Posts by mandi


This one is short and sweet, because I covered a bit of it before. Today we’re going to talk about savings and budgeting. Step 4: Your First $500, $1,000, 3-Month Fund When you’re making your budget and building in a savings plan it can be daunting to think about starting small and getting to a 3- or 6-month emergency fund. Take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Studies show that only 28% of Americans have saved a 6-month...

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I was always taught that money doesn’t grow on trees, and while that’s mostly true it’s also a fact that technology and online shopping can be your best friend in getting you some free money for doing the things you already do. The apps and sites I mention below are ones I currently use and recommend. There are others (e.g. Wikibuy) that I haven’t used extensively and so I’m not going to give you a full...

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I don’t know about you, but a lot of my money management issues stem from trusting myself a little too much (haha). If I see the funds in my bank account I think that’s actually how much money I have, yet tend to forget about which bills are coming due and when before the next payday. And forget about saving. If it doesn’t happen automatically I take no joy in shifting leftover funds into a savings account. So my solution is to get...

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This month I’m focusing the majority of posts on my improvement plan from Year 2 in DC: Financial Health. Each post I’ll outline one step I took to make my life a little easier when it comes to money management. I haven’t always made good choices in the past and I’m not 100% fixed yet, but these steps have helped me get better and improve my credit score by 176 points in less than 2 years.   Step 1: Get a...

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Introducing: A New Look

Introducing: A New Look


Posted By on Mar 3, 2017

As you’ve probably noticed there’s a new look and feel to this site. I’ve already come clean with my newsletter subscribers, but if you’re relatively new here then know that I’ve developed a slightly new strategy and focus for The Digital Storyteller in the recent months. What’s Different, What’s the Same You’ll still find the usual digital storytelling training and resources...

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Every so often I like to share what I’m reading because, well, I live alone and have no one to talk to about it. That’s a lie. Two of the following books come from my company’s Inclusion Book Club. I just like to share what I’m reading because I (obviously) think it’s interesting, and because I find it interesting I think that more people should be reading it. That’s it really. So in no particular...

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Are we entering an age of authoritarianism in American politics? Are sentiments of white nationalism – that seemed to always be on the fringe – now ever-popular and creating an opening for fascism to gain a foothold? Having never lived under a fascist, authoritarian government before I can’t be sure of the signs. But we can learn from our global allies. Strategic Dialogue with Global Leaders I recently had the privilege of...

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So to sum up my previous posts, year one in DC was about gaining confidence and rebuilding my emotional health. Year two was about building a strong financial foundation and gaining professional health. As I look forward to year three I’m hoping to build on my mind (creative) and body (physical) health. I feel like I finally have enough of a routine in DC that I can dedicate my extra time to creative and physical pursuits. Physical...

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