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The new year is almost here — and that means it's time to set those absolutely unbreakable resolutions.
Whether you are making specific resolutions — such as going to the gym a few times a week — or more nebulous ones such as being "more grateful" in 2016, it's important not to lose sight of the main goal: Living your best damn life.
Luckily, there have been numerous books published on the subject. Here are 14 not-entirely-serious tomes that'll teach you everything from being more frugal and calm to learning practical life skills — or, at least, give you a good laugh in the process.
Happy New Year, y'all!Books for living your best life
Writer, producer and television genius Shonda Rhimes' new book Year of Yes will help you become the star of your own show. It might as well be called "how to live your best damn life."
Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book revisits the wisdom from the classic Little Golden Book children's series. You know, from when we were kids and things were simple and we were happy and living our best damn lives.
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Netflix and chill? Not today! There's no time to cook for more than one when you're out there living your best damn life.
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Nancy Drew has been around since the 1930s and, as expected, has acquired quite a bit of wisdom over the years. Nancy Drew's Guide to Life is filled with tips, tricks and advice from the Nancy Drew series, all to solve life's biggest mystery: How to live your best damn life!
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Turns out Winnie the Pooh isn't just a stuffed bear -- he's also a Tao master. The Tao of Pooh uses A.A. Milne's classic character to explore concepts of principles of Taoism. So channel your inner Winnie the Pooh, find your chill and live your best damn life!
Repeat after me: We don't have time for the patriarchy this year. (Or really ever.)
Rather than focus on "girly" subjects, The Daring Book for Girls will teach girls everything they need to know in life, ranging from karate skills to how to change a tire. You know, the basics of living your best damn life.
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Adulting reveals the secrets to essential adulthood skills that everyone seems to know yet nobody talks about. Look, Ma! I'm all grown up and living my best damn life!
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No money? No problem. Live Like a Millionaire proves that even with an empty wallet, you can still live your best damn life!
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook will give you the skills to handle whatever life throws at you, whether that be defusing a bomb or delivering a baby in the back of a cab. It's going to take a whole lot more than being suddenly buried in an avalanche to prevent you from living your best damn life.
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Just because you aren't a playboy super sleuth doesn't mean you can't live like one. How to Archer will teach you how to live like a world class spy. Which really is the best damn life imaginable.
Having a workout buddy is a helpful way to keep you accountable to your resolution to exercise more. How to Exercise Your Human teaches you how your best buddy -- your kitty -- can help you stay healthy and live your best damn life.
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Whether you want to learn how to tie a tie or write a love letter, How to Build a Fire will give you the practical skills with which to construct your best damn life.
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Level Up Your Life uses nerd culture to inspire you to be your own real life superhero. You special secret power? Invisibility. No, just kidding: Living your best damn life!
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Workin' It will transform you into a veritable superstar, RuPual-style! Shante, you stay and continue living your best damn life! Just whatever you do, don't f*ck it up.
How to Live Like a Millionaire without A Million
What is my secret? How can I enjoy such a magnificent lifestyle (two houses by the beach, international travel, house cleaner twice a week, massages…) without being a millionaire. How can we enjoy all this while savings aggressively for inevitable old age? I confess that I am frugal in ways most people aren’t. I work from a beautiful home office so I don’t use much gas (petrol in the UK) and we’ve never had a new car. I can’t see the point of buying a new car when you can get a great used car for a fraction of the cost. In fact, we have a Nissan Cube and a Honda Elysium, both used Japanese exports as they have left-hand drive in Japan like England for some reason. And, I can tell you, the cute little Cube turns heads as does the rather sleek Elysium! You don’t need a Lamborghini to get attention unless you need it to compensate for a lack of self-worth. Good luck with that plan.
I also tend to buy lovely, big homes that have potential and need some work so are purchased below market value. We bought our 6 bedroom Victorian summer home at auction for $70K in the dark recession. Our fabulous home in the UK now has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two offices, but when we bought it, it had only 3 bedrooms and two baths. We renovated the loft and built a garage with two offices over, developing the property into a good-sized family home. I know it sounds excessive, but with two kids, two home offices, and visitors staying for 6 weeks at a time from the US, we actually use all of our space. In the UK, it is cheaper to buy a house and develop it. In the US, it is usually cheaper to buy a house already the size you want and need so don’t take this as blanket advice. You need to know what the bargains are in your own area and they may be very specific to a particular time and place. For example, in Manitowoc where my mom lives, for a few years it was cheaper to buy a duplex home than a single family home. Hello, opportunity! In fact, you could buy a duplex and convert it back into a single family and still come out ahead. That window of opportunity lasted a few years before people cottoned on.
I buy most of our furniture at auctions and have done this both in the UK and the US. I’m still stunned that it is cheaper to buy an antique walnut dressing table (£22) at auction than it is to buy a new one made of MDF at Ikea. Another no brainer. Antique furniture is often better made, of solid wood, and more likely to retain or improve in value over time than new furniture. So naturally, I prefer antiques. And buying used furniture is also a green thing to do and the classiest form of recycling! Plus, you get the absolute adrenaline rush of buying at auction—infinitely more exciting than walking into a store and whipping out a credit card. I’ve moved and sold furniture many times and it is very hard to get anywhere near what you paid for new furniture. I remember buying a brand new sofa when I lived in the Catskills and sold it, with the tags still on, for one quarter of what I paid new. Ouch! Thankfully, my antiques sold at a profit so I came out ahead after the estate sale. (I moved to England when I married and sold nearly everything I owned). If you don’t like antiques, no worries, you can go to garage sales, moving sales and estate sales and pick up everything from vacuums to sofas at a fraction of the usual price.
