The Sunday Best (3/5/2017)
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:
We’ll kick this off with another Q&A I participated in recently, this time with The Green Swan. A FIRE-Side Chat With Physician On FIRE.
Happy Philosopher doesn’t hate reading films, but it’s not his calling, either. I love this post. You Don’t Have to Hate Your Job to Want Financial Independence.
It’s Time for a Little Self Deprivation
You can tell by the Filet-O-Fish ads that Lent has arrived. That’s right — it’s time for Catholics across the land to deprive themselves of wonderful things, like filet mignon on Fridays, or pretty much any cut that comes from a land mammal.
I’d like to suggest that you don’t have to be Catholic to stop doing something negative, or start doing something positive, for at least this roughly seven week stretch. Much like you don’t have to be Irish to drink green beer a week from Friday.
We practice the self deprivation aspects of Lent in our household – she’s giving up red meat for the duration, and I’m giving up
brussel sprouts snake charming eating sweet treats until Easter Sunday. My first couple ideas were vetoed; I’ll be popping half-price Cadbury Eggs like Tic-Tacs on Easter Monday.
As I was saying, you don’t have to be Catholic to do something to improve your life at this time of year.
It’s like a second chance at a New Year’s resolution. You know, the thing you said you’d do, but stopped doing sometime in early February. You also don’t have to stop doing something you know to be bad; rather, you can start doing something you know to be good.
Not ready to give up chocolate? Start tracking your spending! Hesitant to give up alcohol (I’ve done this one)? Start training for a 5k! Would you like to keep eating steak, ham, bacon, or brussel sprouts? Be my guest, but start doing something positive, like eliminating some of the excess in your life.
What am I starting?
The other evening, our family of four volunteered at the local “soup kitchen” for the first time. We’ve given money the last few years, but have never donated our time or had the chance to see the people we’re helping.
Despite the name, there was no soup and lots of spaghetti, and the joint was more of a converted basketball court with a kitchen and a piano. Our boys entertained a few dozen guests playing some Linus & Lucy and other songs, placed bread on their dinner plates, handed out Oreos after dinner, and helped me clean tables after dinner was over. They loved it!
My wife and I helped cook, serve, and clean up after the meal, and were impressed by the dedicated regular volunteers who made it all happen like clockwork.
My time is at a premium right now, but I’m glad we took 90 minutes to do something like this. The day before, I took the better part of 11 hours to take my Dad to dinner and a basketball game. It was great fun, but it only impacted the two of us.
Fat Tuesday happened to be the last day that this blog was a solo project. As of March 1st, I have shareholders. So I’m starting to work with The White Coat Investor, which is pretty great.
I’ve also added a Jobs page, which I wasn’t sure would be useful until I tried it, and realized Ziprecruiter pulls info from a wide physician specialty sites, like Gaswork, individual hospitals, and locum companies. Have a look!
I wish I could tell you I’m doing something that was more self-improvement based rather than site-improvement focused, but there’s only so much time in the day.
If only I could buy more time.
Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE