Since the pandemic I’ve had a hard time focusing on writing blog posts; they seem pretty out of touch for our current environment. That’s only increased since George Floyd’s murder (and Breonna Taylor! Let’s talk about her!) and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality. I’ve been struggling with what to say that doesn’t sound flippant about what’s happening in the world right now.
I’m a very privileged white woman and have for my whole life been content to just be not racist. I, like so many other people, am currently coming to terms with the fact that that’s not enough and I need to be actively anti-racist.
I’ve been having lots of conversations with my (mostly white) coworkers: I work at an institution that on paper looks decent in terms of diversity, but in reality has a very stark divide between who works certain types of jobs. To its credit, I believe my company is seriously invested in changing how and who we hire, how we work across all of our departments, and the legacies we perpetuate. It’s been interesting watching a reckoning coming for the personal finance community at the same time, as well.
It’s long past time for us to talk about FinCon. “Where money and media meet.” Where a whole bunch of personal finance bloggers and nerds go to hang out with their friends once a year. Where I’ve been uncomfortable supporting the founder and CEO for years based on rumblings I’ve heard, but had ignored until now.
I tweeted about it, but not everyone is on Twitter and it turns out this blog I’ve had trouble writing for lately is actually my platform, not my social media accounts. So here we go. Continue reading “We need to talk about FinCon”
This post is ridiculously late. I’m gonna be real: I haven’t been able to bring myself to look at the goals a baby, naive version of myself made way back at the beginning of the year, back before all this shit happened.
That’s not to say that the pandemic is the only thing that’s thrown me for a loop this year! Some other (good!) things have happened, too: I sure as hell didn’t think I’d be spending most of this year planning/paying for a wedding! But it’s striking how different the world was a few months ago—some of these goals just straight-up aren’t possible in the world we now live in.
In theory I’d be writing this post in April and wouldn’t know as much about the pandemic as I know now, buuuuut obviously that’s not the case. “Hindsight is 20/20” is the most fucking darkly ironic phrase for this hellscape of a year. Anyway, let’s get into it. (-sob-) Continue reading “20 for 2020: Q1 update”
Well, um hi, everyone. When last I left off, everything had happened. Now everything has also happened, but differently.
I’ve been struggling with writing a post for weeks because what am I even supposed to write about in this wild world we live in? I have a few posts on the back burner, but honestly finally writing about my non-budget approach to spending money seems ridiculously inappropriate right now when people are losing jobs right and left or losing their lives. Every Monday night I’ve tried to sit down and write something to post on Tuesday and decided to push off posting until Thursday. And then that doesn’t happen either because I’m still at a loss for what to say.
We all know time doesn’t exist right now, so weeks have passed by without me posting. So, for lack of anything better to write, here’s a check in on how life looks at the moment. Continue reading “
Love Life in the time of cholera COVID”
As you can tell by the title, I am shamelessly copying myself from last year and doing the same thing with goals for this year, just adding one to match the year. Now 20 is a lot of goals, so I might have to come up with something different next year so this doesn’t continue indefinitely!
Here’s what I have in mind for this year. Continue reading “20 for 2020”
It’s just barely still January, so now’s a perfect time to finally wrap up with the 2019 posts! Continue reading “2019 year in review”
It’s mid-January, but that’s a great time to still be finishing up 2019 wrap-up posts, right? Let’s get into the last 19 for 2019 goals update! Continue reading “19 for 2019: Q4 update”
Let me state some things about myself that I’ve mentioned before across various posts. Continue reading “They say the first is the hardest…”
I’ve been meaning to write this post for two months now, but somehow it’s already December and the beginning of the third quarter of the year seems like it was FOREVER ago. A lot’s happened since then; here’s where I stood on my goals at the end of September. Continue reading “19 for 2019: Q3 update”
One of my goals for the year is to do something that’s out of the ordinary for me. I recently did the thing and I’ve been dropping broad hints about it: Continue reading “New apartment, new… me?”
In lieu of making New Year’s resolutions, this year I decided to set 19 goals for the year of 2019. And it’s
July August, which means it’s time past time to check in to see how I did during Q2.
(Remember what I said about being realistic about how I won’t work on posts during vacation even if they’re 90% drafted? Yeah, this has been sitting here mostly-written for a while.)
Continue reading “19 for 2019: Q2 update”