Interesting day. Made a few phone calls and began to reacquaint myself with the dissertation. Reviewed some notes and annotations. Reviewed some articles that I had saved recently but did not have time to read. Then, I reached out to a dissertation coach, an independent advisor not on my current dissertation committee. 

Dad called well before lunch, and asked if I could come over to talk. It was a good talk. And, I'll spare the details but our talk helped me clarify a few things. The subject of finances came about, as it always does. I think this quote summarizes the conversation nicely. 

Wanting to be rich ... one day you’ll find yourself wanting to be rich. To be rich really means to be without need, so you have two choices: either accumulate significant wealth or learn to need very little. Or, like most of us, find a balance somewhere in-between.