I'm young, so I suffer from a certain type of delusion. I call it a delusional self narrative because I picked up the term self narrative when my younger sister was explaining her masters thesis. To be honest, I'm not sure what the thesis was about, but I did like the term "self narrative."
Self narratives are the stories that we tell ourselves, about ourselves. Delusional self narratives are stories that we tell ourselves, about ourselves, that might not be totally grounded in reality.
The delusion that I tell myself is that because I am a high achiever, I can achieve my goals. In reality, I cannot. Not because I'm not a high achiever (anyone who has met me would agree that I am), but because nobody can achieve difficult goals. They can only achieve a difficult goal. One at a time.
Nearly half of all moms with children under age 18 consider part time work the best possible scenario for their family. I'm one of those moms. I want to focus the majority of my attention on my son and maintaining the home front, but I would like to keep my finger on the pulse of the working world. I certainly don't want to re-enter the workforce at age 45 with no more chance at a job than a 22 year old college grad (actually, a lesser chance due to the inherent bias towards good-looking women).
While part time work could be plausible in almost any circumstance, some careers lend themselves to a scale down better than others. These are five careers where some style of part time work could keep you earning, learning, and engaged at work even while you shift your focus to your family.
Happy Monday to you! Today I have a Guest Post on Budget And the Beach called Grow Your Budget to Fit Your Life. I give some unconventional personal finance advice for times when you aren't earning sufficient income (or you don't expect to earn sufficient income) on your desired lifestyle. Shockingly, my advice isn't to hustle more and cut your expenses. Go check it out, but come on back, because I've been nominated for a Liebster Award.
The Liebster Award is an award that helps people discover new blogs. It is an ideal award to get to know bloggers like me who still haven't made their about page. For a fun fact, the word Liebster is German and means sweetie (or if you use the word Liebling it is, I think, little sweetie). My Grandma used to call us Liebster (or Wukus which is not nearly as flattering).
I was nominated for the Liebster by Ruth from Prudence Debtfree, and I'm really thankful for the nomination
On Monday, I discussed my first ever budget. On Wednesday, I discussed the budget that didn't help me through my early twenties. Today, I'm talking about our budget and our marriage. I am a huge fan of budgeting precisely because of the profound effect that it has had on my marriage.
In my opinion, our rigorous, zero based budgeting system has been the single most helpful tool that has helped us to recover from a deteriorating marriage. It has helped us to turn expectations into contentment, complexity into simplicity, disparate goals into a shared vision, and to prioritize our relationship above other goals. Our zero based budget helps us to amplify every pillar in our Agile Personal Finance Manifesto.
I'm a wife, a mom, an employee, and a personal finance nerd who is devoted to spreadsheeting my way through life.