Trending Thursday Two Point Oh.

Way back in the day (ok, more like two years ago), I used to publish a Trending Thursday post, which was a top five list of the most impactful articles I’d read within the past week or two. I think that reading is a huge part of being able to develop and I don’t want you all just reading my stuff because I’m only able to write from my perspective. So, this is where I would push those articles that help me grow as a young professional, be it personally, professionally, financially, or physically. Now, in addition to articles, I will be tossing up what inspires me to be more artistic, emotionally stable, or healthy. Sometimes it’ll be a link to a photographer’s blog and other times, it’ll be one to a new mixtape that I thought was impressive. And, even other times, it’ll be the name of a documentary I found to be pivotal in helping me develop an opinion. Each will come with a short (no more than five) sentence synopsis of what I took from the piece/site I’m sharing. So, here’s to Trending Thursday 2.0.

Start And End Your Work Day With These Principles in Mind
I’m always trying to pick up ideas on best practices in being productive from individuals who I see as successful in their own right. This piece gave me some sound advice and backed it up with quotes from a few thought leaders that will help mold my routine as I start this new fiscal year.

The Four Stages of Life
One of the toughest things to do in life is try to figure out someone else’s perspective. No matter how much time you spend in the field or in the books, you will never truly know how to read every person. What this article did help me do is realize, based upon general behaviors and background knowledge, what stage people are at in life, myself included.

Top 25 Cities Where You Can Live Large on Less Than $70k
Not saying I’m always looking for new job opportunities, because I’m not. But I am always looking for ways to make my money stretch. That might be in the form of a stock or in the form of a rental property. And, shoot, one day I will be looking for new job opportunities and I want to make sure I get the most bang for my buck. These cities will give it to you. And, if you move from a market with a higher cost of living, you could really be living high on the hog.

 

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