Weekend Toast 10/21/18

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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: building up confidence, the negative impact of perfectionism, handling adversity, ways to go green, traveling budgets, and career advice on hiring help!

A few extra articles this week to make up for my absence 🙂



This first article is not by a blogger; it was posted by Forbes, but it defines the concept of self confidence and presents ways to build it up in yourself. Here’s a quote in the article: “Alex Malley, bestselling author of The Naked CEO shared with me, “The only way to build self-confidence is to take a risk and take action despite your fear of failure, messing up or embarrassment. If things work out, then you now know you can do more than you think. If things don’t work out, you now know that you can handle more than you think. Either way, you’re better off.”  Read the rest of the article at “Use it or Lose: the Science Behind Self-confidence.”

Everyone deals with adversity, either daily, or in a big, life changing way.  I went through my own major event last year when my mom got sick. The only thing you can do when something like this happens is to try and get through it, rise above it and move on.  Money with Purpose reminds us of some ways we can accomplish this in How are You Dealing with Adversity in Your Life?  Check it out and see if it resonates with you as well–and remember, if you’re going through something, you’re not alone.

I loved this next one about living life by your rules.  Just because you set out on one path doesn’t mean you can’t take a detour.  Sometimes those detours bring us back to a better place, to a happier one, and at the end of the day it doesn’t even matter.  What matters is we live by our own rules and give 100% to our OWN decisions.  It’s your race, live it by your rule. See what I’m raving about at My Race, My Rules by Everyday by the Lake.

Going green is a great way to not only give back to the environment, but can also add up in cost savings for you and your family.  MikedUpBlog gives several ways you can incorporate this practice into your life in How to Start Going Green – 13 Easy and Effective Ways! 


On a financial note, as we are on our way into fall and about to roll into winter, I’d like to share this article by Rockstar Finance about emergency funds.  In Money Match-Up: Do You Need a Large Cash Emergency Fund? our resident Rockstar discusses why a fund is necessary.  How big of a fund you want or need can vary and is determined by many factors.  However, its essential that you establish one.  Personally, I’d like to say that I do have a substantial one, because at the end of the day, you never know what can happen.  Life is unpredictable, and your emergency fund can go a long way towards ensuring that, whatever happens, you make it out the other end with your bank account relatively unscathed.


For all the business owners out there, including bloggers, building something yourself is hard work.   When you get to a point where you need help, it can be hard to not only accept this fact, but also difficult to figure out which exact next step to take.  Women Who Money helps us out with this in Is It Time to Hire Help for My Small Business?  In addition to discussing whether or not to hire, alternatives are also presented. Hopefully some of this advice is helpful to anyone at this stage in their business.

ThrivePhysician discusses the role of perfectionism in creating unhappiness in our lives. Her article is inspired by all the physician mental health issues that we are facing nowadays, however, I think this applies to many professionals.  Especially women. In her article 5 Ways Perfectionism Does Us Wrong, she describes how pursuing perfectionism can negatively affect us, and how its maybe time to stop chasing it altogether.  We are all beautifully flawed. Time to accept that. 🙂


We’ve all been there; on vacation with a friend who, for whatever reason, has a bigger travel budget than you.  While you love your friend, you love your bank account as well and cannot in good conscious hurt your account in an attempt to financially keep up with this friend.  The Flawed Consumer discusses this very dilemma in What to do when your friends have a huge travel budget (but you don’t).  Obviously open communication is key here to ensure you and your friend are on the same page.  In addition, various budget friendly travel tips are presented to help your budget, and hopefully still provide everyone with fun.



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