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Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 10
Perhaps not exactly personal finance related, but as she considers herself to be a personal finance blogger, I figure this post is close enough to that sort of content for this round up. Mrs. Oscoey does talk a bit about her grandparents and their frugality, but the meat of this post is about the importance of nature to childhood, and how we can foster that important relationship.
Just like I believe that sustainability is more important than early retirement, I believe there are few things we can do for our children more important than simply being out in nature with them and having them connect to our natural world. Along those same lines, if you’re interest in reading more about this topic, I would highly suggest Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.
2. Stress Leave: Money Woes Shouldn’t Add to it Sunday Brunch Cafe
We simply do not talk about mental health enough in the personal finance community. Even within the discussion of emergency funds, FU money, and financial independence, when we all acknowledge that there are some reasons we cannot work even if we’d still like to (and plenty of reasons why we wouldn’t), that conversation seems to usually revolve around physical situations or work related things outside of our control like restructuring or changes to the nature of the job.
But what about when that emergency fund can be used to allow you to take a break to take care of yourself mentally? This post is a real life example of one more reason to get yourself to stable financial footing, regardless of your long term goals. Money is a tool, and used right, means that you can take care of yourself first and worry about the financial impacts second.
3. My fear of spending is a form of imposter syndrome rich & REGULAR
Money is emotional. It’s obviously emotional and stressful when you don’t have it, but it still can be even when you do. Just because you’ve gotten to a spot where your money concerns are no longer how to pay rent the next month doesn’t mean the fear will magically go away.
Knowing yourself, and knowing your triggers, are so important at any point in your money journey. Kiersten does a fabulous job in this post really working through her emotions for where she is at NOW, not where she was at three years ago. Each step is going to look a bit different, and moving into each stage and understanding your mindset there is key.
She says it best right here:
“The psychology is a mutha**** because even if you do exactly what I did and pay off all your debt and learn to “live on half” and enjoy eating at home, you STILL gotta make room for the fear.“