The Sunday Best (12/25/2016)
The Sunday Best is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.
Every featured post should be of interest to any physician seeking financial independence. Some will be written by your physician colleagues; others will be written by our friends and patients who share common goals and interests.
Presenting, the Christmas Sunday Best:
Who Else Wants to be Debt-Free & Quit Working by 36? Dr. Pamela Wible @ Ideal Medical Care did, and she and Dr. Cory Fawcett teamed up to share their advice.
Not to be outdone, Steve put the Retire in Think Save Retire just two days ago at age 35 to enjoy Airstream living with his wife and pursue their passions. More details in My name is Steve and I Just Retired at the Age of 35.
The White Coat Investor doesn’t see Financial Independence as the nirvana we sometimes make it out to be. In fact, he says, “If stopping work is going to dramatically increase your happiness, I would submit that you have allowed yourself to live a terrible, regrettable life.” Strong words from Financial Independence is Not the Holy Grail.
In an oldie but goodie, Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents explains Why You Should Spend Like A Millionaire- The Frugal and Smart Money Habits of Millionaires. You already know how I spend.
Statistics can be downright depressing. So can medical school. Charlie @ Life of a Med Student explores the topic: Study shows Medical Students are at high risk for depression: A few thoughts on why.
I’ve got a “side hustle.” In fact, you’re looking at it right now. The Financial Panther reminded me I really need to start up one of these. The Solo 401(k): The Side Hustler’s Bonus Retirement Account.
I celebrated Christmas with a portion of my extended family a few nights ago. Prime rib, Christmas cookies, and some great consumable presents. I got the brewing kits I requested, some socks and shirts and things I can use, but neither a side of beef nor pork.
I did unwrap a pack of beef sticks, though. With cheddar. I don’t expect them to see the New Year.
Yesterday, I helped a couple Moms and Dads celebrate their Christmas with the greatest gift — a healthy baby. Sorry, kids. Your birthdays will forever be overshadowed by the holiday festivities.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been known to celebrate my birthday in style. It must be tough to be a Christmas baby. Good luck getting your friends together for a night on the town, let alone having a birthday celebration separate from the holiday gathering.
That’s what it feels like spending Christmas on call. There’s supposed to be a party, some presents, kids, cousins, aunts, and uncles. The house will be quiet today. My wife and boys are with her family 500 miles away, and it’s just me, the dog, and the pager. I hope it’s quiet, anyway. If not, the solitude will be interrupted by the dog barking, the pager barking, or me barking at the TV over fantasy football.
Did anyone else expect Tampa to sit a healthy Doug Martin?!? I got called in for a broken hip, and the next thing I know, I’ve got a goose egg for my starting running back in the championship game. It’s an outrage, I tell you. An outrage! My other starting running back? Lamar Miller. Grrrr……
A Gift For You
Have you ever visited a brewery’s website? No? Let’s fix that. You don’t have to be a beer drinker to enjoy this exercise.
Most brewery’s websites “confirm” you are 21 by asking whether you are or not. When you say no, these clever brewers respond in some surprising and hilarious ways. Take a few minutes, visit these guys and confirm that you are not 21.
Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE