I am so happy to see you, Friday. This newsletter is going to be short and sweet because my computer is reaching a dangerous temperature I haven’t felt before and it’s clearly ready for the weekend. Or maybe it’s just rebelling because I have approximately 10,000 tabs open and 85 things on my to-do list that are 90% complete. Does anyone else struggle here?
While I usually am pretty productive I have a terrible habit of getting something 90% done and then spending hours – no days – agonizing over the last 10%. I have eight half-written articles open on my computer. I have a project for a client that is almost done. And I have emails that I’ve started drafting, but they sit un-sent. Once I close my computer tonight I’m going to read this article on getting the final 10% of things done. And I swear, I’m going to read 100% of it. Eventually.
You asked. And again this month, I answered. Another round of “Ask Erica” this month where readers indulge my inner-know-it-all tendencies. This month brought in questions about money in relationships. My fave. First up? What to do when your partner’s spending habits drive you up a wall.
What a GREAT idea. A couple of weeks ago after getting a question about how to use Personal Capital, I decided that my heavily pregnant self (who had just gotten the worst haircut I’ve ever had in the last decade), should get myself in front of the camera to record a tutorial. Excellent. I made a few videos but this one breaks down a full review of what I like and what I don’t like about the service as well as how exactly to use their free tools.
I’m not a saver. Shocking, I know. But I am really good at tricking myself (or nudging myself) into making good choices. The key? Make it easy. On The Everygirl I shared 7 EASY ways to save when you’re not a saver. Spoiler: none of them include budgeting.
Make Me Smart: smart-ish reads from around the internet
That’s so retro. Ever wonder if your relationship affects your bank account? It sure does. Whether your married, single, or divorced, here’s what that does to your money (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and how you can offset any potential damage. It’s full of interesting facts like only 22% of married women are the primary financial decision maker or that women with college degrees who stay single until after 30 earn $18k more than their married peers.
#selfcare. You know who makes the best financial decisions every day? No one. Or at least no one that you know because that type of person is probably not fun. While self care may be over-used to sell you all the things you don’t need (I’m looking at you, moon dust), that doesn’t mean that you should always prioritize responsible things like student loan payments over that fancy gym. This author breaks down her why.
This is too good. The New York Times has started a series publishing overlooked obituaries. Why? Because since 1851, when they started publishing obits, they’ve been dominated by white men. Women like Charlotte Bronte, Sylvia Plath, and more have been overlooked. It’s inspiring to look through and read about women like Emily Warren Roebling who oversaw the completion of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 when her engineer husband fell ill. Imagine a woman in the 1870’s bossing around a bunch of construction workers.
Make it good:
I have a client who is literally a self-care guru. And while I do a lot of the branding and marketing for self-care products, sites, and other content, it’s been two years and I haven’t embraced her lifestyle…yet. Recently, I’ve been watching her videos and doing her short, 10 minute yoga sequences on youtube. Up next on my list for this weekend? Her 5 minute video to help you break out of a negative mindset.
I would like to think that money won’t change me. But when I’m winning Monopoly I’m a horrible person.
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