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    Friday Ramblings-Learning New Skills

    I always make it a goal of learning something new each week…each day if I can. Last weekend, I decided to dedicate this year to attempting all sorts of new skills. Some might be out of my comfort zone but I’m going for it. One thing I did was sign up for the year long access to all the classes at Mother Earth News. They have ones on canning, gardening, and one I enjoyed this week was making your own soda. It’s not only cheaper but a whole lot better for you. It’s just $2.99 a month or as I did, you can opt up for the $35 a year…

  • Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early

    28 Day Money Challenge

    Do you need to rethink your finances? Need to make a budget and finally stick with it? Save for a rainy day? Set up a source for passive income? If any of the above apply to you then get ready for the 1st annual Budget Smart Girl Money Makeover challenge that runs from Feb 1st-28th. 28 days to rethink your money mindset. We’ll focus on why we often fail when it comes to budgets and sticking with them. How to make your money work for you. We’ll look resources to help you with your money. Ways to save money. Ways to make money. I’m still planning this challenge as I…

  • Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  working from home

    How Prepared Are You?

    If your computer crashed or a platform you sell on went out of business, are you prepared? If 2020 taught us anything it was that everything can change and change quickly. Have you given any thought to what would happen if the platform you sell your products on or the company that hosts your web site suddenly goes out of business, what you’ll do. Panic shouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind. My late father always told me to have a back up plan for everything in life. I’ve done my best to follow his advice but sometimes we get busy and sometimes we don’t see things coming…

  • FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  Friday Ramblings

    Friday Ramblings-The To Do List

    How is your werrk turned out? Mine sort of went in another direction when I realized I needed to rework my do list. I had to figure out what was a priority and what wasn’t. That’s another thing that’s sometimes hard when you work for yourself. I now have all my folders separated and named which should make next week a little easier. Remember that next month we’ll start our first challenge of the year here at BSG. It’s going to be a money mindset challenge. Sort of a shake things up in regards to the way we think about money and our relationship with it…stay tuned. And before I…

  • Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  working from home

    Let’s Get Organized

    Have lots of projects going on and not sure which one to tackle first? Have a to do list that’s getting out of control? Yesterday, I realized even though I’d spent the previous two weeks getting organized (or should I add the word thought in front of getting), I failed at the task. I hate to make the new year all about organization but as entrepreneurs and people who like to save money, it’s essential to do a check in once in a while. So, on a scale of one to ten (with one being bad shape), where would you say you are in being organized? Right now I think…

  • Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early

    Starting an Online Business in 2021?

    Working from home running your own business… Does it sound like just a dream or something you seriously want to put into action this year? Angela Wills has put together a new class that can help you get started and it’s called the Online Business Masterclass. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things you’ll learn- What kind of things can you offer for sale. How to decide what to sell. Getting a domain name, hosting and a website setup (simple start). Ways to build your audience / community so you have people to sell to. Easy ways to set up products for sale. Actions to take and habits…

  • Business Talk,  working from home

    Hold Yourself Accountable

    Last week we focused on staying motivated and finding an accountability partner. In today’s post, I’d like to tell you about something I’ve been doing to hold myself accountable. Yes, I’ve had accountability partners in the past. It’s my preferable way to go but sometimes it takes time finding one that’s a great match. I tried this alternative way last year, and so far, so good. At the beginning of each week, I take a sheet of paper and write down what I want to achieve in the next five days. I leave space between each one…I’ll tell you why in a minute. Fold the paper in half or thirds…

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    Friday Ramblings-The First One of 2021

    The First of my Friday Ramblings of 2021. How did your first full week of this new year turn out? Getting back into the swing of things was tough at the beginning on Monday and Tuesday, but I’m gradually working to my usual schedule. This week my focus was on tackling the first class I’ll be recording and uploading to my writing sites. (And yes, I did get This Writer’s Life switched over from WordPress.com to WordPress.org without any major issues!). Still lots I want to tweak with the site but at least it’s up and running. The classes will slowly be added there over the coming months. The first…

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