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I published a full-length video on my trip back to the States. I surprised my mom after 1.5 years of being in Japan. It’s a sweet video. Don’t forget to check out my latest YouTube Shorts and subscribe.
Sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be. For example, when it comes to earning extra money, we want to find an article with “100 ways to earn extra cash”, but in reality, sometimes the most basic options are the best. Action always beats spending hours learning about something. So if you or your kids want to earn extra cash, start by looking for people who need babysitters or go door-to-door in your neighborhood offering lawn-care services. Stick to the basics. It doesn’t have to be hard.
If you have teens, you probably have a problem with them stealing cellphone cables and other charging cables around your home. There is a product for that. Lock Socket keeps your cords where they belong. It’s also good if you have a habit of forgetting where you put them. It’s not for everyone, but those who need it will know. IYKYK.
Experiences, not things. Everyone in the minimalism world likes to say that, and for good reason. Have you applied this concept to gifts though? If you want to help friends and family with their minimalist lifestyle, or help them start one, give experiences. That could mean tickets to an amusement park, a cruise, or something on the less expensive side. Just think “experiences, not things” when it comes to gift giving.
When it comes to creating positive habits and breaking negative ones, there are a few must-reads out there. One of the most crucial books is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Atomic Habits is also one of the best, and I’ve recommended that before, but I’d suggest starting with The Power of Habit if you haven’t read either.
The most important thing you can teach your kids in regard to their savings and investments is “pay yourself first.” As a Christian, I’d say pay God first (tithe/first fruits) and then pay yourself, but the concept of “pay yourself first” is that you should always do your saving and investing first. You’ll find a way to pay your bills, eat, and buy things you need, but if you wait until the end of the month to save what’s left over, there won’t be any leftovers.
Want to find great restaurants when you travel? You can use Google Maps or Apple Maps, for sure, but there is a better option. Take it to Instagram. Search for hashtags of the city you’re in and not only will you find great restaurants, but you’ll be able to see great pictures. We think in images and when it comes to food, we want to see pictures. So next time you need to find a place to eat, try Instagram. Just search for the city you’re in and “food” in the hashtag (e.g. #ChicagoFood, #CharlestonFood, #LittleRockFood, etc.). This works globally.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
How could you shift your mindset from “I might as well…” to “every small detail matters”? Think about this in your eating, exercise, and finances. Break free from the toxic mindset where you eat one piece of pizza and say “I might as well have 4” or you overspend so you “might as well keep spending.” Every small detail really does matter.