Hey amazing #WomanWithVerve, tell us your money story
A few years ago I found out that, as a child, my mum had to spend more than half her monthly salary as a university lecturer just to afford piano lessons for me every week. This was at the beginning of the 1990s in mainland China. I think this is why I have always valued opportunities and never money, and I see money only as an enabler of access to opportunities.
I’m currently a Forrest Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and I’m extremely thankful to have a job that I love and to be able to contribute to my field of mental health research. Having studied a Masters and PhD in recent years, this is the first time I’ve been able to earn a good income through my research work. I’m really proud to have been able to purchase a car and my own home in the past year.
My research is very relevant to people’s everyday lives. I study the role of mental simulation and memory in depression, and I believe I can develop these ideas into accessible and useful tools for people to promote more flourishing lives. So my power with money is that it has never been my focus, yet I believe I am inadvertently gaining financial power by investing in myself and doing what I care about.
What does a ‘wealthy life’ mean to you?
To be able to do the things I want for myself and those that I care about while spending minimal time thinking about money, i.e. not having too little to need money, or too much that I would have to spend a lot of time maintaining that money.
What financial power do you possess?
My research is very relevant to people’s everyday lives. I study depression and memory and I believe I can develop these ideas into accessible and useful tools for people. So my power with money, is that it has never been my focus, I am happy to be able to live a fulfilling life that is focused on following my passions.
What’s your number one life or money goal for the year ahead?
Make a real dent in my HECs debt.
What’s one thing you’d love to see changed for women?
As a scientist, I would love to see real structural change that make it possible for those pursuing an academic career to have children and care for others, instead of having to choose between having a life and family versus staying competitive on the research career ladder.
If you could choose to have dinner with one amazing woman, who would it be and why?
My senior high school English teacher, she was the first person that made me believe I had potential. When I moved from China to Australia at the age of 11, my English consisted of knowing the alphabet – because of teachers like her working in public schools, I graduated as the English Dux of my year 12 class. I would love to hear about what plays she’s written since I last saw her 16 years ago!
Why did you join Verve, and what are your hopes for the Verve Community?
I believe in what Verve represents and the founders vision – financial empowerment for women. I love that the fund focuses on financial education as well as advocacy.
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