Spreading the Gospel: What Matters Most

what matters most This week has been a whirlwind of crazy. We’ve been short-staffed at work, so I’ve had to work a lot of extra overtime, and I’ve had to do some soul-searching because I’ve been feeling a little imbalanced lately. Most of today’s round-up posts have been perfect for me as I’ve been trying to do that and decide what matters most. Also, my wife and I are driving out to Utah next weekend to visit my family for Thanksgiving weekend, so that will give me some time to think and spend time with the awesomest people ever. So! Let’s get started 🙂

What do You Prize Most by John at Frugal Rules – If you read any of these posts today, read this one. John tells a heart-breaking story about losing a child shortly after birth and how it has shaped his priorities. One of the things he wrote that affected me was, “There are many, many ways to make more money at various levels, but there is nothing you can do to get more time. It is a limited commodity that you can do little to in order to earn any back.”

The Biggest Lie I’ve Ever Told Myself by Cait at Blonde on a Budget – A lot of personal finance bloggers have been writing lately about their biggest financial mistake. Rather than talk about the resulting mistakes like an addiction to Amazon or a credit card balance transfer she almost couldn’t repay in time, she went to the root of the problem, a lie that she told herself over and over again that started it all. And as I read it, I realized that it’s a lie I’ve been telling myself too. Read it to see if you’re doing it too!

Presence Not Presents by Trent at The Simple Dollar – There’s a simple creed that Trent came across while learning about The Good Life Project: “You’re going to provide a lot more value in the lives of the people you care about by simply being there rather than providing financial affluence.” As I’ve thought about this creed over the week, and with Christmas coming up, it’s made me think more about how we celebrate the holidays and what’s most important. It’s worth the read!

The Mayonaisse Jar by J at Budgets are Sexy – This one’s a late entry from yesterday. It’s a good object lesson to help us realize that when we put the most important things first, the rest will take care of itself. And even though I saw this object lesson done over and over again in Sunday School growing up, it was a great reminder for me.

So thank you to all of you for writing about this stuff this week. It’s been a huge help for me!

Other cool articles I came across:

Snapchat rejected $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook – holy crap! Hopefully Snapchat doesn’t tank sometime down the road, otherwise they’re definitely going to be kicking themselves for this one. I found this article, though, that explains why they may be so confident. And Google offered Groupon $6 billion? I bet Groupon execs feel dumb now.

The 24 Coolest Small Businesses in Austin – there’s some pretty freaking awesome businesses out there, including a business voted the city’s Best Food Truck with a Mohawk and brewpub with a no-tip policy.

How a $2 debt almost turned into $90,000 – it’s kind of funny to think that a former chair of the FDIC didn’t take the time to correct something like that, but it’s a good thing they did it for her!

And last, but certainly not least, I want to say a BIG thank you(!!!) to all those who have included my stuff this week on their blogs. You guys are awesome!

Broke Millennial’s Frugal Find Friday: Podcasts
One Cent at a Time’s Yakezie Carnival
Drop the Cookie’s Lifestyle Carnival
Hurricanes, Panties and Dollars’ Carnival of Financial Camaraderie (great name btw :))
Student Loan Sherpa’s Earn More Spend Less
Digital Personal Finance’s Carnival of Financial Camaraderie
Reach Financial Independence’s Carnival of Financial Independence 
Your Personal Finance Pro’s Carnival of Financial Independence 

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