Don’t wait for that big break from work. Go now.

Here are three of the week’s top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web:

Don’t wait for that big break
“Take months or years off from work, travel the world, and enjoy yourself,” said Ben Steverman at Bloomberg. Those accustomed to being told to “obsess over their careers and fret about saving” have been surprised to hear this advice being dispensed by some experts of late. But for many, with work lives lasting well into later ages, retirement isn’t the only or ultimate goal. One wealth manager has launched a tool to calculate whether you can afford an extended sabbatical. For some high-earning clients, even a 24-month, $72,000 round-the-world backpacking trip wouldn’t be outlandish. Yes, a 30-something who took that trip could reduce her savings at 65 by $1.1 million, but it could also help give her “the stamina for a longer, more sustainable career.”

The dreaded work ‘audition’
Applying for a job and getting asked to do an “audition” project has become the norm in many industries, says Whitney Johnson at the Harvard Business Review. It can let you show off your talents, but it can also mean uncompensated effort. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to a project, make sure you explain what your process would be; that’s at least as important as a polished execution. Remember that you can learn as much about employers as they learn about you. “It’s not just a question of ‘Do they want me?’ but equally a question of ‘Do I want them?'” You get to see the projects a company is working on and how its employees collaborate — or don’t. If you are serious enough to go through an extended audition process, don’t do it halfway. If you don’t care enough to do …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


6 lovely homes for gardeners

Mount Vernon, Washington. Built in 1920, this four-bedroom Craftsman farmhouse stands on 50 acres that feature vegetable gardens, orchards, formal box hedges, and a large rose garden. The home has a chef’s kitchen, a wet bar, French doors, and ornate beams.

Additional buildings include a guest cottage, a caretaker’s home, a barn, a henhouse, and three greenhouses. $2,280,000. Joanmarie Curran, Realogics/Sotheby’s International Realty, (206) 915-4885

Sarasota, Florida. Casa del Mar was created in 1930 by renowned regional architect Thomas Reed Martin. The four-bedroom, Spanish-style house overlooking Sarasota Bay has beamed ceilings, period tile, intricate ironwork, picture windows, and original wood floors.

The lush property features tropical gardens, ivy archways, an infinity pool, a two-bedroom guest house, and 152 feet of waterfront. $5,495,000. Lenore Treiman, Michael Saunders & Co., (941) 356-9642.

Bedford Hills, New York. This five-bedroom home sits on a 4-acre organic farm with a parterre, vegetable and berry gardens, and a mature fruit orchard. The house has a staircase cupola, giving abundant light; an exercise room; and a master suite with a balcony and a tub room.

The property includes a guest cottage and a fenced garden patio with a heated pool. $2,850,000. Suzanne Pandjiris and Cecilia Heller, Houlihan Lawrence, (914) 234-9099.

Lyme, Connecticut. Set on a 10.7-acre property, this 1870 Italianate manor is surrounded by formal gardens. The seven-bedroom house features a grand entry, marble fireplaces, painted ceilings, a library, and a kitchen with a butler’s pantry.

The grounds include a wisteria-draped stone pergola, a formal sunken garden, a barn with a potting room, and a pool with a changing pavilion. $3,800,000. Jodi Strycharz, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (860) 884-3011.

Bend, Oregon. McGinnis Ranch has twice won the Central Oregon Master Garden Tour. The 78-acre property features an authentic Japanese garden, a large entertainment area, …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


Ted Cruz campaign baffles Texas by calling Beto O’Rourke a ‘Triple Meat Whataburger liberal’

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) supremely Texan insult is sure to destroy his Senate competitor Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) — if anyone can figure out what it means.

O’Rourke, the increasingly popular Democrat vying for Cruz’s Senate seat, has a campaign logo that looks suspiciously like a package of spicy ketchup from Texas fast food chain Whataburger. When asked for a response to the similarities, Cruz’s spokesperson gave the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this intriguing answer:

Unlike the spicy ketchup, when Texans unwrap the O’Rourke packaging, they are definitely not going to like what they see underneath. He’s like a Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values. [Cruz spokeswoman Emily Miller, via the Star-Telegram]

And unlike your average play-on-words political insult, this winding metaphor gives Texans a lot to swallow. It begins as a saucy slam on O’Rourke, but unwisely savages the chain’s massive signature item as “out of touch” and suggests Cruz dislikes the beloved business as a whole.

Then again, Texas Monthly suggests “Triple Meat Whataburger liberal” means O’Rourke is too elite, like Cruz’s tweet blasting Stephen King as a “limousine liberal.” That option, however geographically relevant, still disparages the Texas staple.

Or perhaps the super stack is just a substitute for “big,” and O’Rourke is just a big ‘ol liberal. But that would imply O’Rourke is just a normal guy, seeing as everything is bigger in Texas.

…read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Trevor Noah found Trump’s Space Force, Pence’s rollout totally hilarious

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence gave a solemn speech about President Trump’s Space Force, and late-night TV hosts could barely stop laughing. “That was not a scene from a movie, that was real,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Thursday’s Kimmel Live. “This Space Force is actually happening! They’ve got plans, they’re finding money, Michael Bay is on board to direct the whole thing.” Pence “was somehow able to make an announcement about interspace boring,” he said, but Kimmel Live spiced up the clip a bit.

Trump suggested six adorable Space Force logos, but Kimmel said it “should just be a picture of money being shredded and thrown at the moon. I will say, I respect President Trump for taking this joke as far as he has. He has really committed. Imagine if he did this all as a prank on Mike Pence.” He guess Trump may have come up with the idea from an actual 1980s TV show called Space Force, and its star, Fred Willard, beamed on to Kimmel’s set to join in the mockery.

“We finally learned about the Space Force chain of command, according to Trump — it will go E.T., Yoda, then Groot,” Jimmy Fallon chuckled on The Tonight Show. “At a few points during his Space Force speech, Mike Pence was kind of talking like an alien,” he added, with clips.

And like Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, Fallon was so tickled by Trump’s “Space Force all the way!” tweet, he used it to end a Trump-tweet freestyle with The Roots.

Finally, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah said he could get exited about the Space Force, but not like Pence described it. “When Trump talks about Space Force, he makes it sound like we’re going …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


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