I started the New Blog of the Week (NBOTW) series as a way of paying it forward.

Just as others had helped me and my blog to get found, I wanted to do the same for other bloggers; especially new bloggers who where struggling to get traffic to their blogs. Each week I showcase new and not so new bloggers, write a post about them and add their name(s) to my left sidebar.

January 22nd marked it’s one year anniversary.

In celebration, I’m doing something a little different.  I’m showcasing a website and a free ebook – not a blog.

This is a website that was linked to on Twitter by Mary Anne Fisher.

Not having heard of this author, I was uncertain of the value of the ebook. However, after downloading and reading it, I have found it to be exceptional.  In fact, I’m very surprised it’s being offered for free.

The name of the ebook is “PZ’s Money Makeover 2.0 – 5 Steps to Financial Well-Being in Today’s Economy”.

The author, Paul Zelizer, shares what he has learned based on over two years of research on money and his relationship with it.

In Money Makeover 2.0 he makes three assumptions. They are:

1) That there is a gap between where you are financially right now and where you would like to be.

2) That you are not sure what to do about this gap

3) That financial change is possible as long as you are moderately sane and persistent. Having a bit of courage is helpful too.

He then goes on to provide assignments (which are imperative to complete), insights and also includes a brief lesson in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

Perfectionism kills inspiration

Paul explains how reducing the idea of needing to be perfect, before we proceed with an idea, can lead us to success.

This book is Paul’s way of paying it forward. His desire is for those who read the book to pass it on to their friends and family and help reverse fear based thinking and help “people shift into a more service oriented way of being”.

Credentials: Paul Zelizer is a money coach who has been both broke and done well financially. It was through his experiences he learned the misconceptions regarding money and how to change them. The book is his contribution to help others.

To download the free book, go to PZ’s Money Makeover 2.0

Knowing many bloggers have hopes of using their blogs and/or writing talents as a stepping stone to gain financial freedom, I feel the link to this book is a great “gift” to pass onto my readers as we pursue those life long dreams.

Speaking of dreams, where do you hope your blog takes you?

Care to share?


P.S. Next Wednesday I’ll resume showcasing new and not so new bloggers.

Photo Credit: Theresa Thompson

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  1. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Birthday NBOTW!

    I think when you introduced your series, it marked an acceleration in your passion for your blog and you found your voice. You’r still the hostess with the mostest.

    I’ll check out the site and e-book, and I like the quote you picked …. Perfectionism kills inspiration. So true.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..7 Deadly Logical Sins

  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D. “Hostess with the mostest”. Your words are good for the ego. Thank you. And yes, the NBOTW series did mark a turning point for me. I not only found my voice, but I was able to help others share theirs. That means a lot to me.

    I think you’ll like the ebook. It’s a quick read and the lessons end up being a real eye opener. I was surprised how quickly I began seeing money matters differently.

  3. Happy Birthday!
    Usually the one who celebrates gets the gifts but you have chosen it the other way around – very creative 😉
    Thanks for the gift. It is no secret that many of us have hopes to monetize our blogs one day… until then it’s good to hang around with like-minded 🙂

    Alik Levin | PracticeThis.com´s last blog post..Program Yourself For Extremely Fast Performance

  4. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    Congratualtions on your first bthdy! Yes you are very much the “hostess with the mostest” and appreciated for that.
    Best wishes 🙂

    Ribbon´s last blog post..Tips, hints, Clues, ideas for Bloggers

  5. SumiranNo Gravatar says:

    Nice post especially useful to new blogger like me. Waiting to read the ebook.
    BTW, I have included you in my blogroll 🙂

    Sumiran´s last blog post..Art of living: Reading our inner ‘Geeta’ or samyak dristi

  6. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    It’s your anniversary, and you’re passing out the gifts!!

    Happy Anniversary NBOTW!

    My dreams? To see my writing continue to feed my soul. (and if I can turn that into something full-time, that would be pretty awesome too!)

    Barbara, you’ve been an awesome source of growth for so many blogs over the past year – I am forever indebted to you for your kindness and generosity. Thank you!!!

    Lance´s last blog post..Going Round In Circles

  7. LingNo Gravatar says:

    Happy birthday to the one year old NBOTW. 🙂

    As for where my blog(s) take me, I found that nothing gives me as much satisfaction as writing. I had a nice job in marketing with good prospects, all of which I threw away, because I couldn’t bear not writing all day long. So, I’ve given up my ‘other’ dreams, in exchange for the pleasure of writing. Or maybe I’m just lazy. 🙂

  8. Happy Anniversary. I haven’t been with you that long, though I have enjoyed the time I have spent here.

    I hope to use my blog as a way to inspire and motivate people to live well – personally and professionally. To promote personal and professional well-being, and my plan is to start collaborating with others who also promote well-being – together we can make a difference.

  9. Happy Blog Birthday Barbara!!!

    My goal for my blog is to continue to make connections with the most AMAZING people in the world – which is what it’s already done for me and I hope it continues to perform that task!

