Getting ready to travel to FinCon14

It’s Monday night and I checked in and printed out my boarding pass to FinCon two hours ago. I am about to head out of the library but thought I would release some words on here, before packing up my things. It’s FinCon week! I have waited all year for Read more

Back to Blogging

It’s been a very long time since I have blogged. Life has certainly taken over and I wasn’t good about prioritizing this site over spending time with people and getting things done. Yes real people. The past six months have been about checking off a lot of things on Read more

Some Good Things

Lately I have been going through some emotionally tough times, much like being in a glass case of emotion. It's why I haven't been posting as often here and on twitter. To counteract these blue feelings I am going to list some things that actually made me smile in the past two Read more

Comparing Yourself to Others. Don't Do It

Over the holidays I spent all of my time with family. At any given moment I was spending time with someone who was a blood relative of mine.  That may not seem weird at first, but spending three weeks with only people that are related to you gets to Read more

Getting ready to travel to FinCon14

It’s Monday night and I checked in and printed out my boarding pass to FinCon two hours ago. I am about to head out of the library but thought I would release some words on here, before packing up my things. It’s FinCon week! I have waited all year for this. If you haven’t attended, you probably won’t understand. That’s alright, I don’t expect you to. It’s one of those- you have to be there types of situations. I still have packing to do- definitely have to make sure I pack an umbrella since it looks like it’s going to rain at some point this week in New Orleans. I have never been to New Orleans so I am excited to explore the city.

I am excited to see my virtual friends in real life again. I tried to save on expenses by sharing a room with  a roommate, as I do every year. This year I will be staying with Zina from debtfreeinthree. I have never met her before but I am excited to get to know her. Matlock will be joining me this year at FinCon. I am excited to have her actually experience this weekend with me. I opted for the discounted Super Shuttle ride from/to the airport ($35 RT), so that’s helpful. I am actually really excited to be getting some time away from DC. Being able to stay in a hotel with my own real bed, which gets made by room service and is bigger than a walk in closet is such a nice thing to look forward to. I have been sleeping on a twin size air bed for the past 3 weeks. The airbed isn’t that uncomfortable,  but it’s nothing like a real bed with a real mattress. I also will savor not having to share a bathroom with my housemate. Nothing against guys, but unless your OCD, it’s really not the same as sharing with a tidy girl housemate (more about this in a later post). I also bought a travelzoo voucher for a history New Orleans walking tour. I believe it will a ghost tour for two people and it only cost $24!

I am excited to be participating in BHB again this year. I was matched with the infamous, Jeff Goins! I haven’t met him before and enjoy reading his posts, so it should be such a treat to get some 1-1 time learning from him about writing/blogging!  Something else that is new is I am the volunteer coordinator this year for FinCon. I hope everything goes smoothly as it has in the past years. I am sure I will be exhausted by next Monday when I fly back, but I already know it will be well worth it! There’s not really a point to this post except for sharing my excitement. Time to get on  the metro.

Twin size airbed with wooden floor and star wars legos on metal shelves in background

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Collection of photos of summer happenings

Collection of photos of summer happenings

It’s been a very long time since I have blogged. Life has certainly taken over and I wasn’t good about prioritizing this site over spending time with people and getting things done. Yes real people. The past six months have been about checking off a lot of things on to do lists. The one thing that I didn’t get around to was this blog and even keeping up with reading blogs I follow. Now I am back and ready to get down to business. Here’s a rundown of what my summer has been like, since we are already a few days into September.

April 15th- I submitted my last grad school application, in which I mentioned this blog. After that I was a bit tentative to post, knowing an admission committee of academics could be reading new content. This paranoia is why the blog took a backseat,,

May

  • Went on a lot of coffee meetings- met some amazing people
  • Went to a live showing of Book of Mormon- first musical I really loved
  • May was a really active yet challenging month

June

  • More meetings
  • Attended blogger meetups
  • Hung out in Columbus a lot and experienced what makes it awesome
  • Hosted a summer cookout on the terrace – had a blast!

