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 #25 (Actually, 162)
1. What Will You Do with the Final Days of 2021? Beating Broke
“Far too many of us self-sabotage as we enter the holiday season. We worry that we’ll miss out. We think that we don’t have any self-control during the holidays. But that’s not true. Instead, we need a mind shift. Indulge on the actual holiday, but the rest of the days, live your normal, typical life. You’ll be so much happier on January 1st if you do.”
2. When You’re Not Ready to Chase Financial Independence We Want Guac
“Too overwhelmed with other duties to think about FIRE? Feeling burnout? Worried sick over failing? Guess what, you’re not alone! Not being ready for financial independence comes in so many flavors it’s hard to keep track of them all. In fact, you could argue it’s part of your archetypal Hero’s Journey towards stability and wealth. “Refusal of the Call” is literally the step right after getting “The Call to Adventure (Call to FIRE?)” in the first place. So look at you, following in a time-honored tradition of Establishing Boundaries Against the Plot! This is only Chapter 2 of this epic story, so don’t think you’re out for the count just yet.”
3. Your Girl Is Officially Retiring at 35 Years Old Bitches Get Riches
“What I’m writing today isn’t a blueprint or a guide you can follow to financial independence. It’s not some some rah-rah horseshit clickbait article about how “if I can do it, anyone can with these seven easy hacks!” (Can you hear me making a languorous jerking-off motion when I say that? Because I am, and it feels like important context.) I cannot promise my successes to anyone else. I will never package them up and sell them as such.
But we’re all born drowning in a rancid stew of pro-work propaganda. Humans are spontaneous, clever, beautiful animals—and every day, most of us wake up and press ourselves into the physically and emotionally distressing routine of financially enriching someone else.
And I don’t like that. Nope, not a fan!
In an effort to push back against it, I’m willing to share my experiences as openly and honestly as I can. If it sparks one person’s curiosity, and inspires them to walk a similar path of stability towards financial independence, that would be enough for me.”
Because let’s be honest, women ALWAYS get lumped with these extra tasks, even in “diverse” workplaces, and even in senior positions…
And if you say yes, you’re sabotaging your own career and earning potential. It’s nice to be nice, but being the go-to coffee maker, cleaner, and birthday card organizer means you’ll be taken less seriously in your actual real life role.
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Angela is the cofounder of Women's Personal Finance. When she's not talking about women and money, she's riding her e-bike, hanging out at her urban micro-farm with her family, or listening to a new audiobook.