    Kathy@ Virtual Impax´s last blog post..The REAL reasons why you should be using “social media”

  10. Happy anniversary, Barbara! I LOVE the voice of your blog. It has been a source of inspiration for me on a regular basis. The time I spend with you gives me a good return on investment, and I really appreciate that. I can honestly say that what I’ve learned through your posts AND the comments, I’ve used in my online life and in my real life. Thanks for putting it out there so well and so consistently!

    Tammie @ Are You For Real?´s last blog post..How To Use Blessings?

  11. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Anniversary, NBOTW!! My how time flies by when you are having fun. Thank you for your free gift and your friendship.

    Your showcasing of other blogs, including mine :), have opened up the ol eyes on the variety of spice on this wide open internet.

    Congrats on a job well done!

    Linda´s last blog post..Need a Greensburg Fix?

  12. Happy Annniversary!

    It’s just like you to offer *us* a gift – we should be offering you a gift, Barbara!

    However . . . I will download the book because it is so timely for me; I’m in the midst of a financial “makeover” and the little progress I’ve made so far has been so freeing already, I’m inspired to do more!

    Thanks Barbara for all you do.

    Vintage Mommy´s last blog post..Show & Tell: Nothing to Show OR Tell!

  13. Congrats!

    To answer your question, I’m not sure. I started blogging as a hobby, got all excited when I saw I was making some money from ads and affiliate programs, but the more I saw it as “work,” the less fun I was having. Blogging became stressful. It felt like a chore.

    So now I’m thinking I need to go back to seeing it as a hobby, posting as often as I want about whatever I want and not worrying about posting daily, subscribers and traffic. I’ve been doing that since winter break and it feels much better, and although my traffic is going down, my (small) income is still about the same.

    Having said that, I’m in a place where I don’t need an income. If I needed an income, I would totally do whatever I could to make money blogging. It’s a great way to make a living.

    Vered – MomGrindv´s last blog post..Breaking: Cosmo Magazine To Change Its Name

  14. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m so glad you found me. Wow, what a difference a year makes. You’ve done so well for yourself and your blog. You should be proud. I’m trilled to have been a part of your journey this last year and look forward to the coming year.

    Debbie Yost´s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Captain Diva

  15. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Happy NBOTWBday! 🙂 I agree completely with everyone, especially Lance and Kathy. My blog has been feeding my soul and I sincerely hope it continues to do so. And, I hope it continues to feed other souls too. I have made so many wonderful connections — blogging has filled my life in a way that I’d never dreamed. Thank you for NBOTW.

    Davina´s last blog post..This Is Me, Then and Now

  16. Happy Birthday, Barbara! I hope there will be many more to come. Thanks for your great advice.

    Danifer (Jennifer)´s last blog post..PMS – Or Just A Bad Day?

  17. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Anniversary, Barbara and NBOTW!

    Thank you for the gift — I will definitely check it out.

    Time does fly when you’re having fun, yes? You help make my blogging experience fun.

    I’m really thankful to be part of your community.

    Linda Abbit´s last blog post..Funny Fridays: Because It’s Better to Laugh than to Cry!

  18. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Alik – Thank you. I hope you enjoy the book. Well put, “it’s good to hand around with like-minded”. 🙂

    Hi Ribbon – Thank you. I appreciate your kind words and well wishes.

    Hi Sumiran – Thank you for your kind words and adding me to your blog roll. I appreciate it.

    Hi Lance – Thank you & you’re welcome, too. It’ makes me happy to know I can help others. It’s amazing what power a blog has.

    Hi Ling – Thank you. **smiles** I doubt you’re lazy. You’re following your passing. Success can be yours.

    Hi Stacey – Thank you. You’re right. By collaborating with others you can make a huge difference, but don’t underestimate the good your blog does on it’s own.

    Hi Kathy – Thank you. Blogging does connect us to amazing people, doesn’t it? It’s awesome how that works.

    Hi Tammie – Thank you and you’re welcome, too. Your words tell me I’m doing something right. It pleases me to know what I share helps you offline as well.

    Hi Linda – Thank you. Yes, time does fly when we’re having fun. You’re right, there is a variety of “spice” on the internet.

    Hi Ann – Thank you. You all are my “gift”. I couldn’t do it without all of you.

    The book is a great and should help you with your financial makeover.

    Hi Vered – Thank you. It sounds like you’re taking the right approach if blogging began to feel like a chore. I know you enjoy writing and certainly don’t want to get burnt out. Plus, we would all miss your great posts.

    Hi Debbie – Thank you. Thanks to Catherine, we met. Yes, I am proud of what I’ve done, but even more than that, I’m so pleased with the great friends I’ve made and great blogs I’ve found.

    Hi Davina – Thank you and you’re welcome. Isn’t that the truth? Blogging does fill our lives in unimaginable ways.

