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 #37 (Actually, 174)
1. Having Anxiety Over Spending Money On Yourself Handful of Thoughts
“I’m not scared of money. But spending it on myself definitely gives me anxiety. How do I deal with this anxiety? Easy, I avoid spending money on myself. Sound familiar? The only problem is this is not a solution to the stress.
It’s still there.
I haven’t had a haircut in over 2 years because I can’t bring myself to spend the money on it. That doesn’t mean I haven’t spent money in the past 2 years. I’ve spent lots of money, just minimal amounts on myself.
So, if you’re like me and have a hard time spending money on yourself or making large purchases, let’s dive into why this might be and how to overcome the anxiety over spending money on yourself.”
2. On resilience Heated
“But the IPCC’s resilience chapter, like most climate-related discussions about the subject, is only about how to build resilience into our systems. It says nothing about how to build resilience in ourselves. That’s fine; that’s not the IPCC’s job. But I have realized that, without personal resilience, strategies for systemic resilience are meaningless. The people running a system determine its success.
When I started HEATED in the summer of 2019, I was an incredibly resilient person. I had routines, activities, and communities outside of work that kept me energetic and strong, no matter what. Two years into this pandemic, I have lost a great deal of those things, and embarrassingly have not found a way to rebuild them. As a result, my mental health has deteriorated. My brain feels in a constant state of fog and overwhelm.”
3. Why Those Pretty Bins Won’t Make You Organized Rich In What Matters by Rose Lounsbury
“When you head to the basket aisle of Target before decluttering, you have skipped right through step one and I hate to break it to ‘ya…. but ye shall not be organized as a result.
It’s kind of like buying fancy new sneakers and expensive workout gear and hoping that your sweet workout swag alone will help you get in shape. Unfortunately for all of us, this is not true. The only way to get in shape is to pump the iron, hit the sidewalk, and put down the doughnut.
Similarly, the only way to get organized is to look at your stuff and ask it, very seriously, Why the heck are you here??? “
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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.