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.
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.
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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