    Hi Jennifer – Thank you and you’re welcome. I know we’ll be seeing more of each other as I start year two of NBOTW.

    Hi Linda – Thank you and you’re welcome. I think you’ll enjoy the book. It’s a great resouce not only for bloggers but for others as well. I’m happy to hear I make blogging fun for you.

  19. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara: Happy first birthday to the NBOTW series! I aim to turn my blog into a business.

  20. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Marelisa – Thank you. I’ve no doubt you’ll be successful in turning your blog into a business. Your posts are all so well researched and complete.

  21. Mark SalinasNo Gravatar says:

    I have learned so much from your blog…I thank you and congratulations!

  22. NaTuRaLNo Gravatar says:

    congrats on your 1 yr. it was on your blog (yesterday) that i noticed my keyboard was typing the words in backward. LOL.

    anywho i hope my blog leads me to a book deal or at least better writing skills….i do consider my blog posts little books.

    NaTuRaL´s last blog post..My Other First Time, Part II

  23. This sounds like a good resource, and who couldn’t use a little more insight into money management? Thanks for the tip!

    Melissa Donovan´s last blog post..Why Proofreading Matters

  24. EvitaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara – wow – Happy Anniversary and thank you for the great resource introduction.

    As for me and my blog(s) – I hope to be able to reach and inspire more and more people to live our their best lives ever, in all areas from health to spirituality. There are just too many out there who are suffering so much and often so needlessly as they go through this life and if I can continue reaching people to wake up to their fullest being, in whatever degree, that will be amazing enough!

    However as a writer/researcher/educator – I also hope for my blogs to grow and evolve with me as I venture into many new experiences.

    Evita´s last blog post..Depth Seeker

  25. John HoffNo Gravatar says:

    Ah . . . Happy First, NBOTW. That sounds like a fabulous ebook.

    Just remember, to attain wealth it is best to live “below your means”, not within or above.

    John Hoff´s last blog post..Understanding The Psychology Of Your Website Visitors

  26. Happy Day and thanks for the ebook. I love the concept of not having to be perfect to move an idea into reality. I will be doing a lot of that this year.

    Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Ten Ways To Create a Balance While Commenting on Blogs

  27. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I am so happy to be up and running again so I could get on over here to say Happy Anniversary and thank you for the gift – oh you are lovely and giving and the hub of a great community here.

    I have been blogging for 9 months and now writing a second blog and I hope I will make some money, but I am so busy writing and reading blogs, I don’t take the time to make my business plan and work on that aspect. I will continue to work on that aspect.

    I would like to be able to pay off medical bills and not leave my family strapped or have to pay for me all of my life…I have always worked but never made a living – so I think about conquering that too.

    This is so much fun and remains fun and I like not being so isolated – I feel I have made some strong connections in the blogging world and have been helped with friendly advice, suggestions and assistance by you and your community – I should be sending gifts to all..
    Thank you so much for you welcome, and you instructional posts, good advice and comments.

    Patricia´s last blog post..Me vs. Them

  28. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    I hope my blog takes me to wherever I am needed the most. It’s the first tool I’ve been blessed with in hopes of bringing others back from their struggle and keep others from having to struggle with alcoholism.

    I’m not a speaker, but if my blog takes me to that level, then I’m going.

    I’m not a “writer”, but if the tool comes along, I’ll use it.

    I’m not blogging for money, I’ve not made a dime on my blog and it’s not my intention too. My wealth comes from the thoughts and hopes of helping just one person with my blog and in the process helping myself.

    Scott´s last blog post..More Of The Past

  29. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Mark – Thank you for your kind words.

    Hi NaTuRal – Thank you. I saw that on Twitter – you typing backwards. I was wondering what was happening.

    How cool would that be if you got a book deal. You’re right. Blog posts are like little books.

    Hi Melissa – You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy the book.

    Hi Evita – Thank you. What a beautiful mission you’re on – helping people to become their fullest being. I wish you well.

    Hi John – Thank you. Those are fabulous words of advice – live BELOW our means.

    Hi Stacey – Thank you. Isn’t that a great message – we don’t have to be perfect in order to advance?

    Hi Patricia – Thank you and you’re welcome. It good to know you’re up and running again. Sounds like you have a full plate with two blogs. I’m sure now that you’re on a new server it will be easier for you to meet your goals.

    Hi Scott – I love your attitude. And you’re right. Our blogs will take us to where we’re needed, if we let them. Your story will be fun to watch as I believe you’ve just began your journey. Buckle up. I’m guessing it’s going to be a great ride. 🙂

  30. Barbara,

    Happy anniversary,

    I hope you have a wonderful big party with yummy cake!you are a great blessing to all of us.

    Lots of hugs. 🙂

    Wendi Kelly- Life’s Little Inspirationa´s last blog post..Field Trip

  31. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Wendi – Thank you for the kind words and hugs. I truly appreciate them. 🙂