Weekend Toast 6/21: Summer Solstice Edition

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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.

What is a summer solstice? It is the longest day of the year for those living in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the official first day of summer. This year it officially falls on June 20th (sometimes it can be on the 21st or 22nd).

The solstice garners celebrations around the world. Check out this link for more on that.

Here, I’m going to celebrate with another round of great blog articles. 🙂

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

This week: pandemic positives, social media, and joy, 52-week money challenge, investment opportunities and ETF comparison, losing your job, Stonehenge live stream, where you’re allowed to travel.

Cheers! (and stay safe everyone)

Life

There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from this pandemic. While there is a lot of adjusting that we’ve had to do, there are also some good things that have come from it. My Life, I Guess shares her story of how her life has changed for the better during this time. Check it out and see if it triggers you to think of the positives that have resulted in your life. How My Life Has Changed For the Better During the Pandemic

As many of us are stuck working from home, or not traveling, or just bored out of our minds because many of our recreational activities are unavailable to us, we have been spending more time online. We use social media to stay connected to friends, family, read news, read gossip, and just pass the time. Saving Joyfully looks into whether all that time online is stealing our joy in her post Can Social Media Steal Your Joy? As most of you can guess, the answer is “yes”, but check out her post and see how and why this happens.

Finance

Saving money can be hard, tricky, and sometimes just annoying. But, we all need to save for that rainy day, that emergency, that possible pandemic or quarantine (because we know this will happen again at some point). However, there is a simple way to get started and get in that mindset. InvestedWallet suggests you think of the 52-week challenge in his post The 52-Week Money Challenge: What Is It And Should You Try It? Its stupid simple to do, and if you make enough, I’d encourage you to start higher!

Given the yo-yo pattern of the stock market, it can be hard to figure out where to put your investments. YourMoneyGeek has the perfect post to help you sort it out: How to Find the Best Investment Opportunities in 2020 and Beyond. Kind of along the same lines, How to FIRE has a post comparing two ETFs (exchange-traded funds), which are a great option for investing. They compare and contrast a VT fund and VTI. Check it out so that you can see what is included, what’s not, and if an ETF, in general, is something that would interest you! VT vs VTI: Which Is Right For You?

Career

Many people have lost jobs, been furloughed, or are taking pay cuts during this time (yup, I’m taking a pay cut!). As a result, I know many in healthcare and outside of it, who are on the job hunt looking for alternative options. There are some things to do and steps to take if you’re in this in-between position. Keeping up with the Bulls has a post detailing all of it in WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB.

Travel

Since this is at an all-time low, many of the world’s cool events are being streamed online. The next one to catch? The Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebration. Check it out! Stonehenge will live stream its summer solstice celebration for the first time ever.

For those who are brave enough to venture out and start traveling this summer, this link by Travel and Leisure has a map showing where you can and can’t go at this time. This Map Will Show Where You Can and Can’t Travel Due to Coronavirus (Video). No matter what, remember to travel safely and be prepared for any kind of emergency (see more on that in the ultimate travel checklist)

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