Jan 09

New Experiment: Buy Nothing for 1 Year

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New Experiment I recently decided not to buy clothes for one year. You should probably read that post first to get some context for this one. I was quite proud of myself. No clothes for a whole year. Wow, I’m such a noble and self-sacrificing person. How minimalist is that?   I took an inventory …

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Jan 06

New experiment: I’m Not Buying Clothes for 1 year

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New Experiment I’m not buying any clothes this year. It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘real’ experiment in my life and I feel like the time is right to start again. I’ve done a few little tweaks here and there, but for the most part I have just slightly altered comfortable patterns that …

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Dec 25

The Effects of Tax Law Reform on Physicians and Other High Income Individuals

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Tax Law and Weekend Call I sit down to write this a day after finishing a week of call. Honestly it wasn’t so bad. I’ve had many which were far more stressful and disruptive to my sleep patterns. But no matter how smooth my call weeks are, there is never a time I would rather …

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Dec 11

Get the Big Things Right

The Big Picture

The other day I was chatting with a friend who was passing through town. He, his wife and toddler were currently homeless. Not in the cardboard box under the bridge sense, but simply chronic nomads. It was a wonderful life of travel and adventure, but with another child on the way they were thinking of …

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Nov 29

Adventures in Burnout: One Physician’s Story

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[Editor’s note:  I’m excited to share a guest post with you today from a virtual friend of mine, Vagabond MD. The author is a recovering private practice interventional radiologist (20+ years), a regular reader of my blog, an occasional guest blogger on various physician sites, and a prolific contributor on the White Coat Investor forum …

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Nov 21

The Messy Truth About Privilege

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  Privilege I typed a single word onto the page. Privilege. It sat on my screen for several days. I tried to start an article several times, but I simply couldn’t write, which is odd because usually I can get something out, even if it is complete garbage. This time was different though.   Maybe …

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Nov 15

An Essay on Gender Roles

Most of us fall into the category of either male, or female. I know there are other variants and there is a difference between our chromosomal sex (XX or XY, although again, there are others), our gender identity (how we think of ourselves), and our gender appearance (how we look to others, usually defined by …

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Nov 06

The Happy Philosopher Visits the ChooseFI Podcast

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Shortly after I was on the Mad Fientist’s podcast, Brad and Jonathan from the Choose FI podcast reached out to me. You see, they also have a podcast exploring aspects of financial independence, and after listening to me and Brandon chat for a bit, they still had questions. They wanted to dive into some of …

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Nov 03

The Ultra-Official FinCon 2017 Review

FinCon Dallas Texas

  Last week I returned home from an exhausting 5 day trip to Dallas Texas for FinCon 2017. This is the 7th year of this conference where financial bloggers/podcasters/video…casters?, media, authors, vendors and speakers all come together for a week of networking, learning, partying, and to exchange ideas. This was my first FinCon and boy …

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Oct 30

Adventures In Tipping: FinCon 2017

I just got back from FinCon 2017. FinCon is a massive financial content expo/conference with over 1700 attendees this year. In other words, it is where financial bloggers go hang out every year and have fun/share ideas/network.   I’m tired of writing about depressing things like my back pain or burnout or suicide. I mean …

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