Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 60
1. It’s Official: I’m Quitting My Job In 10 Months. Here’s The Plan! A Purple Life
Purple has been on a long term plan to save up $500,000 and then retire at age 30. Well, she just turned 30 last month, and she’s on the final stretch before she puts in her notice and leaves her career.
While it looks like she might be a bit short of her her savings goal, she’s still going ahead with that plan to leave her job. At first, I was pretty nervous for her – I tend to err on the side of very, very conservative – but she also doesn’t feel the same connection to her work than I do (okay, she doesn’t like her job. Or any job she’s had). Following along with her plan though, and her reasons for quitting this year, I have to say I think she’s making the right choice for her life. Go give it a read, and tell me if you think you agree.
2. How to go zero waste for FREE FullbyLes
“There are all these pretty pictures of stainless steel containers, beautiful reusable water bottles, cabinets filled with bulk food nicely labeled. It can be so easy to feel like in order to feel apart of the team you have to BUY. Of course everyone has to buy something eventually but not for- just because.”
I am fully with this concept that zero waste / sustainability should first be about NOT buying. Like everything else, though, it’s become a buzz word that has plenty of new pretty consumer items to go with it. Just click on the “zero waste” or “plastic free” hashtag on Instagram, and half the accounts you scroll through will be selling you something.
We can’t buy our way into sustainability or zero waste though, which is also a really good thing when it comes to frugality. So much advertising tells us now that to be sustainable you need a new metal straw, a new reusable bamboo set, an expensive new water bottle. But that is simply not true. I love her concept of BYOI in this post – and the reality that those items don’t need to be new.
3. Slowing down: making room to be intentional Matilda & Jo
Being busy as a coping mechanism is one I know so, so well. I’ve shared a little on social media, but not here yet, that I started on an anxiety medicine last month. It is helping – I can say that for sure now – and I find myself slowing down some as well. While I still love being with people and being busy, I’m enjoying slower days in a way I haven’t for a long time.
As she says so well, “slowing down doesn’t mean that I’m sitting around every night binge-watching Netflix…Slowing down isn’t a lack of movement or progress. For me it has meant that I’m more intentional with my time and focusing on what’s most important to me right now.“
While her coping mechanisms to help with the slow down look somewhat different than mine (running and exercising more, reading novels, and putting my phone away), it’s the mindfulness of being active in our choices that is extremely similar. Katie, I’m so glad you wrote this one out. It’s like you pulled words out of my head and put them down on paper. We don’t always relate so closely to what someone else has said, but with this one, I absolutely do.