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Sunday Link Love: July 3, 2011

It’s been a long time since I did a Sunday Link Love, but it’s been a crazy few months. I hope everyone is having an awesome long weekend!

The Vancouver Riots
I’ve had a few people ask me in e-mail and Formspring what my opinion is on the riots. I’ve refrained from posting anything about it here on my blog, but I was tweeting a lot while it was happening, as well as the days following the incident. I think this article, Busting myths of Vancouver’s destructive Stanley Cup Riot (Globe and Mail) really sums up my feelings. It wasn’t just a bunch of hooligans out to cause trouble – there was literally thousands and thousands of people involved. It was a humiliating incident, and one the city will never live down. People around the world are rioting for real reasons – for justice and things that matter. We rioted because of a hockey game.

While I did find it inspirational to see the #thisismyvancouver hashtag trending on Twitter, I can’t help but think the apologies were somewhat half-hearted. Sure, some people turned themselves in and apologized. But what about the thousands of others that were involved? I just get a general feeling that the people who cared the most about apologizing were the ones who had nothing to do with the riots in the first place. What are you apologizing for, and who are you apologizing to? I’m not really sure what my true feelings are about the riots as a whole. I just find the entire incident to be mortifying and just plain sad.

Full time or freelance – the pros and cons
@joshduv tweeted this article last week, and it’s something I’ve been thinking of for the past few days. I like the idea of going completely freelance and being able to make my own schedule. But at the same time, I’m scared to have to hold myself accountable for everything to do with a business. Taking the plunge and going as a freelancer is scary. Especially because I’m not an established blogger/writer yet, and I’m a fairly unsuccessful graphic designer – although I’ve been receiving (and turning down) new contracts for the entire year. If I went freelance, how much of a pay cut would I end up taking? Or would I end up making more than I’m making now? Will I be happy? It’s so uncertain. Perhaps in a few years I will feel more confident that I can actually do it. Until then, I’ll enjoy the comfort of a steady pay cheque, extended health care, and paid vacations that come with my full-time job. :)

Around the blogosphere

  • Well-Heeled recaps her goals for the year.
  • My girl Money Rabbit has found a new apartment.
  • Kevin at Thousandaire gives us his thoughts on Google+. I’m still uncool and have yet to snag a Google+ invite (hint, hint), but it’s interesting to hear people’s first impressions on what could potentially (?) overtake Facebook.
  • Finance Fox gives us 55 suggestions to save $1,000 every year.
  • Punch Debt in the Face asks whether you like to have one savings account for everything, or separate accounts. Personally, I like having separate savings accounts for different purposes. It takes less effort to think about when deciding how much money I need to save, or how much I can afford to spend. I just check the balance of that savings account online, and I’m done. I have 5 different savings accounts: Travel, Car, House, Emergency, and a general savings account. Combining all of these accounts into one, well it’s giving me a bit of anxiety just thinking about it. :)

Not quite PF-related
I’m loving this song by Vancouver singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas (featuring Spencer from Said The Whale). It’s the perfect summer song – fun, catchy and makes you smile.

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Pam Sheraton says:

    I'm still debating the issue of whether to go 100% freelance or full time job as well. I am still an economist in the making and a budding blogger and I realise that both involve a certain level of risk as well as rewards. I'm scared that I may opt for the freelance route and fail mid-way while at the same time I may be an economist but this is not my true passion *sigh*
    My recent post Paying National Insurance If You’re Self Employed

  2. I'm from the Vancouver area as well and was downtown for game 7. Luckily my friends and I left after Boston's third goal…I don't understand why so many people stayed to the end. I KNEW there were going to be riots. However, past events show that people do forget. In the long run I don't think this will damage Vancouver's reputation too much. I just found your blog and I love it :D
    My recent post Disneyworld recap!

    • gmbmfb says:

      Oh I knew there'd be riots too. You could feel it in the air all day leading up to the game. People still talk about the riots of '94, so I'd be surprised if people just let this riot slide. I think it will follow the city and the Canucks for longer than we think. Anyway thanks! I'm glad you like the blog. Nice to see a Vancouver reader pop by. :)

  3. affordanything says:

    Do it — go totally freelance! I was terrified before I did it; I was used to the stability of my regular paycheck, and I wasn't an established freelancer yet. But once I quit my job, I realized it was easier than I expected to earn the same amount as a freelancer that I earned as an employee! (It helped that I earned very little as an employee; the income bar was set low.)
    My recent post Property and the Pursuit of Happiness

    • gmbmfb says:

      Paula I don't know how you do it. Just thinking about going freelance is giving me anxiety! We should chat about freelancing vs. full time at the Financial Blogger Conference!

      • affordanything says:

        LOL — Happily!! I can't wait to see you and everyone else at the Conference! …. going freelance gave me anxiety too, but now I'm addicted. I would only ever come out of the freelance life for some ultra-sweet job, like if Money Magazine asked me to become a staff writer. Otherwise, freelance life is for me!
        My recent post Property and the Pursuit of Happiness

  4. @Finance_Fox says:

    Thanks for the inclusion Crystal!
    Much appreciated!!

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