Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 9, Round 2 – Posts 9-12


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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 9th Stage (the third and final Stage of the 2nd round of competition) of the 2011 My Personal Finance Journey Tour de Personal Finance (to follow all of the action, click on the Tour de Personal Finance category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject).

Going along with Tour de France cycling tradition, I’ve listed each competition within each stage as an “intermediate sprint” (one post versus another) along with the description provided by the blog author when the post was submitted.

Also, if applicable, I will give a brief description of the stage of the Tour de France that took place the same day as the competition.

How to Vote

You can vote for the one article in this case since there is only one contest (one from each intermediate sprint) you’d like to see proceed in the Tour by commenting in the comments section below and telling which are your favorites.

I’ve listed a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote (as a made-up example, you can just comment: Sprint 1: Mutual; Sprint 2: 401k, etc.) Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two! Criteria for the best article is completely up to you, but you can use these factors as a guide: 1) post of your favorite blogger, 2) most interesting post, 3) most thought-provoking post, 4) most unique post, or 5) most actionable post.

Here is today’s 3rd competition:

Voting will continue until July 13th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 3
  • Bicycle In The City (Bicycle): This article was produced out of both frustration at city traffic congestion, and with optimism for real alternatives to the car. Cars are stressful, from financing the purchase to filling the tank. There must be a better way. Cities that integrate the bicycle and support carless lifestyles are the way forward.   
  • Gratitude: The Key to Happiness (Key): There was a quote I heard as a young girl that I have never forgotten. “If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”- Meister Eckhart. It’s amazing how one simple, easy, positive action can change so much in a person’s life. One of the things that has had the biggest effect on my life is the realization of the power of gratitude. Simply giving thanks. It has affected everything. It has made me a more positive person; A more productive person; A better achiever; A better wife, daughter, and sister; A happier person. I’m still not perfect, but gratitude has made me better for everything and everyone. Can it change your life as well? I can guarantee it!

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was also Stage 9 in the Tour de France. It was quite a come-back day for the French cycling hero, Thomas Voeckler! For those of you that missed the 2004 Tour de France, Voeckler achieved international fame by heroically (and against all odds) holding on to the yellow jersey of the Tour de France for 10 days after being given 30 minutes as a result of a breakaway attack.

At the end of the day, Luis Leon Sanchez beat out Voeckler and the other breakaway companions to claim the stage victory. However, Voeckler was catapulted in to the yellow jersey once again! Quite an exciting day to say the least! 

All of the contendors for overall victory at the end of the 2011 Tour are still in roughly the same positions as they were at the start of the day. Should be exciting race ahead!

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    1. Bicycle

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    2. Bicycle
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    4. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winner is Bicycle and will advance to the next Round! Thanks for participating and voting!
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