Antishay Vetenne challenged me do come up with a 6 word autobiography. So I chose a variation of a phrase I often tell myself. It’s not really courageous or inspirational, but it works for me.
“You’re young, don’t give up yet!”
Once when I was feeling particularly bad, and Micah too, I suddenly came up with this. So I told him, “Look, we’re young. We’ve barely given life a try yet. There’s no reason to give up now, let’s try another 20 years and see how things go.”
I added that he didn’t even have his PhD, so it wasn’t like his career could be called a failure, it was just a career in utero…it was there and developing (part time) but it needed a PhD to be truly born. And I’m only 22, I’ve been out of college for 11 months and while I’m not CEO of a Fortune 500 company, I have a successful blog, I enjoy my work, I enjoy my marriage and pretty much enjoy life when my spirits are up. I’m just a kid and there’s no point in giving up when I have so much more to do and learn.
Those six words mean a lot to me. If you’d like to share the 6 words that move you most, please comment or post on your own blog.
Now for various posts from last week:
Hank at My Investing Blog recently watched The Great Debaters and shared a quote from the movie which he found particularly inspirational and relevant to personal finance. But I won’t steal his thunder, check it out for yourself.
Jonathan at My Money Blog (seeing similarity in titles here) did a great two part series on how he plans to shop for a mortgage next time around. Hint: It involves work before you find the house you like. So here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2.
Plonkee gave us her thoughts on boomerang kids, the ones who keep coming back to live with mom and dad. Some things I wondered include how this compares to cultures where the family typically shares a multi-generational dwelling. Also, I know Micah lived with his parents for his Master’s degree, because it was fairly local. Definitely saved him a lot in rent. On the other hand, he shared an apartment for his doctoral work (and now he shares one with me!). But he wasn’t employed or loafing…so I don’t know if that really counts as boomeranging, if he hadn’t really left.
Singly Guy Money has an excellent strategy for borrowing from his emergency fund. I’m just glad his kneecaps weren’t broken!
BeThisWay explains how she’s set up various bank accounts to handle different needs. I’m glad we’re not the only ones with slightly complicated bank accounts. It all works, which is what matters.
On Credit Addict, there’s a great post on “interest-free” purchases and how they want to make money off you. They don’t do it out of the kindness of your heart.
And then I submitted the post on how Micah sent me roses in Italy for about $30 to the Festival of Frugality at On Financial Success. Aaron did a fun variation instead of the usual layout. Some posts I enjoyed included:
Hustler Money Blog shares some alternatives to gmail/google docs for 1-25 Gigs of free online storage so you don’t have to carry around a USB/CD anymore. I’ve used Box.net with a client, it worked pretty well.
And the Sojourner feels (and smells) a little bit like a salad after using frugal personal care solutions. I like salad, but I’m not sure I’d want to smell like one.