In Honor of Women
We are smack in the middle of Women's Money Week, a national social media and live events campaign encouraging women to speak up about money, access financial information, take control of their finances, and reshape their financial futures.
This amazing event is the brainchild of Gina Robison-Billups, a fellow fire-cracker redhead I bumped into at a conference in 2015. I knew instantly that my life would be affected, and when I heard her story, I knew it wouldn't be just me. Women's Money, the organization Gina founded, has already affected the lives of thousands of women. By accepting her invitation to be the New York Ambassador for Women's Money Week 2017, I committed to help get that number into the millions. And we are!
Search #WMWeek17 on Twitter or Facebook and take in some of the great content fellow bloggers are putting out there. Look for events online or in your area. It's about more than just great tips and inspiring stories, it's a celebration of women, all we are capable of, and most importantly, of our sisterhood.
And that's what I find myself reflecting on most this week. I feel like I should be writing some smart money tips, or tell you some embarrassing story from my own financial life. But all I want to write about is how grateful I feel for the women in my life who have taught me so many invaluable lessons. From my mom, aunts, teachers, cousins, soul-sisters, and casual friends, I have learned more about life than from any other source.
It's not that I haven't learned lessons from the men in my life, I have. But there is always something special about the passing of wisdom from woman to woman, and especially about the gathering of women, even on social media, that sustains me and brings out my own inner wisdom.
That wisdom beats a "Five Ways to _____" list anyday of the week.
So, for today, I'll leave the tips & stories to the many other fine Ambassadors, and I'll send out some little waves of love and appreciation through the ethers to all you fabulous women. Let's look for ways to give thanks today to the women we've learned from. And let's pay it forward, too. Share your wisdom with those coming up behind you. You don't need to have it all figured out. You just need to be willing to offer what you can.
That's all we ever can do, really. So go on now, go help your sisters.