Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 65
1. Part-Time Work is a Great Option for Parents The Fioneers, by Downsize Your 2080
Carol has long been an inspiration to me in her journey to financial independence – the #slowFI path, in particular. She and her husband are now financially independent, and I love reading about their story because she’s worked part time for most of her adult life. It can feel sometimes like maybe it would be worth working more to make that bigger paycheck, but most of the time I’m very happy to be working less. And then stories like Carol’s help to solidify that fact.
The Fioneers’ #slowFI series is great, and this interview is particularly wonderful. If you’re toying with the idea of taking the more intentionally scenic path to FI, read this one for some more inspiration on the way there.
2. Feelings of Inadequacy During the Holidays Along The Camel Ride
“The financial independence community talks a lot about imposter syndrome, which is nothing more than a socially acceptable way of expressing our vulnerability around feelings of inadequacy.”
Katie shares a story of Lululemon leggings and her young niece, and it’s a great reminder that those feelings of inadequacy and buying our way into acceptance starts early on in life. It’s hard to break out of that cycle, but it’s so important, both for our wallets and the planet. Sometimes, just naming the feeling and the reasons behind the feeling can help take back why a purchase feels necessary when it isn’t.
3. Eight Personal Finance Confessions Our Bill Pickle
Sometimes, months don’t go quite as you hoped they would. And even in the very best of months, there are likely financial decisions you’ve made (either large or very small) that you might – probably – would have done differently looking back on the situation. Beating yourself up about those slip ups does no good, as they’re in the past, though that doesn’t mean ignore or forget them either.
It can feel sometimes like everyone writing about personal finance online has it all totally together, so I found it really refreshing that Tara wrote about what wasn’t going well. Onwards and upwards from here, but I really appreciate the transparency of sharing online. Sharing the not-perfect parts of life are so hard, but it is also so important for those of us who are sharing publicly. No one has it together 100% of the time, and it helps no one if that’s all that we see online.