NoSpendVer: The 60-Day No Spend Challenge

Janine, Athena and I are in this together and we would love it if you would join us. We have dedicated the next 60 now 55 days (until December 20th) towards not spending money on nonessential items and are calling it NoSpendVer. This is in hopes of making some real financial Read more

Adventures in Coworking: Cove

Moving to Washington DC I have checked out the coworking space scene; mostly to find a sense of community. If you have every moved to a new city not knowing anyone; moving to any place new can be lonely. My first stop was Cove Capitol Hill while I was apartment Read more

Adventures in Coworking: The Salt Mines

I don't like being alone when given a choice. It's not that I can't be alone- I actually spent the past weekend not having left the house once while both housemates were out of town. I stayed in and did work/watched tv/read some books. I prefer the company of Read more

National Coming Out Day 2014

  It's National Coming Out Day on this overcast Saturday in October. If you missed my post from last year go ahead and check it out.  Looking back I am in a extremely different place in life than I was last October. I lived in Ohio, now I live in DC. Read more

NoSpendVer: The 60-Day No Spend Challenge

Guy standing alone by waterJanine, Athena and I are in this together and we would love it if you would join us. We have dedicated the next 60 now 55 days (until December 20th) towards not spending money on nonessential items and are calling it NoSpendVer. This is in hopes of making some real financial progress before the New Year. Each of us has different goals and reasons, so here are mine. Read more

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Adventures in Coworking: Cove

View from desk at Cove Coworking Dupont office

Moving to Washington DC I have checked out the coworking space scene; mostly to find a sense of community. If you have every moved to a new city not knowing anyone; moving to any place new can be lonely. My first stop was Cove Capitol Hill while I was apartment hunting. The hosts on staff that day was very friendly and showed me around. The Capitol Hill location is huge, has multiple stories and is great for groups. Walking distance from Eastern Market, it’s super easy to get to. The chairs are color coordinated so it’s easy to figure out what areas are reserved and what are available for walk ins. To check in you scan a barcode at a tablet near the entrance. This helps you keep track of your hours.

I have also been to the Cove locations in Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle and WeWork in Chinatown. All are great spaces but they cater to different types of productives (Yes I just made that word up). I am partial to WeWork, but that’s only because they allow people to bring their dogs, but I will talk more about WeWork at another time.

I attended a DC Meetup event at Cove CoHi (Columbia Heights) a few weeks back. The vast space made it a solid place to have a meetup of about 20 people. A small detail I really like at the CoHi location are the callboxes. You can actually make a phone call without worrying about disturbing others working or being overheard. This is actually an important detail that I have seen other places overlook. The Cove Columbus Heights location is actually closer to my apartment, but I prefer the The Cove Dupont because it gets a lot of great natural light. Lighting really affects my productivity, so it makes a difference to me. Also the colors of the spaces are light and airy. Not dungeon like at all, which is important if you are living in an English basement; as a quarter of DC residents do.

Cove has a lot to offer other than just space: free coffee, soda, water and juices; free printing, faxing, scanning and copying is also included even if you are there for only a few hours. The price point for Cove is a good jumping off point for people just starting to leave their home offices behind and venturing into the world of getting stuff done at coworking spaces. Starting off at $24 for 8 hours a month. I think this would be great for out of town visitors passing through the city. Isn’t everyone passing through DC though? With a total of four locations and another one opening up in Alexandria this fall (actually today) you can easily find metro accessible Cove locations throughout the city. Conference rooms are available at all the locations if you need that feature and want to meet clients or contractors. Now I know you are probably thinking, ” Why would you pay for a coworking space, when you can work at Starbucks or a local coffee shop for free?”. Honestly, if you want to get work done without distractions and make sure you are able to get administrative tasks done like printing, scanning or take a phone call without listening to people’s coffee order in the background- then coworking is a great option. Cove specifically is flexible enough that you don’t have to commit to a set schedule, but has enough structure that you know what to expect when you walk into any Cove location. The sense of community is growing for sure. I haven’t met regulars yet, myself – but I think that’s a work in progress. Happy hours being popular in the city, Cove has been known to host some (buying the first round), which helps get patrons away from their computer screens and hanging out in real life. If you do want to check out the Cove before becoming a member, they offer a free trial day, which is totally worth it. I believe you can sign up for a super discount this weekend at the new Alexandria location- so you might want to hop over there if you are interested.

