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Each time, the purpose of the Easy Like Sunday Morning Recap and Roundup series is the same – for me to be able to connect with you, the readers, on a more personal (non personal finance informational transmission only) level, encourage community, and also to give back to the other bloggers around the blogosphere who have mentioned My Personal Finance Journey throughout the past few weeks or so. It’s been quite a while since the last roundup, so we have a lot of catching up to do!
As far as the theme goes, the title of the roundup gives it away. The roundup theme is named after the Lionel Richie song, Easy Like Sunday Morning (which I play once each time I put this together), to remind us of the importance of slowing down at least every once in a while to take appreciation for that which transpired over the past few days.
So, without further ado, let’s get started with this edition’s roundup!
Updates from Jacob’s Personal Finance Journey and Life
- As far as my life in general, the month of June has brought some really fun times and also some big, but also good, changes!
- First, in early June, I participated in my 4th consecutive annual Multiple Sclerosis fundraising bike ride (MS150).
- To date, I’ve raised $5,050 of my original $7,500 goal. I’m still waiting on a good number of company matches, which I believe will bring my total to above $6,000 for this year. Completely awesome! A big thanks to everyone for their support on this.
- Donations still count until July 12th, 2012, so if you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation, click here! Just $10 will make a world of difference!
- Second, also in early June, my girlfriend and I adopted a second greyhound (see picture below). His name is Coat (short for his racing name, Irene’s Coat). He’s a very loving soul and likes to cuddle more than our other greyhound, Charlie, who is more of a cat than a dog.
- Third, in my graduate school research, my advisor and I have gotten very close to publishing a collection of my research data in the Journal of Biomacromolecules.
- We have to do some Atomic Force Microscopy work (we had only done Transmission Electron Microscopy before) to provide a more in-depth numerical analysis of the protein aggregates (amyloid-beta) we study relating to Alzheimer’s disease. So, it will be interesting to learn that new technique in the coming months.
- However, we are pretty confident that we can get it reviewed successfully after this additional analysis! We’re pretty happy!
- As far as my personal finances and blog go, the major recent development is that my girlfriend, Becca (who also runs a very awesome wine blog – see picture below of her), moved in to my condo about a week ago.
- We’re currently wading through two sets of household items and trying to make them fit in to only enough space for one set of items, but we’re slowly making progress. As a typical guy, I mainly try to stay out of her way! 🙂
- It will be nice to get her help for some of the monthly expenses, and it will also save her some money because she won’t have a large rent payment anymore.
- I’ll probably do a post soon about the various considerations of having a significant other move in to a place you own, so keep an eye out for that. On the way soon!
Guest Posts from Personal Finance Bloggers on My Personal Finance Journey
Since the last roundup, there were five guest post here at My Personal Finance Journey.
-Kyle from The Penny Hoarder posted about how he saved big money on his home remodeling project.
If you would like to guest post on my site, please click here to read more details about how to kick off the guest posting process. I’d love to hear from you!
Blasts From the Past
For the first 6 months after I started this blog, I pretty much “blogged in a cave.” What I mean by this is that I cranked out over 200 very good blog articles in this time period, but since I didn’t know any better, I didn’t reach out to other bloggers, get involved with the online community through commenting on other sites, or do any kind of site promotion at all. As you can imagine, some of the articles written during this time period didn’t get the attention that I think they deserved corresponding to the content contained.
The Blast from the Past section will feature one old My Personal Finance Journey article each roundup that I feel is high quality, but was published prior to my blog having any sort of real readership. This week’s article is listed below:
How Does/Should Home Ownership Fit in to Your Overall Asset Allocation? – This post discusses some of the different arguments, viewpoints, and options for how one can account for home ownership in their overall asset allocation. There is definitely some divided opinions on this, but since home ownership is something that a person is very “tied” to and is undiverified, I decided to not consider my home equity in my overall asset allocation decisions. How do you handle this question in your personal finances?!
Personal Finance “Mad Props” of the Week Award
Every once in a while, when I’m reading an article or site in the personal finance blogosphere, I’ll be so impressed in hearing about what a person did or wrote about, that all I can say to myself is WOW! This section of the roundup will serve as a running “home” for recognizing outstanding achievement.
If you know of someone in the PF blogging world that is really doing amazing things, feel free to send me an email for consideration in future roundups.
If you’re hosting a giveaway and it’s not listed above, please send me an email to let me know, and I’ll get it included in next week’s roundup!
Blog Carnivals Featuring My Personal Finance Journey Articles
Several Posts I’ve Enjoyed Reading Since the Last Roundup
Top 10 Referring Sites to My Personal Finance Journey Since the Last Roundup
- Free Money Finance
- Wise Bread
- Tight Fisted Miser
- Giveaways Are Sexy
- So Over Debt
- Festival of Frugality
- Brave New Life
- Carnival of Personal Finance
- Wealth Informatics
Top 5 My Personal Finance Journey Commenters Since the Last Roundup
Best Reader Submitted Question Since the Last Roundup
My Other Sites
However, I have several other domain names purchased, and I am currently learning WordPress Self-Hosted to get these sites live as soon as time allows! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on progress.
Well, that wraps up this edition of the round-up If you have any suggestions or recommendations for things you’d like to see in this roundup, just let me know by sending me an email!
As always, thanks to all the readers for creating such a great community here at My Personal Finance Journey. Your interaction is what keeps me going on this blog!
Until next time – Jacob
How about you all? How is Summer going for you so far?!