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Friday Faves: Investing, Getting Rich and College

Good morning Loves and Happy Friday.  It’s the weekend; time for some R&R, good sleep and more Netflix.  If those of you who haven’t filed your taxes yet – consider this your friendly reminder.

I personally love the weekends.  I’m not sure what it is about Friday night but my who attitude changes.  I sleep better, I smile more and my posture loosens up.  I am more relaxed and less uptight.  Oh just thinking about 5 o’clock is making me happy.

An added bonus of my weekend is that my sister is coming into town to visit.  She doesn’t come here very often so I’m excited to spend Saturday afternoon with her.  I will post pics next week.

Enjoy your day and enjoy the weekend.  Here are some great posts from our friends:

Club Thrifty – Obamacare: What Happens Next?

My Personal Finance Journey – Get Rich With Index Funds

Broke and Beautiful Life – My First Travel Hack: Flying to Europe for $25

Budget and the Beach – How Bad Do You Want It?

Red Debted Stepchild – Lemonade Stand Economics: Keeping the Next Generation Debt Free!

My Alternate Life – 5 Things I Wish I’d Done in College to Save Money

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Do your good looks help or hurt you?

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Good morning Loves.  Not so long ago I said pretty people have easier lives than others.  They may receive perks that others do not such as getting the job, getting a promotion and having people be generally nicer to them just because they are pretty.  I am not sure what it is about good looks but people just seem to be drawn to them.

I come from a family with a handful or two of pretty people.  To say our lives have been very different would be an understatement.  I have a pretty sister and for our entire lives I thought she had it easier than I did.  She could do no wrong even when she was at fault, she always landed fabulous jobs and people were always drawn to her just because she was pretty.  Upon further investigation I am not sure if all my previous statements are true.  Are your good looks helping or hurting your life?

Find a balance between love and success

It is said that we can’t have it all.  If you are good looking you may have an easier time with your career but you may be unlucky in love.  I  have a male cousin who all my friends think is really good looking.  He works out daily, he eats healthy and he has a great job in sports sales.  But he hasn’t been so lucky in the love department.

That’s the thing about pretty people, sometimes good looks can be both a gift and a curse.  My cousin has had a stream of pretty women coming in and out of his life that include NBA cheerleaders and Hawaiian tropic models.  That may have been OK in his 20s but now that he’s in his mid 30s he really wants to settle down.

A killer smile can get you the raise, but it won’t get you the girl

On paper my cousin is a really great catch.  He owns his home,  he makes a good salary and he drives a nice car.  So why don’t women like him?  Because he’s too good looking? Yes maybe that’s it.  My cousin is so good looking that he’s unapproachable.

I would personally never approach a man in a suit with perfect hair because I would automatically think he’s a douche bag.  Maybe that stereotype comes from my days working in finance, but guys with the perfect clothes and killer smiles are usually not my type.  My boyfriend is good looking, but at 33 years old he still wears jeans and converse sneakers on the weekend.  That’s what I want – a man who is real, a man who doesn’t think he’s above anyone else but who knows he self worth.  That’s sexy to me.

Being good looking is the perfect quality for people in sales because clients trust people who are good looking.  I am not sure why but good looks are an asset when dealing with the public.  As a woman a pair of high heels and a pencil skirt can go a long way.  Think about the last time you bought something, was the sales person really good looking?  Pretty people may seem like they have the perfect lives, but are they truly happy?

If you had to choose would you rather be average looking and in love or successful and alone?

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Are we always looking for something better?

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Good morning Loves.  I want to know how many of us are looking for something better in our lives.  Whether it’s your home, your job, your spouse or your lifestyle, I think we are always looking for something better.

Maybe it’s just human nature to always want more

Some of us have the perfect job yet we keep looking at the classifieds.  Some of us are in a happy relationship but we still may have a wandering eye.  Some of us love coming home every night but we still read the real estate section in the Saturday newspaper.  Why is that?  Some of us claim to be happy, but is that really true?

It’s just human nature to want to have more, have something better and have nicer things.  Although I’m not sure why.   Maybe you are one of those people who can’t let money sit in your bank account because you get the urge to spend it.   Maybe you work hard to save money because you always want to see your account balances grow.  Either way when is enough enough?

A personal quest with no final destination

I’m not sure anyone can truly be satisfied with everything in their life because if they were people wouldn’t sell their home, apply for a promotion and get divorced.  Isn’t that what life’s all about – searching for more?

So where does it end?  Is the quest for human happiness when it comes to materialistic goods never ending?  Sit down and ask yourself  when is your house big enough?  When is your car nice enough? and when is your wardrobe stylish enough?

Upgrading where you live

My boyfriend and I moved to our apartment six years ago and it was supposed to be a temporary situation.  We know that we want a bigger living space, but yet we don’t move.  Sometimes laziness takes over from ambition and people stop looking for their something better even though they want it.

This year we are definitely moving.  We are packing up our bags and moving to our happily ever after.  But we have to remember that happiness comes with a price.  A bigger apartment in a better neighbourhood means more expensive rent.  I guess that’s a price we are willing to pay.

Should we search for happiness or should we just compromise?

I have a job that I love, but I can’t help but wonder if there is something better out there.  Maybe there is a job with better benefits, in a better city or in a better city.  Yes maybe that’s true, actually I’m sure it’s true.  But do I really want to start over again?  No not really.   I have come to realize over the last year that our lives don’t have to be perfect, at one point they just have to be good enough.

I definitely don’t want to wake up every morning and be unhappy and thankfully I’m not.  I am not living my dream life, but it’s good enough to afford the lifestyle I want to have.  That’s OK with me.

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Friday Faves: Netflix and Saturdays

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Good morning Loves and Happy Friday.  I always love Friday mornings because it means tomorrow morning is Saturday.  My boyfriend got me Netflix for Christmas and ever since I have been spending my Saturdays watching movie after movie.  It’s not very productive, but it’s really fun.

I have watched some great movies.  The Rebound starring Catherine Zeta-Jones was really funny and Everybody’s Fine starring Robert De Niro was ball-my-eyes-out sad.  I have also enjoyed watching series from my youth such as Dawson’s Creek.  I really want to get into Mad Men, but I just make that kind of commitment right now.  For less than $10 a month Netflix is absolutely the best purchase we have made all year.

Any movie suggestions for this weekend?

Enjoy these posts from our lovely friends:

Broke Millennial – Boomer Talk: Q&A with the Wealth Pilgrim

Dear Debt – In Defense of Expensive Cities

Budget Blonde – I don’t have a boyfriend, but I’m planning my wedding

Organized Island - My Biggest Fashion Mistake

Frugal Portland - How to Have a Frugal Wedding Part One: Venue

Blonde on a Budget – My Perfect Day (In 5 years)

Photo by AndrewR