You know that feeling when you come back from vacation and it takes you a looooooong time to actually get back into your work? Like you spend the first day or two back getting up for too many cups of coffee, walking around the office to say ‘hi’ and catch up with your co-workers, and taking an hour to write an email that you really should only take 10 minutes.

That’s been me. It’s taken me a while to pull myself out of vacation mode and get back into work and The Worth Project. Though as opposed to coming back from vacation relaxed and with a tan, I’ve come back from “maternity leave” with dark circles under my eyes and a small six week old human being who is very demanding. Cute, but demanding.

But I feel totally back and enthused and a big part of it is because of the survey responses from last week. You all want to read about so many things! This is a seriously smart group.

Here’s a sampling of just a few things you can look forward to in the weeks and months to come:

  • Money management for single women, couples, and families (I have some expert interviews lined up for this one)
  • The psychology of money (oh so excited about this)
  • Done with debt, budget it under control…now what?
  • Reader stories (on it!)
  • Traveling, home buying, investing…

And more. I can’t wait.

PS: still want to take the survey? Well you’re in luck. Here’s the link

 

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ICYMI:

This feels so luxurious. Managing your money isn’t just about tactical elements like tools, budgets, and getting the best return on your investment. It took me a long time to realize that being more mindful with money – how you spend it, invest it, and enjoy it – can be just as important as the tactical elements. In this article I break down the recent shift I’ve had in appreciating luxuries and how changing my definition and mindset about life’s luxuries has helped improve how I view my money. [read time: 5 minutes]

Well this is awkward. But it really doesn’t have to be. I used to shy away from awkward money situations because um hi, money conversations can be awkward. But over the years I’ve learned they don’t have to be. In this fun article for Cupcakes & Cashmere I break down 6 common awkward money situations and how to handle them. [read time: 6 minutes]


Make Me Smart: Smart-ish reads from around the internet

Weekend Plans. I’m not a movie person – it’s hard to commit to sitting still and watching one thing for that amount of time. But I’ll make an exception for this movie. Dream Girl, a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs was released on Youtube earlier this week. It was produced by an all-female cast, it premiered at the White House, and after watching the intro, I’m totally hooked. This is something I can commit to this weekend. [time 1 hour, 2 minutes]

Stealth wealth. In the comments of my Cupcakes & Cashmere article this month, a reader shared a link to this piece in the NY Times. It’s an interesting look at the anxiety and the stigma around wealth and the implications that has on our increasingly unequal society. [read time: 11 minutes]

My other weekend plans. My inbox has exploded (if you’ve emailed me and are waiting for a response, it’s coming!). I don’t want to blame it on having a baby, because in all honesty it not that. It’s because the time it takes for me to craft a well written response is increasing. On top of that, all of my poorly written responses end up in more emails required for clarification. I’ve lost the art form of a good email response. This email example from Steve Jobs is a great reminder of how to write an email that ultimately does what you need it to. [read time: 6 minutes]

I’d like to think that money wouldn’t change me, yet when I’m winning at Monopoly I’m a terrible person.

 

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