Weekly Roundup - July 18, 2015

I'm back home now and now that means it's back to the grind with our son, Luke.  They had him medically paralyzed for about a week to let his body relax and build up some strength and lifted that on Thursday.  The unfortunate side effect of him being paralyzed is that his fluid balance gets out of whack and he starts to swell up.  And the worst part about that is that almost all of the swelling is in his head because of the way his vasculature is which just makes it extra uncomfortable.  So we've made a few changes to his ventilator settings and so far so good since taking off the paralysis.  He still has some issues but it's nowhere near like it was before.  Now we just need to hope that Luke has a great weekend.  For some reason he seems to not enjoy weekends and tends to act up then.

June ended up being a stellar month for me.  I ended up crossing over 1,000,000 total pageviews for Passive-Income-Pursuit and also had my best month of "non-work" income.  Between dividends, interest, and writing I earned over $1k in income that's not related to my regular job.  I know I'm not at the point where I can repeat that month after month, but eventually I'll get there.  And doing it even once is amazing to me.  I hope to continue the writing from this past week and keep that momentum going over the second half of July.  I've got lots of ideas for posts, as well as some stock analyses to write, and if Luke will be stable I'll be able to get more a lot more done.
In case you missed them, here's the post from this past week.
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Once again I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you that read, commented, and shared posts from here this past week.  I think this dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome.  Thanks again!

Now on to the links!

Part 2: How I became a millionaire at age 30 (early career) by FI Fighter

Mid Year Goals Review for 2015 by Dividend Mantra

Colgate-Palmolive: A Real World Examination of the Limitations of the P/E Ratio by Joshua Kennon

Sins of the Past by Income Surfer

The biggest investing sin exposed: Part II by Dividend Growth Investor

Don't need this stinkin' job by Retire Before Dad

Are the alternatives to early retirement just an "easy way out"? by Islands of Investing

The Key to Investing Success by Financially Integrated

So you wanna be me: My advice to millenials by Dividend Developer

Is the stock market expensive? by Dividend Ladder

The long, long term for oil by The Conservative Income Investor

Recent Buy - Toronto Dominion Bank by Roadmap2Retire

Recent Buy: July 13, 2015 by My Dividend Growth

Recent Stock Purchase - July 2015 by DivHut

Also, if you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey keeps a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.

Here's another great TED talk.  It's a great talk but old and really helps to visualize different sets of data.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Image courtesy of Gubgib on FreeDigitalPhotos.net.


  1. Thanks for the mention, JC. That looks like an interesting video -- ill bookmark it to check it out later.

    Have a great weekend

    1. R2R,

      I really like watching the Ted talks. There's so many interesting topics to learn about and I try to watch at least one a day. Hans Rosling has some really interesting ones with visualizing statistics.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. JC - Thanks for the continued support and mention of our Collection of Recent Buys and Stock Analyses. Enjoy your weekend my friend. AFFJ

    1. AFFJ,

      Thanks for keeping up with the lists of both. I was hoping to do the stock analysis one myself but I never had enough time to compile the list.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. JC,

    Congrats on the non-job income over there. As that grows, so does your flexibility and freedom. :)

    Appreciate the mention. Hope Luke has a great weekend.


    1. DM,

      It's pretty cool to see over $1k in non-work income for a month. A large portion of that is my dividend income but my blogging/writing income is slowly improving with more consistent writing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hey JC,

    Congrats on hitting $1k in non-work income this month! I'm sure the momentum will continue and you'll see that grow further!

    Thanks for mentioning my post, hope you and your family have a great weekend.



    1. Jason,

      It was great to see that I earned over $1k outside of my job. I'm a long way from averaging that but with my new Tradeking account that's an extra purchase I get to make now. And that should just help to spur on more income in the future.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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