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.
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).
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!
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.
2 thoughts on “Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays: Week 12 Roundup”
Thanks so much for including me in this great roundup. I love to read your summaries of the articles because that’s exactly what this post was about even though I didn’t think about it that way. I LOVED My Life, I Guess’s post about coming farther than you think. It’s such an important reminder about taking a step back and giving yourself credit for your progress in life. Thanks for being such a great curator of the PF sphere!!
Ha, well glad I was able to look at your post in a different way 🙂