Man, there are so many things to keep track of as an adult. Bills, taxes, saving your money so you don’t live paycheck to paycheck like you did in college, looking the part so people take you seriously, and how to handle taxes or even build good credit. It seriously seems like magic. A bit mystical. As if we are supposed to just know it as soon as we got the adult card.
I recently heard back from some of you about what topics you’d wished you were given as a guidebook on for adult-ing, and financial topics were big. Especially on how to save up money for life, dreams, and more.
I’m Not Talking About Penny Bank Saving Like You Did When You Were A Kid
We all had that penny bank shaped like a pig, that sat on the dresser that we’d fill with pocket change and allowance as kids.
I know I’ve talked with people who wish they had started saving earlier. The earlier you begin, the more you’ll be able to save. And I really wish I’d started out earlier with my savings. I just didn’t take it seriously. Like really!
But now, in hindsight, you can see what you wish you’d done differently.
Let’s be done with “Wishing” and do something that will actually make a difference now and in your future.
Stuff you’d like to get rid of? That causes more stress?
What’s even better is that you could even make some money while getting rid of those items. What I love about it, is that the items you find yourself annoyed with will be loved by someone else. Which makes it even better, right?
Over The Last 2 Months Of Selling On Facebook
A while back I saw a quote that went a little like this: “Take a moment and look around. All that stuff used to be money.”
That’s some intense food for thought. We spend too much money on things we actually never use. Or use once and then throw it in the back of the closet. After going through all of our clothing and cleaning up our house we decided that, instead of donating it all, we decided to have a closet sale and sell some of it to people who might want it.
Since we decided to do a closet sale and sell items that we no longer wanted or needed, we were happy to add $500 more to our pockets and get rid of the items.
5 Tips For Making $$ On Facebook Marketplace By Cleaning Out Your Stuff
Go through all the things in your house. Pick out everything you want to keep and find a home for them. Then put everything you don’t like or want to get rid of in a laundry hamper. Those are the things you’ll sell online. Put it in a place that’s out of the way where you won’t trip on it.
Take beautiful pictures of the items. For me some of the pictures are of books and clothing and other MISC items. Place them in pleasing ways!
Or share a picture of you with the item of clothing on.
Have you ever seen Outlander? I’ve seen a few episodes, but am seriously LOVING it. It got me thinking more about my family line and all of the people in my family tree.
It’s easy for us to think about our ancestors as a large group of unknown people. Or even easy to not think about them as live people with thoughts, doubts, loves, and fears. I think it’s kind of like the black and white photos. It makes them feel un-relatable somehow. But have you seen those images that have been digitally colored? The color brings them to life in a way that you didn’t see before when the image was just black and white. It’s sad, I know. Because it’s just as full of life in the black and white.
What if I could say there was something out there that would help you find out more about your family line, ethnicity, and genealogy?
Ancestry DNA has helped so many people find family and find lost puzzle pieces to their story. It was helpful for me, in pointing me where I need to look next and also connected me with potential living-relatives.
I’ve always enjoyed family history research
I’ll share some more about my Ancestry DNA results here down below. Ever since I was little, I’ve known that I had roots from these countries:
That’s all I really knew. Because my dad is half Norwegian and half Swedish. While all I knew about my mom’s side was my grandma was German.
Over the years, I learned a few more things about my ancestry and the people in my family tree, like Scottish preachers and being related to Scottish royalty (Mary Queen of Scotts.) Little did I know, I’d find out some more from Ancestry DNA.
Ancestry DNA For Christmas
My husband got me Ancestry DNA + Traits for Christmas last year and I was so excited about it, because I’ve wanted to do it since I heard of it.
Besides just telling you about where your DNA comes from in the world, it also told me my DNA traits and which areas those came from.
After taking the Ancestry DNA test. They updated you on the process and what stage your DNA research was at each stage. When it was finally ready, they sent me an email and said “Your results are in!”
Yup, I was excited.
When I opened it, I saw this cool map showing the areas where my DNA is from. So cool to see it like this on a map.
And then when you scroll down you can see your DNA percentages. Which is cool. I was right on the dot about the Norwegian, Swedish, and German ethnicity.
The percentages amazed me. The ethnicities that amazed me most was the “Finland” and the “Baltic States” one. It made me excited to find out more about my family from those areas as well. But it’s cool, because I found out that some of my cousins also took the test and through that I was able to find that the Finnish was through my dad’s side of the family. So he isn’t just Norwegian and Swedish, but also a little Finnish. Which is cool!
Speaking of finding living-relatives of mine like cousins, it found potential relatives in other areas of the country and world. Who I have reached out to and am working with to find out more about how we are connected in our DNA.
Your DNA Traits Are Quite Interesting
Going through the traits really amazed me, because through what they found in my DNA, they could tell my eye color, hair color, hair thickness, whether I like cilantro (which I do), whether I’m a sun sneezer (yes, that’s a thing. And no I am not a sun sneezer.) So it was kind of cool to see how all of that is wrapped up in your DNA.
Ever Wondered About Your Ethnicity & DNA?
If you’ve ever wondered about your family history and ethnicity, then you should take the Ancestry DNA test. We found out some really cool and interesting things about Johan’s family ethnicity, when he took it. I’ll share his results sometime later.
Another crazy thing is that if you take the test and your sister take the test, you won’t get exactly the same results. My sister took it too and she was more Norwegian than I was and I was more Swedish. Also Russian showed up in her list of ethnicities. So that’s really interesting.
