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15 Oct 2018   ·   5

My Honest Thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

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I’ve seen mentioned over and over again by various different people online and in podcasts. I didn’t plan to read it because the premise didn’t really interest me that much.

But then I saw that it happened to be available on the Libby app, so I went ahead and put a hold on it just because so many people had recommended it.

I started listening to it and almost didn’t continue because there was so much language in it (seriously! Do not listen to this with kids around — there are a LOT of curse words!)

Here’s the part of the premise of the book from :

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town.

 is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In , J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

I thought the book was surprising, pretty fair and balanced (I expected the author to lean strongly to one side of the political aisle or the other — and that the book would be more politically charged as a result), and a very insightful look into how our upbringing can affect our life trajectory in such a powerful way.

While I wish there weren’t so much crass language and cussing in the book (though I think it’s likely just the author being truthful and honest to how his family actually talked), I think the book is worth reading — if you can stomach all of the f-bombs in it.

I would be curious to hear from other people who were raised in this same region and social class — to know their perspective on the things he shares. It’s the type of book I’d love to read with a Book Club because I found it caused me to have so many thought and questions and things I wanted to discuss with others who had read it.

Have you read it? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought — whether you liked it or totally disliked it.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies or shows you really think I need to read or watch?

15 Oct 2018   ·   0
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Is This Really Worth the Money?

I’ve gotten a number of questions from you about and some of you have asked me whether it’s worth the investment. I love that you are thinking critically and carefully about how you spend your money.

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I know that there is a LOT of information in — and it can make you feel like it’s just too much!

Before you start feeling all overwhelmed by the time it might take to try to complete all the courses or read through all the ebooks, STOP! Instead, I want you and choose at least 3-4 eBooks or eCourses that will give you huge benefits right where you are.

Common sense wisdom might tell you that you should go through every single product in a bundle like this. But here’s the thing: I want you to focus more on doing and implementing rather than on just reading about what to do or collecting more information.

So, I want you to just focus on those eCourses or eBooks and decide that are the top priorities for you to dive into right now. You can always go through other courses down the road (you have a YEAR to sign up for them/download them), but start with those that are going to make the most immediate impact in your life and business.

Where Do I Start?

If you need some suggestions on which courses you should focus on, here are some lists of resources I put together that might be pertinent to your individual situation and needs (obviously, these are just suggestions! Feel free to make your own list based upon what resources in the Toolkit jump out to you!):

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Would You Like Me to Critique Your Blog?

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15 Oct 2018   ·   0

December212012’s Daily Deal Round-Up for October 15, 2018

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Hottest Deals

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Jack In The Box: Free Jumbo Jack Burger with Drink Purchase

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Popular Deals Still Available

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

Adidas EQT Sneakers only $36 shipped (regularly $120!)

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Adidas is offering an when you use the promo code EQTSALE at checkout!

Get these after the promo code (regularly $120)!

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Valid through October 16, 2018, while supplies last.

15 Oct 2018   ·   5

*HOT* LEGO City Advent Calendar only $21.97 {Back in stock!}

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This popular deal is available again! RUN!!

Amazon has this popularright now!

Hurry – this will sell out quickly!

 to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

15 Oct 2018   ·   1

Personalized Wristlets only $10.99 shipped!

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This super popular deal has returned!!

Jane has these right now!

These wristlets are the perfect size and can be carried on their own or inside a purse. Choose from 19 fun color options.

This is such a fun Christmas gift idea — or even a fun stocking stuffer idea for a teen who’s really into fashion!

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

HUGE Savings on Muk Luks Boots and Slippers!

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There are some huge savings on Muk Luks Boots and Slippers right now!

Get these (reg. $44)! Choose from four color options.

Get these (reg. $69)! Choose from tan or black.

Get these (reg. $44)! Choose from two colors.

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15 Oct 2018   ·   0

PINCHme: FREE samples tomorrow (Early access today for many!!)

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 is releasing a new batch of  tomorrow, October 16th, at Noon ET!

Sample Tuesday officially starts tomorrow, but they are offering early access right now for many people. Just  and see if you have samples available.

Here are some of the FREE samples you can look forward to (not all samples will be available to everyone):

  • Sugru Mouldable Glue
  • Native Aluminum Free Deodorant
  • Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel
  • Puppy Chow Complete with Real Chicken and Rice
  • Pacha Soap Co.™ Handcrafted Bar Soap
  • RXBAR Kids

 releases these sample boxes once per month. They are filled with great brand-name samples that you can try for free in exchange for your feedback on the products.

The samples always go super fast, so be ready to grab your freebies right at Noon ET tomorrow!

This is for new and returning members! Let us know what samples you get! (Not a PINCHme member yet? It’s free to !)

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

Fisher-Price Little People Take Turns Skyway only $29.82 shipped!

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Amazon has this right now!

This is a huge price drop and the lowest price ever on record!

 to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, !

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

Buy One, Get One 50% off Women’s Boots!

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This week, Target is offering both in-store and online!

Get these when you buy two!

Get these when you buy two!

Get these when you buy two!

Get these when you buy two!

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks,!

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

Perplexus Original Interactive Maze Game for just $17.99 {Lowest Price!!}

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Amazon just dropped the price on the highly-rated !!

This is a RARE price drop and the LOWEST price on record! Hurry — this won’t last long.

 to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

Life Original Cereal for just $1.79 per box, shipped!!

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Amazon has this when you clip the 12% off e-coupon and check out through Subscribe & save.

That’s just $1.79 per box, which is a GREAT price on name-brand cereal!

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

Thanks, !

15 Oct 2018   ·   0

*HOT* 11×14 Canvas Photo Prints only $10 at Walgreens + Free In-Store Pickup!

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Today only, Walgreens is offering with free in-store pickup when you use the promo code DECORATE10 at checkout!

There is no limit to how many times you can use this code. These would make great Christmas gifts!

Please note that this is not valid in-store or on the mobile app.

Valid today only, October 15, 2018.

Thanks, !