Worthy Women // Maya Angelou

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Photo Credit: York College ISLPG

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”- Maya Angelou

 

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WORTHY Reads // February 26, 2015

And just like that *snaps fingers*, another month in 2015 has gone by! How does it feel? Still chugging along and making financial progress? Still motivated? I really hope so!

When it comes to well-known holidays and observances, February is universally known as a month dedicated to love. We all (hopefully?) participated in showing love either to a partner or to ourselves.

However, besides excessive drinking on St. Patrick’s Day, March is all about Women’s History Month (also referred to as Women’s Appreciation Month). In honor of the many women who have fought and continue to fight for gender equality and women’s rights, I will be introducing a new series to highlight women I admire in the entertainment; business; and political fields. Stay tuned!

I hope you all have a great weekend. Here are three articles that I have read recently and enjoyed and hope you enjoy as well. Thanks for reading!
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WORTHY Reads // February 13, 2015

Happy ‘almost’ Valentine’s Day! I think Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. There is something about the idea of falling in love with your very own casanova, prince charming, soulmate, etc. I don’t know why but I just love, LOVE!

Speaking of love, I just came back from New Orleans a few days ago and I feel like I left my heart (again) in that amazing little city. I can’t wait to share my itinerary and budgets next week!

I hope you all have a great weekend. Here are two articles that I have read recently and enjoyed and hope you enjoy as well. Thanks for reading!
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Stock Watch List

My Stock Watch ListTake a look outside. What do you see? I’m sure you see buildings, cars, people….how about trees?

Now, let’s take a minute to think about this tree. It started as a single seed which grew roots and was firmly planted in the ground. It then grew branches and, with each passing year, became stronger and more resilient to the harsh elements. It needed someone periodically tending to it to make sure it got enough water, that the soil was tended to, and the branches were pruned when necessary.

And, so the same for my tree. My “money tree”, that is.
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52 Week Money Challenge

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Anyone who know me knows that one of my biggest passions is to travel and see the world. I have Pinterest boards dedicated to all of the famous landmarks I want to see, types of food I want to try and things I want to do. All of which can take a bit of strategic financial planning to achieve. When I tell people that one of my goals is to travel to four different places this year (local, stateside and internationally) they immediately stop and ask how.

It’s because I started planning 2015 travel in 2014. All with the help of a popular financial challenge. Continue reading “52 Week Money Challenge”

WORTHY Reads // January 29, 2015

Can you believe the first month of the year is already almost over?

I’ve been making some progress on my goals and I’m still pretty motivated! Granted, it’s still very early in the year but the old me would have usually forgotten what my goals were- much less started making progress on them. I’m looking forward to seeing what February has to offer.

Speaking of February, I’m looking forward to taking my first trip of the year; in New Orleans! I love that little town that always seems to be alive. There are always things to do, food to eat and sights to see. I love New Orleans so much that this will be my second visit in less than a year. I can’t wait to share my experience as a “second-timer”. Perhaps I’ll share a detailed itinerary as well as a breakdown of my budget? Stay-tuned!

I hope you all have a great weekend. Here are two articles that I have read recently and enjoyed and hope you enjoy as well. Thanks for reading!
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The Easiest Way to Budget

 

The Easiest Way to BudgetNo one likes to budget. I get it.

The scattered receipts, the excel spreadsheets, the meticulous mental accounting of trying to figure out if you spent $4.63 or $4.93 on this morning’s latte…it’s enough to drive even the most analytical person crazy.

And then there’s the matter of trying to figure out how much is too much or too little for each line item in your budget. Should I budget $100 for shopping? Is that enough? Am I going to spend more than $50 at happy hour this month? Have gas prices come down enough to consider $75 enough for gas?

Sometimes life isn’t so simple and you can’t plan out how your future self will spend every single penny. I mean, you know what you have to spend on rent, insurance and other fixed costs but how can you possibly know how much to set aside for those random purchases that don’t occur every single month?

Insert the “One Number Budget”.
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