Tag: Happiness

Feb 20

Burnout and Fractures

Burnout and Fractures I was reading an MRI the other day on a young runner with hip pain. There were the tell-tale signs of a stress fracture. If she kept running on it she would certainly completely fracture it at some point, but the pain would probably self-limit her activity. The treatment would be rest …

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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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Sep 21

Hitting the Reset Button

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You may have noticed I have not published much on the blog recently. Truth be told, I am in a bit of a funk right now. I don’t feel particularly creative, and although I have plenty of time to write, I find myself wasting time on other things. I have let many bad habits creep …

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Sep 01

Case Study: A Military Doctor Can Retire Early. Should He?

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  Every now and then people email me and ask me for advice. Many of them are physicians who relate to my story and have thoughts of early retirement or some alternative plan other than “work until 65 and either die or golf every day”. I don’t really have time to give a complete and …

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Jul 21

Hanging Out With The Mad Fientist

The Mad Fientist

He Blinded Me With “Fience” Last spring I found myself at Camp Mustache, a multi-day retreat centered on the ideas of the financial independence blogger Mr. Money Mustache, who writes about financial freedom and other related topics.  I wrote about my experience there in this post.   While I was drinking my coffee early one …

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Jul 08

The Power of Eating Together

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  Eating I’ve discussed eating before in a previous blog post. It was about changing my diet and experimenting with what made my body feel good. There are other important aspects of eating though. Food is not just physical nourishment, but psychologic nourishment as well. Eating a meal has a social, communal and deeply spiritual …

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Jun 17

That Time I Didn’t Buy the Shoes

  That Time I didn’t Buy the Shoes   I try to limit the amount of new things that come into my life. Blame it on minimalism, laziness, environmentalism, dementia or maybe a combination. This is a deep seated philosophy that has slowly developed over time, and as usual, it is based on happiness. It …

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May 07

Eliminating Clutter: Measure Once, Cut Twice

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Measure once, cut twice. I’ve written quite a bit about clutter recently. Clutter is on my mind. My brain has been cluttered with thoughts of clutter, and yes, I do appreciate the irony. Clutter limits our freedom and happiness by stealing our time, money, energy and maybe more importantly, our attention.   Recently I’ve been …

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