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Happy Friday, everyone! I am very excited to share an extra special edition of the Weekend Wisdom with you today. In this post, I am going to take a moment and reflect on some immense joys in my life, including some personal news for my readers. (Have I told you lately you are amazing?) In the hustle and bustle of life, it is sometimes too easy to forget to be thankful for the lives that we lead. I won’t let that happen today!
I hope you enjoy hearing a bit more about the behind the scenes of Mama Fish Saves! But don’t worry, if you’re only here for the great personal finance posts from around the web, those are still safely tucked at the end of this post. 🙂
The joy of a growing family
Pssst, I’ve been keeping a secret. Want to know what it is? This January, Fuss Fish is being promoted to big brother!
Daddy Fish and I are expecting our second child, another baby boy, in late January. The boys will be almost exactly two years apart, just as I had always hoped. And since we are having another boy born in the same season, we need to purchase absolutely nothing for baby number 2*! It is a family and budget blessing!
While Fuss Fish likely has no idea how much his tiny world is about to be flipped upside down, he greatly enjoys giving my belly hugs and kisses. Fingers crossed he loves his brother as much once he’s born!
*Nickname on hold until we meet him, but if you have Pout-Pout Fish or other fishy suggestions – let us know!
The joy of being recognized by your peers
Yesterday, I got some really awesome blogger news. Mama Fish Saves was chosen as a finalist for a Plutus Award in the “Best Family Finance Blog” category presented by FamZoo. For any blog, but especially one that is less than 8 months old, this is a huge honor. I am among the incredible talents of Catherine Alford, Chief Mom Officer, Couple Money, and Montana Money Adventures.
The Plutus Awards are a community award program for independent financial publishers. Bloggers can nominate their peers in various categories. Then a panel of 60 bloggers and independent publishers narrow down nominees to 5 finalists in each category. Winners are announced at the finance nerd Mecca, FinCon. (Imagine the Academy Awards, but everyone is way, way more financially responsible.)
I never expected to be nominated for a Plutus award this year. I’ve been walking around on Cloud 9 since I got the news. Blogging is a lot of work. A lot more work than I initially imagined when I took the plunge and started this blog back in February. Having Mama Fish Saves recognized by other bloggers whose work I greatly respect and read regularly is a burst of wind in my sails.
The joy of having a great support network
Alright, so this joy is a bit bittersweet. But I feel it is time to share with you a bit about my personal life. My pregnancy with Fish #2 has been a little difficult. Don’t worry, he’s doing great and the issues I’m facing shouldn’t be lasting. That said, I’ve had some ailments that will likely persist until the baby is born.
At this point, I have had to adjust my work schedule to working two days a week from home where I can rest and recover. It has meant less time to write content for Mama Fish Saves. And, it means I can’t travel so I can’t attend FinCon and the Plutus Awards ceremony this year. But these are small sacrifices to grow our family. It will become a blip over the year ahead.
Despite the difficulties, my focus has been on the amazing support I have in my life. Daddy Fish has happily taken up the slack when I need to rest. My employer has been endlessly caring and accommodating with whatever I’ve needed. And the personal finance blogger community has been there to remind me that blogging is a marathon. As a perfectionist, reducing my posting schedule to something a little less rigorous felt like a failure. But other bloggers have helped me focus on appreciating the things I can get done, not the things I can’t.
I plan to continue posting new content at least once a week, send out a weekly newsletter with money tips (join my email list at the bottom of this post!), and respond to all emails and Facebook messages as quickly as possible. This blog has long been my dream and I have loved getting to know some really amazing readers this year. I’m not going anywhere!
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Personal Finance Blog Posts of the Week
Instead of highlighting 5 top recent personal finance blog posts from around the web this week, I wanted to feature the other incredible ladies who are Plutus finalists for Best Family Finance Blog. Below are my favorite posts from each of the four other finalists. Good luck ladies! I’m honored to have my name next to yours!
How to Be Minimalist and Have a Baby – Catherine Alford’s minimalist baby tips are one of the most down to earth baby preparation posts I’ve read. The new parent consumer industry is huge and is doing everything it can to pull money out of your pockets. Catherine helps new parents keep their heads on straight. (I wish I read this before we spent thousands on Fuss Fish…)
Creating Your College Compact in Five Easy Steps – Chief Mom Officer’s College Compact concept is one of my favorite family finance ideas from around the web. College is expensive and it is important that your child understand the investment they are making in their future. Clearly outlining what you are willing to pay for, and what you aren’t, will help your child approach college in a thoughtful and productive way.
Build Your Marriage & Wealth With Money Dates – Couple Money shares how using “money dates” as check-ins for your finances can help develop your marriage and get you on the same page with your spouse. I love anything that makes money conversations less adversarial. Dates are a cute way to make talking about money fun and relaxed. Check out Elle’s tips and be sure to listen to the full podcast episode on money dates for more information, linked at the end of her post.
Paying Cash for Our House is Only Half the Story – Ms. Montana and her family are inspirational for so many reasons. (Jillian and her husband adopted 4 kids through foster care!) Personally, I love this story about how, before turning 30, Ms. Montana and her husband paid cash for their first home. It didn’t come without sacrifice or work, but they knew their own priorities and goals and worked towards them. A great story!
What did you learn about money this week? Did you find any new Family Finance Blogs among the Plutus Award finalists? Let me know in the comments!
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