It’s All About You … and Money

Strategies to take control of your financial future

Welcome to the Women & Money Blog! Join me, Patricia Stallworth, each week as we build a road to financial independence and control. Along the way we’ll explode some money myths, cover the basics, and explore some financial strategies you can use to comfortably and confidently take control of your financial future.

Why a special blog for women? That’s easy. Not only are we special, but we tend to have different life experiences and different beliefs, motivations, and behaviors when it comes to money. And, let’s face it, most of us never seriously thought when we were growing up that we could be responsible for our own financial well-being someday so we didn’t give it a lot of thought. Now here we are in 2010 and things are tough and it’s more important than ever to have a firm grasp on our finances. Almost 90% of all women will be totally responsible for their finances at some point in their lives. Also, because we generally earn less and live longer than men, we need to learn to do more with less.

I am so excited to be your guide on this virtual road trip. Taking control and achieving financial independence is not extremely difficult but it is an ongoing process and there are always new things to learn along the way. My goal is to make this a fun trip that includes a real prize at the end – an understanding of what it takes to become financially independent. In addition to owning a financial education company, I am a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), a business consultant, and a former teacher, so expect a real mix of topics and possibly even some homework that I whole-heartedly encourage you to complete. Hey, financial independence requires work. And like most things, you get out of it what you put into it.

Be sure to leave me your comments and suggestions for any topics you would like to learn more about, and visit my Website at www.MindingYourMoney.net for more information on the topics discussed in this blog and a calendar of upcoming tele-classes and events.

Now, fasten your seat belts and let’s get started!

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  • http://N/A Deidra Willis

    Great article! It’s definitely relevant and critical for women in today’s society. I thoroughly enjoyed your take on assessing yourself. More times than not, that’s the answer to most of our questions, starting with self. I do believe you hit the nail on the head. My initial response to the article was WOW… I really need to have a conversation with you. I just sat down yesterday after speaking with a very close ally and friend to develop a model on how we can change the mentality finance brings. We actually challenged ourselves to think of ways (if we were in someone’s shoes who had not been educated on finance) to address the financial literacy issues. It’s amazing that one of my questions from that perspective was “what if I wanted to start making wise financial decisions, how would I start?’’ My response, understand yourself, the money cycle and then money management. I am elated to know that I am on the right track to reducing financial illiteracy by my way of thinking being aligned with your suggestion on the money autobiography and charting patterns of one self.
    In addition, you are an owner of a financial education company, a CFP, and a business consultant, all of which I aspire to be! You have the knowledge and the experience to go along with it that truly makes you trustworthy. I would love to hear more on your experiences, challenges, and successes (perhaps future topics that can be tied into financial success in the now).
    I think this is a wonderful thing that you are doing and I am looking forward to being a part of the movement!

    • Patricia Stallworth

      Love your comments! And I am glad to see that you are willing to start building a good foundation to make decisions. Since you have a friend with the same interest, why not have her/him help you with your MA by sharing patterns or behaviors they have noticed in you regarding money. Then perhaps you can return the favor. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we are just too close and we can’t see the forest for all of the trees. ps

  • VIDA GUDE

    Patricia:

    This is wonderful! Such great and necessary information for us. Bad habits are soooo hard to break. This is my year to improve my finances. I will be reading your blog.

    Vida