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What I’m Watching: “The Financial Diet”


One of the things I am trying to do with this whole midlife makeover thing is to consume a broad and varied catalog of self-help, how-to, and motivational resources. I notice that, too often, people who go on these self-improvement journeys often identify a single book or method — KonMari, or the Total Money Makeover, or the Keto Diet, or whatever — and use that method, and only that method, even if the method itself has flaws or gaps. That’s fine, for some people, but I prefer to synthesize the best elements of many approaches, in the hopes of finding one that works best for me.

So this is the first of my “Self-Improvement Library” recommendations, highlighting the sources of information and advice that I’m finding most helpful in my midlife makeover. YMMV. First up, the YouTube channel “The Financial Diet.”

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I have a terrible relationship with my self


Last week I covered the three prongs of my “midlife makeover” — my issues with money, food, and stuff. I thought that covered all the bases, but I’ve come to realize that there’s one more component of all this that needs to be actively addressed: my issues with me.

At some level, any midlife crisis is a crisis of identity. You’ve been an adult for long enough that things like retirement and death are closer now than the day you graduated high school; and unless you have been profoundly lucky or profoundly successful, you almost certainly have a moment where look at the state of your life, and you ask yourself, “What the hell have I been doing all this time?”

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