Women's Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup

Women’s Personal Finance: Wednesday Roundup April 6, 2022

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Welcome to the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup! We started this series back in 2018 on TreadLightlyRetireEarly.com to showcase the fabulous women in the online personal finance community who are talking about money online. Even now, there is 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 our way of doing a small part to change that perception. There is 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.

Why does it matter? Because representation matters. Because reading and hearing stories from those who (may or may not) look like us show us that yes, we too can figure out this money thing, that we too have important stories to tell. And that we too know quite a lot about money and are experts worth listening to.

Since Women’s Personal Finance has grown up to get its own website, it’s time to transition these roundups over here to the dedicated website. Same great content, new home!

Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group on Facebook 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, we will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content we read. If you ever read a post you think we absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let us know! We are always open to reading new blogs and want to celebrate those newer voices as well as the more seasoned ones.

And with that, here is the best (in our opinion) content by women and nonbinary folks this past week. Let us know what you think in the comments! We love discussion.

Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #43 (Actually, 180)

1. Four Ways to Reboot Your Brain from Emily Guy Birken via JMoreLiving

I’ve been experiencing a bit of a creative block lately. I haven’t felt much like writing blogs or book chapters. Haven’t come up with meaningful messages to post on social media, etc. I thought I’d submit another article on what I learned from surveying women physicians with infertility, but I keep writing and rewriting the same couple sentences.

Such is the loop I’m in. 

It happens now and then. I just feel kind of… blah.

2. Cynicism is No Excuse for Failing to Plan for Retirement from Dawn Baker at Practice

Several years ago, I was talking with a college friend about retirement, and he told me his retirement plan was to assume climate change would get us all before he had to worry about it.

“I figure the oceans will rise, chaos will reign and money will no longer have any meaning by the time I’m ready to retire,” he said.

The worry my friend was expressing isn’t just about climate change but also his own money skills. It may feel easier to plan for an awful inevitability than navigate a complex, opaque and unfair system like American finance. There is a sense that we are going to be screwed no matter what, so all you can do is joke about it.

3. The Energy of Reciprocity from Cleo Wade

“The energy of reciprocity is what balances our relationships. Healthy reciprocity is not just about giving and receiving, it is about doing those two things well. When we attach exhaustion or resentment to the way we give, then we are not giving in a way that truly helps or benefits anyone involved. Giving should never feel like a negative experience. Equally, when we attach guilt or shame to receiving, we are blocking our ability to receive in a way that truly nourishes us…”

BONUS Instagram Reel from The Avocado Toast Budget

“You deserve to feel confident with money, and your past money mistakes do NOT define you!”

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As always, if you’re looking for a categorized list of self identified women writing and speaking about personal finance, here is the comprehensive guide to the Women of the Financial Independence Community.

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