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The Happy Philosopher

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The Happy Philosopher
Early Retirement
Frugality, Minimalism
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
Physician (Doctor)
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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 … Continue reading » The post Get the Big Things Right appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Dec 11 2017 @ 12:02 PM
[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 … Continue reading » The post Adventures in Burnout: One Physician’s Story appeared first on The ...
Posted: Nov 29 2017 @ 12:24 PM
  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 … Continue reading » The post The Messy Truth About Privilege appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Nov 21 2017 @ 10:33 AM
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 … Continue reading » The post An Essay on Gender Roles appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Nov 16 2017 @ 12:30 AM
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 … Continue reading » The post The Happy Philosopher Visits the ChooseFI Podcast appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 06 2017 @ 11:16 PM
  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 … Continue reading » The post The Ultra-Official FinCon 2017 Review appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Nov 03 2017 @ 4:30 PM
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 … Continue reading » The post Adventures In Tipping: FinCon 2017 appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Oct 30 2017 @ 6:49 PM
Recently a physician I know died suddenly, at home. He was young, certainly young enough for his death to be surprising. Shortly after this news filtered to me via the grapevine, a brief email from hospital administration arrived in my inbox. It was light on details, vaguely written, asked for thoughts and prayers. You know, … Continue reading » The post Death of a Colleague appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Oct 07 2017 @ 5:17 PM
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 … Continue reading » The post Hitting the Reset Button appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 12:44 PM
  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 … Continue reading » The post Case Study: A Military Doctor Can Retire Early. Should He? ...
Posted: Sep 01 2017 @ 11:48 PM


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