One of the top series on my site has been my interview series with Breadwinning, Six Figure, and/or Millionaire moms. When I started this site I was frustrated at how hard it was to find stories focusing on the stories of amazing moms. Most personal finance and investing sites were written by men, or stay at home moms. It was very hard to find sites written by working moms in the full-time trenches, particularly breadwinners. Most articles and books I found on breadwinning moms tended to talk solely about how difficult it is, or the negative parts of having a dad at home full time. Where were the sites by and about amazing successful moms?
Since I couldn’t find it, I decided to start my own site. I cover a variety of financial topics here, all about money, work, and frugal family life in the pursuit of financial independence. But one of my favorite subjects is focusing on breadwinning moms.
You can consider this page to be your go-to resource on CMO’s coverage of breadwinning, six figure, and/or millionaire motherhood – and womanhood.
Successful Moms – The Articles
I’ve written may articles that arehelpful to other breadwinning, high earning, or high net worth moms (or for those aspiring to to be one day!). My favorites list is below.
Splitting Home Responsibilities as a Breadwinning Mom – One question people always ask is how my husband and I split home responsibilities. The answer is “it depends” on a lot of factors, including what’s going on in our family and work lives. Come see how we do it, and advice for others!
Prepping For Kids as a Breadwinning Mom – At Every Age and Stage – This is a reader favorite. All about my journey preparing for kids in my early 20’s, mid 20’s, and early thirties. My three boys were all born during very different life and career stages, so I’ve been there – done that.
Women: Be Proud of Being The Breadwinner – So many articles in the traditional media feature women or men complaining about moms being the breadwinner. Many men and women also don’t talk about it with friends and family, for fear of being thought of negatively. In this article I take the opposite approach and ask women to be proud of their breadwinning status.
Seven Trials and Tribulations of Being a Breadwinning Mom – I wrote this article at the request of a reader who wanted to know more about some of the downsides of being a breadwinning mom. So if you want to hear what I think the downsides are, be sure to check this out.
Moms on FIRE! – This article is all about celebrating amazing moms seeing financial independence and/or early retirement. This article was voted a favorite by my readers, so be sure to check it out.
Traveling For Work as a Breadwinning Mom – This article was written after a week-long work trip. Oftentimes as a mom people assume that you don’t want to or can’t travel for work. Luckily, the company I work for does not assume that, and I get the opportunity to travel for work and for conferences. In this article I talk about leaving guilt behind while traveling for work.
Seven Ways to Have It All As A Working Mom – The secret here is that you can’t have it all-at least not all at once. You need to ruthlessly prioritize, decide what’s important to you, and let go of the rest. My top tips are here.
How I Have More Time Than You – Following up on the above article, I get a TON of comments at work and here online from people that can’t believe everything I accomplish. How can one person do so much? The secret here isn’t in what I do, but what I don’t do. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I do without the support of my husband and boys. That ruthless prioritization comes into play here again. The real parental heroes in my mind are the parents who make do without a support system.
Dealing With Snow Days as a Breadwinning Mom – Living in Connecticut, snow days are a simple fact of life. But working from home when you have three boys who are also home can be a challenge. I talk about that here.
Double Standards and Stay At Home Dads – If you’ve seen articles in the media, or spent time on internet forums, you’ve probably seen or heard negative views on stay at home dads. The double standards involved here really frustrate me.
Breadwinning, Six Figure, and/or Millionaire Moms – The Interviews
Here’s your one-stop-shop for all my breadwinning, six figure, and/or millionaire mom interviews. What I love about having the privilege of running this series is how varied the interviews have been. You can find doctors, teachers, people who work in finance, moms from across the world in Australia, a retired police captain, a sourcing manager, a former insurance executive, and many more. The diversity of their stories is what I find inspirational. They show that there’s not just one mold for women nowadays, and we can accomplish anything we put our minds to.
I’ll update this page with recent events in their lives, so check back often! Are you a former interviewee with a great update, are you interested in being featured, or do you know someone I absolutely must talk to? E-mail me at Liz@chiefmomofficer.org
Mama Fish Saves – The amazing Mama Fish kicked off the series, sharing her story of being an awesome breadwinning, six figure Wall Street mom. Her husband stays at home with their adorable little boy, just like my husband does with our three boys. Check out her interview to learn more about how she got started in finance, and her experience with a “party bus”! You can also connect with her over on Twitter. UPDATE– Her and her husband have welcomed baby #2!
Hannah Rounds – The next interview was with the awesome Hannah Rounds, mother of two, freelancer, and breadwinner of her family while her husband is a student. She used to earn over $100k per year as a data scientist, and now she freelances for 20 hours a week making $70k. I loved how she’s the breadwinner while still making time to be with her family through working part time – awesome! Check out her interview for more about how she does it, and be sure to connect with her on Twitter.
Hatton1 – The amazing Hatton1 was my third interview – our mutual friend Physician on FIRE suggested we get in touch. I’m glad he did, because she has a great story to share. Hatton1 is an OB-GYN who owns her own practice and considers personal finance to be a hobby (just like I do!). She also has a donkey! Swing by to learn more, and pop on over to Physician on FIRE or the White Coat Investor forums to say hello.
Make Smarter Decisions – Vicki was my fourth interview – a teacher who was on the cusp of retirement at the time we chatted (now she’s retired!) Her story is a fascinating one. She’s always been the breadwinner/higher income earner, and shares some insight into managing kids and work. Stop by her interview to learn more, and connect with her on Twitter! UPDATE: Vicki is now officially an early retiree and is enjoying traveling the country!