July

  • Had fun on the fourth of July and the infamous DooDah parade!
  • Found out I was accepted to grad school in Washington, DC – to a program I was interested in
  • I hosted my own Blogger meetup at the Blowdry Cafe and loved meeting new people.
  • Tried Hot Chicken Takeover for the first time. It was amazing!

August

  • Fundraiser for YWCA Gen Y Project- A bit stressful but it was a hit
  • Took some photos at Allie’s photography workshop.
  • Made my first donation to an indiegogo campaign
  • Attended PodCast Movement in Dallas with Amy.
  • Drove to DC with some clothes, my laptop and whatever I could fit in my car
  • Used Airbnb for the first time. This was thanks to  my friend Nate who writes a lovely little blog over here.
  • Arrived in Foggy Bottom safely. Checked into my airbnb, attended a General Assembly networking event and settled back in at the AirBnb
  • Woke up to discovering my car broken was broken into overnight. Attended orientation while worrying about my car, but I was able to drop it off at a dealership that evening for it to be fixed. $400 later- my car had all of it’s windows again.

I have been in DC for 12 days now. It’s been an interesting experience so far. The six hour drive was actually pretty nice and uneventful. I have only visited one Smithsonian (the Art one) and have not had any great DC food yet. Matlock is visiting this weekend so we will be sure to have some amazing cuisine in the district. I am still waiting for my student loans to kick in and pay for my tuition. This delay is making me nervous. Luckily, I am still working remotely for my job in OH, so I have some part time income coming in. In the next few weeks, I will really get into classes, looking for ways to make friends and of course FinCon. I miss OH a lot more than expected, but this new chapter is a challenge I am ready for- just need to keep reminding myself of that.

How was your summer? What have you been upto? Any big plans this September?

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Some Good Things

Lately I have been going through some emotionally tough times, much like being in a glass case of emotion. It’s why I haven’t been posting as often here and on twitter. To counteract these blue feelings I am going to list some things that actually made me smile in the past two weeks to keep my spirits up.

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I attended StartUp Weekend in March and my team won 3rd place! I met so many cool people, it was one of the best weekends ever. No joke. The organizing was smooth, the people were all positive and everyone had a different idea. Can you tell I like working in groups? All the meals during the weekend were included in the registration, which was an awesome deal and we even received a t shirt! I would highly suggest attending a StartUp Weekend in your area if you have the chance. One of our prizes was this really cool poster from StartUp Vitamins, a sponsor for StartUp Weekend.  StartUp Vitamins is a company that creates great motivating posters for your home or business. Matlock picked me up a RIBBA frame from Ikea, which actually fit and only cost $25. Frames are expensive, so that is a great deal. To pass on the good vibes, I am also giving away a poster (18x 24″) or  T shirt of your choice (unframed). Just like AND comment on my Facebook page with your favorite quote from StartUp Vitamins. You have until May 1st to enter. One winner will be selected on May 2nd.

I went on a Easter Begg Hunt with Cassy this weekend. We walked around the city with a basket and ‘begged’ for easter eggs in local shops. Most of the eggs had dog treats in them, some had prizes. We didn’t find any with prizes but it was a beautiful day and Cassy got this priceless photo with the Easter bunny. I spent the entire morning with my dog, which is great and we both got plenty of exercise. I even reached my FitBit Steps goals twice this weekend! The registration was free to attend and to get a bag of coupons was $2 that went to a the Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), an all-volunteer, all foster-based dog rescue  shelter, so that was great for my wallet, my piece of mind and Cassy was happy to be walking around the city streets.

Starbucks coffee really kept me going! I usually get a hot grande mocha or a iced mocha latte. Yes there are some people that think paying $4 for coffee is absurd but it gets the creative juices going and tastes good too! One of my favorite artists, Michael Phillips was also in town for the CCAD Art fair and while I was at StartUpWeekend, Matlock bought another one of his framed pieces to add to our growing collection. The red framed piece in the collage above is what it looks like. Two weeks ago I also was asked to speak about a leadership program I am a part of at the Columbus YWCA. I am happy to speak in public, but always get nervous leading up to it, no matter how prepared I am. It was a pretty big room full of ambitious people, which was cool. I like having opportunities like that to practice my public speaking skills. Makes me feel important, valued and challenged.

