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

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. http://youtu.be/kTNBryDDg6k 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 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 Read more

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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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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Back to Blogging

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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