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Design The Life You Want Podcast – Make Today your “Tomorrow” (Mr. CEO interview)

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One of the things I have realized about myself since I started working on this blog with GYFG is how much I love the changes I am seeing in myself. I have spent entirely too much time saying, “Tomorrow!!!” “Tomorrow I will start working out.” “Tomorrow I am going to spend time working on a budget.” “If I can just get through this month, tomorrow I will put money away for retirement.” I think you’ve all been there. I have made excuses time and time again about how I am going to make a change tomorrow or start something tomorrow.  In this interview I discuss how I stopped putting things off and started to make some changes I wanted to …

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[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview # 10 – Alyssa Windell

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Today we have the 10th of a series of interviews. During this series we will be show casing other Freedom Fighters from around the world. I am excited to introduce you to our tenth guest (second female), Alyssa Windell of Generation Y Retirement Account. Read Alyssa’s awesome story below. And if you would like to be featured in the Freedom Fighter interview series then be sure to check out the Guest Posting page for more information (it’s open to anyone that is willing to share their fight for freedom: Time Freedom, Location Freedom, and Financial Freedom). Now I will turn it over to Alyssa… I’ve always had an insatiable curiosity… With that being said, sometimes I’ve even felt like I’ve got this Alice in …

Goal Setting

Quick 2015 Mid-Year Review

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At the beginning of this year I set goals like I do every year. Except this year I decided to theme my goals as you will see below. It’s always a good idea to check in to see how you’re doing towards those goals. I encourage each and every one of you to run through the same process. In all honesty I should have probably been looking at these a bit more closely before now. My 2015 Goals: Themed around Connection, Contribution, Vitality, & Serendipity. Get back into the best shape of my life at 187lbs with 8% body fat (my 2012 personal best). [Vitality] Start my MBA in the Fall of 2015 at my Alma Mater CSUF. [Contribution] Take 3 weeks’ worth of vacation with …

DIY Rant

Thursday Rant #4 – DIY Home Improvement

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If you have been hanging around the personal finance community for any length of time you have probably noticed a trend of DIY’ers (DIY = Do It Yourself). This is especially true from the bloggers that are part of the massive frugality movement. The most prolific of the bloggers, leader of the Extreme Frugality movement, Mr. Money Mustache has been known to take on some massive DIY projects. I will be the first to admit that MMM is very talented and from his writings it sounds like he really enjoys the work. During his most recent project that he documented on his blog, he installed a home-brewed heating system: “In a nutshell, this involved running thousands of feet of PEX pipe under my existing wood …

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #8 – Kevin Shryock

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Today we have the 8th of a series of interviews. During this series we will be show casing other Freedom Fighters from around the world. I am excited to introduce you to our eighth guest, Kevin Shryock of InspiritFinancial.com. Read Kevin’s awesome story below. And if you would like to be featured in the Freedom Fighter interview series then be sure to check out the Guest Posting page for more information (it’s open to anyone that is willing to share their fight for freedom: Time Freedom, Location Freedom, and Financial Freedom). Now I will turn it over to Kevin… I used to think that all you need to become rich is a thrifty mindset and a well-paying job. Now I know better. I graduated …

June 2015 Financial Report

June 2015 – Detailed Financial Report #6 – Net Worth $220,313 [+21.5% YTD]

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GYFG here checking in for the June monthly financial report. For those of you that are new around this corner of the internet, I wanted to fill you in as to what these reports are all about. These monthly reports are about full transparency. They are just as much for me as they are for you. It’s a hard decision to make all of your financial details public, but it’s also a very motivating one. It’s not just the post, but the process of putting this post together that really benefits me. My sincere hope is that my transparency will inspire you to take the helm of your own financial ship and be intentional with its direction. I truly believe that anyone can reach …

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[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #7 – Sarah Peterson from Unsettle.Org

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Today we have the 7th of a series of interviews. During this series we will be show casing other Freedom Fighters from around the world. I am excited to introduce you to our seventh guest, Sarah Peterson of Unsettle.org. I am excited to showcase our first female in the series (and she is kicking ass and taking names). It’s important that we get perspective from both genders and I am making an active effort to reach out to the awesome chicks in the community. I have already learned a lot from Sarah about building an online business and a thriving community. Read Sarah’s awesome story below. And if you would like to be featured in the Freedom Fighter interview series then be sure …

June 2015 Content Curation

June 2015 Content Curation

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Books|Blogs|Videos|Podcasts Mr. CEO here!!!!  This month is MY month to provide some content.  So, as GYFG always starts off with: This monthly series is my (Mr. CEO’s) attempt to curate the web for you. I probably consume more content than one person should (I have three kids so I don’t consume as much as GYFG, but I am using Feedly and have definitely been stepping the content up since I got on there), but I am kind of a knowledge junkie. I don’t just consume content for the sake of consumption (because again, as noted, I have KIDS). The goal is to always learn something, gain a new perspective, contribute to the conversation, and fuel the idea factory. Reading is exercise for …

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[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #6 – Adam Chudy

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Today we have the 6th of a series of interviews. During this series we will be show casing other Freedom Fighters from around the world. I am excited to introduce you to our sixth guest, Adam Chudy of AdamChudy.com. Read Adam’s awesome story below. And if you would like to be featured in the Freedom Fighter interview series then be sure to check out the Guest Posting page for more information (it’s open to anyone that is willing to share their fight for freedom: Time Freedom, Location Freedom, and Financial Freedom). Now I will turn it over to Adam… 1. Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did you start, where …

Things to consider when buying a new car

[Guest Post] Top 5 Things to Consider Before Buying a New Car

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I make decent money. And my wife makes decent money too. And yes we have a mortgage and kids and bills, but money isn’t really an issue for us on a month to month basis – we do OK. We aren’t rich by any means, but we’re definitely not poor. And despite this, I drive a 2003 Honda Civic with 190,000+ miles on it. The windows aren’t tinted. It’s a four cylinder with a CD player that never has CD’s in it (because who has CD’s anymore?).  The upholstery is coming apart or detached in a number of areas.  There are stains from the kids on the back seats and I don’t exactly volunteer to drive when we go to …