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It’s that time of year again, where we all hibernate into our homes and bundle up in front of the fireplace. We eat more cookies than we can count, and we forget about all of our responsibilities for just a few days and focus most of our energy on family and relaxation.
That means it’s the perfect time to spend a few spare moments catching up on great content you haven’t had the chance to read or watch before now. So, let me help by sharing a list of 10 amazing blog posts or videos you need to binge over the next few weeks and as you head into the New Year.
“If a billionaire decided to put themselves on a financial diet and restrict their yearly spending to match the limits of the common man, they could live without running out of money for 32,155 years.”
Bridget from Money After Graduation doesn’t pull any punches in this receipt-filled look at how billionaires have advantages that most of us can’t even comprehend.
“My hope in sharing this is to let those lured into these schemes know that they are not alone, either. The best we can do is learn from it, move forward, and empower others to not fall into the same trap.”
This anonymous essay on The Financial Diet shows insight into how those MLM representatives that keep sliding into your DMs can harm people we used to know and love. Be careful not to let your friends fall prey to these companies that hook buyers through their insecurities.
“Wage theft is rampant within the industry, and in most places, these workers are already paid peanuts and treated with a lack of basic respect for the back-breaking labour they perform.”
Something we all do as a treat to ourselves isn’t always a good thing. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to live a life that is ethical, but by reading stories like this one, or this Maclean’s piece about holiday decorations, you can provide yourself with a little bit more insight into how to be a mindful consumer.
“The reality is that getting paid to be yourself means that you are always working, and therefore your work self, your Instagram self, festers into your actual self until the version that many thousands of people are supposedly paying attention to becomes much more important than the living, breathing body who built it.”
Oh, look. It’s your annual reminder to take a break from social media for more than just the “comparison is the thief of joy” argument. If you’re looking for authenticity, go out and find it with real people and real moments, rather than the short snippets you see online.
“Refuel your curiousness about the world and life. When you do the unusual thing regularly you to discover a ton of new and exciting things.”
It might be obvious and it might not be for everyone, but sometimes doing something small can tackle something even larger that has been holding you back.
“No matter how your holiday goes on the day itself, remember that you’ll return to your real home—the one you decided for and built yourself—when it’s over.”
Not everyone has a great time around the holiday season, and if that’s you — you’re so not alone. If you do have to go to a very difficult event with family or friends that aren’t very loving, here are some great tips that might help make the situation a lot less overwhelming.
“It’s important to understand that what really lies behind the meme is increasing economic, environmental, and social anxiety and the feeling that baby boomers are leaving younger generations to clean up their mess.”
If you’ve heard the jokes, you should read this piece — no matter what generation you are. Sometimes it’s easier to have tough conversations about generational gaps and fears when you have a meme. Deadass.
“There’s no rule, in apps or elsewhere, against engagement for engagement’s sake. Let the creature grow tall and fall upon us all.”
I honestly have become obsessed with TikTok and don’t even understand the app, but still managed to receive over 1,000 followers and over 400,000 views within one week. It’s a crazy, fun, and intense app that has taken Gen Z by storm.
“Such stances take courage. But by combining the business case and the moral one, leaders can make a more powerful argument for supporting black advancement.”
Shoutout to Dumpster Doggy for tweeting out this very well-written and eye-opening story about the lack of access to high-quality education and high-wage employment.
“Let’s discuss why money and fame can often change a YouTuber’s content and personality, and make them super unrelatable.”
The last one I’ll leave you with is a video that discusses how money and the influencer lifestyle can take people who started off modest careers as YouTubers and turn them into unrelatable content creators who were initially followed for their quirky relatability. Spoiler alert: this might only be interesting to you if you’re as obsessed with YouTube as I am.
Now that we’ve compiled a great list of reading, it’s time that I let you know I’ll be taking a break from my blog until January 7, 2020. Thank you so much for being a reader (whether you’re new this year, or have been following along for many years), I truly appreciate every click and comment that I receive here and on my social media channels. In tradition, I’ve created my third annual financial resolutions video in which I review my past goals to see if I hit them and talk about what my financial goals will be moving into the next year. So, to see if I’m a failure or to see what unachievable things I have planned next, enjoy!
Have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you in 2020!
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