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Our Inaugural WPF Lengthy Weekend Occasion

Our Inaugural WPF Lengthy Weekend Occasion

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The First Ever Girls’s Private Finance Lengthy Weekend Retreat

15 girls. 4 days. One huge home. A lot of laughs, deep conversations, and a few cash discuss.

We’d say new friendships too, however these friendships already existed – they only acquired even higher in particular person. The WPF Lengthy Weekend Retreat was open to our Insiders neighborhood solely, so everybody who attended the occasion knew one another upfront of displaying up in particular person.

Have you ever ever met a brand new pal the place you simply clicked? That the awkward get to know you part wasn’t a part? This occasion was precisely that. Most of us hadn’t met in particular person earlier than, however all of us knew one another sufficient that we have been capable of get proper previous the introductions and proper into the deep, vital stuff. We’re a neighborhood of girls and nonbinary of us who got here collectively in regards to the cash stuff and caught collectively due to the entire life stuff.

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The Lengthy Weekend

The occasion itself was over 4 days and three nights, and everybody lingered till the final second on Sunday morning as a result of nobody was prepared for it to finish. We even had a pair members point out that they anticipated to want extra Introvert time, but it surely wasn’t wanted, as a result of they have been with their folks.

Thursday evening, all of us filtered into the large beautiful home in Phoenix, after which spent the night after dinner speaking collectively outdoors within the cool evening air. Even with tiredness and jet lag, nobody wished to go to mattress early, and we stayed up late below the celebrities.  

Friday and Saturday each had roundtable chats for the morning – speaking about FIRE, elder care, journey hacking, and extra, cut up up in teams of 3-5. Our purpose was to have a steadiness between a relaxed pal hang around and slightly little bit of construction, which labored out completely. We had extra free group chats within the afternoons, however we stored getting facet tracked with new discussions in the perfect manner. From the very starting, there was a deep belief and understanding, so we talked about some heavy subjects, in between lots of laughter.

One in every of our attendees was none aside from Lauren, the creator behind the retirement calculator cFIREsim, and we spent two hours on Saturday afternoon sitting round collectively going via the small print of the calculator. It was throughout this time that our WPF cofounder, Regina, lastly accepted that she was formally FIRE (financially impartial, retired early). The numbers don’t lie, and the encouragement of 14 different girls helped her settle for that was actually the reality. Plus, when you might have the creator of the calculator within the room with you…. You already know the numbers are plugged in proper.

Two hours nerding out collectively about retirement calculators. No lie, this was a lot enjoyable.

Organizing an In Individual Occasion Throughout a Pandemic

Since this occasion occurred in 2022 whereas the COVID Pandemic continues to rage on (even when too many individuals are pretending prefer it’s over), we wished to incorporate a brief observe right here about having a bunch retreat throughout a pandemic.

The WPF Lengthy Weekend was initially deliberate for January but it surely acquired moved to Might due to the Omicron wave. When the occasion was lastly right here, we knew we nonetheless wanted to be extremely cautious to make sure a protected occasion.

Each attendee was required to be vaccinated – and boosted – and despatched us proof of that vaccination earlier than the occasion. We inspired of us to take a COVID take a look at earlier than journey, and whereas it wasn’t required, everybody opted in. Upon arrival, COVID assessments have been administered within the yard of the home and solely when the take a look at got here again damaging might attendees go inside.

The occasion itself was centered round the home itself, so it felt actually good to be indoors with folks we knew have been protected. Whereas we all know that it wasn’t a assure of zero COVID, everybody did arrive damaging and left the occasion nonetheless damaging. A couple of member advised us they have been extraordinarily grateful that we took COVID so significantly, and that was the rationale why they felt comfy attending the occasion.

It was HOT Saturday, however a few of us confirmed as much as abortion rights protest on the Arizona Capitol anyway

Logistics and Particulars of the Occasion

The Lengthy Weekend ticket included lodging and all meals for the weekend aside from Saturday evening dinner, so we have been capable of give attention to spending the time with one another and having lots of nice conversations.

Whereas there are many occasions that happen at accommodations the place they hire out one or two convention rooms, there’s something further particular in all staying in a home collectively. Identical to with all components of WPF, whereas we’re a cash neighborhood, we don’t restrict ourselves to simply cash discuss. We’re entire folks, and our house is about entire folks.

Life – Neighborhood – Finance – Household – Friendship. We’re greater than a cash group. We’re a tremendous group of girls and nonbinary of us coming collectively to kind wonderful neighborhood and actual life friendships. We’re a Life Mastermind. Having the chance to have an in particular person occasion simply allowed us to solidify that even additional.

Earlier than we even had time to settle again in at dwelling, we had Insiders ask us after we have been doing the following Lengthy Weekend, prepared to start out planning and shopping for their tickets. If that isn’t excessive reward, I don’t know what’s.


Insiders Testimonials

After the journey, we requested the attendees to share in their very own phrases how they felt in regards to the occasion, so we’ll finish this put up with that:

“I’ve by no means felt so instantly comfy with any group of individuals in my life. WPF Insiders are a particular breed who embody the kindness we have to see on the earth. Lengthy Weekend was NOT lengthy sufficient – I might spend weeks speaking about private finance, politics, and life typically with these superb people! That doesn’t even depend the period of time I might spend working simulations on cfiresim with them!” Heather

“The WPF Lengthy Weekend was fabulous. It was the proper mixture of deliberate actions and free time to get to know folks. The integrity, compassion, kindness, and openness that everybody confirmed from the second all of us arrived bred a right away consolation to speak not solely about finance, however to open up about imperfect relationships and life occasions that will usually be painted as problematic. The bravery proven within the humility of everybody was really wonderful! Thanks for a beautiful weekend the place I made pals, and likewise realized some issues about finance.” Nadina

Everybody however the photographer! Because of Greater Pockets for all of the swag! Seeking to sponsor our subsequent occasion? E mail us!

PS – Our Summer season WPF Insiders Cohort is opening on Wednesday – however when you’re a Mission Supporter you may get early entry at this time! We bought out final time in lower than 24 hours, so if you’d like in, be certain that to behave quick! As a reminder, *solely* Insiders are capable of buy tickets to in particular person occasions like Lengthy Weekend. (Girls and nonbinary of us solely, as at all times.)


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