Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays- Week 33
1. A Mom In Grad School: How I Survived The 2nd Semester Matilda & Jo
Going to graduate school is hard. Being a mom is hard. Being a working mom while practicing the LDS faith is hard. Katie is an inspiring woman who juggles all three of these things at once, and I’m in awe of the fact that she keeps all those balls in the air. Her blog is transparent and honest, and it’s clear that doing all of those things is not easy at all, but I appreciate her willingness to share it online.
While her life is full of both struggles and triumphs, sharing all of that without a veneer of everything-is-always-great-and-Instagram-perfect is encouraging. I know I tend to stick to the positive above all, but the truth of the matter is we are all struggling, if in different ways and at different times. And this post’s honesty is a reminder of that, a pullback of the curtain showing just how dang hard it is but also how freaking successful you feel once you do accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
2. How to Create a Financial Independence Bucket List The Fioneers
Jessica’s voice is a wonderful one in the financial independence community, focusing on happiness now instead of powering through to the end goal, reminding us that the journey is just as important.
When you have a goal that’s years and years away – or less of a goal and more of a way of life to simply become financially secure – it’s easy to fall into the trap of grinding away the days and months and years. I love this idea of a financial bucket list as a way to breathe life into our everyday lives, regardless of where we may be on the path to our long term goals. This bucket list framework is a way to live a more intentional life, right now.
3. 5 Ways To Reduce Food Waste Three Year Experiment
It shouldn’t be surprising that I love this post. It’s so easy to lull ourselves into thinking we’re doing a great job as long as what leaves our house doesn’t enter the landfill, but instead patting ourselves on the back for filling up the compost and filling up the recycling container each week.
Food waste is an insidious beast, and one I’m certain we are all guilty of, to one degree or another. The challenge to really pay attention to the entire lifecycle of the things that we bring into our homes is so important, and food waste is a great place to begin.