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Sunshine Blogger Award

First off I’d like to say a great, big “thank you!” to FI Big Sky and Slowly Sipping Coffee for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Mr. and Mrs. FI are a married couple living under the Big Sky and working in finance, while on their journey to financial independence. Mr. and Mrs. SSC are geologists in H-town, have children, and are also on their journey to financial independence. I enjoy both of their blogs and would definitely suggest you check them out. Now onto the questions!

  1. What dish would you choose for your last meal? This is a tough one since I love ALL food! I’m a huge fan of anything from burgers and pizza to a nice filet or fancy Italian. But if I had to pick my last meal, I think it would have to be Chicken Parmigiana. Hopefully that chicken breast is pounded to a pulp, add some angel hair spaghetti and extra sauce and voilà. Pair that with a nice bottle of red and follow it with some ice cream from a local dairy farm, and OH BABY!
  2. How many screens (TV/phone/tablets/etc) do you own – what are they and do you use them regularly? I have an iPhone 6 (work paid for), iPad that I bought myself years ago for passing the CPA exam (I rarely use it and should probably give it away to a good cause or sell it), laptop (work paid for), and a TV in my bedroom and living room. I don’t watch as much TV as I used to but I love watching some Seinfeld or HGTV right before going to bed. I also watch some SportsCenter or CNBC while eating my cereal in the morning.
  3. Do you have pets, want pets or are pets not your thing? No pets! I love pets, as long as they are other people’s. I had dogs and a cat growing up and loved them, but now I travel a lot and can be at work for over 12 hours some days and it wouldn’t be fair to the pets. And I sure as hell ain’t paying for doggy daycare.
  4. What kind of climate do you prefer to live in? I love spring and fall. My favorite temperature range is 50 to 75 degrees. I grew up and still live in the northeast which blesses me with four great seasons. I’m just not a big fan of the temperature extremes, hot or cold.
  5. Do you have something you can’t live without – what is it and why? This one is embarrassing, but I’ll be honest and say it’s my laptop. I would have said iPhone, but I do so much more on my laptop. I work, track finances, write for my blog, read blogs, reddit, plan travel, buy things off Amazon, look at Zillow, etc. It’s just crazy to think about how much information is at our finger tips, and I try to take advantage of it to widen my knowledge base.
  6. What’s your idea of a great date night? Sorry lady readers but Mr. FF is in a relationship 🙂 We like to mix it up and rarely do the same thing. She lives in a lower cost of living area so we tend to get sushi once every time I visit. We also like to cook (refer back #1), go on walks, get froyo or ice cream, go to the beach, and whatever strikes our fancy that day. I’d be lying if I said a couple brewskis weren’t consumed in those activities.
  7. What did you want to be when you grew up? A stockbroker. In 5th grade we participated in a stock market project and visited the NYSE on a field trip. The following year, my 6th grade teacher told us a story of his friend who lived in Manhattan, would get picked up every morning in a limousine and get driven down to his highfalutin job on Wall Street. From those two experiences I was mesmerized by anything involving the stock market.
  8. What is your favorite superhero and why? If you don’t have one, why not? I never got into comics or Marvel characters, so I’d say Superman for sure. Growing up Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was on all the time and I loved Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher.
  9. Who is your favorite author? Right now Michael Lewis hands down. I’d have to recommend Liar’s Poker, The Big Short, and Flash Boys.
  10. What person has had the biggest influence on your life? I don’t think I could point to one person being the biggest influence on my life, but it has been a collection of people that I have had the experience of knowing personally, and also reading about. I try to take other people’s experiences and pick the path and traits that I know would fit me best. This includes being influenced by relatives, friends, other bloggers, and celebrities such as Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban, etc.
  11. What’s your favorite comfort food when it’s a chill night at the house? Refer to #1 above 🙂

Rules: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you
  • Nominate some other bloggers for this award
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated

Nominees:

Action Economics
Adam Chudy
The Lifestyle Accountant

Questions for nominees:

  1. If you had to have a traditional 9-5 job for the rest of your life, what would you choose do?
  2. Index funds, real estate, dividend growth stocks, or something else?
  3. Favorite beer?
  4. If you have a significant other, how important is their view on your financial independence goals to you?
  5. If you were to move abroad, what country would it be to and why?

Thanks everyone, looking forward to your responses!

Liebster Award

First off I’d like to thank Nick at The Money Mine and The Finance things in Life for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Nick is a Texan trying to find new sources of income and reach FI by age 40. The Finance things in Life is a dividend investing Swede trying to build up his portfolio to $1m by age 40. Make sure to check out their sites.

The Liebster Award is passed on from blog to blog to help the personal finance community network and discover new and upcoming blogs, while learning more about its bloggers in the process.

The rules are simple and as follows:

  1. You are to share 11 facts about yourself so readers can get to know you better;
  2. Mention has to be made to the person that nominated you;
  3. Answer the 5-11 questions that were asked by the person that nominated you;
  4. Nominate another couple bloggers to receive the Liebster Award and ask them 5-11 questions;
  5. Let your nominees know either by leaving a comment on their blog, sending them an email, calling them out on social media, etc.

First I need to share 11 facts about myself:

  1. I workout approximately four times a week. My workout revolves around the main powerlifting movements: squat, bench, and deadlift. I’ve been doing it consistently for over a year now and I’m hooked. When I’m not reading personal finance blogs in my spare time, I’m watching my favorite Youtube fitness channels.
  2. Because of #1, I eat a TON. Huge chicken parm heros, Chipotle burritos, and basically anything edible don’t stand a chance.
  3. I am a CPA.
  4. I have a thirst for knowledge. I spend more time than I’d like to admit researching anything and everything online. Probably why I considered becoming a professor.
  5. I have won the lottery. Don’t get too exited, it was a secondary prize and was only for $1,000. But hey, it still felt awesome!
  6. My favorite author right now is Michael Lewis. I’ve only read Liar’s Poker and Flash Boys so far. I can’t wait to finish his other books.
  7. My favorite podcast right now is Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz. He has great interviews once a week with many financial experts, entrepreneurs, and writers.
  8. I am becoming a more avid traveler. I haven’t been too far from the US but have been to Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, and various Caribbean islands.
  9. I do not own a car. Living in NYC makes this quite easy to accomplish.
  10. I’m fairly handy and know my way around various trades such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, and chainsawing.
  11. I want to buy a run-down foreclosure at some point and fix it up myself, and either rent it out or live in it.

My answers to The Money Mine‘s questions:

  1. What’s the best/worst financial decision you’ve ever taken? Years ago I put too many of my investing eggs in one basket by investing in a company that ended up going bankrupt. I was investing using my heart, and will never forget that lesson.
  2. What is one thing you are really good at? Bowling – I only bowl about once a year now but can regularly break 200.
  3. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would that be and what would you talk about? Mark Cuban – I think his intelligence, hustle, and business savy are unmatched and I would pick his brain about everything from sports to entrepreneurship to investing.
  4. What is the achievement you are the most proud of? Graduating college in three years.
  5. What is your most important failure and what did you learn from it? See #1 above
  6. You win the lottery and your financial independence is guaranteed for the rest of your life: what do you do with this fortune? I already won the lottery (haha)! Unfortunately it did not give me financial independence. I would sock this money away in some Vanguard index funds and quit my corporate gig. I would be able to live off the dividends, and use what ever was extra to give away to causes I felt close to.
  7. What is your favorite post that you’ve ever written (with link)? Dream Job
  8. What are some of the topics you would like to write about in the near future? The possibility of stepping away from a stable career with a decent salary to pursue something more entrepreneurial and that I’m passionate about.

My answers to The Finance things in Life‘s questions:

  1. What’s the long term goal with your blog? To keep on keepin’ on. I want to continue to learn about careers, personal finance, life, and spreading what I learn to others.
  2. What is one thing you’re really good at? See #2 above
  3. What is one thing that you really dislike? Celery. I’ll eat just about anything but I cannot stand that vile weed!
  4. If there is a heaven and god himself greeted you at the pearly gates, what would you ask him? Can you really beat the market?
  5. What is the best prank you’ve done or experienced? I’m not much of a prankster.
  6. If money and time wasn’t an issue, where would you spend New Years Eve 2020? Hawaii. I’ve never been but it is definitely on the bucket list! I love the warm weather and ocean.
  7. If money wasn’t a problem, what would you spend your time doing? Helping people willing to listen and learn about personal finance. Spending time with my family. And doing what ever struck my fancy that day.
  8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Buy and hold.

Now I have the pleasure of nominating TheHappyFrugaler and Our Next Life for the Liebster award. TheHappyFrugaler is a husband and wife who used to be a consumers in Vancouver, but are now a frugalers. Our Next Life is a couple from the western US who are planning to become financially independent by December 2017! I’ve enjoyed both of their content greatly so far.

I’ll be easy on you guys and only give you five questions to answer:

  1. What is your favorite book (finance related or not)?
  2. Favorite country you have traveled to?
  3. If money was not an object, but you still had to work a 9 to 5, what career would you choose?
  4. What is one expense that Mr. MM has probably cut out, but you will never be able to?
  5. Real estate or dividend producing stocks or index funds?