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 and nonbinary folks, 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.
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Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #90 (Actually, 229)
1. FIRE Done Right is About Resources, Not Money We Want Guac
“I am taking time out of writing Count of Monte Cristo screenplays to argue that FIRE is about resources, which includes money along with other necessary bits and pieces. The end goal of FIRE is not “reach your FI number,” in much the same way that the end goal of building a birdhouse is not “acquire a toolbox”. The end goal is about living your ideal life.”
2. Turning towards the end Vicki Robin
” I’m in the final swing of my 78th turn around the sun. I’ve often wondered what happened to those famous people who disappear from view, only to appear again in an obituary decades later. What were they doing all those years? How did they fare, once no longer buoyed by the light of admiration from others?
William Saroyan famously said, “Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.”
I should probably write a book about this fascination with the years of erasure. I think I’m in the ante room of it. Or just inside the door, looking around.
Elderhood, it turns out, doesn’t just come to us. We earn older simply by surviving past 60. Elder, though, takes work.”
3. How And Why We Should All Get Better At Having Difficult Conversations DINKS on a Bus
“Let’s face it: it’s a tough world out there right now. If you don’t have a different opinion on some important topic from at least one immediate family member or friend, consider yourself lucky. Inevitably, we are likely all faced with the possibility of having difficult conversations on a consistent, if not daily, basis. In a time where this is the sad norm, wouldn’t it benefit everyone to get at least a little better at having difficult conversations?”
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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.