Brands

These are brands I absolutely love and believe in, and if you use my referral links below, we’ll both get something – complete win-win.

Honey – Extension automatically searches for and applies coupons to your online orders

Glossier – 20% off your first order

STIL Classics – $10 towards your next purchase of $40 or more

YNAB – Get a free month if you subscribe to YNAB after your free 34-day trial

Pretty great, right?

Fall in Love with Finance

If you were to ask me what I like to do for a hobby I’d say, studying finance! One of my goals for twenty seventeen is to become more financially fluent through self-education and by surrounding myself with financial news, economic content, and budgeting tips. Since beginning, I’ve fallen more in love with finances and I’m quite excited to expand my knowledge as time goes on! Following are some resources I have found helpful.

Learn the basics of personal finance through self-education:

CNN Money Essentials

Dave Ramsey Baby Steps

Wells Fargo Financial Education

Khan Academy Finance and Capital Markets

Better Money Habits from Bank of America

Become financially fluent and surround yourself with financial content:

Budgeting program blogs: YNAB | EveryDollar | Mint | Mvelopes

Tax filing blogs: H&R Block | TurboTax | 1040.com | Tax Slayer

Publications: CNNMoney | Wall Street Journal | Forbes | Time Money |  Business Insider

All things finances: InvestopediaWise Bread | Daily Worth | Nerd Wallet | The Simple Dollar | Smart Dollar | Daily Finance | Bigger Pockets | LearnVest | Consumerism Commentary | I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Lifestyle publications (their career + finance content): Darling Magazine The Achiever | The EveryGirl Career and Finance | Apartment Therapy Money | Real Simple Money | Art of Manliness Money and Career

Inspiration: The Minimalists | How Millenials Can Overcome Their 6 Biggest Financial Challenges (The Art of Manliness) | The Best Financial Decisions to Make in Your 20s (Darling Magazine)

There are also a plethora of economic podcasts, books, and personal blogs on frugal, minimal living that are easy to find when you start looking.

Each above source has their own social media accounts but personally, I have found it helpful to follow most through my LinkedIn account so as to keep financial and economic content separate from my personal social media.

Be inspired.

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

The South

The South
BY EMMA LAZARUS

Night, and beneath star-blazoned summer skies
Behold the Spirit of the musky South,
A creole with still-burning, languid eyes,
Voluptuous limbs and incense-breathing mouth:
Swathed in spun gauze is she,
From fibres of her own anana tree.

Within these sumptuous woods she lies at ease,
By rich night-breezes, dewy cool, caressed:
’Twixt cypresses and slim palmetto trees,
Like to the golden oriole’s hanging nest,
Her airy hammock swings,
And through the dark her mocking-bird yet sings.

How beautiful she is! A tulip-wreath
Twines round her shadowy, free-floating hair:
Young, weary, passionate, and sad as death,
Dark visions haunt for her the vacant air,
While noiselessly she lies
With lithe, lax, folded hands and heavy eyes.

Full well knows she how wide and fair extend
Her groves bright flowered, her tangled everglades,
Majestic streams that indolently wend
Through lush savanna or dense forest shades,
Where the brown buzzard flies
To broad bayous ’neath hazy-golden skies.

Hers is the savage splendor of the swamp,
With pomp of scarlet and of purple bloom,
Where blow warm, furtive breezes faint and damp,
Strange insects whir, and stalking bitterns boom—
Where from stale waters dead
Oft looms the great jawed alligator’s head.

Her wealth, her beauty, and the blight on these,—
Of all she is aware: luxuriant woods,
Fresh, living, sunlit, in her dream she sees;
And ever midst those verdant solitudes
The soldier’s wooden cross,
O’ergrown by creeping tendrils and rank moss.

Was hers a dream of empire? was it sin?
And is it well that all was borne in vain?
She knows no more than one who slow doth win,
After fierce fever, conscious life again,
Too tired, too weak, too sad,
By the new light to be or stirred or glad.

From rich sea-islands fringing her green shore,
From broad plantations where swart freemen bend
Bronzed backs in willing labor, from her store
Of golden fruit, from stream, from town, ascend
Life-currents of pure health:
Her aims shall be subserved with boundless wealth.

Yet now how listless and how still she lies,
Like some half-savage, dusky Indian queen,
Rocked in her hammock ’neath her native skies,
With the pathetic, passive, broken mien
Of one who, sorely proved,
Great-souled, hath suffered much and much hath loved!

But look! along the wide-branched, dewy glade
Glimmers the dawn: the light palmetto trees
And cypresses reissue from the shade,
And she hath wakened. Through clear air she sees
The pledge, the brightening ray,
And leaps from dreams to hail the coming day.