I keep telling myself that I will get ahead on finishing posts when I have a guest post featured here, but it has yet to happen. To be fair, even a guest post does take more work to published than I would have ever guessed pre-blogging, but it still is less than writing a full Monday post myself. If you missed this week’s, That Frugal Pharmacist did an excellent job writing about PrepperFI and general preparedness, I’d highly recommend going back and checking it out; it’s one I’ll re-read later on to remind myself of all the things I want to have in place for our own family.
Regardless, although I had half of this post finished days ago, and I didn’t have a full post to write over the weekend like normal, I didn’t get ahead and am still finishing this up Tuesday night. I’d originally had big dreams about working on Friday’s post as well, but I went for a (much needed) 45 minute run instead. I keep trying to do it all, but alas, even I cannot. No matter what though, I love publishing this post, and I love sending people to some awesome blogs written by the ladies in the personal finance community.
The hardest part of this post every week always is narrowing it down to my favorites, because there is just so much good content out there. If you’re ever interested in what else I’m reading, I share quite a few other posts on Twitter (and that’s also where I read most of the content to begin with these days).
Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group also has a sharing thread on Fridays, and that’s the place to read all the blog posts written by members over the previous week. If you’re looking for more articles written by women, that’s a great place to continue reading (plus we have plenty of great discussions on finances the rest of the week as well!).
If you don’t have the time or inclination to go searching down myriad posts, though, I will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content I read. If you ever read a post you thing I absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let me know! I am always open to reading new blogs (and posts of blogs I do know, because I miss some).
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Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 10
1. The Important of Walking in the Wood With Kids Oscoey
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.“
I hope you enjoy the posts this week as much as I did. I read a ton of content and it was hard to narrow down my favorites. I’m looking forward to sharing some new ones with you again next week!
As always, if you’re looking for a categorized list of self identified women writing and speaking about personal finance, here is my comprehensive guide to the Women of the Finance Independence Community.
8 thoughts on “Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays: Week 10 Roundup”
i like the walk in the woods piece. we grew up with corn fields and lots of woods a couple of hundred yards from the house. this was so far out in the country that the folks just said, go and play…..and don’t fall in the well. nobody fell in the well.
I bet you would enjoy the book I mentioned too. Nature is something much of the younger generations are missing out on.
Angela, thank you so much for putting this list together. The first two pieces really resonated with me, and I’m glad to have discovered 3 new blogs!
I’m so glad to hear that! ❤️
I always look forward to these! It allows me to expand my blog reading habit, and engage with some really good content! Thanks!
So glad to hear that! 🙂
Great to discover new blogs thanks Angela!
Excellent!! I love when I can send blogs new readers!