Last week, I was reading a post at Young and Thrifty about how positive thinking can attract good fortune. I believe this is 100% true. Have you noticed that an optimist always has better luck than a pessimist? Maybe I’m feeling this way because I’ve been on such a great winning streak lately!
Won $25 from Master the Art of $aving’s 1 year anniversary giveaway.
Won $50 for participating in the first Yakezie tweet chat. Prosper and other peer to peer lending companies answered our questions about p2p. It was a great session and I think I’ll use this $50 to start investing in p2p.
Winning @ the Bank – free float down just by asking! We locked our 4 plex mortgage interest rate right before the debt ceiling deal was done. I was afraid that the credit rating downgrade would cause the interest rate to rise, but it turned out the rate kept dropping because everyone fled the stock market to buy US bonds. I called up my lender last week to see what they could do and they were able to float us down 0.125% at no additional cost. Thanks goodness I took the initiative to ask.
Won tickets to see Jay Leno talk about his automobile and motorcycle collection. You can read all about it in the post I put up last week. What a stroke of luck! The VIP section was reserved for sponsors who gave $10k+ to bring the exhibit to the museum.
Won Les Miserables tickets – Two tickets to see the show from my work, but we couldn’t find a sitter so I gave them up to other co-workers. That’s ok, we’ve seen it before, good show.
Picked up some shares of AT&T @ 6% yield, LLY @ 5.6% yield – I know the market may turn down even more, but these yields are great! These stocks will give me a great jump start on my target dividend yield of $500/month when I retire.
Won at the Library – A Dance with Dragons came in! I made this reservation in April before the book was released. It’s book 5 of the Game of Throne series and I’m having a great time reading it. Breaking Bad season 3 and True Blood Season 3 also came in. 😀 I love the library!
Blog – I feel like we’re on a great roll here at the blog. Google gave us a page rank of 4 in the last update. Our Alexa rank is pushing 50k and MozRank is 5.24. We are also making progress on the WiseBread top 100 personal finance site. Last week we were at #137 and that’s pretty darn good considering we started at #600 last year. Also I’m writing for the retirement blog section of the US News & World Report and my first post got picked up by Yahoo! Here is my second post – Live on Less and Retire Sooner.
I have got to go buy a lotto ticket! After all, JT @ Money Mamba showed that buying a lotto ticket isn’t going to impact my retirement saving much. Do you run out to buy a lotto ticket when you are on a lucky break? I do it occasionally…
Anyway, I feel like I’m on a great winning streak even if I didn’t win every contest I entered. I must have entered 10+ giveaway contests last month. The library took quite a while to get my book and DVDs. Blog was good, but last Friday I had some problem with malware and hackers. All that is cleaned up now, but I could have dwelled on the negatives and felt like I was jinxed. Instead, I focused on the positives and I’m feeling great. That whole hacking issue makes me feel like my lucky streak is coming to an end though. 🙁
What do you think about this? Do you think optimists are more lucky than pessimists? What about positive thinking? Does it affect your luck?
***Breaking New*** I won the lotto!!!
I picked up a ticket last Friday and didn’t check until Monday. Actually, it’s not that exiting because I only won $6. Next time I’ll get a lotto ticket at the beginning of my lucky streak and maybe I’ll win a bigger prize. 😉
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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