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 69
1. Don’t Do What Normal People Do – A Lesson From Columbia Along The Camel Ride
“Over and over, I asked myself these questions. Why can’t I do the easy thing? Why can’t I be like everyone else? Because I’ve never been like everyone else. And I never will be.”
My favorite blog posts are usually ones that come in the form of the story that aren’t exactly related to the ultimate point the writer is trying to make. While this made me want to visit Columbia more than I already did – rainy, muddy hike and all – I really related to the underlying theme of this story.
It’s funny. So many of us in the personal finance community, especially the financial independence focused, have gotten used to living differently from “normal.” And yet, within this community, that weirdness is accepted, and in many cases, shared.
2. An Unfrugal Life Wrachel Writes
“I also noticed that my brand of frugality stemmed from a deprivation mindset that came with being insecure about money– and that living frugally treated the symptoms, not the cause, of this problem.”
I’ve read plenty on why frugality isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, but Rachel flips that on its head and instead digs into the why of why frugality isn’t always great – and what it’s masking instead. Likely, most of you who are reading these Wednesday round ups from me can relate to at least some of the root causes she shares here. I certainly could, and they’re some of what I’m working on as I settle in to being okay with us not saving quite as much as I set out to a couple years back.
3. Six Game-Changing Money Mindsets for 2020 The Luxe Strategist
“ So it’s worth asking, if I feel bad about myself, who’s really profiting here? And other “fixes” aren’t long-lasting solutions. I’m just swapping one form of anxiety for another later down the line, which is usually financial stress.“
Here is me publicly saying that I wish Luxe blogged more often, because I pretty much love everything she writes. Especially when it comes to money mindset. As soon as I read the title to this post, I knew I was going to eat it up, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Unintentionally, this week’s roundup is all about mindset and the emotions and mentality about money. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise since I just published my 2020 goals on Monday, but I find that when I dig to the root cause of money issues, they almost always come because I’ve missed the mental piece (that is, except when I had just graduated college and didn’t make enough money. That was a straight math equation).
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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