Weekend Toast 1/13

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The Weekend Toast series is a collection of recently published articles by other bloggers that I put together to share. Consider this your one stop shop for remaining up-to-date on being a badass.

So, grab your drink of choice, put your feet up and get ready to read!

This week: what it really costs to buy a home; avoid advice from the rich; negotiate your salary; part time work & retirement; mindful inspiration; soups to change your life; quick declutter checklist; must see travel hotels; travel gift ideas for every occasion.

Cheers!

Pictured: a hot toddy


Finance

Given that I’m currently on the search for a home to purchase, this article by The Wealthy Nickel is pretty helpful.  It breaks down the true cost of owning a home – outside of your mortgage – and how you need to take that into account so that you don’t unintentionally over spend! For anyone in the same boat, or considering this path, definitely check it out:  The True Cost of Homeownership Is Higher Than You Think.

This article by Debts to Riches gives some insightful advice about the rich.  All that advice you get to live like they live and do as they do and you’ll have what they have? Take it with a grain of salt.  There’s always more to the story.  Read more about it at Why I Don’t Take Advice From Rich People.

Career

If you’re looking for a new job or trying to figure out how to get paid more at the one you’re at, check out How to Negotiate Salary: 7 Salary Negotiation Tips by Seller at Heart.  The article lays out several ways you can approach the topic, your mindset and preparation, and alternatives if a pay increase isn’t possible.  Start off the new year with some new career goals!

In this discussion of work life balance, theres a lot of questions of what the optimal work week looks like.  One option is to work part time.  Women Who Money addresses part time work and the effects towards retirement. Some things to consider before cutting back.  I Love Part-Time Work But How Do I Plan For Retirement?

Life

The Mindful Mom gives us a few ways in which we can infuse mindfulness into our everyday routines.  Some of you have mentioned to me that being mindful is a resolution for you for this new year.  I think this article can help you get started! 10 Mindful Ways to Invite Inspiration into Your Day.

On these cool wintery nights I find myself craving soup for my meals.  A hot hearty bowl is sometimes the best thing.  Style by Emily Henderson has a post with 7 yummy recipes to get you started!  For anyone wanting to start the new year out healthier, this is a great way to do so also!  Happy cooking!  How soup changed my Life (and body)

Alright, how many people have got decluttering and downsizing on their new years to-do list? Or, how many of you have seen Marie Kondo on Netflix and have decided scan all your household items for joy? (Let me say, that show is kind of addicting).  Neat n Tiny has put together a simple checklist for getting started with your decluttering process.  You don’t need to throw everything away, but there are some things that don’t need to be taking up space in your home.  For all you hoarders and sentimental folks out there ( I say that lovingly), this is an easy way to get you started.  Good Luck! Quick n Easy Declutter Checklist.

Travel

This list by Travel Dudes highlights some amazing hotels around the world. Some of them seem like they may be out of most people’s price range, but maybe if you don’t stay there you can still stop by for drinks or a meal! If nothing else, I hope it gives you some travel inspiration for the coming year. Ten Hotels to Visit at Least Once Before you Die.

The holidays are over, however, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s day, are ALL around the corner.  I mean seriously, as I’ve gotten older time goes by faster.  So, to be prepared for that travel junkie in your life, here’s some cool travel savvy items you can purchase, listed by LifeJourney4TwoPerfect Travel Gifts for the Ones you Love.

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