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 think 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 59

1. The Year of Yes Leftover Dollars

Somewhat similar to Ali’s money story from last week, this post is about her mother’s death from lung cancer at the beginning of this year, but also the back story that goes back to her childhood and growing up with her mother.

Our early years absolutely shape our futures, but they also don’t have to be the only thing that does. With the year of yes, I see a big change in her story and finding her own way to her best, most intentional life and the way that money is involved in that story.

2. The goal of FI is not to retire early Cooking Up FIRE

Have you seen the sign that says “Life’s too short, buy the shoes”? I think it’d be better to be “Life’s too short, help someone else out”.

I love this idea that FIRE is just the side effect, not the main goal. When you head down this path of frugality and intentionality with your money, having goals that are bigger than just your future self are something I absolutely believe in.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to be on a truncated path of financial independence would do well to look outside ourselves to see where we can do the most good. Of course, setting our own selves and our own children up for the future is of utmost importance, but so is seeing how that additional savings can benefit others as well.

3. I Quit My 9-5 Her First 100K

Tori has been growing her business at Her First 100k for three years now, and as of next Monday, she will be a full time entrepreneur, having quit her day job. While she’s very nervous about this transition, I’m not, because it is clear she does a fabulous job and will be able to grow things beyond what she’d imagined now that she can pour her whole self into her business.

Regardless, taking that leap into full time self employment is a scary thing, and I’d love for all of us to back her and show her that she’s got this. Because we need more young, enthusiastic women talking about money and teaching others how to take care of their own. In a world that has traditionally been old, white men I’m so encouraged to see women like Tori breaking into the field and doing a darn good job at it.

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 Financial Independence Community.

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