Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 56
1. 20 Traits of a Strong and Confident Woman Budget and the Beach
I love that Tonya is celebrating her birthday talking about the good. Too often society tells us – women especially – that we should be ignoring our birthdays, especially after the age of thirty. It’s time to flip that script and talk about the good, awesome parts of life, regardless of age.
As I get older, I’m starting to learn these traits better than when I did when I was younger, though it’s definitely a work of progress. For me especially, #9 is one that I’m constantly working on, but I’m getting better at it in my thirties. Happy birthday, Tonya! Here’s to an amazing year.
2. The Myth of the Rational Investor: Taking Emotions out of Investing Sunday Brunch Cafe
“Somewhere along the way, we got the notion that having emotions is a bad thing. And if we had to have emotions at all, some are acceptable to have (like joy & happiness) and some are completely unacceptable (like anger, jealousy or sadness)…
Sticking to a budget is easier said than done. We know this from experience. When we screw up, we beat ourselves up. We see our inability for perfection as a weakness. We look to “fix” ourselves; unconsciously, we are thinking there must be a bug in our programming.”
While this post is about money, I want to focus here on the importance of emotions in all things, and more importantly ALL emotions. The idea that we need to fix the bad emotions, and even repress the good ones, is not a good thing for our lives, for they are ultimately what make us human. I love that she reminds us that we are not the bug in our budget, and that’s a good thing.
3. How To Live Your Best Life Without a Lot of Money One Frugal Girl
I think it might be time to convince OFG to write a post for The Fioneers’ SlowFI series, because this is a serious argument for that path. And really, it’s the intentionality and the reflection that I love best about this post. It’s so easy to live life on autopilot – even a life that everyone around you agrees is a good one – without stopping along the way to confirm with yourself that it’s the path that YOU want to be on.
And while she calls out speech writing as a super nerdy childhood dream, she’s definitely inspiring those who read her words now. Plus my childhood career of choice was a senator, so clearly I have nothing to say about nerdy childhood aspirations 😉