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!