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Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Love London Real because of the depth of the conversation and the interesting questions that he asks.

I love to listen to inspirational youtube videos. The ones I like aren’t the ones that promise to make you the ‘world’s greatest’ or give you unattainable or grandiose, hyperbolic dreams of success.

The ones I like are the videos that contain processes that can lead you step by step to success through doing small regular actions.

I like to watch people who use words like productive, practice, regular, continual, growing, meaningful, contributory, valued, asset, creative, progress.

I like videos that talk about the aggregation of small gains.

That’s exactly what James Clear talks about.

Small daily habits that can literally change your life, and how to go about making them and putting them into place.

Love this guy for the science he puts into his work. Warning: lots of advertisements.

My husband and I decided to get into a really good savings habit.

One of the things we saved for was our wedding. We got married during COVID lockdowns, so we never had a party.

We saved $50 per week for several years, and we ended up with our party.

The aggregation of small gains meant that we had enough in our ‘party’ bank account to pay for gifts for our guests, as well as a wonderful lunch with trays of food for everyone to take home.

We are so blessed to have people like James Clear on our radar teaching us how to do well.

We’ve reduced our spending on the ‘party’ account now that the wedding is over to $50 per fortnight.

Now we’re saving $50 per fortnight for an amazing new flute for me (as well as all the other stuff like investments, property, etc).

Thanks for reading my blog! I love putting money into future good!

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Plenty of Honey in my Cupboard (Part 2 of 3)

How to get honey in the cupboard and things that are real honey instead of fake honey

  • Real honey: touch. Sit with your partner and massage his hands, feel happy about the physical touch time. Let your partner touch your back and your hands and spend time just talking and touching and hugging
  • Real honey: conversation. Spend time ringing and speaking to friends, past and present. Spend time speaking your heart and listening to them speak their heart. Listen.
  • Real honey: exercise. Spend time building your muscles, strength, balance, flexibility, and cardio ability.
  • Real honey: rest and sleep. You need to rest and sleep each night. Ask for vitality and calm productivity. At least one day per week should be at home pottering around and resting/cleaning etc.
  • Real honey: nature. Spending time outside in nature is physiologically good for us.
  • Real honey: creativity. Spending time doing creative stuff is real honey. This could include creative things which you can use to make money.
  • Real honey: mindfulness and inspiration. I like James Clear, Robin Sharma (the less egoic videos), Thich Nhaht Hanh, Brene Brown, Paula Pant, Andrew Hallam, Bill Gates and many more. I also like to meditate and be mindful.
  • Real honey: Kindness. When you do nice things for someone you feel good.
  • Real honey: virtue. Do things that are virtuous and you feel good. If in doubt, read an Old Fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott or Tell me if the Lovers are Losers by Cynthia Voigt.
  • Real honey: savings. Having savings in the bank is real good honey. I don’t feel right if I don’t increase my savings by a little each week (increased by around $33 this week to a total of nearly $46k).
  • Real honey: satisfying food. Yes this includes animal products for me, also vegetables, fruits, vinegar, fermented foods, and sweet forbidden carbs.
  • Real honey: supplements. I take lots of supplements, and they help me feel healthy and safe.
  • Real honey: learning and teaching. This is the best.
  • Real honey: charity. Give to charity. Volunteer. It feels damn good to build up the community that supports you. And pay your taxes. We all like the Doctors to be paid, the sewer to run, the curbs to be maintained, and the poor people to have income.
  • Real honey: confront your demons and learn about hard stuff. A book on my current to-read list: http://www.katemanne.net/down-girl.html
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Beyond Barefoot: Five Great Books About Investment and Money:

The Barefoot Investor By Scott Pape is a great book. So what’s next on the to-read list?

Quit Like A Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

What year are you going to retire? Is it the year you turn 31 like these two? This book covers Kirsty’s journey from living on 33c per day to being a millionaire—just like the title says, no gimmicks, luck or trust fund included.

Smell the roses

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Classon

Do you have the soul of a free man or a slave? Are you willing to do what it takes to start your purse to fattening? And what is the benefit of working hard and saving money anyway? These simple fables share timeless wisdom about investment and personal growth; they’re as relevant today as they were in ancient Babylon. Best $10 I ever spent.

See the big picture

Making Money Made Simple by Noel Whittaker

What should an Australian know to gather wealth? What are the principles of investing? Noel Whittaker has an AFSL and has been writing on money in Australia for longer than I’ve been alive. This guy knows his stuff; he’s credible and experienced. Check out his other titles for extra info. 

Get inspired

Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam

Another 30 year old millionaire. This guy was a teacher, who learned about compound interest and decided to put it to work. He paid of his entire student debt within two years of graduating and had investments equal to one million dollars soon after that. His simple, no-nonsense style is appealing and his life story is inspiring.

Re-invent yourself

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus

What are you going to do to make the world a better place? What mark are you going to leave? Muhammad Yunus has brought more people out of poverty than any individual I can think of except Bill Gates. He started Grameen bank which lends as little as 8c to people in desperate need. He started a social movement in Bangladesh that has spread all over the world. A very inspiring read, and he has many other titles which teach people how to build social business and how to combine capitalism and community to help society.

Support the system that supports you. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com