Hi everyone! I wanted to make a quick, special edition post for Women’s Power Wednesday, originally started in our community by Shannon from Financially Blonde (who has a fantastic list of inspiring women on her own blog).

The basic premise is that we, as women, need to come together in the community, and I agree with that wholeheartedly.

I was going to hold off on writing this until next week, but I figured I could squeeze it in right now, especially after reading Kali’s wonderful thoughts on the matter.

I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t be where I am right now without a few key women that supported me throughout my journey to self-employment, and I wanted to give them a special mention because I’m beyond grateful for their assistance and friendship.

These women are all incredibly powerful in their own ways, and they’ve also empowered and inspired me.

I’m also going to give some special shout outs to women in the community that have served as a source of inspiration to me, financially or otherwise!

In the spirit of Women's Power Wednesday, I'm highlighting the women in the personal finance community that I'm grateful for.


Formerly commonsensemillennial.com, Kali was one of the first bloggers I really connected with, way back when I first started. I loved her writing style from the get-go, and we both have very similar views on money.

I was so excited to see her transition to working for herself, and even more excited when she announced taking the role of XYPN’s Marketing Manager. She’s an incredibly hard worker, but she always makes time to chat (even if it’s about cats =) and offer help.

She was a huge source of inspiration for me when I contemplated freelancing, but she also took a chance on me and brought me onto her team last year when I had nothing else going for me. I’m still incredibly grateful for that. I continue to learn so much from her, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help and kindness.

Cat – Budget Blonde

Many of you know Cat, as she’s basically a household name in the PF community, at least. It’s no wonder she was named best freelance writer at the Plutus Awards last year, and I’m very proud to have been a past student of hers (if you want to get into freelance writing, you should definitely check her coaching service out).

Cat gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get ahead with freelance writing. I had been stuck inside my head for months (classic analysis paralysis), but Cat wouldn’t have any of that. She gave me the confidence I needed to proceed with pitching and getting myself out there. I’m so grateful I hired her, as it was exactly what I needed at the time.

Besides that, Cat is just wonder woman. Her twins are almost a year old now (holy cow, that went by fast!), and she’s been blogging for years. I’m in awe of all that she’s accomplished in such a short time, and she’s a savvy businesswoman to boot.

Carrie – Careful Cents

As some of you know, I had the honor of sharing my journey to self-employment on Carrie’s blog. She has built an amazing, amazing community of solopreneurs, and she continues to inspire many people to take action with their career and life.

Writing for Careful Cents was one of my first paid writing opportunities, and documenting my journey was scary at times. However, I’ve been grateful beyond belief for the kind words others have shared with me there. I’ve been told my own journey inspired others to take action, and there really aren’t any words to describe how happy that makes me.

Carrie also offers coaching services, and she’s seriously a role model for anyone looking to become a successful solopreneur. The information she has to offer is invaluable, and I’d recommend any of her products.

Melanie – Dear Debt

Melanie made the transition to self-employment around the same time I did, and I’ve been especially grateful to have her to talk to from time to time throughout the journey. We’ve both faced similar struggles and feelings, and it’s always nice to know you’re not alone (and not going crazy).

Melanie is a world class hustler and she’s always inspired me to do more. I’m always blown away by how much she’s paid her student loan debt down just with side hustles.

Beyond that, Melanie is just awesome. She’s full of wisdom, she’s fun, and she’s not afraid to be herself. I still remember meeting her at FinCon and wanting to stick around her because she was so welcoming!

Special Mentions

I want to leave a few special mentions here, but this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. I enjoy so many bloggers it would take forever to list them all out, but you can always check my blogroll out for more.

