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Celebrating 11 Years with 11 Good Issues


This summer season, Femme Frugality turns 11 years previous.

This previous yr?

It’s not been my favourite.

That’s an understatement. And I do know a number of you’re proper there with me.

One of many issues that helps me get by means of occasions like these is training gratitude. Even when the world is a steaming sizzling pile of rubbish.

So immediately, on the conclusion of a very troublesome yr and what I hope is the daybreak of a a lot, a lot better one, I needed to take a second to have a good time a few of the good issues that occurred between the summers of 2021 and 2022.

A few of these issues are Femme Frugality adjoining. A few of them are completely unrelated wins and accomplishments of my friends within the PF house.

All of them have introduced me nice pleasure. I hope they bring about a smile to your face, too.

1. Mother Autism Cash launched & nominated for awards.

Joyce Marrero and I launched a podcast! Mother Autism Cash has a reasonably self-explanatory title: We speak about private finance for folks of children on the spectrum.

We’ve gotten to talk with some fairly superb friends, and have coated matters you don’t typically hear talked about within the private finance house, like:

  • ABLE accounts.
  • Supplemental wants trusts.
  • Medicaid entry.
  • The way to efficiently apply for SSI.
  • Guardianship vs supported decision-making.
  • And the record goes on.

Right here’s the place you possibly can try the full episode archive.

Bonus on prime of attending to do one thing we love that’s making a distinction?

Mother Autism Cash was simply introduced as a finalist for two Plutus Awards!

  • Finest New Private Finance Podcast.
  • Finest Private Finance Content material for Underserved Communities.

This in and of itself is an honor sufficient. However in case you’d like, you may as well nominate us for the Individuals’s Selection Award. You can too nominate anybody else from this submit.

We’ll be launching Season 3 someday this Fall, so it’s price subscribing now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever else you hearken to podcasts. That manner you’ll robotically be up to date after we begin releasing new episodes.

2. Shalese Heard is profitable.

This yr I used to be launched to a new-to-me content material creator, Shalese Heard, AKA the Autistic Journey Goddess. And I’m so glad I used to be.

Shalese primarily covers journey content material. However inside that, there’s a complete lot of private finance content material. As a result of what higher manner that will help you journey the world than establishing some monetary freedom for your self?

Shalese has used tons of artistic and outside-the-box methods to fund her travels, which we did talk about bit on an episode of Mother Autism Cash.

She’s had a TON of wins this previous yr, from talking at enormous conferences to launching new programs. Be sure you sustain with the newest from Shalese on Instagram and YouTube.

3. Pauline acquired her CFP.

shorter woman with brown hair and black shirt standing net to taller woman with black cowboy hat black shirt and pink hoodie. both women wearing white lanyards and smiling

Pauline and me in Dallas again in 2017. I have to get higher about taking photos with folks after we spend time collectively!

My good buddy Pauline from Attain Monetary Independence spent a lot of the primary a part of the pandemic learning away to earn her CFP. And in December, she acquired it!

Pauline is now utilizing her CFP to work with lively responsibility army members, and doing a little charity work on the facet.

Pauline is among the most money-savvy folks I do know. She’s discovered unimaginable methods to make use of her funds to discover the globe, and has made certain to additionally use her wealth to assist others in all of her communities alongside the best way.

She’s a beautiful, compassionate particular person, a private finance genius, and somebody you’re all the time glad to see succeed.

4. Nicole Lynn Perry continued to alter the world in new capacities.

I had a chance to talk with Nicole Lynn Perry this yr. You in all probability keep in mind Nicole’s story from The Feminist Monetary Handbook. On the time the e-book was revealed, she had simply secured a job at Amazon. Which was nice.

However within the time since, even higher issues have come her manner. Nicole has been working as a paralegal and mitigation specialist for the Lavender Rights Venture out of Seattle. This yr, her advocacy work and insights have been featured in lots of main publications, just like the Washington Publish.

I proceed to be impressed by and grateful for the entire change she makes on the earth — whether or not it was her work again in Texas or in her new function in Seattle.

When you’re an editor or author and wish to get in contact with Nicole for like media options, I’d be completely satisfied to place you in contact.

5. Rebecca Neale acquired the Nery Arrano Award.

I’ve a lot respect for Rebecca not solely as a result of she’s a gifted, expert legal professional, but in addition due to her phenomenal character as a human being.

This yr, the pinnacle of Bedford Household Lawyer acquired the Nery Arrano award for professional bono work from the Girls’s Bar Basis of Massachusetts.

I’ve witnessed Rebecca dedicate a lot of her profession to survivors of home violence. I’ve seen her elevate her voice to convey consciousness to financial abuse, which nearly all the time accompanies these circumstances.

It’s so good to see somebody who does a lot good being honored for his or her work.

Rebecca shares some tremendous negotiation suggestions for girls in The Feminist Monetary Handbook.

