Weekend Reads: January 2019

Who else loves the start of another year? Despite the cold, January is one of my favourite months because I focus on writing out my resolutions and goals for the coming 12 months. To be honest a lot of my goals and aspirations for Staci & Co never came to light in 2018 and I fell off the consistency wagon for posting, which is ironic considering one of responsibilities of my new job is a weekly article.

And since I haven’t yet, I wanted to share with you what exactly this new job entails and why you’ve probably being seeing more ‘money’ content on social media. It’s probably obvious that I’ve jumped fields to finance but I’m still doing a lot of office work and managing of social media but instead of Instagram it’s YouTube and instead of photographing craftsmen, I’m writing…about money, for millennials.

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I have zero background in finance so the job and this column is very much learn on your feet. However, know that everything is thoroughly checked and edited by someone who’s not me and has more years in finance than I’ve been alive, meaning you can trust it.

So to start the year, I rounded up my favourite five posts so far and if you want weekly money content from me, be sure to sign up to their weekly newsletter or follow on Facebook so you don’t miss anything.

1. Investing for Millennials: stocks, bonds and funds, oh my!

This was my first article and I was so nervous, I made at least three people read it before I submitted it. I had only been working there for 3 months when I proposed the idea – thinking someone else would write it – and was very overwhelmed with the idea of writing about money and stared at my screen for the better part of an hour before I starting typing anything, so definitely my favourite post to date. Overcoming that fear was a powerful thing.

2. How to confront your investment fears

Speaking of fear…I turned mine into what I think is my best writing to date and hopefully managed to turn my fear and anxiety into something useful for other people when talking and thinking about money.

3. How & where to invest your morning coffee

Again, something I know and love…coffee. It’s my first time talking about actual funds in my articles and instead of sticking to one or two, I jumped right in with six and it took forever!

4. 10 money questions millennials are too afraid to ask

Getting such positive feedback from friends so early on was so uplifting and really made me want to stick with it so I decided to turn their questions and comments into a roundup style post which I love so much.

5. Four good money habits to start in 2019

You thought I was going to forget my resolutions? Never. In honour of my tradition, I’ve come up with four good money habits to help start your new year on the right financial footing.


I hope with time these articles will not only give me more of a personal understanding about finance but Have no doubt it will shape the way I write and present content to you on any number of subjects – it’s already changed my views on SEO and the impact of a good title, so who knows what other changes 2019 will have in store…

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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