I also don’t do the daily coffee thing, although my husband does.
I try to buy the kid’s clothes and toys at charity shops whenever possible (it is also the green thing to do!) and we gladly accept hand-me-downs from friends. They grow out of things so quickly it doesn’t make sense to “invest” in quality clothes at their age. My favorite store is TJ Maxx—designers at a discount.
We used to have a live-in au pairs when the kids were little. I used to think this was only something the rich could do, but we used Childcare International and the girls who were au pairs were here to learn English. We housed and fed them and paid them £70 a week for spending money for 30 hours of work, which was the contract required. A win-win for all concerned and much more affordable than most people think. You need a spare bedroom in your house and it helps to have a spare bathroom, but it isn’t required. We don’t send our kids to expensive private schools because we simply moved to a town where the local free schools are excellent.
I consider all this painless frugality as it enables us to live a really luxuriou s life without having to have ridiculous amounts of money. So if your own frugality plans are frustrating you like Done by Forty. then it is time for a major rethink. Why not invest in a bit of navel gazing (life coaching) to find your real passion in life and start enjoying life now? What is the point of slugging it out for 10 or worse yet, 30 or more years in a job you don’t like?
Waiting for a million or more while your life passes you by, sounds like misery to me. Why not live your ideal life now. Or at least in two years while you save up enough to quit the job you hate. Yes, you still need to save and invest for the future, but you can have fun in the process. You can have a really amazing life and, while not exactly frugal, it doesn’t have to cost as much as you think.
One of my coaching colleagues, Cheryl Richardson, shared how she hated cooking and she always dreamed of having a personal chef. She finally hired a local cooking service to make her organic and wholesome meals and deliver them once a week so she just had to pop them in the oven or microwave. She thought this was the ultimate indulgence, but discovered that she actually saved money! Instead of buying groceries and letting them rot, grabbing take out food on the run or eating in restaurants, she had healthy meals and no cooking. Better for her health and her wealth.
P.S. I’m considering running a phone class series on retiring early, living well (like a millionaire!) and living your ideal life now, which would include one of our state-of-the-art, computerized career assessment tests to help you find your passion in life. Please click here to express interest and let me know the topics you’d like me to include in the class as well as any challenges or problems you are currently facing. I’m thinking it would run about 6 weeks, with the option of adding on additional career assessment tests (at an extra cost) if you wanted or needed more info.
The apostolic fathers are those early church leaders who knew the apostles and who lived and wrote after the apostles had died. They include Clement, Papias, Polycarp, Ignatius, and the authors of the Epistle of Barnabas and Didache. The authors of 2 Clement, the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Diognetus are often included among them, also. In the last half of the 1st Century, Clement wrote his letter to the Corinthinas. The Didache was written c.60-100 A.D. The Letter of Barnabas was written between 70 and 130 A.D. And Papias, Polycarp and Ignatius wrote in the first decade of the 2nd Century, the decade following the death of the last living apostle, the apostle John (c. 100 A.D.).
Clement (30-100) knew the apostles Peter. Paul, and John. Papias (c.60-115) knew the apostle John and also a disciple of Jesus named Aristion. He also made an effort to seek out and inquire of those who heard the apostles Andrew, Peter, Philip, Thomas, James, John, Matthew, and other disciples of Jesus. Furthermore, he was a friend of Polycarp. Polycarp (69-155) was a disciple of the apostle John. And Ignatius (died c. 110) was also a disciple of the apostle John and knew Polycarp. He also knew other apostles.
To understand the importance of the apostolic fathers, it is important to understand who the apostles themselves were. The apostles were those whom Jesus appointed to be witnesses to his life, teaching, miracles, death, and most importantly his resurrection (cf Acts 1:21-22). They are also those whom he sent out with the authority to speak in his behalf. They are therefore the only ones with the authority to write or confirm writings claiming to speak in Christ's behalf, that is Scripture (cf Luke 10:16; John 14:25-26; 16:12-15; Matthew 28:18-20; etc.).
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Fight the fear. The dollar is weak. The housing market is in the tank. But to the millionaire mind, such meltdowns present classic opportunities. As scary as it may seem, you have to make the commitment to write a check to the mutual fund company, start up your 401K, or commit to buying a house, or another piece of real estate. Fear is the number one factor that keeps people from making money. Yet most millionaires invest 20% of their income annually. Overcome your fear and start making your money work for you.
Be headstrong. Millionaires are always researching and studying trends. There are lots of investment opportunities out there so keep your eyes and ears open, looking for the next long-term growth opportunity. The millionaire mind is looking for long-term returns, investments that will make money over time. Stocks, bonds, real estate and private investments can generate huge opportunities. Millionaires know where to put their money.
Don't play victim. There is nothing worse than claiming you can never have money because your parents weren't rich, or that your family has never been rich. So what? Eighty percent of millionaires did not inherit their fortunes. They were determined people with great ideas who acted on them. That could be you too.
Manage your lifestyle. You may want that house in the hills or that million dollar island, but most millionaires live below their means. Sixty six percent of them work 45- 55 hour weeks. Continuing to be thrifty and continuing to work leaves plenty of money to invest. There's a lot of temptation to spend money when you have money. Chances are that guy living in the million dollar home, driving the million dollar car is deeper in debt than you.
Maintain the millionaire mindset. It is surprisingly straightforward and yet so difficult to do for some. The following list gives a good outline for thinking like a millionaire.
Keep informed and keep at it. It is important to be aware of what is happening around you and what is impacting people other than just yourself. Understanding what worries and what motivates other people is a key to knowing what to invest in next. And be persistent; your belief that you will get to where you want to go is vital to hold on to. Good luck!
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