Recognizing that I haven’t been to Affinity Lab, Impact Hub DC or Canvas, I really like Cove in Dupont Circle as far as convenience and affordability. Full disclosure, the founder, Adam Segal, went to Amherst and anyone that went to college in the Pioneer Valley has a special place in my heart. I am excited to see what the new space in Alexandria will look like. Depending on where I will be living next month (yes that is still up in the air) I might be frequenting that one more often.

Door to Cove Capitol Hill

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Adventures in Coworking: The Salt Mines

Wooden table at The Salt Mines facing an orange sofa

I don’t like being alone when given a choice. It’s not that I can’t be alone- I actually spent the past weekend not having left the house once while both housemates were out of town. I stayed in and did work/watched tv/read some books. I prefer the company of others- that’s just the way it is. Moving to a new city has been lonely since East coast cities aren’t known for their hospitality. It’s given me time to practice my resting bitch face. I have been busy getting a lay of the land, meeting new people, remembering garbage and street cleaning schedules. Not being a hot mess has been challenging. One unexpected constant was the availability of coworking spaces. Read more

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National Coming Out Day 2014

 

A jar of heart shaped valentine's candyIt’s National Coming Out Day on this overcast Saturday in October. If you missed my post from last year go ahead and check it out.  Looking back I am in a extremely different place in life than I was last October. I lived in Ohio, now I live in DC. I lived with my gf, Matlock, we are currently long distance. I didn’t have housemates in Columbus, now until the end of October I am living with two. I can’t wait until my life is back to normal: two adults, a dog and a cat. Recently someone brought to my attention the seemingly lack of attention the lgbt community gets when it comes to their personal finances, online. I googled ‘lgbt personal finance’ and posts from mainstream sites like: NerdWallet, CNNMoney, HuffingtonPost, FoxBusiness, and The Boston Globe came up on page 1. It looks like the big news circuits are covering this issue, but not a lot of bloggers. I want to know what you think. Do you think that the lgbt money sphere needs more conversation?

Last year I shared some awesome gay online creatives so I thought I would share again some more that I watch on the regular. Mainstream media doesn’t accurately portray ‘gay life’ and these vloggers are showing the world that we’re not all that different. They share what their real lives are actually like. It’s really not that different from well any other person having to deal with bills, laundry and just making life work one day at a time.

Nick and Ken from stillsoundlyawake are Matlock and I’s favorite YouTube channel right now. They are so down to earth, adorable and their videos are fun to watch.

This is a brand new lgbt collab channel. Subscribe to find out more. If you want to know who these peeps are check out their channels below:

Steph: https://www.youtube.com/user/ElloSteph

Simon: https://www.youtube.com/user/SimonAlexHarrison

Jesse: https://www.youtube.com/user/JesseDukee

Pano: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sockl3ss

Neil: https://www.youtube.com/user/geekingoutneil

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What I Thought of FinCon14 and New Orleans (Part 1)

Before I get started talking about FinCon14, take a minute and watch this amazing video by the talented guys at Listen Money Matters.

It’s a week later, FinCon14 came and went and now life is back to normal. NOT. Returning from FinCon you are never the same person. Each year I meet people that make me think twice, inspire me and are a delight to be around. I had never been to New Orleans before so that was an adventure in itself. Every FinCon has been set in cities that are new to me. This is great, because I get to explore a new city with awesome people. I flew into New Orleans on Tuesday night. Uneventful time at the airport, but I did check my bag. It’s not something I do often, but I wanted to be comfortable (there’s another post on that later). During the flight for at least an hour I sat back in my seat and enjoyed a lightning show in the sky at least twenty miles away. Beads in New Orleans Read more

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