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Recently, I’ve been trying to focus on improving my writing and dedication for it. I am taking a writing class that’s been super helpful for getting my daily habit of writing back on track. And this is one of the prompts that that class inspired me to do. Be sure to check the course out, if you are looking for something to get you into the daily practice of writing again.
In the Summer, we’d go on family trips where we’d drive longer distances. I still remember the trips where I’d be in the back seat of the car with my brother and sister. It was always a big discussion about who would be stuck in the middle seat and my sister usually lost that battle and got that seat. Why it was a big discussion was because if we got tired at least you could lay your head against the window to sleep. But if, my sister got tired, I’d let her lay her head on my shoulder. The road trips were fun.
Most of those road trips were camping trips or trips to the lake. In rural Minnesota lake culture is a big thing in the Summer. And what better way to spend a lazy Summer day, than at the beach with sand between your toes and wind blown lake hair?
Are you looking to make extra money? Pay off debt or save up for a trip to Disney for your kids?
As long as you have internet, a smile, and can speak English (and are either an American or Canadian citizen) you can teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to Chinese students in China online.
This is a very flexible job, but you can do it full-time, or part-time. Like, right now I’m in Minneapolis on a shopping trip with my sister and mom. We are staying at a hotel and I taught this morning before we took off for breakfast. I love that you can do this from anywhere and still make a good chunk of money! I’ve taught for about 8 months with this company and absolutely love it. I’ve also taught in different countries and from different states in America.
I have helped countless people get hired. All the qualifications you need to have are:
Fluent English speaker
United States or Canadian citizen (but you can live anywhere in the world as an expat and teach.)
A bachelors degree (It can be in anything. Mine was in English/mass communications.)
Experience working with and/or teaching children
Having your ESL certificate is a plus, but not required. You can also get your ESL certificate later. I’m actually working on getting mine at the moment. 🙂
Have good internet
A BIG smile!
You can earn up to $25 per hour! And you can teach on your own schedule. Want to start? Apply here. If my referral code doesn’t automatically add itself, here it is: 8RZ45JWA
I always like sharing things that are helping me achieve my dreams with you guys, because I know if it’s helping me that maybe it might help you achieve your dreams as well!
Everyone is packing up their suitcases and their camping supplies, in order to get ready for camping. The 4th of July is such a special time for families to get away, get some downtime, and celebrate all that being an American means to them and their family.
One thing I love doing is celebrating by reading a book under the shade of a tree. Since reading is one of the things I enjoy doing, I thought I’d do something fun.
I want to give you my newest book “Creating The Best Me” for FREE! It’ll be available for FREE download on Amazon on Wednesday the 3rd. No tricks or anything. You can download it for free on Amazon, for a limited time. So make sure that you don’t miss out. This book has seriously changed my world. I hope you love it too! 🙂
And if you enjoy this book, please consider leaving an honest review where you bought the book. Reviews help authors gain visibility and can bring my books to the attention of other readers who might enjoy them as well.
Hope you have an amazing 4th of July weekend!! Be safe, happy reading, and have FUN!
Struggling to be your happiest and truest self? Finding it tough to stay motivated to get your workouts in? Discover tips and tricks to help you create your best life physically, mentally, and spiritually.
After weighing herself and being too close to a number she vowed she’d never be close to mixed with feeling uncomfortable in her skin, Devin decided to make a change in her life to construct a path back to who she wanted to be.
Through her conversational writing style and her actionable steps, you’ll pull through, set goals you’ll actually keep, and use your creativity to push you further than ever before!
Creating The Best Me is packed with encouragement, honest and practical advice, humor, as well as creative ways to help you stay on course to becoming your best self. If you like easy reads with tips and tricks that work, you’ll love this book.
Buy “Creating The Best Me” to help you live your happiest and healthiest life as your best self, today!
Want to get involved in the “Creating The Best Me” Launch? Click here and Devin’s Team will reach out to you! Click here.
I’ve opened up applications for the launch team. When you are a part of the launch team, you get some amazing things! Like seriously!!
Here’s what you’ll get: 1. You’ll get a copy of the digital book. (Chances to win copies of the print book and Audiobook!!!) 2. You’ll get a view of the behind the scenes of being an author 3. Fun videos to inspire you (I have a FB page that you will be a part of where we will have tons of fun!) 4. Your name will be added to the book!
Here’s the book description:
“Have you ever wished you could be happier with your body and your art? Do you want to create a fit life? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you’ve come to the right place.
This creative and encouraging guide will help you get more confident in your body and art. It will help you pave a way to being the fit creative you’ve always wanted to be.
Maybe you are an entrepreneur, an artist, writer, or another form of creative who wants to break out of the mold and create better work while loving your life, mind, and soul.
In this guide you’ll:
– Inspiring and actionable steps to create a happier and healthier life now. – Find out what your dreams and goals are by doing creative challenges that’ll inspire you to change your world. – Get inspired to take ahold of your life and change it for the better so that you can become the best YOU!
What’s stopping you from becoming the healthiest and most inspiring creative that you can become?”
Target Reader: The target reader for “Creating A Fit Life” is a woman (I wouldn’t turn down an applicant for being a man. Because they’d take something away from the book too.) This is just a book being marketed to women who want to create their best lives so they can create their art for longer and live happier & longer lives.
I extremely loved the chapters where she talks about achieving your goals. And she gives helpful tips and tricks for setting smarter goals. When I saw she was going to cover setting smart goals, I was almost afraid I’d be reading everything I’ve read about smart goals. I’ve read a lot about them, but was happily surprised to find so much more in this book. The goals section was AMAZING!