Thanksgiving is now behind us, and 2013 almost is as well. Time flies by for me these days. I seem to recall time itself passing by much slower when I was a child. Days took forever, and summer break seemed to last for years. It’s exactly because time seems to tick away faster and faster as I get older that I’m choosing to chase down financial independence with such gusto. I want to slow time down to a trickle.
You know, I really love this time of year. The air is cool (even here in Florida), the trees are shedding, football is in full swing and the holidays mean more time with family. It’s also a great time to reflect on what’s come to pass and what’s yet to be. I’m greatly looking forward to ending 2013 on a high note and starting off the new year in fantastic condition.
The weekend is here. Let’s enjoy our time and be thankful for all that we have. I’m going to be reviewing the month of November next week, and it was another great month, financially speaking. December is likely going to be even better, so let’s keep fighting for every inch of freedom!
Below, you’ll find a short list of articles I’ve recently read and enjoyed. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Seattle man who wore clothes with holes, clipped coupons leaves $188M to institutions
This is a really inspiring story of a man who lived his whole life extremely frugally, all the while saving and investing his way to almost 200 million dollars only to give it all away to local institutions in an amazing act of posthumous philanthropy. Although I can honestly say I wouldn’t live such an ascetic life if I had that kind of wealth in my pocket, I admire and respect his choice. A really amazing human being. I one day hope to be able to be in a position to be philanthropic as well, although I doubt I’ll ever acheive this level of giving.
Challenge – Do Not Overlook These Future Dividend Challenger Stars – Part 3
Chuck Carnevale published another finely detailed article on current value in the market. I appreciate Chuck’s astute eye for value and quality, as many of us value-based dividend growth investors have an insatiable appetite for the same.
Why Warren Buffett purchased Exxon Mobil stock?
Dividend Growth Investor highlights some of the reasons Buffett decided to initiate a fairly sizable position in Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) recently. I like the reasoning here, as I purchased stock in XOM before the news came out. Exxon’s scale is massive and they have a rich history of rewarding shareholders with rising dividends and share buybacks.
Financial Independence: Two Years Ago (November 27, 2011)
FI Fighter shares a letter he wrote to himself two years ago. This was meant to inspire him to reach for financial independence, and escape the rat race once and for all. It seems he’s done a great job living up to his words so far.
Passive Income Pursuit recently purchased shares in General Mills, Inc. (GIS). I think this is a fantastic company, and I’m hoping to one day add it to my own portfolio. I’m stalking this name continuously.
The 100% Off Black Friday Sale
MMM shares with us a completely different perspective from the traditional “retail therapy”. While I don’t subscribe to the notion of avoiding retail spending completely (I recently upgraded my wardrobe), and especially not when it comes to exchanging gifts, I do put in great effort to live as frugally as possible and limit extracurricular spending. Of course, I do also get a big thrill out of giving and sometimes people enjoy things I can’t build with my own hands. Great article here to keep things in perspective, however.
Do You Control Your Life?
James reminds us to not let fear control our lives. There’s forces out there clamoring to derail your future and all of your plans. Fear of these forces will not help you, simply because you cannot control them. Focus on what you can control and let fear slide away.
My Venture Fund Update: BitCoins, Outsourcing, and O&G
This is a really neat update from Financially Integrated on a venture capital fund he started himself to seek opportunities for outsized gains. Although it’s a small part of his wealth, it’s an interesting strategy with a higher risk/reward relationship than traditional dividend growth investing.
Compounding Income updates us on his performance for November, and things keep trucking along for him. He made some great purchases and had a handsome dividend total for the month.
We Can Travel Again!
Joe’s little RB40 Jr. is growing up, and now the family can actually travel again. He recently flew for the very first time – the little guy is getting big. As I mentioned at the top of the article – time sure does fly by.
Full Disclosure: Long XOM
Thanks for reading.
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