  • Zina, from Debt Free After Three: Zina has had an incredible journey with paying off her student loans, and she’s a source of inspiration for anyone looking to accelerate their debt payoff. She’s gaining traction with freelance writing work, and I’m so excited to see where she’ll end up!
  • Michelle, from Making Sense of Cents: Michelle has been absolutely owning being self-employed since late 2013 (I can’t believe it’s been that long already!), and if you need to get your butt in gear, just read one of her income reports. Her blog was one of the first I read, mainly because she was paying off her student loans at lightning speed, and was a big inspiration to me in that regard.
  • Tonya, from Budget and the Beach: What can I say about Tonya that isn’t obvious? She’s strong, independent, extremely hilarious, and has been weathering the ups and downs of freelancing like a champ (and pushing forward on her own personal projects). I love reading her thoughts on things, and I always admire how she keeps things real and positive. She’s also a great source for fitness inspiration!
  • Mrs. Frugalwoods, from Frugalwoods: Mrs. FW has such a great writing style, and I think many others agree since their blog has grown incredibly quickly! I’ve often commented that I hope to be where she is in 10 years – she’s a financial role model for me. =) The Frugalwoods have a simplistic, yet fulfilling view on life that really resonates with me, and Frugalhound is always a hoot.
  • Shannon, from Financially Blonde: Of course, I have to mention the woman that started this in the first place! Shannon is no stranger to being in the male-dominated financial field, and I love hearing her stories of how she handled it. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and I love the story behind why she started her own financial planning firm. Heck, she started her podcast because there weren’t enough women talking about finance, and I’m so glad she did.
  • Shannyn, from Frugal Beautiful: Shannyn has been on a role when it comes to women’s empowerment. She’s all about self-love and respect while living a beautiful life on the cheap. She is one classy lady, and she’s also starting an inspirational series on her Instagram, which is pretty fitting for this post!

If you’re not on this list, I apologize – I seriously think all of you are awesome (even the guys =)).

What’s one female personal finance blogger that has had a huge impact on you? Or name a woman that has had a positive influence on you!



    1. Erin M. March 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      Of course, just telling the truth! =)

  1. Shannon @ Financially Blonde March 11, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Yay!!!! I LOVE that you did this Erin and you have selected a pretty kick ass group of awesome and supportive women. I love that we are all a part of each other’s lives and make each other better.

    1. Erin M. March 11, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      Me too – so glad you started this little movement. =)

  2. Katelyn @ Diaries of a Wandering Lobster March 11, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I’m a big fan of Shannyn of Frugal Beautiful and Michelle of Making Sense of Cents! They are the ones I first started reading and was inspired to get my financial life in line.

    1. Erin M. March 11, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      That’s great to hear! They’re both very wonderful ladies. =)

  3. Tonya@Budget and the Beach March 12, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Awe thanks so much Erin! I really appreciate you and your blog too (although I want to see more here for selfish reasons!). :) Glad you came on the scene and I admire all the ladies on your list for one reason or another. Can’t wait to meet you at Fincon!

    1. Erin M. March 12, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Did I miss that you’re going now?! (Probably, sigh, I need more hours in the day!) If so, YES, party!! I can’t wait for the second half of this year already.

      And I am really planning on kicking my butt into gear this month. I have to start cranking out more posts. =)

  4. Melanie @ Dear Debt March 12, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    This warms my heart, Erin! I needed another pick me up today :) We need to have a proper catch up soon! xoxo

    1. Erin M. March 12, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      Yes, please! Glad I could spread some joy. =)

  5. Kali March 12, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    This made my whole week, lady. Thank you so much for the incredibly kind words. So many warm fuzzies!! You’re wonderful and I’m so glad I get to call you my friend :) Hugs!

    1. Erin M. March 12, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      I’m so glad we connected and that I get to call someone as awesome as you a friend as well! Hugs!

  6. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank March 13, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    For me, Shannon from Financially Blonde is the blogger I admire because of her sensitivity and I feel that her post is authentic and speaks to me personally.

    1. Erin M. March 13, 2015 at 3:29 AM

      Shannon definitely keeps her posts authentic, and I love all the wisdom she shares from working with clients!

  7. No More Waffles March 14, 2015 at 9:36 AM


    Dammit, wrong gender again! :)

    Great list though. I’ve read a few of your favourite female bloggers already, but I’m looking forward to checking the other ones out.

    Hope everything is well over there,

    1. Erin M. March 14, 2015 at 6:22 PM

      Haha! You guys can always start Manly Monday’s or something. =) I hope you enjoy them!

  8. The Money Spot March 16, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    My favorite would have to be Cat of Budget Blonde. I love reading about her PF advices and of course, the tidbits about having twins!

    1. Erin M. March 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

      Yes, I love when Cat includes pictures of the twins. They’re too adorable!

      Thanks for stopping by!


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