She Picks Up Pennies – Penny is a breadwinning teacher and a soon to be mom. She blogs, side hustles, and does graduate work, all while teaching full time and expecting her first child very shortly. Her and her husband paid off $50k in debt in two years on two teaching salaries, and currently save over 50% of their income. Check out more about her story here, and connect with her on Twitter. UPDATE: Penny is no longer a “soon to be” mom. She and her husband are enjoying their lives with baby Half Penny!
Supertasker – Supertasker is a doctor in St. Louis and is a six figure, breadwinning millionaire. What’s interesting about her family is that they received an inheritance, which accounts for almost half their net worth, She works regular hours in an academic center, and saves $100k per year. Check out more about her story here, and connect with her on Twitter @supertasking.
Get Money Wise – Cath is an Austrailian mum (not mom!) who is a senior manager in marketing and sales, working mostly in financial services and travel. She’s the mother of two, and talks about how she’s working to find a balance between work and life. Sometimes financial success just isn’t worth the sacrifice of your personal life that it requires. Here’s her interview, and of course you can stop by Twitter to say hello,
Temple Bo Clair – Temple is an amazing woman – a retired police captain who is both a millionaire and was a six figure earner prior to her retirement. After succeeding in a traditionally male-dominated field, Temple’s gone on to help others by teaching them about financial literacy. Her story is here, and you can also find her on Twitter.
Wish I Could Surf – WICS is a 44 year old mom of a nine year old daughter, who has reached financial independence and retired early at the end of June. She amassed about $1.5 million in assets while being a single mom for most of the past nine years. Looking to become financial independent? Check out more about her story here.
Ashley – Ashley is a Sourcing Manager with two young boys, and is the family breadwinner. She’s always looking to expand her career, has an MBA (like me!) and shares her story about how her husband is supportive of her career. If she has to jet off to Asia for a meeting, he’s right there taking care of the boys. Learn more about her story here.
Ms. Bonnie MD – Miss. Bonnie is an academic dermatologist over in Long Island, and is another soon-to-be mom! Interestingly she worked for Morgan Stanley in IT for four years before applying to medical school, and she’s working toward financial Independence (but not necessarily early retirement) so she’ll have the freedom to choose what to do with her time. Find out more about her story here, and pop over to her site (or podcast!) to say Hello. UPDATE: Yet another “soon to be” mom is officially a mom! Welcome to baby Jack!
Drsan1 – Drsan1 is another doctor – a 30-something hospitalist with three kids, and she works 7 days on/7 days off. She’s looking to reach financial independence at 55, and saves 20% of her income. She shares part of her story about being taken in by a so-called financial advisor, before learning more about personal finance and investing. Read her story, and you can find her on the White Coat Investor forums.
Adventure Rich – Mrs. Adventure Rich is a breadwinning, six figure mom of an energetic two year old son. She moved from CA to MI and was able to continue working remotely with her company after the move. Read more about how she fell into her career by accident, and how her family is pursuing financial independence-with the goal of being millionaires in the next decade and a half! You can also swing by Twitter to say Hello.
Revanche from A Gai Shan Life – Revanche is simply amazing. She was the breadwinner of her parental family starting at the age of 17, paid off significant amounts of their debt, and has become both a six figure earner and a millionaire. Want to be inspired by someone who never gave up? Check out her story here, and stop by Twitter to let her know how much you loved her story.
Kylie Travers of The Thrifty Issue – From single mom, homeless and fleeing domestic abuse, to CEO, world traveler, writer, and speaker. Kylie’s story is amazing and inspirational. After you’ve ready her story, follow her on Twitter!
Morgan – Morgan started off a blogger, and parlayed that into a successful career with Turbo Tax. She’s been through single motherhood and issues after her divorce, but she didn’t let that stop her! Read her story, and you can always follow her on Instagram.
Janet – Janet is an amazing woman. From teacher to MBA, she rose through the corporate ranks in the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s with the support of a stay at home dad. Back when it was considered weird, she, her husband, and their four kids were doing what worked for them. Come read her amazing story, and be inspired by someone who blazed the trail for women like me.
J, the Millennial Boss – J is an awesome dog mom who is killing it in her career, side hustle, and life in general. She’s the breadwinner of her household (something she sometimes struggles with), works full time, runs her own site and hosts the FIRE Drill podcast. Here’s her story.
Foreign Born MD – FB MD is a primary breadwinner, physician mom and international medical graduate. Her spouse is a stay at home parent, and she’s the mother of three kids. She came to America in her mid-20’s from Asia and has been a high achiever ever since. Her story is here.
Hilary Hendershott – Hilary is the successful owner of a financial planning business, podcaster, millionaire, and mother of an adorable baby girl. She not only has an awesome story, but also some great advice for other women looking to succeed. Check her out!
Miranda Marquit – Miranda is a single mom to her teenage son, has a history of running her own freelance business, and currently writes for Student Loan Hero remotely. She’s been able to design a flexible lifestyle that works for her and her son, and saves/invests automatically for the future while still leaving enough for a great life today. It’s all about balance! If you’re interested in the same, you must read her story.
Dr. Jenn MD – She’s a married surgeon with three kids who lives in the midwest. She has a passion for personal finance, just like me, and is very excited to be able to help other women achieve their financial dreams. Her and her spouse have paid off a tremendous amount of debt and built a high net worth, and now she’s working to help others on top of being a successful surgeon. I know you want to read it!
Busy Mom – Busy Mom calls herself that because she certainly is busy. She’s a six-figure earning mom pursuing financial independence as a software engineer. Come check out her amazing story!
Mrs. Ditch – She’s a breadwinning mother of two working in public service, working toward financial freedom. She works as an administrator/mid-manager in local government, earns six figures, loves the outdoors, and has an awesome story. Be sure to check it out!
Come back soon, as this page will be updated often!
Psst – I recently wrote an update post about some of the great women featured here. Check it out!
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