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Weekend Ramblings; PF Blog Love: New Goals Edition

Don’t forget to check out our post from yesterday! Great book review with a giveaway!

Well, you may all be wondering what I’m planning to do with all this time now that I’m not blogging as much as I used to?

I’ve got a few things up my sleeve but most of them involve refocusing on myself.  In the past year with school starting I’ve been really neglecting my health.  After having the time to read the Top 200 Secrets of Success (which I downloaded after a recommendation from another PF blogger and it was sitting on my desktop for two years but hadn’t had the time to read it…), I whittled it down to a few things I plan to do on a regular basis.  Some of these “secrets” are a little prescriptive and a bit far fetched (unless you’re retired and living a lifestyle where you don’t have to work all the time).

Here are some of my personal goals:

  • On a daily basis, I’m going to start the day and end the day with 10 minutes of meditation and make sure I go to bed at a respectable time (e.g. before midnight).
  • I’m also going to practice 30 minutes of yoga (hey, I need to start somewhere after one year of sedentary, gluttonous lifestyle) three times a week.  I’m going to pencil it in my calendar and start off doing this via a DVD.  If I’m unsuccessful after one month, I may have to resort to going to designated yoga classes in order to stimulate discipline (but I hope not to have to do this since I hate paying money for gyms or memberships).
  • I’m also going to plan my weeks better and do better time management.  I splurged $10 and bought a handy organizational tool to help me stay focused on the tasks I need to accomplish that week
  • I’m going to focus on eating better, spend more time with my boyfriend, friends, and family, and of course my cute dog.

Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: Spring is Really Here Edition

 

I’m happy to report that the winter doldrums I complained about at the end of Febuary are gone!  My seemingly frivolous purchase is still alive (and more importantly, well) and it doesn’t seem so frivolous after all (especially since it makes me smile every time I pass by the planter).

I spent some time in the garden today and planted some daisy seeds so hopefully my backyard garden won’t look so bleak in a few weeks.  I’ve been thinking about life balance, happiness, and stress as my term winds down and concluded that I would rather have time to do these simple things in life (like garden) than oodles of money.  I was getting carried away with stress, work, school, blog and my plate was overflowing.  Life’s not an all-you-can-eat buffet and piling up the plate with obligations really does catch up to you.  I was irritable with everyone around me (unbeknownst to me) and brushing those who I really care about off.  I don’t think I could ever be the 60-70 hour workweek type of individual.  Life’s too short for that.

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Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: ETF Investing – Low Maintenance & Stellar Returns Ebook Review Edition

When my blogging buddy (and not to mention staff writer), Teacher Man from My University Money asked me to review his new eBook ETF Investing – Low Maintenance & Stellar Returns, I jumped at the opportunity.  This ebook is free and will only cost you a subscription to My University Money’s newsletter ;) (there’s not much of a downside, really).

The ebook is great if you ever wanted to learn more about ETF Investing.  For those of you new to investing (or non-mutual fund investing, that is), ETFs stand for Exchange Traded Funds.  These are funds that are traded on the stock exchange and are basically composed of the same stocks that a mutual fund would have, except that these funds have a much much much much lower MER (2.5% compared to 0.7% in some instances).

When you have a lower MER, your money works harder for you and you’re spending less to maintain and invest your money.  This is a win-win situation in my books.

In his eBook, Teacher Man explains who he is and why you should listen to him (or at least read his eBook), he explains what an ETF is, and he also explains why you as a newbie investor (or any sort of investor in the stock market) should not try to beat the stock market because there really is no point.

This eBook is great because he actually gives you the inside scoop on the stocks that he included in his own personal ETF portfolio and explains step-by-step how you can get started with your very own ETF portfolio.

Of course, with him being a teacher, the analyzer in him comes out and he also explains the drawbacks of ETFs and also explains the cautionary side of not falling prey for exotic ETFs (if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!).

A lot of what he talks about is similar to the point that Andrew Hallam’s Millionaire Teacher was talking about in his books.

So if you want to get started on investing in ETFs in your brand spankin’ new Questrade account (after you have successfully transferred money in there, that is), read his eBook!

Onto so great PF Blog Love this week!

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