Emily is a college sophomore living on the East Coast. She belongs to a prosperous Native American tribe in California.
"I don’t generally tell people that those are the things that make it harder for me, but he also hadn’t bothered to ask about the difficulty of getting in. Which I think is typical of people who don’t have disabilities and don’t realize the extra difficulty that many of us face in terms of access to work, transport and often just everyday life activities that many people take for granted."
"I think the biggest surprise has been how quickly we've moved to more and more merging. Initially we weren't going to do any sort of joint savings, but we realized that aside from our retirement accounts, our savings goals are really joint goals."
"I live at home, which allows me to save some pretty substantial money, but I also have a long-distance boyfriend, so that depletes some of that."
"When I started farming, there was this sense of urgency about it, as if it was the only thing I could possibly do, regardless of the consequences. I’m a little bit more measured about it now. And I have a much more realistic picture of what it takes to make a living doing it."
"I work for an average of three shows a year. Last year I had a total of about eight weeks in between shows. Some people just collect unemployment between shows, but I am lucky enough to have a side gig that hires me back whenever I am available. It pays about $1,300 a week, so it’s way better than the $450 a week that you get in California for unemployment."