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. 

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 112

1. Mama Purple Answers Your Questions: Ask Her Anything A Purple Life

Purple is pretty fabulous, for many reasons beyond the fact that she just retired in October at the age of 30. She also, however, has an awesome role model in her mother, Mama Purple, who retired almost six years ago at 55, after only beginning to invest at age 40.

This post is written by Mama Purple herself, and the insight she shares is wonderful. I’ve gotten to meet her in person, and she’s as great as she seems, so it was really fun to read more about her story here. It’s also clear that Purple gets a lot of her awesomeness from her mom.

2. How To Focus On Gratitude During the Holidays Handful of Thoughts

In a normal year, gratitude comes naturally to me, whether or not it is the holiday season. This year, though, it’s been a lot harder. With the outpouring of support in my restaurant group lately, I’ve been feeling a glimmer of it, but it feels a bit like holding onto water.

So, I suppose, it might be time for me to practice more mindfulness when it comes to gratitude, and I appreciate this post for walking through some suggestions. Here’s to hoping that with some guidance, I’ll be able to hang on to that gratitude a bit more tightly through the rest of this long, dark season.

3. Why I’m Saying “No” More Often The Fioneers

For those who have been following me for a while, you might remember a post I wrote a few years back about the cost of saying yes (and then revisited it again in August this year). That said, I have a few decisions pending that mean I really need to pay attention to this closely again. Jess’s post has definitely come at the right time for me.

Reading through this, I heard Jess’s voice in my head, and it makes me realize that I need to walk through this in my life now too. While I may no longer work Thursdays due to a shortened schedule, that does not mean I have time to do all the things I might maybe want to do. Whenever I have something new that might be something I want to say yes to, I need to pull out this post and re-read it to make sure it’s something that I really want to do.

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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