A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Bonus Quick Hits

After the holiday, I had more hits than could fit in one post. Actually I had more than I could fit in two posts, but I’ll get to the rest of them later. Here’s a round bonus hits.

  • Having the perfect plan to move forward is ideal, but the world we live in is neither perfect nor ideal. Waiting for a divine sign or an opportunity on a silver platter will just result in more and more waiting. Most of the time we just have to decide to move with the only plan we can see, and learn from it.
  • Sorry, that last one got a little out of control. Still, you should read all of those links.
  • Here’s an unintended consequence of the many hops that have been erected by the TSA to board a plane: More people driving on the roads instead of flying means more people dying in car accidents every year. Flying is statistically safer than driving, even with the vague threat of airborne terrorists, but the hassles and occasional hardship of airport security has been enough to keep me and my family out of the airport for all but the most essential of trips, choosing the family van instead. I guess we’re not alone.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen its Word of the Year. Omnishambles. Add it to your spellcheckers. Use it in a sentence every day. It’s a noun, meaning “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.” I’m using it as an direct replacement for clusterf#&%.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed twice this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up. Also, how is it that none of you took a guess yesterday? What the heck? 

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • It’s important to keep up intensity when you are trying to accomplish a big goal. The problem is that when our intensity starts to fade, it’s not immediately apparent. According to Joseph Sangl, it’s a lot like a ceiling fan. Sangl is a finance guy, so he’s talking about money management, but we can also keep it in mind when we set goals in any area of our life. Don’t let your switch turn off. Momentum will drain away quickly.
  • We used to have cats, but they’ve passed away, and we haven’t agreed on when we’ll be replacing them. It’s inevitable that we will, though. When we do, I’m going to look into building a cabinet like this one. I think it would fit nicely in the laundry room. I’m also hoping that my son will be old enough to handle cleaning duties.
  • It’s a game that I will never force my children to play. It’s unlikely that I will ever own a copy. It’s the horror that is Monopoly. But it wasn’t always Monopoly. At one time it was called the Landlord’s Game, and it was well loved. Take a look at some of the vintage images on this site that shows you what ‘Monopoly’ used to look like, and what the rules used to be.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

November 1, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Each person who comes to me for financial coaching knows that they need to make some changes. Part of my job is to identify what obstacles they’ve set up that keep them from changing, and teach them to overcome those obstacles as quickly as they can. Dave Ramsey’s team has identified a few of the really common hurdles that we set in our own way. What’s your biggest obstacle?
  • Why should we go above and beyond? Because it’s a privilege. Seth Godin on doing the extra work.
  • If you are serious about the shrinking of individual civil liberties you should look at this chart. On the other hand, if you’re primarily interested in reducing wasteful government spending, you should take a look at this chart. If you have any questions, or want to learn more, you should go here. We can argue over the minutia presented, but the overall message is correct, and it’s time this country made a change.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • Is it OK to settle a debt for less than the amount owed? It’s legal to do it, and thanks to the recent recession a large number of people have learned how to game the system. Usually payments are stopped, and the credit score is sacrificed, to gain some negotiating power with the lender. Still, even though it’s legal and happens frequently, is it ethical? Is it something that followers of Jesus should be doing? As a finance coach, and a Christian, I never advise anyone who comes to me to not pay on a debt if they can afford to pay and still keep themselves healthy, safe, and productive. Honor your agreements, but feed your family first.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned the TSA, but a couple of juxtaposing posts by author Christopher Elliott made me want to bring them up again. First, he suggests that there are five things you should never say to a TSA agent. Then, after a bit of backlash from that post, he suggests that there are five instances that you should stand up to the TSA. I think the main thing Elliott is trying to point out is that attitude makes a lot of difference when dealing with these situations. I agree with that. My recent trip to Nashville required me to fly, and I got the chance to experience the new nude image scan devices. No, I didn’t opt out. Yes, I did ask for a souvenir print of the image. No, the agents didn’t respond to my request.
  • A Florida Sheriff’s Deputy claims he could smell marijuana in a car traveling 35 mph and with the windows up. They should consider drafting him into the Justice League. What happened after he used his super sniffer was described as “going a little too far” by the Deputy’s supervisor, but it makes me glad I don’t live in Florida, and it’s the kind of thing that makes me worry about our future.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , | 1 Comment