Welcome to another week of the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays roundup. I started this series after months of debate because I wasn’t certain I wanted to up the ante and commit to publishing three posts a week. However, now that I’ve started sharing these posts, I’m so glad I started.
There are so many fabulous women writing about personal finance online, and yet there is still a perception that women aren’t good with money, don’t care about money, or don’t understand it on a granular level beyond perhaps knowing how to coupon and score a good shopping deal. These roundups are my way of doing a small part to change that perception. There are no shortage of women online doing their part to make it clear that they DO understand money, and these posts are meant to amplify that fact.
Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 12
1. Location Independence: Six Month Report Three Year Experiment
I’ve loved following along with the Three Year’s journey to location independence since Laurie started blogging, and I was so excited for them when they picked up their life in New England and moved to North Carolina earlier this year. Not quite what they had expected to be doing when they’d laid out their three year plan, but at least from the outside, it looks like they’ve made a fabulous choice to be where they are now.
This post is a great reminder that sometimes you need to let go of your preconceived notions to make the best choices for your life, and sometimes those notions are your own and have no external expectation. In some ways, though, we can be even harsher on ourselves once we set a path we expect to go down, and it takes a real leap of faith to change course.
2. On Facing Death, 7 Years Later Twisted Paths / Zero 2 FIRE
Perhaps not EXACTLY personal finance related, but I would argue that Zero has a better sense than most of us as to the importance of pursuing financial independence while also balancing living today.
She’s gone through a serious amount of stuff for someone who hasn’t yet rung in her thirtieth birthday, and the reflections in this post remind me how significantly our life can change and we really don’t know what the future will bring. After her past experiences, I’m not surprised that she is on the path to financial independence and serious savings to eventually get a level of financial security that will protect her no matter what her body throws at her.
3. You’ve Probably Come A Lot Further Than You Think My Life, I Guess…
I paid off my student loans over five years ago, and hitting that $0 balance was seriously one of the best days of my life. But to be honest, I don’t think about it that often now that it’s years in the past. Instead, I beat myself up a little for not quite hitting my 50% savings goal this year.
This post is a great reminder to slow down once and a while and make sure to really feel our accomplishments when they happen. We do some big, impressive things, and it’s a good idea to pay attention when they happen and give ourselves credit when credit is due. Like she says, we’ve probably come a lot further than we think.
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!