The Blog Posts I Loved in 2015

December 28, 2015

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Good morning, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and got to enjoy at least one day off. I took the 24th + 25th off, then ended up working and writing all weekend, and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. I’m still working on my year in review post, but one theme that consistently comes up in the second half of 2015 is that I’m grateful to be self-employed, because I get to pick and choose when I work (unless I’m on a deadline!) and what I work on. Rather than dreading another “Monday morning”, I woke up on the 26th and was genuinely excited to make coffee and get back to some of my projects. :)

One of my favourite projects to work on is Rockstar Finance. Jay and I have been friends for years, then started working together in January. If you remember, I used to write a weekly update that included one blog post I loved… well, on Rockstar Finance, we share 15 blog posts we love each and every week! To help compile the list, I now read more money blogs than ever before and am constantly looking for new ones. Besides getting to partner up with a friend, one of the best parts of working on the site is that I’m always inspired by all the great content you all put out into this world.

While I finish up my year in review post for Wednesday, I thought you might like to read some of my favourite blog posts from 2015 (listed in alphabetical order). Each one of them caused me to question my money beliefs, or change some of my daily habits and practices.

Enjoy, xo

Always Start with Frugality by Sam Lustgarten
“Today, I advocate for people to reduce expenditures before adding on more income opportunities. Frugality helps people minimize spending and prevent spending – thus heightening net income. By removing expenses, we tend to simplify our lives and work less. Hence, those who pursue frugality first are able to free up time.”

Are You Unconsciously Spending on Likes Not Loves? by Jason at Phroogal
“Imagine all my $40 dinners I had in span of a 30 days. That’s $1,200 enough for an all-inclusive trip to the Dominican Republic for two people. I would complain I didn’t have the money to go on vacation but I was continuing to buy things I liked over what I said I loved…traveling.”

Big Picturing by Colin Wright
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with money, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with pursuing more of it, if doing so will help you become more you, and allow you to do more of what makes you feel alive. … Just make sure you know why you’re pursuing it. That you see the big picture and allow it to guide your steps.”

Busyness is a Kind of Debt by David Cain
“If attention is a kind of currency, our culture has a habit of living in debt.”

Elizabeth Gilbert on Big Money by Wealthsimple
“The most difficult and challenging part for me about suddenly coming into a giant pile of money was that I initially felt that I had to redistribute it among all my friends. I felt I had always been an artist living close to the bone, and I have so many friends who were living the same way. So I felt like, Wow, I got so lucky. This should be all of our good fortune. So I gave a lot of money away to friends of mine. That had mixed results…”

If You Wouldn’t Do It for Free, Don’t Do It for Money by Joshua Becker
“Our time should not be governed by the amount of money promised, but by the desires of our heart. As I continue to pursue this approach, I have identified some specific thoughts towards life that must be present in the person who adopts it.”

My Answer to All Financial Debates by J. Money
“My answer to these questions are always the same: Whichever excites you the most. Yes there’s a financially ‘correct’ answer to most of these which of course you have to factor in, but if you’re anything like me you get a LOT more accomplished when you’re actually excited about what you’re working on vs looking at the numbers only.”

The $3,500 Shirt by Eve Fisher
“Everyone complains about taxes, prices, and how expensive it is to live any more. I’m not going to go into taxes – that way lies madness. But I can tell you that living has never been cheaper. We live in a country awash in stuff – food, clothing, appliances, machines, cheap crap from China – but it’s never enough. $4 t-shirts? Please. We want five for $10, and even then, can we get them on sale? And yet, compared to a world where everything is made by hand – we’re talking barely 200 years ago – everything is cheap and plentiful, and we are appallingly ungrateful.”

The Cake is a Lie by Tobias van Schneider
“Think of all the things you own as ‘your cake’ — The money you make, your nice apartment with all that great furniture and all the cool gadgets you might own. Even your personal image to a certain degree, not just physical goods. Those things make up your personal cake. It’s a great feeling having this big tasty cake in your life right in front of you — You worked for it, so you deserve a big cake — Right?”

The Magical Art of Spending Money on Yourself by Emma Lincoln
“Whenever I have the opportunity to take a class, learn something new, sign up for a challenge, or invest in a service that would make my life better, I start to question if I’m worth it. What if I suck at it? What if I don’t show up? Shouldn’t I just do this myself? Do I really ‘deserve’ this? The answer should be HELL YES! But sometimes the voice in my head tells me no.”

The Most Valuable Advice You Will Ever Receive by Allison Vesterfelt
“Advice is much easier to give than it is to execute. Don’t dismiss the advice. Give it a try. But if the advice isn’t working, try something else. Don’t worry about finding the ‘right’ answer or the best answer or the most impressive answer. Just do what works.”

