Weekly Roundup: “Happy Birthday to Me!” Edition

by Shawanda Greene

Birthday CandlesSooooo, I celebrated my 30th birthday this week. And by “this week ,” I mean last week, because, well, my birthday was Thursday, August 18th. The day was pretty uneventful.

Consistent with years past, I worked – all day. As a little birthday gift to myself, I skipped the gym, arrived home earlier than 7:00 in the evening, and cooked up a delicious meal of catfish, collard greens, and yellow rice. The night was concluded with Brokeback Mountain, a movie I’ve wanted to watch for years.

All in all, my birthday wasn’t so bad. Thank God for another beautiful year of life.

Now that I’m 30 years old, I’ve been thinking more about changing my investment strategy. I’m in the process of reading The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing in hopes of better understanding investment vehicles such as ETFs (exchange traded funds), bond funds, dividend paying stocks and REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts).

My portfolio isn’t adequately diversified (I’m almost 100% in equities), so I’d like to work on that. I’ll let you know how things go once I’ve nailed down a new strategy.

For now, I’m going to celebrate the rest of my birthday weekend with my guy. Try to enjoy the rest of yours. The weekend, that is. I’m not sure if your birthday is on or around August 18th.

Interesting Readings for the Week Ending August 20, 2011 

Thinking Outside the Box : Debt Ceiling Edition by William Radford at WorldWide.net

How Long Does It Take To Become A Millionaire? by Sam at Financial Samurai

Why It’s Okay to Go Cash Flow Negative by The Financial Blogger

A Business Exists to Create Profit, Not Jobs by Kevin McKee at Thousandaire

The Inexpensive $70 Light Bulb by Travis at Our Journey to Zero

Free Giveaways by Tony Chou at Investorz’ Blog

Dreyer’s Smoothies and Shakes: Review and Giveaway by Penny Saver at The Saved Quarter

Giveaway: Fill the Backpack by Kelly Whalen at The Centsible Life

Squirrelers August Giveaway – $75 in Amazon Gift Cards by Squirrelers

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Investorz' Blog August 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Thanks for the mention!


Sam August 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Happy 30th! That's a big one! You will find that time ACCELERATES now… so make the most of it!

Best, Sam


Shawanda August 23, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Thanks! After the post you wrote about Finding Love Gets Harder as We Grow Older, I'd better hold on to the one I have now. It's all downhill from here. I'm kidding. Whatever "it" is, it is just getting started. :)


Tushar August 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Happy Birthday!


Shawanda August 23, 2011 at 7:21 AM



@DebtChronicles August 22, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Happy bit 3-0! 30's aren't so bad… :)

Thanks for the mention!


Shawanda August 23, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Thanks! And, you're welcome.

So far, 30 isn't bad at all. My legs look great, and I'm in the best shape of my life.


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