Weekly Roundup - November 21, 2015

It was a great week as work went pretty smooth and we even finished up another well and I was able to go home.  We're getting our first taste of winter with this latest cold front to come through and it's great whenever I'm home and can get under a blanket and watch some movies with my wife.  I love the cold weather whenever I'm not forced to be outside in it.

Also, Nike (NKE) continues to reward owners as they announce a 14% dividend increase, a huge share buyback, as well as a 2:1 stock split.  Unfortunately I don't have much of a position in Nike and own less than 1 full share of it in my Loyal3 portfolio.  The shares still seem expensive here so I'm not looking to really add significantly to my position but at some point I'll get an opportunity to grow my stake.

I also got to participate in two posts that are absolutely wonderful.  One is a compilation of over 35 personal finance/financial independence bloggers and I felt honored to be able to participate.  Make sure you check it out here.

Who else wants to retire early and be free? by Sustainable Life Blog

The other was an excellent post discussing personality types and the financial independence lifestyle.  It's a bit long but it's well worth the read if you get a chance.

Myers-Briggs Personality Types of Personal Finance Bloggers by Freedom 35


I've been very busy with writing so far this month and this past week was no exception.  It's a great way to continue learning on this journey and even better is getting to interact with all of you.  Unfortunately though this coming week will probably be light on updates due to Thanksgiving this week and me being very busy while home and I wasn't prepared and didn't get posts ready.  But have no fear because the ideas for posts are flowing as well as some more stock analyses coming up as well.


It was another week of just two workouts although if things go right I'll go once this weekend as well.  On 11/17 I did front squats, bent over rows, deadlifts, and decline bench press.  I'm keeping track of my workouts in order to track my progress, much like I do with my investing.  I followed the every minute on the minute, "EMOM", rep/sec scheme and the total weight lifted on 11/17 came to 10,575 lbs.  My finisher for the day was doing stepups on a 24" step while holding a 30 lb kettle bell.  In five minutes I was able to complete 54 stepups while holding the kettle bell at various levels, shoulder, overhead, chest, and side.  It was honestly a little disappointing to only complete 54 stepups but at least now I have something to work for the next time I do this finisher.

I woke up around 3 am yesterday and couldn't fall back asleep, it's a real pain swapping from working nights to being on a normal schedule and my sleep gets messed up for a couple days.  Since I was up I figured why not go ahead and knock out a workout when there wouldn't be anyone at the gym.  I followed the EMOM rep/set scheme again and for the exercises I did front squats, bent over rows, push press, and deadlifts.  I bumped up the weight by 10 lbs for the front squat and bent over rows and by 20 lbs for the deadlift, although I kept the weight the same for the push press.  Total weight lifted came to 9,840 for the day but I ended up skipping the finisher so I could get back home to my wife before she woke up.

In the ~1.5 months or so that I've been working out I've lost about 10 lbs although I need to start keeping track of inches gained/lost as well.  But overall I just plain feel better after every single workout which is all I can hope for.

In case you missed them, here's the posts 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!

Life after financial independence by Dividend Growth Investor

The Only 3 Total Return Levers: Growth, Value, Dividends by Sure Dividend

So my parents called me boring...take two by Tawcan

Big shot millenials by Retire29

My evolution as an investor by Income Surfer

Recent Stock Purchase II November 2015 by DivHut

Dividend Update: October 2015 by My Dividend Growth

Kansas City Southern - A Prime Target for Takeover by Roadmap2Retire

Our next life by the numbers: Our 100th Post by Our Next Life

How early retirement effects Social Security by Root of Good

Rent increase - an easy boost to cash flow by Retire Before Dad

How Joe Campbell found himself $106,445.56 in debt to his broker by Joshua Kennon

November 2015 Dividend Growth Stock Ranking Results by Dividend Empire

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 rest of the weekend!

Image courtesy of Gubgib on FreeDigitalPhotos.net.


  1. Thanks for sharing my post. My investing style has been a journey all its own. I hope you have a great week, and enjoy the cool weather. Take care buddy


  2. Thanks for the mention, hope you had a great weekend JC.

  3. Thanks for participating in my survey and mentioning it on here. :)

  4. Hi JC, great post and update -- have a great Thanksgiving week and I'm looking forward to more of your articles.

    FerdiS, DivGro


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