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 136

1. Here’s What the First Month of ‘Early Retirement’ Has Been Like Meg Nordman

“My husband quit his job as an auto mechanic at a dealership one month ago (April 12th). Today, May 12th, I wanted to sit down and report on what this was like. I know I was curious to hear about updates from folks who FIRE-d, so I wanted to take a moment to jot down this “journal entry” of what our first month of Freedom has been like as a family.”

2. A Letter to My Future Self: Will I Be Happy? One Frugal Girl

“Many of us get trapped by the day-to-day monotony of our lives. We’re not happy, but we’re not miserable either, and in this state, we are often unwilling to change. But if we are reluctant to create a new path, our future is guaranteed to remain the same.

So here’s the question: If nothing changed, and you met your future self ten years from now, would you be happy?

3. Tips for Relaunching After a Career Break A Lawyer and Her Money

“Look, this is a unique opportunity. Don’t waste it. You don’t want to go back into the workforce and continue dreaming about the time off.

When I left my job for a career break, it took months before I felt easy taking time for myself. It felt completely easy to give that time to an employer. It’ll be good when you’re working again to remember the value you attributed to your own time.”

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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