New addition: Financing a family of 4!


familyof4It’s been some time since we’ve written, but we have a good reason… The Darkos are now a family of four! We recently welcomed our second child, a beautiful baby boy, into the family. Getting pregnant again was eerily similar to our experience with our first son – failed IVF cycle only to get pregnant on our own four months later. Maybe this is our personalized strategy for pregnancy… Who knows? Either way, we were thrilled! Read the rest of this entry

The Darkopreneurs: Pros and cons of being married entrepreneurs

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If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ll know that we’ve thrown our hats into the entrepreneurial ring, both individually and as a couple. Nii has a podcast, Docs Outside the Box, which features ordinary doctors doing ordinary things. Renée has a pre-med coaching business, Pre-med Strategies, Inc., where she helps pre-med students optimize their chances of getting into medical school. Together, we run Equal Access Health, a locum tenens company, which is a fancy way of saying a temp agency for doctors. We’ve got a lot going on in the Darko household!

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Don’t let the buck stop with you: Building generational wealth

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We were super excited to be interviewed by financial expert, Farnoosh Torabi, on her podcast, So Money. We talked about our debt payoff, but then she asked us the question, “So, what’s next?” Now that we have student loan debt behind us, we really had to think about what to do. Read the rest of this entry

Debt = living a little; Debt free = living A LOT!

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A year and a half ago, we had revealed our story to an older physician. We discussed that we were on this mission of paying off our student loan debt. At the time, I was VERY pregnant and Nii and I had both had left our employed positions and were working as independent contractors; basically, we had become entrepreneurs. The look on his face said it all. He didn’t really believe what we were doing was possible. Read the rest of this entry

“If you’re not planning together, then you’re planning to be apart.”


When we were dating, during “heated discussions”, Nii would often roll his eyes and say, “Uh oh! Here’s another Renéeism.” Why? Well… Renée likes to come up with (what she thinks are) witty sayings or analogies. It helps her to understand and explain what’s going on around her. Read the rest of this entry

UNITY: Our theme for 2018 is in full effect!

Hey… So, it’s been a while since we’ve written. To recap, we did a pretty good job with last year’s theme of FAMILY, adding our son into this crazy household full of love and laughter. We were also able to make many more of our extended family’s events: a Read the rest of this entry

Goodbye student loan debt… Hello 2018!


On December 5, 2017, we kissed our student loan debt goodbye… all $662,900 of it! That’s right. We’re free of student loan debt after 38 months! You might remember that by April 2015, after paying off our private loans in 6 months, we set a goal to pay off our federal student loans in 3.5 years. Like the song says, we “finished paying Sallie Mae back!” four months early! Read the rest of this entry

Budgeting for Baby!

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We are very excited to welcome our baby boy into the world, into our lives, and into our hearts! Having been married for four years, we are more than emotionally ready to extend our family beyond husband and wife. Being emotionally ready to have a baby is one thing; being financially ready is another! Read the rest of this entry

5 Reasons we’ll never lease again!

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It’s about that time! Our car lease is finally coming to an end, and we need to find a new vehicle. Renée had leased a car back in 2011 before we were married. So, when her lease came to an end three years ago, we were faced with the decision to either buy with cash, finance, or lease a car. Well, that May we decided to lease again, a decision we deeply regretted by October when we realized that we no longer wanted to live in debt. Read the rest of this entry

Our year of failure was a success!


Happy 2017! We are super excited to share this update with our readers! Last New Year, we themed 2016, the year of failure. You might be asking, “Why would anyone theme an upcoming year “a year of failure”?”  Well… keep reading!

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