Simone's Blog: Money Magnet

As the Director of Affiliate Relations at HomeFree-USA, I’ve always been fascinated with how people handle their money. Like everyone else, I’ve had my financial ups and downs. In fact, it took me 32 months to pay off $32,000 in credit card bills and build up a six-month emergency fund. While that was a very difficult period, I am grateful – and wiser -- for the experience.

Through my personal experiences and working at HomeFree-USA, I’ve gained a ton of insight that I feel compelled to share. You’ll find those lessons here. Feel free to take the thoughts and ideas that resonate with you most and put aside the rest for later. I look forward to sharing my journey.

Who I listen to Part 1

My mother, one of the smartest and most successful women I know, reads voraciously and raised me to do the same. As a result, I'm constantly learning and growing via books, podcasts, articles and even television shows.

Of course, wealth building is one of my favorite topics, but there are many other areas in and outside of money that I pay attention to. If you're eager to grow in 2017 and beyond, but feel you either have no time or are even bored by certain topics, here are a few things that keep me engaged and intrigued.

If you want to keep up but don't have time to scroll through tons of websites, or money to buy numerous magazines:

Flipboard is one of my favorites. They'll send you a daily email with 10 articles based on what you've told the site you're interested in reading about. My list usually contains articles about business, celebrities, but not gossip blogs, politics and traveling. Even better, the links don't expire so I can read the articles at my convenience.

For $10 a month, you can subscribe to Zinio, which allows you to access over 200 magazines. This site will also help you narrow down your reading options based on interest. Get the app on any IOS device.

If you're interested in apartheid in South Africa, but have little patience for boring history books:

Check out Trevor Noah's book Born A Crime. The host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa in the 80's and 90's, the child of a black woman and a white man. The differences in race relations in the States and South Africa are stark, to say the least.

If you're in relationship, or lack thereof, woes:

Check out Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. She has an amazing story about how she and her soon-to-be-ex-husband grew individually and collectively through their marriage.

Alternatively, Katherine Woodward Thomas wrote what many feel is the holy grail of 'how to cultivate a relationship' book, Calling In The One. Like Glennon, Katherine focuses on how getting in touch with self is the most important step to finding your perfect mate.

Even if you do call in the one, the relationship may not work out. After years together, Katherine and her husband decided to divorce, so she wrote Conscious Uncoupling! In it she speaks very highly of her ex-husband, but just realized that they weren't meant to continue their lives together. She shares some excellent tips on how to let go of a relationship and move on, especially when you have kids together.

If you just need a good laugh:

Check out 2 Dope Queens, which highlights up and coming comedians. Hosts Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson made the most mundane things funny like sexy dad-bods and a trip home to Ohio.

Phoebe also recently released a book, You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, and has another podcast,Soooo Man y White Guys. I haven't checked out the book yet but heard a snippet of the podcast and love it. She recently interviewed Lena Dunham and Charlemagne Tha God.

For more money talk...

On the off chance you're interested in another financial blog, check out Budgets Are Sexy by J. Money. He offers money advice in a very easy to implement manner.

And there's more! Tune in next week for the exciting second half of ways you can grow in 2017.

And so it is.