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What to do if you lose your job.

It’s Monday, y’all! And, as always, I’m here to start the week with some of the best recent money stories from around the web. Here’s what I have for you today. Jim takes over tomorrow.

“I lost my job and it might be the best worst thing that’s ever happened to me.” [Bitches Get Riches] — “Two years ago I was celebrating leaving my job of nearly nine years at a nonprofit publishing house and finally going corporate. I was riding high and making more money at a large, for-profit publishing house, working remotely full-time and generally kicking ass. It was the shit. Aaaaand then I lost my job.”

Which leads us naturally to this next piece…

Nine steps to take if you lose your job. [Dough Roller] — “If you’re one of the millions of those unemployed across the U.S., you may wonder what to do next…While losing a job is distressing, the best thing you can do is take action. Get yourself moving in the right direction so you can get back on your feet quickly. Here’s what you need to know if you find yourself without a job.”

Behavioral Scientist‘s summer book list. [Behavioral Scientist] — “For your intellectual pleasure (and to help you achieve some normalcy), we compiled a list of our favorite reads from 2020 so far, including a few books to have on your radar in the coming months. Hope you enjoy.”

The most dangerous phrase. [Tawcan] — “Years ago, it would have been easy to simply convince myself to stop spending the money, use the most dangerous phrase, also known as ‘we’ll do it next time’, as an excuse and call it the day. But we are more knowledgeable now and we know how to take a more balanced approach as we work our way toward financial independence.”

Let’s start the week with something non-financial. From Mental Floss, here are 24 things you might not have known about the musical Hamilton. And in case you haven’t been playing the show on repeat like I have, here’s Lin-Manuel Miranda debuting the show’s opening number all the way back in 2009. At the White House. For the President. Hey man, no pressure.

And thus a legend was born.

Seriously: As any of my close friends will tell you, I’m a life-long fan of musical theater. I don’t know if Hamilton is my favorite show (that honor probably goes to Once), but it’s certainly in the top three. So amazing. (The other show in my top three? Probably Into the Woods. Or The Music Man. Or West Side Story.)

Anyhow, that’s it for me! Jim takes over tomorrow for two weeks while I galivant.