Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 48
1. The Costs of Immigration Policy Free, Fun, Family
Immigration policy is certainly a hot button topic in this country right now, and I’m sure this wasn’t an easy post to publish. I’m so glad she did though, because I believe only the personal stories have a hope at really changing people’s opinions. Unless we give it a face, it is too easy to brush it off or pass judgement when it’s something that doesn’t impact us directly.
Someone close to me married a foreign woman and I’ve now just gotten real glimpses about how hard it is to become an American citizen, even when you do everything “right” and have the means and the time to wait out the very long process.
So with that, please go read this. It is long, it is detailed, and your stomach will sink to your shoes if you can put yourselves in their place. But it is an absolutely necessary read this week.
2. The Value of Happiness: Why I Walked Away From $40k Owning the Stars
I missed this post when it was first published, but it is too good not to share now, a month later. I’ve said any number of times that once you hit a certain level of financial security, you really should then be considering happiness and balance next, before looking to the next dollar.
It’s easy to say that as a theory, but it is a lot harder to actually follow through when a situation arises where you have the ability to choose: more money, or a better life. We don’t often hear stories where people have made these choices, and I think it’s important to amplify them when someone does and shares their experience.
3. Meaningful Side Hustles Misadventures in fire
I’d have to say, I’ve never read about the history of the term “side hustle,” but it’s fascinating. Even as recently as the last decade, I generally used the term “second job” whenever I did, in fact, have a second job, however part time. I think it’s only in very recent years (or at least since I’ve been more entrenched in the online personal finance community) that side hustle has become the term of choice for any money made outside of your day job.
And that term usually means trading some amount of time and effort for money, and there tends to be very little discussion about side hustles that bring meaning. I had one of those for six and a half years as a park ranger, and the meaning of the second job makes a heck of a difference in how it feels to trade away more of your time. On the flip side, it can be then much easier to value away your time because it’s something you enjoy.