The Friday Five – Halfway Done!

Writing challenge

I believe I can fly!

Oct 10th – Oct 16th

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five. This is where I share what I consider the week’s top-five money related articles from around the web.  There are a lot of great personal finance websites publishing amazing content daily and I feel that I must share them with you.  I hope you enjoy my five favorite articles of the week.

If you haven’t, please read this week’s posts on How To Track Your Spending and on Living On Campus Cost More than Off Campus (Infographic).  Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Google+, and like Million Dollar Ninja on Facebook.

In no particular order here are The Friday Five

1.  Shannon Ryan at The Heavy Purse writes, Debunking 3 Popular Myths That Keep You in Debt.  I hear these myths all the time and unfortunately I was one to believe them as well.

2.  Grayson Bell at Sprout Wealth writes, Credit card Rewards are Nice, But Don’t Overdue It.  I should like this post just for the pun… get it?  “Overdue” The advice in it is also solid.  Good read.

3.  Pauline at The Savvy Scot writes, Life is How You Want to See It.  Good post about seeing the better you, dreaming, acting on your dreams, and focusing on your future.

4.  Tawcan writes, How Much is Your Entertainment Costing You?  Breaking down how much some people spend on their home entertainment.

5.  Catherine at Plunged in Debt writes, I Asked and Got a Raise!  A reminder that sometimes all you have to do is ask.

Please check out all these great articles. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Writing Challenge is Halfway Done!

For those of you who don’t know, I joined the Brian’s Oktoberfest Writing Challenge in which I’m committed to writing 500 words every day this month.

Guess what?  I’ve been writing 500 words every single day for 16 days straight!

At first I thought it would be difficult, but the more I do it the easier it feels. Every day I feel more and more comfortable writing and hopefully that will translate into better writing.

Writing every day is turning into a good habit to have because, as I mentioned before, it’s helping me feel more comfortable writing, but it is also helping me generate a lot of content.  I already have enough posts written until the end of the month and it is only the 16th!

I also have a guest post lined up and ready to go live next week.

Having many posts in my queue has also helped me relax.  I like to post on Mondays and Wednesdays and obviously have the Friday Five on Fridays, but I always used to wait to write my posts until the day before.  I know I don’t HAVE to post on those days because I do what I want, but I want to keep it consistent and not having something ready to post used to stress me out a bit on Sunday nights.

Now I just write my 500 words each day and that’s it.  I no longer need to come up with a thousand-word post, then read the whole thing to check for errors, and then have Kate read it to make sure I didn’t miss anything – all in one sitting.

I am definitely going to continue writing every day until the end of the month, and I will try to continue doing it after the challenge is complete.  The good thing is that it’s okay if I miss a day because I will have so much stuff written already that I could probably take a whole week off.

I want to thank Brian for not only challenging himself and others like me, but also for encouraging us to keep doing it.  He send us emails with words of encouragement and to remind us to keep on writing.  I really appreciate that.

How are you doing with your goals this month?

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  1. Kara says:

    Nice work on your challenge! I’ve thought about getting ahead on posts, but it hasn’t happened yet!
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  2. Congrats on getting this far with the writing challenge. Like anything, practice makes better and the more I write, the easier I definitely find it is to write. I just couldn’t commit to every single day since I knew my October would be crazy, but maybe I will embrace the challenge for November. Have a great weekend!!
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  3. I need to get on the writing challenge. I’ve been getting “stuck” A LOT lately- lack of discipline and habit I think.
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  4. Nice job on keeping up with the challenge! I think I might have missed one day, but so far, freelance work has kept me writing every day. I’m going to try and get ahead on my blog writing next week. Enjoy your weekend!
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  5. Sarah says:

    Wow – great job with the writing challenge!! I didn’t do it for Oct, but maybe I will try it in November 🙂 Thanks for sharing all those articles! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  6. Tawcan says:

    That’s a great writing challenge and great job on keeping up so far! Have a wonderful weekend!
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  7. Thanks for the mention, Aldo! I appreciate it! That’s fantastic that you’ve been able to write 500 words a day. I am impressed. It’s a great challenge Brian put together. Unfortunately I couldn’t join but I love seeing the success everyone is having! Have a great weekend!
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  8. Tennille says:

    I have pretty much been out of commission this month. The few pre-written posts I had have all been used, so I’m very off track. We have had a lot of sickness in our house and I had two teeth extracted last week. I was also participating in the writers challang, however with everything that happened this past couple of weeks that went off track as well. :o/

    But starting Monday I am hoping to get back on track, it’s a new week and a great time to “start over”! :o)
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