Happy Sunday, all. Last week, I was tagged for the Liebster award by Andrew over at livingrichcheaply.com. A big thanks to him for that. To answer the questions presented:
1) What would you do if you won a million dollars?
First, I’d figure out how much I’d owe in taxes. I believe it would be about $450,000. Then, I’d use about $450,000 to pay off all of my debts (Sigh). With the remaining $100,000 or so, I’d max out contributions to a 401(K) and health savings account, before considering other investments. This probably sounds boring.
2) What is must see TV for you?
Nothing is “must-see” for me. I watch the news and comedy sitcoms from time to time and enjoy both, but if not for my roommates, I’d almost certainly not have a TV.
3) If you could live in another country for a year, where would it be?
Brazil would be my first choice and India my second. The dynamism in these places and the rapid transition of masses of people into the first world is like nothing the planet has ever seen — outside of China and largely manufactured places like Dubai — and it would be great to both have a front-row seat to it and, to some extent, be a part of it.
4) If you could time travel, where…I mean when would you go?
I’d go back about ten years and tell the early-20s version of me to spend less, save more, and get smarter about personal finance.
5) Why did you start blogging?
I started a blog because I was sick of my financial position and really wanted to make a change, but knew I might give up unless someone held me accountable, and I wasn’t quite ready to subject my friends and family to looking at my spreadsheets once a month. That’s why I really appreciate the eyeballs and the comments.
6) What would you love to learn to do?
I’ve always been most envious of people who are good at singing. Few things can change the mood of a room faster than a great singer.
7) What is the best advice someone has given you
To put people first. Works in so many contexts
8) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to become better at time management
9) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, I think I went in between wanting to be a cowboy, a firefighter, and a ninja. By the time I got to high school, I wanted to be an economist.
10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years
See #9. It’s a long road.
11) What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is The Shop on Main St (Obchod Na Korze) http://amzn.to/12jCGk2. The personal interaction, the slow catharsis, the climactic scene — they’re all perfection.
And that’s that. As for new blogs I follow, neither are newer than me, but two new-ish blogs I enjoy reading are:
This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended these two in tandem, but it’s the first time that I’m realizing how well their stories complement each other.
Enjoy the balance of your weekends, everyone!