Something else that made me somewhat happy is that I found out that I only have $3,640.80 left to pay on my car loan. I calculated that if I continue my monthly payments of $250/month I will have 15 payments left and be done with this loan by next summer. But $3,640.80 seems so close, so I think I will start snowballing more and increasing my monthly payments little by little. Those are my highlights of sunshine that helped me get through the past few weeks. What about you? What is keeping you going this week?

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Comparing Yourself to Others. Don’t Do It

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Over the holidays I spent all of my time with family. At any given moment I was spending time with someone who was a blood relative of mine.  That may not seem weird at first, but spending three weeks with only people that are related to you gets to be a bit weird. You begin to lose perspective, well at least I do. I digress. Yes I have a huge family. Over half of my forty-plus cousins are working adults, so we often talk about ‘grown up’ things: work, raising families, bills, what’s next in life etc. .

One particular cousin I had not seen in over seven years. Let’s call her Sally. People change over time and those changes are duly noted by certain family members. Sometimes it’s changes in your appearance, your behavior, or interests. This cousin of mine, Sally,  is about 8 years older than me. She is a doctor and married to a doctor as well. Last time we saw each other she was getting ready to start her medical residency. There is some family drama included, but those details aren’t relevant here. Let’s just say there’s a reason that it’s been over five years since we have seen each other.

Anyways, so we were at a nail salon getting pampered and making small talk before some wedding related festivities. I had already noticed that Sally is really into name dropping designer clothes, shoes, bags etc. Earlier I asked her if she had seen my Toms shoes around the house, she replied, Tom Ford?. We are obviously in two very different tax brackets. Making small talk while waiting for our manicures to dry, Sally talked about the southern city she lives in and quality of life. She was constantly comparing it to other metropolitan cities such as New York or Boston. I asked if she was going to stay in her current city long term (due to her husband’s job they most likely will). But she continued to talk about, what seemed like, justifying her life choices to live in this large southern city as opposed to one on the East Coast. She then decided to drop how much she made on a part time MD salary (a six figure number) as well as her husband’s salary working full time as a radiologist (an even bigger six figure number, working 4 day weeks). This was a bit unnerving. I didn’t ask her how much she made. It was no secret Sally was doing well. Doctors on average make decent money, this is not news. Carrying around her Louis Vuitton purse, Tory Burch boots and mention of a $400 Vitamix blender were enough of a hint.

By the time my nails were dry, I was very put off by her sharing this information with me. I don’t care if the number is accurate or inflated but what is the necessity? I don’t think she’s a better person for it. If anything it makes her seem very money hungry. Was she trying to figure out how much I made? Was she overcompensating her lack of presence for the past seven years, by making sure I knew she was working hard? I don’t know answers to those questions but it was weird.

Of course then I internally started second guessing myself. Am I making enough? (Probably not) Can I do more? (Yes) where is my life headed? Do I talk about money like that? Do I ever sound that obnoxious to others? Am I behind in life? And on and on. I didn’t let it simmer for very long, but then again I am sitting here in an airport terminal while waiting for a flight blogging about the encounter. I have to put it all in perspective. I am doing much better than I was a year ago. I have made progress with work, paying off debt, being happier. There are areas I can certainly work on: time management, being more physically active and building my savings. But for my particular situation, I am doing okay. I could be doing better, but I am not in a bind. So right now, I am going to focus on myself and now worry about someone else’s salary and the bills they have to pay. Keeping the eye on my prize and comparing myself to myself is what I need to do. There’s a great article on medium titled “How to stop giving a F@$% what people think” that you can check out by by Sean Kim.

Have you ever had a friend or relative talk about money with you, leaving you feel inadequate or insecure? How do you deal with these feelings? When is it alright to see how you measure up to others?

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