The Weekly Dough (My Daughter’s Birthday edition)

My daughter turned 13 this past week, and we’re celebrating with family today. I look at pictures from just five years ago, and it’s amazing how much she’s grown and matured. And it reminds me of a decision I made at that time to leave a high paying, prestigious job for a lower paying and very ordinary job so that I could spend more time with my family.

Please don’t think me a “hero” for making this decision as my wife had as much to do with it as I. It was the hardest yet most satisfying career move I’ve ever made. And because of that decision, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of watching my daughter grow up these past five years, rather than spending that time working 75 hours a week and traveling much of the time. As a great poet once wrote, I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference:

But enough of my ramblings, here are some great articles of the past week that I think you’ll enjoy:

  1. 10 Reasons To Avoid Lists (@ The Financial Philosopher)
  2. Mandatory PF Courses in Ohio (@ Grad Money Matters): Go Buckeyes!
  3. It’s Raining Money (@ Single Guy Money): Ebates was knew to me, so I thought I’d pass it along to you.
  4. How To Protect Your Personal Data When Disaster Strikes (@ Gather Little By Little)
  5. The Dough Roller Retro: Don’t Steal From St. Peter

Topics: Personal Finance

3 Responses to “The Weekly Dough (My Daughter’s Birthday edition)”

  1. Happy Birthday to Miss Dough Roller! You and I should start a little support group to help each other over the next few years. My oldest son is turning 13 next month! Teen years…I don’t look forward to it.

    Thanks for the link!

  2. Your story about your daughter and your family is very inspiring. I feel that I’m in the crossroads right now wondering if I should break free from my rigid work routine and stay home to deal with family more. It is very tough as my husband is trying to launch a startup and not making an income. We are all relying on my income to live. If I slow down (which my health and kids situation are indicating that I should do), then we will be coasting mostly on our savings for the next year or two (we’re able to get a little bit of income through consulting projects). That will be a big blow to our next egg. At the same time, I’m hopeful that the startup will take off at that time. For us, it’s all about facing this risk right now and dealing with it head on. I hope to have the same story as you 5 years from now and say how we took the road less traveled…

    Thanks for the mention as well!

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