I've often mentioned my wife when writing, whether on this blog or on my earlier one. Rarely does a week pass without the two of us having a conversation about our current finances, our goals, our mutual dislike of the 40+ hour workweek, or our progress over time. She's a great ally.
Until recently, she seemed content to focus on the big picture and let me keep track of the details: tracking our spending, paying the bills, entering the orders for our investment purchases, and so on. However, within the past few months she decided to take a more active role in the day to day workings of our household finances. At her request, I recommended two of my favorite personal finance books for her to read (Your Money or Your Life by Dominguez/Robin and The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley/Danko). She tore through both books in short order and declared herself ready for more.
Since then, we've had more detailed conversations about specific stocks/companies we'd like to invest in. We're sharing spreadsheets online which help us plan for specific scenarios instead of hypotheticals. And we're working toward converting our long-term aspirations into actionable goals to work on during the next five to ten years. From my point of view, it's been a welcome addition to our already healthy dialogue.
I also invited her to participate in this blog. She's listed as the other contributor now, using her alias "the Spicy Princess". I leave it up to her to decide if/when to commit her own thoughts to this space. Meanwhile I'll continue to work on making more frequent entries (my own goal for 2013).