which water, electricity, or food didn’t even make the list!]

million miler car

Million-Mile Club: The World’s Longest-Lived Cars @ Popular Mechanics — “Maybe you let out a cheer when your old car’s odometer creaked past 100,000 miles, 200,000 miles, or some other round-number milestone. For a few drivers, devotion to one vehicle goes much, much further. These are the folks who racked up a million miles—that’s 40 times around the Earth, a distance that at 60 mph would take two years to drive.”

OnePercentForThePlanet.org — “Join our global movement. Commit to giving 1% of your annual salary or net worth to support the environmental issues you care most about.” (h/t to Cait Flanders who’s recently committed to this!)

Revealing the State of Your Financial Union @ Frugal Confessions — “Marriage financial planning should include an annual State of Your Financial Union date night – I guide you through how, with financial questions for married couples.” [Includes *printables* you can download if you wanna try any of these date nights! (You do have to give your email for them, though…)]

How to Make Your Website Carbon Neutral (BTW, it’s Really Easy) @ Blog Tyrant — “Every time someone visits your website a server somewhere needs power. More often than not that power comes from a “dirty” electricity source. Websites now produce a huge chunk of global greenhouse gasses.”

penny shot by bullet

Pocket Penny That Saved Soldier’s Life to be Sold @ The BBC — “Pte John Trickett would have been shot in the heart if not for the coin he kept in his breast pocket. Instead, the bullet ricocheted up his nose and out through the back of his ear, leaving him deaf in his left ear.”

You’ve got to be kind. by Austin Kleon — “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies ‘ “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” – Kurt Vonnegut”

My Wife Deserves a $2M McMansion @ 5 AM Joel — “Here are the problems I’ve learned over the 9+ years my wife and I have been together… What I think my wife wants, and what she actually wants, are two very different things. What she deserves, and what she actually values in life are completely different also.”

*** BONUS ***

This musical ode to the Dollar Store! Via Liza Koshy

Blessed weekend!



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