Posts by mandi


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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It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this site. On the one hand I was so busy getting my feet under me that I didn’t have much time to process all of the changes in my life. On the other hand so many great things were happening that I didn’t want to sit down at a computer and try to sift out what I should write. Suffice it to say that my first two years in Washington, DC have been awesome and tiring and exciting and...

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If my first year in DC was about strengthening my emotional health, then my second year was building on my professional and financial health. As I said previously, it’s been a great boost to my confidence to have a job I can excel at while also making a difference (bleeding heart over here) and paving my own way. “But DC is SO EXPENSIVE!!!” They Said When I first moved to DC from the Midwest, the most common refrain I...

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Is Despair a Sin?

Is Despair a Sin?


Posted By on Oct 26, 2015

I’m not going to get into a theological discussion here. I’m not going to compare and contrast every Bible verse I can find and try to discern the Spirit to interpret meaning. That’s another post. Another day. For now, suffice it to say that lately I’ve been feeling some despair. I have endless personal experience with God’s answer to my prayers. I even have countless examples of God answering prayers I didn’t even know I had prayed....

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