6. Cashing Out was revealed.

I met Kiersten Saunders of Wealthy & Common within the Spring of 2019, and her perspective on FIRE (monetary independence/retire early) blew my thoughts. I used to be immediately impressed and needed to be taught ALL THE THINGS from her.

Her method to FI wasn’t about hustling away your 30s and giving up all of the luxuries, however quite about leveraging company programs — after which strolling away from them — in an effort to purchase again extra of your life for your self. It was additionally about decidedly making these objectives much less completely white.

This yr, she and her husband Julien launched the e-book Cashing Out, which covers all these matters and extra. The e-book teaches you give up your job inside 15 years with out burning your self out alongside the best way.

They’ve been featured on Good Morning America, Marketwatch, and had an excellent profitable e-book tour. (Extra dates could also be added — sustain right here so that you don’t miss one in a metropolis close to you!)

I’m so completely satisfied to see Julien and Kiersten get a lot consideration for his or her phenomenal work, and completely satisfied for all of us that we get to be taught from them with this new tome.

7. Stacked hit the cabinets.

One other nice e-book that got here out this yr?

Stacked by Emily Man Birken and Joe Saul-Sehy!

I reviewed the e-book earlier this yr right here on Femme Frugality, however right here’s the synopsis:

It’s a humorous, participating option to find out about private finance, particularly in case you’re new to the investing facet of the equation. It takes complicated matters and breaks them down in a manner that can really maintain you turning the pages quite than falling asleep. Hilarious analogies and popular culture references abound!

Emily and Joe have had a number of success with this e-book, and also you LOVE to see it.

In actual fact, each Stacked and Cashing Out are each finalists for Finest New Private Private Finance Guide from the Plutus Awards.

8. Jackie Cummings Koski was featured on Rachael Ray.

And about 1,000,000 different thrilling locations, like CNBC and Black Enterprise.

Jackie‘s story, which she generously shared in The Feminist Monetary Handbook, is so inspiring. It reveals the way you don’t essentially should be a millionaire to grow to be a millionaire. You possibly can retire early with out sacrificing ALL the issues, even in case you make a mean revenue.

One in every of her long-term objectives has been taking the time to concentrate on giving again together with her data, and it’s been actually cool to see her obtain this in such huge methods over the previous yr!

Make sure to not miss her on Rachael Ray.

9. J$ is again!

After a while away, J$ is again and running a blog at Budgets are Attractive!

And he and Nate have already introduced again the Giving Playing cards!

I do know I’m not the one one who missed J in his absence. He’s executed a lot to additional the accessibility of economic literacy training. He additionally does a lot to offer again to the group. When you suppose the stuff he posts on his weblog is sort, you’d be so impressed by the goodness he shares with the world when nobody is wanting. And by the truth that he by no means mentions it.

Having him again is trigger for rejoice.

10. Shanté turned a screenwriter for PBS.

Final Fall, Shanté’s music video was featured on the Plutus Awards!

And her inventive imaginative and prescient and successes didn’t finish there. This yr, she turned a screenwriter for the PBS present Two Cents. Test it out right here! New episodes are forthcoming.

Joyce and I had been fortunate to take a seat down with Shanté for an episode of Mother Autism Cash this yr, too. She’s such a superb educator, in a position to break down even essentially the most tremendous complicated monetary matters and switch them into digestible classes. When you aren’t already a member of her Monetary Widespread Cents group, you’ll wish to change that quick.

11. Private finance and public coverage intersected at Plutus Voices Philly.

I used to be honored to talk at Plutus Voices Philly this yr alongside the good Courtney Richardson.

We talked concerning the alternative ways public coverage and private finance intersect. We touched on some fairly deep and necessary matters, and I’m hoping to have a video for you all quickly.

I’ve been taking further care with COVID, so this journey was one thing that was rigorously thought of and deliberate out. I encourage you to be COVID secure, too. For others, if not for your self.

It was so good to see previous buddies once more after so lengthy. Particularly such compassionate and galvanizing ones like Harlan of the Plutus Basis, Miranda of the Plutus Basis and the Freelance Author Academy (<— for any of you trying to break into that discipline), and Jason Vitug of Phroogal, the YOLO e-book, and numerous different monetary literacy initiatives.

It was additionally actually nice to fulfill new folks in actual life, like Courtney. Who, have I discussed? Is completely good throughout so many domains. I’ve discovered a lot from her, particularly in current months, and I’d extremely advocate following alongside so you possibly can be taught from her, too.

I came upon that Jason is popping out with one other e-book quickly, so remember to observe him to remain on prime of that information!

What good issues have occurred to you this yr?

Clearly, greater than 11 completely satisfied issues occurred on the earth of private finance this yr. Whether or not you’re a author, media producer, or simply a person who paid off the final of their debt this yr, I wish to hear all about it!

Depart your win or another person’s win that introduced you pleasure within the feedback. Or @ me on social media.

The world can really feel so tenuous these days. Let’s level out the issues which can be definitively celebratory.

To not ignore the unhealthy. However to offer ourselves one, transient second to acknowledge the nice.



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