1- Mani/pedi. I got my nails done yesterday! It is one of my “20 for 2020” to do this monthly. Having them done a) looks pretty and put together; b) prevents me from biting them. And honestly, I have gotten conditioned to feel like my feet do not look nice in a non-pedi’d state.
(I will blame South Florida living for that.)
Monthly seems like the right interval for me, though obviously my manicure does not last that length of time. I may get some of my own supplies and attempt some home nail care (and polish changes) in between.
It felt good to check off this monthly goal. Even if it did cut into my allowance.
2- Allowances & financial things. I am contemplating sharing more of these things on the blog – within reason. Part of why I love reading blogs is that I am fascinated by the choices that individuals make. SO, I thought it might be interesting from a readers’ perspective to share my ‘allowance’ spending. Basically, Josh and I give ourselves a free chunk o’ change each month to do what we want with, no questions asked.
I recently decreed that any meal (lunch out, Starbucks, etc) eaten alone also had to be put into this category, mostly because I had developed some habits of eating out for lunch more often than is fiscally responsible and then throwing it into “Restaurants”.
(Lest anyone think I am too frugal with myself. . . well, this is definitely not and has never been the case. I think I am at a really nice balance as of late, though!)
This MIGHT be something that I put in the newsletter rather than post online. I have hired a consultant to finally help me put this together (same person who set up this site!) so it will actually be coming to fruition soon.
3- BOOK update. I was off yesterday and got A LOT done. A bunch of podcast stuff, some catch up work (which is fair because I have to go in late today since the kids have dentist appointments!), a workout, the aforementioned mani/pedi, and I got put G down for her nap mid-day, too. What I DID NOT accomplish was any work towards my book proposal. I know that I have enough to say for a planning-centric book (working title: Plan To Live: A Systematic Approach to an Intentional Life – or something like that)! I want to add my female, nearly-millennial voice to the planning / life management canon! But . . . I need to actually dedicate some protected time.
I’ve thought about whether this is the right time for this project, and I think it is! I am going to sit down this weekend and attempt to dive in for an hour/day. I will report back.
4- LINKS – in the blog world:
- OMDG’s Snowflakes post about attitudes towards trainees is important. Since I am now in a position of managing a program, I try REALLY really hard to fight these kinds of sentiments. Physicians are people too! And SO ARE MEDICAL STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS.
- Lagliv’s vacation recap – Christmas in Colorado. I immediately sent it to Josh with disbelief (“Could we EVER have a trip like this?”) and he replied “gives me hope”). I love fantasizing that it could come to fruition (though if I tried to ski the runs that she and her kids did I would 100% fracture something important, like a hip or femur.)
- The “Buyerarchy” of Needs in Spending from Trent at the Simple Dollar. Mostly because I love that term “Buyerarchy”, but also because it was a nice reminder that not everything has to be immediately ordered from amazon. (Guilty of falling into that habit.)
- Modern Ms Darcy is my go-to point for book recs, but I also saved her Soup recs!! These recipes look great.
5- And, four pod recs:
a) 3 Simple Strategies to Avoid Mom Burnout from 3 in 30
b) Money Meets Medicine! A FI-leaning anesthesiologist and a financial advisor = great combination. They have released a total of one episode so far, but it’s promising. Note, I pitched myself as a guest. Will let you all know if that comes to fruition. If you enjoy the podcast and think that would be a good idea, feel free to let the hosts know 🙂
c) Happier – their annual goals ep! One of my favorites to listen to.
d) ME on The Mom Hour!! (This actually came in after this post was published, but I had to share. Loved doing this interview on one of my favorite podcasts!).