The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The term Black Moon has several definitions, but one of the most common definitions is the second new moon in a calendar month. This is similar to the well-known Blue Moon, which is the name given to the second full moon in a calendar month.
Since it is a new moon, it will not be a visible event as the side of the moon that is illuminated will be facing away from the Earth.
The last time that two new moons fell in the same month was March of 2014.
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While some areas of the world, such as the United States, experience a Black Moon in September, it will not be the case for the entire world.
“It’s the second new moon this month in all of the Americas, but not in Europe and points east from there,” said Bob Berman, an astronomer for Slooh.
This is because the new moon occurs at 8:11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 30, so for areas in the Eastern Hemisphere, the new moon will officially occur after the calendar flips to October.
However, these areas will not miss out on a Black Moon. Another new moon will occur at the end of the month, giving the Eastern Hemisphere a Black Moon right around Halloween.
I have a confession to make… I’ve never been a big fan of reading.
I’ve started a lot of books in my life and never finished them, because when it comes to reading, I have a very short attention span. If a book isn’t well-written, easy to understand, and doesn’t deliver some intensely valuable content right out of the gate… I’ll never make it to the end.
At the same time – I have to acknowledge that reading is important. There are some books that have had a MAJOR impact on my life. Good books can change lives, inspire new ideas, give direction and build purpose and meaning into a person’s life.
I’ve come across a small handful of these books in my time, and some of them have inspired me to make significant changes to my business goals and thus, they’ve shaped my mindset and brought me to where I’m at today.
Today I’d like to show you a list of 20 books that have had a profound impact on the direction of my business and life. These books have meant a great deal to me, and I think you should know about them too. Here they are (in no particular order):
How to Win Friends & Influence People – The issues addressed in this book are fairly fundamental areas where most of us struggle on some level. What I like about Dale Carnegie’s writing is that it’s easy to read, he does a great job of illustrating his points, and he offers practical, actionable advice that can yield some significant positive results. Check it out here.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – The subject matter of this book isn’t so much related to “real estate investing” as it is a solid guidebook for living. If you ever have the chance, I would strongly encourage you to pick this one up and absorb what it has to say. You’ll be glad you did! Check it out here.
Pitch Anything– This is some of the best information I’ve ever read on human psychology, motivation and negotiation all wrapped into this one book. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff is written as a sort of “formula” that is highly effective when selling just about anything. Check it out here.
Linchpin – I think this book is important because it touches on some of the core truths that all working professionals need to be well-aware of – the importance of being an indispensable and providing value on a level that simply cannot be replaced without your unique qualities being involved. When I started putting this mentality to work, my life changed forever (and yours can too). Check it out here.
Think and Grow Rich – Recognized by many as the single greatest book on success – this piece of work by Napoleon Hill is jam-packed with wisdom and financial principles you can start integrating into your business and financial life immediately. When you sign up as a subscriber to the REtipster email list, I’ll give you FREE access to a digital copy of this book (along with a truckload of other cool stuff). If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do it here.
Proverbs – This is one of those books where I find myself saying “Wow” on just about every page, because the information is so simple, yet so mind-bogglingly profound and relevant to my every day life. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean. Read it online for free
The Narrow Road – Most wealth generation books like to sugarcoat the message and leave out the cold, hard facts about what can happen on the road to making money. I appreciated the way that this book helped me look at my life and think, “Is this really what I want?” In some cases, I found myself saying “HECK no”, because there is more to life than money. Check it out here.
A Message to Garcia – This book was written by Elbert Hubbard, a business man and writer who lived over century ago. When this writing was first published, it quickly gained momentum and was printed more than any other book in history outside of the Bible (and there aren’t many books who can boast that kind of popularity). Check it out here.
The Power of a Positive No – Unless you’re a total pushover who lets anyone and everyone push you around (or for that matter, even if that perfectly describes you), we ALL need to have a backbone and tell people “No”. As we get older and deal with more pressure and increasingly complicated situations, the need only gets greater.Check it out here.
The Richest Man in Babylon – While the book is a work of fiction, the story from George S. Clasondelivers undeniable wisdom that may just inspire you to make some changes in your personal finances. I know several successful entrepreneurs who gained some major insights from this book. Give it a read and I think you’ll see why it’s been so helpful for so many people. Check it out here.
Feel the Fear… and Do it Anyway – There is no greater tragedy than when people allow fear to keep them on the sidelines and away from living a productive and rewarding life. I have found untold amounts of inspiration and strength in this book – and if you’re anything like me, I think you’ll also find it as a great source of reassurance and positive energy. Check it out here.
