The Power of Community
Two weeks ago I attended a conference for finance people in media – bloggers, writers, podcasters – any form of media where people communicate ideas on personal finance. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be around people who “got” me – where my love of Excel spreadsheets could be appreciated, I could have conversations about Roth IRAs and mutual funds with no blank stares, and talking about budgets was considered normal and did not instill fear.
I’m also a part of another community that supports and encourages its members to launch their dreams, no matter how crazy it may seem to the outside world. Without this community I would have not had the fortitude to launch Every Single Dollar and you may not have had the chance to read this blog post.
One of the main goals of creating Every Single Dollar is to create a community where single women could freely talk about their finances and feel like they had peers who could relate to their money issues. Another goal is to help women get out of debt by creating a support group that would cheer them on and motivate them to continue the journey. And to be surrounded with others who “get” what it’s like to be a single woman navigating the world of personal finance on their own.
So why is community so important – especially when it comes to your finances as a single woman?
- Community crushes fear. One of my favorite authors Jon Acuff says “Fear fears community”. Why? Because there is strength in numbers. When you are trying to take control of your finances, all of the old fears of not being able to accomplish your financial goals creep in. Being a part of a community allows you to voice those fears and know you are not alone.
- Community breeds the belief of possibility. When you see others around you that are in the same situation and they are succeeding, you have the belief that you can achieve those same goals. Interacting with others single women who are winning at getting out of debt or saving for the down payment on a house makes the idea of reaching those goals possible.
- Community provides support. Let’s face it – we aren’t perfect when it comes to our financial decision. It’s great to have a support system that will listen to our frustrations and provide encouragement to pick ourselves back up and keep moving forward. Plus someone within that support system may be able to provide you with ideas on how to cope with your setback.
So if you are looking for a community of single women to talk about the financial issues that are important to you, come join us on Facebook at the Every Single Dollar Community (<–click here)! We would love to have you join us and continue the conversation. Be part of a powerful community to support each other in our financial journeys!