Farewell, my buddies!

Farewell, my buddies!

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Effectively that is The Day, my buddies!!

12 years, Three months and 17 days since writing my first put up right here, and now it’s time to say farewell! Eek!

We positive had enjoyable although, didn’t we??? And obtained lots OLDER within the course of? Lol… I began this weblog in my 20s and resulted in my 40s! With youngsters and a mortgage and a canine! 🙂

However what a experience… and I’ve subtly modified in numerous different methods too all through the years. Since beginning this weblog, I’ve:

  • Began monitoring my internet value, now occurring 146 months in a row!
  • Began waking up at 5 am for a greater begin to every day
  • Stopped working nights and weekends for a greater work/life steadiness!
  • Stopped senseless purchasing every time I’m bored
  • Stopped complaining a lot
  • Stopped cursing like a sailor
  • Turned a minimalist
  • Turn into a daddy (!!!)
  • Turned a millionaire
  • Turned a podcaster (after which not a podcaster 😂)
  • Turned an experimenter
  • Turned an indexer
  • Turned a curator
  • Turned a advisor
  • Turned an keen learner
  • Turned an keen giver
  • Turned rather more *conscious* of issues
  • Turned rather more assured in issues!
  • Turned extraordinarily THANKFUL
  • And total simply grew to become rather more content material and pleased with what I’ve obtained

All this from beginning a weblog!!

And that makes no point out of how drastically it’s modified my profession, and much more so, my total circle of buddies right here too – the perfect consequence of all 🙂

So at the start – for those who’ve ever needed to start out a challenge you’re captivated with, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF POSSIBILITIES – START IT TODAY!! You simply by no means know the way it can go on to rework your life!

And secondly, I’ve to ship y’all a HUGE THANKS once more for not solely supporting me all through the years, however for additionally TEACHING me alongside the way in which as half the issues I discovered (and wrote about) got here immediately from you.

SO THANK YOU! And for those who’ll enable me to be cheeky one final time, I’d like to re-offer you this reward circa 2008 for all of your patronage through the years! Lol… I heard it appears to be like nice on fridges! 😉

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For sure my life has improved exponentially due to y’all, and it’s been enjoyable to look at the expansion of this weblog extra particularly too.

From the primary day it was featured in a serious media outlet (MSN Cash! After telling me they will solely share my stuff if I begin punctuating correctly and cease all my swearing! Haha…) to the time the place being nameless was lastly “accepted” and landed me within the pages of Forbes 😉

It hasn’t all the time been rainbows, however I couldn’t have requested for a greater consequence! Listed below are some enjoyable information because it stands immediately:

  • Complete variety of posts revealed: 2,829 (full archives right here)
  • Complete variety of feedback left: 129,338!!
  • Complete variety of web page views: 30,000,000+
  • Complete variety of trade awards received: 12
  • Complete variety of instances we switched writing schedules: 6
  • Complete variety of time I *missed* writing on a kind of writing schedules: 0!!!
  • Variety of *different* tasks that spawned from this website: 10+

Right here had been a few of my favourite tasks, for those who’re curious 😉

  • Rockstar Finance
  • Love Drop
  • Take Our Stuff (do not forget that one? Haha…)
  • Coin Thrill
  • WhyYourePoor.com
  • BudgetsAreBoring.com

And this doesn’t account for all of the alternatives we’ve *turned down* through the years as effectively. Corresponding to talking gigs, or TV roles and even e-book presents! Maybe in the future we’ll benefit from them, however from day one I’ve been completely high quality “simply” being a blogger and having fun with our group right here, so no regrets in any way 🙂 Even when it meant much less clout or $$$.

After which in fact there’s all the pieces I discovered about MONEY over the last decade! Which as you possibly can think about is lots!

I by no means got here throughout that magical bullet, however what a distinction altering your mindset could make ultimately… Listed below are my largest takeaways from writing and fascinated with this cash stuff continuous:

#1. When you study these things it stays with you ceaselessly! You may fall down once in a while and must brush your self off, however as soon as you already know these things it sticks with you.

#2. It’s important to actually WANT IT dangerous sufficient although. Saving cash isn’t that difficult, however getting motivated to take action is an entire different story… When you don’t care sufficient to make it a precedence you received’t make it far!

#3. Work on the elements that EXCITE you first. Doesn’t matter if it’s paying off debt or investing extra, or making an attempt to ramp up your earnings exponentially. If it will increase your internet value and retains you , roll with it!! You do your greatest work whenever you’re excited!

