Although I bored after a few seasons of The Sopranos, the initial plot was awesome, wasn’t it? Here was a guy who was the head of one of the biggest crime operations in the United States, and he’s worried enough about the ducks that he sees a shrink.
A gangster show? That’s nothing new.
A gangster who can’t figure out why he can’t sleep?
It’s always when I hear about people that are too young to die (51 years old!), that I start thinking again about my own mortality. Not only do I have thoughts about “What have I done to help others?” but I also think financially. Do I have enough life insurance? Have I finished my estate plan? What would be a pain for Cheryl to handle if I weren’t around?
On that note, I’ve made a list:
– I have $1M term insurance that’ll last until I’m 73. I scored a great deal on the insurance and I’m glad I’m covered sufficiently. Cheryl won’t have to worry about paying off the house or retirement.
– My estate plan is finished, but my kids turned 18 yesterday (not sure how the hell they’re so old while I’m still young and beautiful). That means that I need to review all of the provisions that dole out money to my kids at ages later than 18. Also, guardianship issues now don’t matter, so I can eliminate those. It’s been over 10 years since I completed my estate, so it’s time to redo it.
– I handle the money in our house, so I’ve built a spreadsheet for Cheryl of all of the accounts, passwords and who to contact. Our weekly finance meeting keeps her on top of this, but it’s always good to cover my bases.
I think that’s it….let’s move on past the morbid stuff!
This week it’s another short-ish stack. While I read many more blogs this week, I forgot to note the ones I loved! I know! It’s time to shake the rust off, Joe! Now that I’m actively writing again I need to use my systems….
Speaking of “writing again,” man it’s great to be back actively writing. It’s so satisfying to put words on the screen.
At the top of the stack is our new podcast contributor, Paula Pant from Afford Anything. In Party Like Your a 72 Year Old Retiree she details the funny and compelling story of her parent’s retirement.
Speaking of retirement, another podcast contributor, Barbara Friedberg details ways to earn a few extra bucks during retirement in Four Part Time Jobs For Retirees.
Keeping the multi-media focus, I’m glad to see Buckinspire move into video. He has a great knack for editing and eye for the camera. Check it out in his review of a local trade and consumer expo called PLUSH.
Jason Hull is a guy I’ve had the pleasure of meeting twice now, and to say he’s outspoken is an understatement. That’s what I always wanted in a financial advisor: someone who was going to call it as they saw it and not pull punches. Should You Work During Vacation covers the same ground my new issue of Fast Company covers…but Jason’s piece was about 5 days earlier. Way to scoop the big boys, Jason!
Congratulations are in order for One Cent at a Time, a blog that reached 1 million page views this week! That’s an incredible achievement, and one that many bloggers would love to reach. It only took him 27 months. Check out Why Your Neighbor is Richer Than You to see why OCAAT completed that milestone so quickly.
New-to-me site Debt Free Diaries tackles comfort zones in Moving Beyond What’s Comfortable. I love the chart at the top. Great work, Kyle.
Miranda at Beyond Work Life Balance reviews a hot new book called Ditch, Dare, Do in her post Personal Branding and the Real You. Do you think about your brand? Who are you to the rest of the world?
Let’s round out this stack with Tonya at Budget and the Beach. This former Detroiter details some funny thoughts about returning to Michigan in Random Thoughts About “Coming Home.”
A Stack of Thank You Notes
Several people were nice enough to mention my blog on their sites:
Kim at Eyes on the Dollar included me in Eyes on the Dollar 20/20: Roundup #40.
Thanks to Glen at Monster Piggy Bank for mentioning me in his Top Personal Finance Articles #18 post.
Laurie at The Frugal Farmer included me in her Some Great Reads post.
Money For College Project mentioned me in his Weekly Roundup: Crazy Weather Edition post.
Those are a few of the great reads I had this week that I wanted to pass along. Have a wonderful weekend. New Stacking Benjamins podcast out Monday with Amanda Grossman! If you’ve subscribed to The Stacker (see link just below this line) you knew that already!