*Actually, get mad too. It’s fun.
Fierce Girls, I wrote a different post for you last week. But before I had time to post it, the election happened.
It didn’t go the way I’d hoped. I got together with a few friends to watch it unfold on ABC, and it was like the worst party ever. (Great food, wine and company notwithstanding).
But maybe you voted for the LNP Government, and hey that’s cool, because this is a democracy. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s far better than the alternatives.
In the same week though, Alabama passed some of the most punitive and backwards abortion laws in the world. If you’ve somehow missed it, this is some next-level Handmaid’s Tale shit.
Anyway, this is not an election analysis.
It’s about power.
Cynicism is our greatest enemy. And the antidote is activism.
I’m paraphrasing Billy Bragg, one of the greatest influences on my life.
I know you’re not ready to rise up in the streets and stuff, and I’m not saying you have to. Activism takes many forms.
So does power, and it’s not all in the corridors of Parliament House.
One way to wield power is through your wallet.
From nailing your bank account to reining in frivolous spending, money is one of the most effective ways to give the finger to the patriarchy.
Every dollar you earn and own is another way to increase your choices.
Every time you put money towards buying a home, investing for the future or creating a savings fund, you are putting more space between you and chaos.
Because if there’s one thing the powerful men of the world worked out a long time ago, it’s that money equals power.
That’s why I ask, nay implore you, to think about how you spend it.
I know this sounds like a feminist conspiracy theory, but anyway… The more we’re convinced to allocate our resources to beauty, fashion and anti-ageing, the more power we concede.
I’m not saying never have a facial. I’m not saying don’t buy a Fenty Beauty palette (because holy shit, it’s great).
I’m just saying that if you are spending hundreds of dollars on fillers and botox before you’ve set up an emergency fund, you are not stepping into your full power.
Or that if you have bought a new dress for every wedding you’ve attended, while your partner has rolled out his five-year-old suit again and again, you’re possibly not making the most of your money.
And if you would like to see Paris before you die, but you accidentally keep spending money on twenty-dollar cocktails and cabs home, it might be time to take a different approach.
A long time ago, my friend Gigi and I cooked up this great list of money-saving tips (which went low-key viral btw). Read it here.
And I want to give a shoutout to Gigi, because she is the Fierce Girl we all need.
Girlfriend packed herself up and moved to New York City eight years ago. She rents an adorable little apartment in the East Village with her cat Iris, living her best life as a single gal. Kind of like Sex and the City minus the designer clothes and poor choices in men.
And she has also been saving like a trooper, and is very close to buying her own apartment in Manhattan. #goalsAF
Gigi and I still have mad holidays together and go out drinking and make questionable decisions late at night. But we also respect the fact that we can’t have all the things, all the time. And so we make our own lunches, buy things on sale and catch public transport.
Anyway, this is a really long way of saying please take charge of your money. Do it for yourself and for the sisterhood. As Queen Bey says, “Best revenge is your paper”.
Perhaps make a Mindful Spending Manifesto and see if you can stick to it. That way you have more chance of reaching your short- and long-term life goals – regardless of whichever pale, stale and male PM is in power.