linklings, labor day in Florida edition

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My family moved to Florida for the weather. There were other factors, but really, at the end of the day, we wanted to live somewhere warm.  We didn’t get that mental impact until now – when it’s cooling off elsewhere and still summer weather here.  So far, so good… except I still spend too much time indoors in a corporate high-rise.

After our recent attempt to purchase a home fell through, since we couldn’t get on the same page with the sellers, we’ve started looking at houses again. We found two we thought were fantastic, but for different reasons.  One is perfect – total interior remodel, a huge screened in patio which can be closed off and climate controlled, a fenced-in backyard and a nice community less than a mile from the coast, but a bit further away from town.  The second is in a nicer neighborhood, with a huge screened pool and so close to the ocean you can hears waves from beyond the tree – but the house is a mess.  Dog pee stains the carpets and almost every fixture is dirty and dated.

The difference? The second house, in a nice neighborhood, costs so little we could almost pay cash for it (it’s a foreclosure and the bank wants to dump it unrenovated).  The first house is a bit further from town and move-in ready and much more expensive (but compared to New Jersey almost laughably inexpensive).  So we have a big “house-style” decision to make if we want to move on either one.

A few links I liked this past week…

Are You Really a Permanent Employee?:  A post I thoroughly agree with by Kevin from No Debt Plan, guest blogging at Cash Money Life.  He talks about why most people seek “safe employment” as a “permanent employee,” but concludes that – while it not may be for everyone – non-permanent employment (contract work) might be a better idea.

The Truth About Star Wars and the Matrix:  I couldn’t agree more.  What Phantom Menace?

Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head:  I don’t agree with everything Leo says in this article but it’s a subject I think about a lot.  We’re starting our kids out at a Waldorf preschool before they head off to public schools.  My hope is that Waldorf education will be closer to my ideals about education:  namely, education as an exposure to knowledge and a student’s ability to choose his or her own direction.

Proofread Your Resume:  Almost goes without saying, but I have so often read resumes where people list there acheivments that its amazing.. [wait, do I need to proofreed that sentence?]

Stop Allowing Fear To Guide Financial Decisions:  It always circles back to the scarcity mindset versus the abundance mindset – proactivity versus passivity, goals versus fears, which leads us to…

Your Financial Success Depends on the Clarity of Your Goals:  “I want to be rich” is not a goal. “I want to own a business” is not a goal.  Get specific, because the broader the goal, the more time you’ll waste casting around trying to reach it.

A few more links:

I also starting reading Aliventures, and really liked this post: Reframing Work #1: Ditching Drudgery and the Conventional View of “Work”.  You can download an e-book on the same subject from Aliventures here (opens a PDF).

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