I received news of the worst kind this week. The kind of news that is startling, troubling, and doesn’t leave your consciousness without some kind of closure. We’re still waiting for that closure.
Early last week, I learned of Dr. Amanda Liu a.k.a. Dr. Wise Money’s death. She was 31 years old with a lovely 9-year old daughter. She was truly wise beyond her youth, having become debt free as a first-year resident, setting up a college fund for her daughter, funding Roth IRAs, and sharing her secrets with the world via her website.
In addition to finance, she wrote about mindfulness, yoga, defeating burnout, and of course, how important her daughter “Mini” was in her life. She shared her successes and struggles with us. Although we did not meet in person, I felt I knew her well.
Since she first reached out to me for advice in April, we exchanged dozens of e-mails. Her attitude was always upbeat. Her glass was not half full. It was overflowing.
We exchanged guest posts (hers on this site and mine @ DWM) and exchanged ideas. Amanda had big plans for her blog and online presence and thoughtful plans to work a lighter schedule while being a generous donor when she was in a position to afford it.
I don’t know what happened on that fateful day, and perhaps we never will. I do know from our exchanges and her writing that she was a motivated, caring, amazing individual. It is heartbreaking to know that she is no longer with us, brightening the days of the people she encountered as she seemed to do so well.
Please give your loved ones an extra long squeeze today, offer help to a friend in need, and keep Amanda and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rest peacefully, Amanda.
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:
You’ve read their words, but have you heard their voices? Dave Denniston, CFA of the Freedom Formula for Physicians Podcast has held fireside chats with several of your personal finance bloggers and podcasters, including:
- Jim Dahle, MD of The White Coat Investor
- Bo Liu, MD of Future Proof MD
- Amanda Liu, MD of Dr. Wise Money
- Nii Darko, MD of Docs Outside the Box (another great podcast)
Financial Independence is leverage. Steve @ Think Save Retire leveraged his FI as explained in this recent tale. I Nearly Quit: My Work Called My Bluff, and I Called Back.
Take care of yourself. Sassy (future) MD @ McSassyMD discusses excuses and a great work-around to defeat them in “But I’m in Med School.” Trust me when I say we’ve all been there, whether you’ve ever been to med school or not.
Jonathan Clements, author of How to Think About Money (on my short list of highly recommended books to read) has a nifty website with great short posts in full text right on the home page. Pay a visit to Jonathan Clements and thank me later.
Thanks to his recent guest post @ WCI, I just discovered another physician author with a personal finance blog. Dr. Cory S. Fawcett @ Prescription for Financial Succe$$ shares my view that Vacations are Good For Your Health.
I find myself happily between the 3rd and 4th stages. Where are you in Tawcan’s Four Different Stages of Financial Competency in Life?
Health and Wealth are intertwined. ESI Money describes some of the ways in Improving Your Finances by Lowering Stress and Increasing Sleep.