Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 72
1. I love me more than I love my job, so I quit rich & REGULAR
Mrs. Rich & Regular is the latest of some of my blogger friends to quit the 9-5 grind and focus full time on her online pursuits. I am always going to be here to support and cheer on that change that creates a better lifestyle now, but that’s not why I shared this post.
I shared this post because of the WHY – she quit because she can. Really, isn’t that the whole point of this financial independence thing? To decide what you want most from life, and live it? I’m so thrilled for you, friend, and I can’t wait to see the big things for r&R now that you’re on it full time.
2. I wasted money. Also: a blog name change? I Pick Up Pennies
There were two different, interrelated stories in this post, but I loved both of them. Our lives change and evolve and our focus changes. And when that life shifts for the better, it can be pretty amazing. I’ve always appreciated Abigail’s honesty about her marriage and her mental health struggles, and it was so good to read this post and realize how different her life is from a couple years ago – in a very good way.
Part two of this post – and the story of the shirt – was one I could definitely relate to. Now I just want to see a photo of that original shirt if she has one!
3. Chronic Illness: A Driving Force to Financial Independence One Frugal Girl
“Having reached financial independence I don’t need to find paid employment, but I wouldn’t mind solving problems and making an impact on the world around me. In my spare time I enthusiastically search job boards and volunteer opportunities.
Then I have a month like this past one filled with aches, pains and a large bottle of Tylenol. Suddenly my dreams dissolve before my very eyes. I’m abruptly reminded that I don’t have the luxury to do whatever I want, because sometimes my body won’t let me.”
I almost didn’t share this post in a Wednesday roundup because I try to “share the love” and try and feature different voices all the time, but as this one sat in my brain I decided it needed to be shared here, even though I feel I share OFG’s posts pretty often. Within the financial independence community, we don’t share enough about health problems and concerns, but they’re a very real, very important reason to pursue financial independence.
As with the guest post I shared on Monday, life can change in an instant, and financial stability might be the only thing you have at the time. Preparing for the worst is probably the most important reason to save – even if chasing the sunset and retiring early for a life of adventure sounds a whole lot more glamorous. We may not all retire before forty, but odds are good we’ll all have a less-fun reason for needing a healthy savings account at some point in our lives.