Weekend Roundup – And CMO Around Town

Happy weekend everyone! As promised, I’m planning to post on weekends to share some of my favorite articles of the week and tell you more about happenings here at CMO Central this week.

Why? Because it’s a fun, relaxing way to spend your weekend.

So grab some coffee, and lets get started.

Article Roundup

Apparently stay at home dads still struggle with diapers, drool, stigma and isolation. I asked my husband, and he did say the drool was annoying. Diapers, after three boys, are no big deal. And the stigma is real. I’m pretty sure people think he’s unemployed or something.

I found this interesting article with Chase and Refinery 29 around female breadwinners. Women are the primary breadwinner in 40% of households – including 37% where they have a partner. It’s interesting that, with so many female breadwinners, women still feel conflicted and upset about it. Why is that?

People are entering retirement unprepared – sadly. Although since you’re here on this site, likely that won’t be you. The reasons why? Lack of savings, cashing out savings while still working, the loss of pensions (although only half of Americans were ever covered by one), and so on. Save early – save often – save more than you think you’ll need.

Did you know that working women often underestimate motherhood costs? I can tell you that your perspective on whatever you think you will definitely do once you have kids, changes once you actually have kids.  Whether it’s continuing to work, staying at home, going part time, or anything in between – actually having the kids changes everything.

Looking for a new podcast? Check out my friend Chelsea (of Mama Fish Saves breadwinner fame) wrote this great article for Forbes on the top nine money podcasts you should be listening to.

One vs two income families– there are pros and cons to any working arrangement, including having a stay at home parent. White Coat Investor goes through some of those in his article. I went into some of those in my own post on the ups and downs of (almost) avoiding childcare from last week as well.

CMO Around Town

So life here at CMO central has been interesting, to say the least. I mentioned yesterday that I started a new role in our International team last week, and it’s been a fun challenge to get up to speed on everything. New technologies, new people to meet, new businesses to learn – it’s been great.

The first question I get when I tell people that I moved groups is, “Are you going overseas?” A natural question, but the answer is not now. I moved into that area so I could eventually get those kinds of opportunities, since working internationally has been a career goal of mine. But the immediate project is primarily based in the US, so here I stay.

It was my birthday this week, and I spent it alone in Delaware traveling for work. I was feeling pretty lonely, and somewhat sorry for myself. Then I watched this movie on parents from rural China who only see their kids once per year.

That made me snap out of it and stop complaining. I can’t imagine only seeing my kids for just a few days a year.

I was away for work from Monday at 7 AM until Wednesday evening. My three year old was sleeping when I left, so I really had last seen him on Sunday night. After I came home, the little guy just wanted to play all night long. I made a fun video to celebrate being home again and popped it up on my Instagram. Go on over and check it out.

The older two boys are away at Scout Camp this week, having fun and missing electricity. It’s been pretty quiet around here without them.  I’m looking forward to picking them both up on Saturday morning.

Weekend plans? Saturday will likely be a bit crazy picking up the boys from camp. It’s about an hour away from here, so we’ll spend two hours in the car on Saturday morning. I plan to do some extra baking, because that camp food is terrible. I’ve had it, it’s really terrible. I’ll also make a fun display to welcome them home.

I’m hoping we get to go blueberry picking on Sunday (if the weather cooperates). I’d also love to do some reading, set up posts for next week, and generally relax.

Recently, I’ve been interviewed over on Physician on FIRE, and wrote a post for Choose FI on Women on FIRE. On Monday, I’m going to be over on Go Curry Cracker helping with some tips on kids and money – be sure to pop over and check it out.


Of course, after this went live I remembered some other things I wanted to tell you!

  • I’m going to be speaking at FinCon this year! It’s quite an honor, and I still can’t believe it.  Last year I was honored to both win a scholarship, and to be nominated for a Plutus award in Family Finance. Will I be nominated again? It’s up to you! Hop on over here to complete your 2018 Plutus nominations for your favorite finance blogs (in all different subjects), podcasts, and YouTubers. There’s even a category for best series (*cough* breadwinning moms/women on FIRE *cough*).  So get your nominations in today!
  • If you’re also going to FinCon, be sure to hit me up on social media so we can connect while we’re both there! And be sure to come to my session so I’m not talking to myself.  Want to go but didn’t get your ticket yet? Pick up your ticket here.
  • The White Coat Investor is giving a discount on his course in honor of graduation, and independence day! This would make a great gift for a newly graduated doctor, or someone starting medical school. Want to celebrated financial independence day? Hop over here, and be sure to use the code INDEPENDENCE to get 15% off. Hurry though, the sale is only running until July 7th. You can read my review here.

What are your plans for the weekend?  Did you do your Q2 assessment yet? Let me know in the comments.

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IT professional, MBA, working mother of three, avid reader, geek and personal finance nerd

6 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup – And CMO Around Town

  • June 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing my Forbes post, Liz! Love the roundup and your video with Alex was SO CUTE.

    • June 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks, it was fun to make!

  • June 30, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Some of the EAL (English as an Additional Language) kids I used to teach lived like this. I remember a little boy in year 7 last year who welled up with tears when he was telling me how much he missed his grandmother. He’d moved to Australia to start secondary school and was getting to know his mother and step-father after barely seeing them before.

    • June 30, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      I believe this documentary mentioned that there are 61 million rural families that live like this. It’s a hard choice to make, and from what I understand, it’s almost impossible to take your kids with you due to the rules in China.

  • July 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    My guess … it’s LONELY being a female breadwinner, there aren’t many of us. I still don’t think many husbands truly are equal contributors at home (incl mine tbh), I see this a LOT in the comments on Corporette/corporette moms. And it might sound petty but being not only the breadwinner, but the one carrying the baby, birthing the baby … it’s a big weight to carry. I’ve had an easy pregnancy and don’t want to play the pity card, but there definitely is a physical toll and I am definitely not at 100%. All stuff I’ve struggled with for years ahead of taking the leap, and still think about with just a few months to go!

    I mean, look at some of the ‘related searches’ suggested when you google ‘female breadwinner’:

    female breadwinners divorce
    female breadwinner stress
    stress of being the female breadwinner
    how to deal with being the breadwinner
    i am tired of being the breadwinner

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope the weather plays nicely for you and you enjoy a lovely weekend with the fam <3

    • July 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

      It does get lonely sometimes. One of the problems is that there still aren’t a lot of people who talk about it, and we all feel alone. Part of why I started my series in the first place was to help other women like me not feel as alone. If 40% of couples have a female breadwinner, then it’s almost as common as the male being the breadwinner. And yes, I hear you on not being 100% while being pregnant. My last pregnancy with the little guy was very difficult, and it was hard to get through.


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