Steve Jobs – If you’re a fan of autobiographies, this one is a must-read. Walter Isaacson gives an incredibly in-depth look at the life of one of the world most influential and renowned entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs was a genius on many levels, but he was also a flawed person who had lots of problems. heck it out here.
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Many of the real estate investors I know will point to this book as the “gateway” that pointed them toward the world of real estate investing and honestly, I can’t say my story is much different. This book has sold tens of millions of copies and inspired generations of new entrepreneurs. If you haven’t been through this one yet, you owe it to yourself to pick it up and read it as soon as possible. Check it out here.
The ABCs of Real Estate Investing – This is probably the most enjoyable and eye-opening real estate investing book I’ve ever read. I first picked it up over a decade ago and I still find myself thumbing through it from time to time (which speaks to its lasting relevance in my life). Check it out here.
The Total Money Makeover – If you’re new to the ideas and concepts of personal finance and wealth management, one of today’s most recognized and respected authorities on the subject is Dave Ramsey, and his flagship book is a great place to start. Check it out here.
Getting Things Done – This book by David Allen was extremely helpful in allowing me to unpack some of my flawed subconscious through processes and unproductive habits that have worked their way into my working processes. If you someone who struggles with the same kind of craziness and difficulty in managing your workflow, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.
The E-Myth Real Estate Investor – It’s a great introduction to some groundbreaking concepts that many entrepreneurs need to be thinking about. If you haven’t explored the E-Myth yet, this piece of work is a great way to do it (note: the audiobook is a great rendition too, as it is read by Than and he is a great verbal communicator). Check it out here.
The One Thing – When you think about anything in life, it all really boils down to a series of singular moments. We can’t do everything at once. We need to choose what we will focus our efforts and energy on, and it’s important to make those choices wisely. By focusing our energy on one thing at a time, we can life more rewarding lives, build our careers, strengthen our finances, deepen our faith, and nurture stronger marriages and personal relationships. Check it out here.
The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss is another well-known name in the world of entrepreneurship. This book has made some HUGE waves over the past decade and in the years after it was published, it launched Tim Ferriss into the stratosphere of legendary authors. If you haven’t read it yet, I won’t spoil it for you – but be sure to pick it up sometime and you’ll see why this book has been such a big deal to so many people. Check it out here.
Necessary Endings – This book from Henry Cloud rocked my world when I first read it. It came at a crucial time in my life, because I had gotten into the self-sabotaging habit of saying “Yes” to everything and everybody who asked me for help. I eventually found that I was overwhelmed, and if I didn’t figure out how to start saying “No” when I needed to, my life was going to be out of control. Check it out here.
Trump said Clinton has been fighting ISIS for her entire adult life. It’s only beenaround for a fifth of her adult life.
Trump said Clinton is spending “hundreds of millions” on ads against him. She’s spent $96.4 million.
Trump said he “didn’t say” women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men. In October, Trump told a young woman who asked if she’d make equal pay under a Trump presidency, “you’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job.”
Trump said he “never said” pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers. He did.
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If you’re too exhausted from work to clean in your precious time off, or you just can’t squeeze in a free moment, consider booking a professional to do it for you. Handy is our new favorite way to book a cleaning service because it’s super easy to fit in last minute!
It’s simple to use – just set the date and time on the app – and a cleaning pro will show up to vacuum, sweep, buff and shine all of those nooks and crannies (or sizable rooms) that you’ve been meaning to get around to. You can book for as soon as the next day – perfect for a spontaneous visit from the in-laws!
And since all of Handy’s cleaning professionals have been background-checked and insured, you can feel confident in the person that rings your doorbell (and is around you and your family’s personal items).
Plus, the AOL Shop is currently offering an amazing deal on a 2-hour or a 3-hour cleaning from Handy! A 2-hour cleaning is currently 52% off, just $33, while the 3-hour cleaning is only $49, which is 53% off!
On the other hand, most of us still want to do enjoyable activities that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
If you feel like you’re going to be bored or broke after the busy and exciting summer season, guess again.
Here are a few hobbies to enjoy that will help you save money as you prepare your budget for the holidays.
1. High School or College Sporting Events
Football season is here, so if you like sports, you may want to check out a few games. Instead of spending big bucks on an NFL game, you can attend a local football game at a high school or college to save money.
Some high school football games are even free, and if you have siblings, cousins, or other students you know who are on a team, it might be nice to see them play.
If you’re looking for a more mature crowd, college football games are the next best option, especially if you live near a college or university.
Most college football games take place in the daytime on Saturdays, so you can make a whole day out of it. If you go to your alma mater’s football game, you might even be able to score a discount; current students often receive free admission to games.
Fall is the perfect time to hike and camp. I went camping in the summer and found that it was pretty hot, but fall seems like the best time to check out national parks and spend a night at a campground without being under the wrath of the hot sun.
