Weekly Roundup - October 24, 2015

One strange thing about my job compared to most is that I will randomly have time to do nothing related to work.  That's been the case this last week as they started having problems with the well last Friday.  It's now over a week later and we haven't done anything else.  They keep running into other issues which is fine by me because even though they aren't making progress and we aren't drilling I still get paid.  This past week I've been paid to write, read, nap, watch tv, workout and pretty much anything else I've wanted to do.  That's perfect.  Although it does come with the caveat that I'm away from home longer.  If I'd have known that it'd be over a week I would have gone home but my luck usually works to where I'd be home for a couple hours and everything would have been fixed out here quickly.

I've been taking advantage of the location that I'm in just outside of Shreveport/Bossier City to get back into working out.  It's not that I really wanted to stop but I'm at the mercy of where I'm at and whether there's a gym near me.  Luckily there's several nearby and one of them is only 7 miles from the rig.  Since it had been quite a while since I had worked out regularly I've been taking it easy with the workouts to get my body back into the groove of being pushed but I'm making gains each workout.  Even better is that I can already notice a difference in the way I feel with just the 4 workouts I've done so far.  I need to do a better job working out whenever I'm not near the gym but the big thing is starting a new habit, even if it's an old one you used to have.  Maintaining good health is so crucial to achieving financial independence.  I mean who wants to retire at 40 or 50 but be so out of shape that you can't enjoy all of the time that you've freed up.

In case you missed them, here's the posts from the last two weeks.
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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!

Excess cash flow is essential for successful dividend investments by Dividend Growth Investor

What would you do with $10,000,000 by Tawcan

Union Pacific: My Review by Income Surfer on Seeking Alpha

Consolidated Edison - Slow and steady growth while bringing stability to your portfolio by Roadmap2Retire on Seeking Alpha

Recent Buy by Dividend Mantra

Packing up dividend growth by DivHut

You need a side hustle and 15 terrible ideas by Retire29

A dozen ways Charlie Munger thinks like Phillip Tetlock suggests in his new book Superforecasting by 25iq

How easy is retirement planning with dividend growth investing by The Dividend Guy

An easy way to go broke by The Conservative Income Investor

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.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. Thanks for sharing buddy. I was glad to finally get some time to write this week as well. I hope the rains ease your drought. Starting in the spring I'll be taking a couple trips a year out your way. My cousin just became a professor at A&M. I don't know that I'll be able to cheer for the Aggies, but I will certainly scope out college station.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Sounds like a good deal if you are being paid to not work. Glad to hear you are taking the time to work out and stay healthy. Thanks for including me in the collection...have a great weekend


  3. PIP,

    Great articles here! Love the summary and makes my Sunday reading a bit easier : ) Thanks!


  4. Amen brother - keep the working going for both the physical benefit as well as the mental benefits! I really have enjoyed your blog - keep the financial analysis coming.

  5. JC,

    Good on you for getting back into working out. I've been working out more than ever lately, and I'm in some of the best shape of my life right now. Having all the time that FI provides isn't worth nearly as much if you're not healthy/active enough to enjoy it.

    Thanks for the mention. Hope you're having a great weekend!



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