Modern Woman

My journey to becoming a modern woman began when I was at the ripe old age of four. My family lived in Bucharest, Romania. During a visit to a zoo (I think it was a zoo because my parents were very concerned about the ostriches taking one of my fingers), I asked my mom to teach me how to spell my name.

I know. I have excellent timing.

Likely, because we were at the zoo and my mom probably didn’t have a pen on her, she said, “not now – you’re too young.” These words, coming from a stressed and, at the time, pregnant woman, were meant to delay me until we were back at home in our cement house we shared with a multitude of cockroaches.

… but it did more than delay me. It shut me down. I never asked her again. She never meant for this to happen, but it did. As a result, I had to wait until I was five, in America, in kindergarten with a bunch of kids (with whom I couldn’t relate) to learn how to spell my own name.

I realize now that these events are normal – not traumatic the way my brain stored these memories. But somehow, these events instilled in me the desire to be educated. My mom has a high school diploma and always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom.

There were many times, in our kitchen, when she would rag on moms who worked full time and didn’t have time to raise their children. I couldn’t tell her then, but I secretly wanted to be one of those moms.

Thankfully, as an almost 30-year-old, my mom and I have worked out our differences. I am educated, gainfully employed, and enjoying my life as a modern woman who has no intention of being a stay-at-home mom.

That’s not to say I don’t value stay-at-home moms. My mom is cool and talented in ways many people are not. For example, she’s a faster swimmer than most people on the planet and thoroughly enjoys beating all but maybe one or two 20-something-year-old men in the triathlons she regularly competes.

All this to say, this blog is a place to share what I’ve learned overcoming obstacles to becoming a “modern woman.” Mostly, I’m interested in money. Why?

Remember the first part of this story? The part where I lived in a cement hut with about a million cockroaches?

Yeah, poverty isn’t fun. America is a place of opportunity, especially when you’ve experienced other places where there is next to zero opportunity. I hope this blog will be a place where you can learn to maximize your experience as a modern woman (or man) in a country filled to the brim with opportunity, diversity, and democracy. I hope you’ll also learn how to become holistically wealthy and be inspired to share your wealth with those who have less than you.

From a young age, I knew education was important. Education can open opportunities and lead to unexplored worlds. What I didn't know was how difficult it could be to access education if you didn't know the right places to look. On this blog, I make financial education accessible and point readers to the sources of my own education. Don't wait to improve your financial situation because it impacts every aspect of your life. Start today by educating yourself using the resources provided here at Modern Woman - Modern Money.

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