The Real Point of Budgeting by Matt Becker
“The point of budgeting is to use your money purposefully so that more of it goes towards the things you care about. That’s it. That’s the entire point.”

Thinking About Money by Seth Godin
“Don’t get caught confusing money with security. There are lots of ways to build a life that’s more secure, starting with the stories you tell yourself, the people you surround yourself with and the cost of living you embrace. Money is one way to feel more secure, but money alone won’t deliver this.”

Why We Buy What We Do by Belle Beth Cooper
“Shopping is a huge part of our culture. Whether we shop online, in a boutique, in a shopping mall, or on an airplane, we’re making decisions all the time about what to buy and how much we should pay for it. It’s both fascinating and bizarre to realise how much those everyday decisions are affected by the subconscious stimuli all around us.”

You Can Choose to Want Less by Sarah Von Bargen
“My advisor turned out to be a lovely, helpful, totally normal human who used normal human words to explain complex subjects. I did not, however, expect her to be a source of Buddha-like insight. As we were poring over my savings and retirement plan, she turned to a multi-coloured graph and said, ‘So there are basically three approaches to saving. You can work more. You can save more. Or you can want less.’ And then the skies cracked open and a choir of angels tootling on reasonably priced horns announced a personal paradigm shift.”

PS – Do you remember what my favourite post was in 2014? The Crossroads of Should and Must was turned into a book and I got it for Christmas! Who thinks it’ll be one of my favourite books in 2016? :)

17 Comments

  • Reply C@thesingledollar December 28, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I love this list, especially the last one — that is so my jam. I’m delighted that your year was so wonderful, and here’s to a really great 2016.

  • Reply Sam Lustgarten December 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Cait! Can’t believe you included me. Humbled to be a part of such a fantastic group of people. Have a wonderful day and Happy NEW YEAR! :)

  • Reply Michelle December 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I don’t know how, but I didn’t see a lot of these this year. Checking them out now because they all sound amazing!

  • Reply Alyssa @ Generation YRA December 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    YES! I am so incredibly excited. I love curated content lists, especially ones that helped create questions for the individual reader. I am looking forward to your year in review, Cait! :)

  • Reply Nathan Atkinson @ Quiet Habits December 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I’m definitely going to check some of these out. Thanks for the recommendations Cait!

  • Reply Jason @ Phroogal December 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for including my post. That was my favorite piece I wrote this year as it is how I continue to live my life.

  • Reply J. Money December 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Hurray!!!!

    So glad we’re now partners AND friends, friend :)

    Gonna be a great new year, I can feel it!

  • Reply Ellie December 28, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    What a great list Cait – thanks so much for curating this collection for us!! A few of these have me pausing and reflecting…love it when that happens!! T-minus 4 days until I can start using my planner, woohoooo!

  • Reply Tawcan December 28, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Need to catch up on my readings before 2015 ends. :)

  • Reply Robyn December 29, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Great list, I really enjoyed browsing some of these and have subscribed to David Cain’s site. That particular article was very pertinent for me at the moment as I feel like I’m going around in circles. As always a worthwhile read from you – thanks!

  • Reply Thaís December 29, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Great list! I read a few and am looking forward to read the rest of it. They made me pause to think, gave me insights on things I hadn’t thought before and also put me in a good mood. Thanks for that, thanks for putting a smile on my face. :)

  • Reply Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor December 29, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Great list! You must be the widest blog reader around so I value your choice of favorites a lot. I also really enjoyed the Elizabeth Gilbert and Joshua Becker pieces. Looking forward to checking out some of these others.

  • Reply Lisa December 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the list! I can’t wait to read through these links :-)

  • Reply Natalie December 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for this post. I thoroughly enjoyed these articles. There were gems for me throughout. Please do more of these! Your blog was my favourite blog discovery of the year. I appreciate that your blog posts never read the same way as the ones previously. As a Canadian, I have to say how nice it is to have discovered such an insightful, young Canadian blogger. Cheers!

  • Reply Steve Miller December 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Allstar list of blogs for 2015, nicely done. Wishing you well for 2016.

  • Reply Emma Lincoln December 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    So flattered to be listed, and so inspired after reading the rest of your selections :) Happy New Year Cait!

  • Reply Audrey Wanders January 3, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I’m so grateful for this list! I just recently joined the blogging community to write about my own debt destruction (among other changes) of approximately $38,000. It’s great to find good posts to keep me inspired and new blogs to follow. Thanks, Cait!

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