Improve


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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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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I’m Moving to Washington DC

I’m Moving to Washington DC


Posted By on Nov 19, 2014

I’m moving to Washington, D.C. on Sunday. It’s both incredibly exciting and slightly terrifying. I applied for a dream job never thinking I had a chance, but then I got an interview and then an offer. So here I am. Packed up and ready to ship out in 4 days. Despite the anxiety, the excitement, the sheer amount of logistical planning that’s taking up my brain space right now, I can’t help but consider the pros and cons of a...

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I recently posted about obituaries, so the living dead is, of course, the next step, right? Have you ever watched a horror movie? Yes, probably, okay. Have you ever watched a horror movie with me? In general I am a terrible movie friend. I point out the plot inaccuracies, I’m really good at detecting mistakes in continuity, and when super sappy things happen in romantic comedies and everyone else is going “Le sigh,”...

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