Most state national parks are free, and campgrounds offer discounts for county residents if you want to stay local.
Reading is a relaxing pastime I miss and try to make time for. There’s nothing that can compare to getting into a good book and relaxing at home for a few hours. It’s a great way to unplug and escape effortlessly.
You can even stop by your local library to check out their book selection and participate in events and groups like book clubs or even author meet-ups.
There are a wide variety of different book clubs that might pique your interest like clubs for teens, parents, autobiographies and more. This way, you can discuss with other likeminded people and get out of the house for free.
4. In-Store Classes and Workshops
If you’re looking for something to do that’s hands-on, or would like to pick up a new skill, I’d highly recommend local craft classes. If you have a Michael’s craft store near you, they usually offer community classes that are fun, unique, and affordable.
Michael’s offers classes for cake decorating, knitting, jewelry-making, handmade decor, scrapbooking, art, kid’s activities and more.
The price and length of the classes vary and you’ll need to contact your local Michael’s store to learn more specifics. But for example, in my area, cardmaking classes are $15 and knitting and crocheting classes are $25.
Michael’s also offers walk-in events and one-day classes on weekends as well. If you are planning any DIY home projects or looking to improve your skills in that area, Home Depot is another store that offers classes and workshops, but most of theirs are free.
They host hands-on weekly workshops that help people learn how to do things like basic bathroom upgrades, interior paint, install drywall, wall tile, and more.
5. Completing Puzzles
Doing puzzles is a very enriching activity for kids, but it’s also a great activity for adults who need to decompress, pass the time, or just feel the need to accomplish something interesting.
Large puzzles with 1,000+ pieces are great for adults, date nights, or for involving friends.
Spending a relaxing night in with your significant other and tackling a large puzzle together while you watch a movie is a good option for a frugal date night that won’t cost much. Some people even frame the puzzles they complete to add decorations around their home.
Other activities that you can do to stimulate your mind include solving crossword puzzles and doing word searches. You can find challenges like these online, as apps, or you can pick up a word search book at most dollar stores.
Help make a difference in other people’s lives, meet new friends, and support causes you love by volunteering with a local charity or organization. Instead of spending money, you’ll spend your time helping fulfill the mission of the organization, planning and executing events, and doing other tasks to help others in need.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back and stay busy and active in your community. Plus, it can be fun since you can choose which type of position you’d like to volunteer for and may end up working with some interesting people.
Save Money for the Holidays With These Frugal Hobbies
Hobbies and entertainment can take up a lot of space in our budget, making it harder to save for long-term purchases. If you commit to some of these frugal hobbies and activities, you can spend less and still remain busy while pocketing the money you aren’t spending to create your holiday budget instead.
Have you ever done any of these frugal hobbies? What would you add to the list?
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Donald Trump left open the possibility he had broken laws with his personal foundation, saying in an interview Sunday when asked if he was “confident” he had followed all laws and regulations that he “hoped so.”
His response raises further questions about the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charitable organization that multiple media reports have found Trump used for personal purchases and to pay off legal fees, activities that may be against IRS laws concerning charities.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has launched an inquiry into the Trump Foundation, which has received tens of millions in donations over the past decade, but none from Trump himself since 2008.
Trump was asked directly by Full Measure host Sharyl Atkinson if he was “confident that the Trump Foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws,” and he demurred, insisting that his attorneys have control over the operation.
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“Well, I hope so, I mean, my lawyers do it,” Trump said. “We give away money, I don’t make anything, I take no salaries, I take no — any costs, I have zero costs, and a lot of money goes through the Trump Foundation into charities. Goes to charities, it doesn’t go to me, it goes to charities.”
The Foundation, however, lists only five officers on its IRS forms, and no attorney. Those officers include Trump, his three eldest children, and a treasurer, Alan Weisselberg, who also serves as CFO of the Trump Organization.
Jennifer Aniston stepped out with her husband Justin Theroux on Saturday night in New York City, enjoying a quiet dinner date while the drama around Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s split continues to swirl.
Looking chic in all black and strappy heels, the 47-year-old actress dined at The Smile restaurant with Theroux, 45, who was also dressed in all black. Though Aniston has not yet commented publicly on the breakup, photogs did catch her flashing a small smile.
The Mother’s Day star has been in New York with Theroux since shortly after news broke that Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, Aniston’s ex-husband. Theroux is in the Big Apple to promote his new film, The Girl on the Train.
Pitt met Jolie in 2005 on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith while still married to Aniston.
In the latest on the drama surrounding the Hollywood power couple’s relationship, Jolie moved with their six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8 — into a Malibu mansion.
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