#4. Don’t be afraid to vary your thoughts although. It’s important to adapt when issues now not make sense because the world – and your desires – are consistently altering. When you don’t change together with it you get caught in a previous model of your self.

#5. Don’t fear about maximizing each single greenback both. Each serves its personal function and it’s okay to let some work more durable than others. They’re every bringing one thing to the desk whether or not it’s extra earnings or higher peace of thoughts!

#6. Get a very good grasp in your bills! The much less you spend now, the much less you have to save later. It additionally helps you get higher at being aware.

#7. Understand that all the pieces takes TIME! And it’ll get boring alongside the way in which! However that’s okay! Let compounding work its magic and derive your pleasure from elsewhere as you wait! 😉

#8. The primary $100,000 is the toughest. After that, the $$$ snowballs with a lot much less effort 👍

#9. Enable your self to splurge once in a while! All saving and no spending makes Jack a boring boy!!!

#10. Don’t be so exhausting on your self. All of us have our obstacles to cross, however the distinction between you and everybody else is that you simply’re not HIDING from them 🙂 You understand what they’re and are actively confronting them!

#11. Don’t neglect to LIVE alongside the way in which. There have been so a few years I used to be consumed with hustling and making *extra* that I ended up ignoring most different areas of my life. There’s a time for ramping issues up however there’s additionally a time for LIVING YOUR LIFE and never changing into obsessive. It takes some time to steadiness, however don’t ever neglect that there’s extra to life than simply cash 🙂

#12. And lastly, and possibly the largest change for me over the previous 12 years, I spotted the purpose of all these things is *FREEDOM*! Not changing into a millionaire! Which is ironic as I’ve lastly develop into one once I now not care as a lot, lol… After all you’ll nonetheless want an honest chunk of change to stay your greatest life, however the finish objective with all these things is to craft your ultimate *life-style* – not see how a lot you possibly can amass earlier than you die. There are a great deal of individuals with tons of cash on this world, however for those who look carefully they’re not all that glad! Or content material! So the problem is to transform this cash you earn into peace and happiness with out consistently wanting “extra” on a regular basis.


And that’s 12 years of residing and respiratory these things! All of it comes all the way down to a handful of bullet factors! Haha…

However what a experience it’s been 🙂 And I’m so SO glad to have shared this expertise with you.

When you’ve discovered even only one factor from me through the years, I hope you’ll move it ahead so others can discover their epiphanies too! There’s a sea of starfish on the market however even simply serving to *one* adjustments a life for the higher!

Bear in mind the Starfish Story by Loren Eisley? I’m gonna re-post it right here simply because it’s so rattling good 😉 Tacky, however good!!

The Starfish Story

Someday a person was strolling alongside the seashore when he seen a boy selecting one thing up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he requested, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish again into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide goes out. If I don’t throw them again, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the person mentioned, “don’t you notice there are miles and miles of seashore and lots of of starfish? You’ll be able to’t make a distinction!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up one other starfish, and threw it again into the surf. Then, smiling on the man, he mentioned…

“I made a distinction for that one.”

And that’s actually the perfect half about blogs right here. One after the other we share our concepts and collectively we get higher for it 🙂

I really like all y’all so very a lot, and I thanks for all the pieces you’ve accomplished for me through the years. PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH, OKAY??

Right here’s all over the place you possibly can attain me:

  • Twitter: @BudgetsAreSexy
  • E mail: [email protected]
  • E-newsletter: jmoney.biz/e-newsletter
  • Subsequent challenge I’m engaged on: Soapbox.com (set to go stay on July sixth)

[And don’t forget – this blog continues on without me! 5 AM Joel‘s got the torch and excited to keep the good word flowing!]

Yours in finance ceaselessly,

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PS: Listed below are some extra enjoyable information you may not know concerning the weblog 😉

  • It was virtually referred to as SavingIsSexy.com, nevertheless it was taken!
  • For the primary 6 months I blogged underneath “J. Financial savings”
  • I didn’t actually have a finances once I began the weblog, lol…
  • Now we have a theme tune – which in fact is a rap! 😉
  • There was just one weblog put up I ever regretted publishing and rapidly took it down (it was a visitor put up that induced private assaults)
  • After which lastly, right here’s what the weblog appeared like in 2008… Actually not that completely different from immediately 😉

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