The Sunday Best (12/11/2016)
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, this week’s Sunday Best:
Let’s talk income and taxes. Better yet, let’s have Sam, the Financial Samurai do the talking. Income Types Not Subject To Social Security Tax: Earn More Tax Efficiently!
From the pages of CNBC, the alliterative Chad Chubb of Wealthkeel says It’s Time to Teach Financial Literacy to Young Doctors. I’m trying to do my part!
Spend Less. Numero Uno on The White Coat Investor‘s list of Six Ways to Spend Less Time on Money. Was my original impression off, or have our philosophies become more similar than they were a year ago?
Are you fully invested, or do you have money on the sidelines, waiting for the inevitable big drop that’s been rumored to be inevitable the last five years? Or are you all in with Stock Market FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? Senior Resident explains.
This post has everything to do with ER patients, and nothing to do with money, but the same could be said for most money “emergencies.” EM physician Julie @ Choose Better Life reminds us — Your Emergency Didn’t Just Happen Today.
Flip-Flops. Not just for beaches and Lonely Island videos anymore. Ms. ONL @ Our Next Life talks about their retirement timeline in The Great Flip-Flop // How We’ve Reversed Roles on Our Retirement Timing.
I genuinely would like to see the next two-plus weeks fly by.
I’m not usually such a Grinch. Normally, I would be full of Christmas cheer. I like Christmas dinners. I like Christmas parties. I like A Christmas Story. Elf, too. I like Christmas cookies, and the Christmas newsletters and family photos that plaster the refrigerator doors. I like Christmas presents — both giving and receiving. In fact, I don’t just like Christmas. I love it!
This year, I’m working on Christmas. Also the day before and the day after. The other day, I started an 18-day stretch that includes nine 24+ hour calls, a few surgery center shifts, and one all-day ACLS refresher.
I haven’t been at this all that long, but I’ve worked dozens of holiday weekends going back to my medical school days. In the type of places I’ve typically worked, there’s only one anesthesiologist on duty for the whole stretch. The term “long” doesn’t go far enough to describe the drudgery of working a long weekend that all your friends and family are enjoying.
The next couple weeks will be a busy stretch, but I shouldn’t complain, at least not any more than I already have. Rough patches like this tend to balanced by long stretches of light duty. For me, that’s the week after Christmas, which will be filled with sleep, football, homebrew, leftovers, more football, a little college basketball, family time, a rare beer share, hot tubbing, writing, relaxing, and maybe even a little outside time.
Furthermore, I can say with a high level of confidence that this will be the last time I will be stuck working on Christmas. This fact alone should be enough to put a smile on my face when I stroll in to the O.R. on Christmas morning to help fix someone’s broken hip, ankle, wrist, or all of the above. It’s a privilege I may very well never choose to have again on a Christmas day.
What are your holiday plans? Do you look forward to a day when working holidays will be a thing of the past? Or are you already there?
Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE