After a month of hemming and hawing, I’ve finally made a decision about where to travel next. After a brief stop to see Adam Baker in Indianapolis, I’ll spend most of August wandering around England. I have just a handful of goals:
- I want to return to Avebury for a longer visit. I saw this stone circle for twenty minutes with Kris’s family in 2007, and it wasn’t enough. Instead we spent our time at Stonehenge, which was a disappointment. This time, I want to walk the entire monument at Avebury.
- I want to see an Everton FC soccer match. The Portland Timbers are my home team, of course, but I’ve been following Everton for almost a decade now.
- I want to walk Hadrian’s Wall from the west coast of England to the east. I’ve dreamed of this for years, and had always hoped to go with a friend. Schedules never seem to mesh, though, so I’m going to do it alone.
Because I’m traveling solo, I’ll experiment with methods I haven’t been able to try before. Like staying in hostels! And couchsurfing! And maybe even meeting up with some GRS readers. (If you’re in the UK and want to connect in August, let me know.)
Enough about travel. Let’s look at some personal-finance stories from other corners of the web. For some reason, all of the things I’m linking to this week involve the number seven. Go figure.
Yesterday at Brain Pickings — my new favorite blog — Maria Popova shared seven essential books on optimism. “Every once in a while, we all get burned out. Sometimes, charred,” writes Popova. “And while a healthy dose of cynicism and skepticism may help us get by, it’s in those times that we need nothing more than to embrace life’s promise of positivity with open arms.” I’m usually a relentless optimist, but even I get frayed around the edges from time to time. When that happens, books like these help me get back on track.
Next, The Washington Post recently published an article outlining seven life lessons from the very wealthy. Some of these are obvious, and we’ve covered most of them at Get Rich Slowly before. But it’s always good to remind yourself of the things others have learned on the road to wealth. (Lesson #6 seems especially apt for me lately: “You must live in the here and now.” I’ve not been present in the moment lately, and that’s problematic.)
Over at Consumerism Commentary, Flexo wrote about seven ways to save money while in college. It’s a good list, but in his intro he glosses over the number way to save money on school: Do what you can to keep tuition costs low. For some, that means finding scholarships. For others, that means attending a college where costs are low. As always, saving on the big costs makes a greater impact on your bottom line than saving on the small stuff.
Lastly, I recently met Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen, the amazing women behind Mondo Beyondo, an online course designed to help people identify and pursue their dreams. The next Mondo Beyondo six-week course begins today and includes interviews with seven men (and one woman), including Chris Guillebeau, Leo Babauta, Maggie Mason — and me! If you have big goals you want to achieve, check out Mondo Beyondo.
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