Welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Monthly CME. I’ve put together a short list of articles, podcasts, and books for your reading pleasure. Topics will range from personal finance to life-work balance and more. Enjoy!
Articles:I hope everyone in Harvey’s path is OK. I donated some money to the Texas Diaper Fund and Houston Food Bank. The disaster definitely got me thinking about emergency preparedness. No matter where you live there are things to consider. As you go through your financial journey, you need to celebrate milestones, big and small. WCI wrote about the 14 Financial Milestones one should celebrate. Look for a post from me about a milestone I will soon be celebrating :). I love when new women join the Facebook group Women Physicians Personal Finance and find financial nirvana. A common newbie question is “How should I invest my money?” They get that low cost index funds is probably the way to go, but it is understandably overwhelming for the new investor. I love this article by Mama Fish Saves about the simple 3 fund portfolio. However, I will point out that I do not use this and feel that bonds really have no place for those investing long term.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:WCI interviewed me on his podcast last week. We discussed my non-traditional path to medicine as well as some of the unique issues physician women and moms have. Dr. Carrie Reynolds and I continue to records podcasts for the Hippocratic Hustle. Since my impending maternity leave is on my mind we recorded a podcast about maternity leave and even discussed how not to get caught up with all the baby gear you’ll want to buy.
Books:All new moms need this book. It will prevent you from buying everything in sight. At least you’ll make informed choices. Some of the bigger ticket items I decided on:
- Halo bassinest (Essentia)
- UPPAbaby Cruz stroller
- UPPAbaby Mesa carseat
- Baby Bjorn bouncer
- Lillebaby baby carrier
- Keekaroo Peanut Changer
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard (for grandma’s place)
- Infant Optics baby monitor