On An Interview With Someone Who Got Fired for Not Having a 'Hunger for Marketing'

"I was like, “No, as long as I keep learning I’ll be happy.” I kept sugarcoating it, but I wasn’t lying. I didn’t think it was worthwhile to lie and say I’m happy, because I don’t know who benefits from that, neither me nor them. And I got into a routine, I did all their work, probably not at the same rate as the temp they were hiring who embraced our menial task as our life’s work and took it very seriously." I don't know -- it sounds to me like this person was lying a bit. I think ultimately it was right for the company to let them go because they clearly didn't want to be there. It's a waste of that person's time and the company's. It sounds like the intern had a bad attitude, and frankly I wouldn't want to work with someone like that either. That kind of attitude is super toxic to organizations/companies, regardless of whether or not they're completing the tasks that they find menial. I hope they find something that they don't hate doing.

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm 4

On Thinking About Year-end Numbers: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living

This has been a fascinating series, thanks for sharing this with us! Also, best of luck paying down that debt and moving into a one bedroom apartment!

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2014 Check-in

@ThatJenn thank you! and, yeah man! i'm already so tempted with all of these online salesssss.

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2014 Check-in

What is that saying, when you make plans God laughs, or something? I feel like that is what happened with my credit card payoff. My goal was to have a balance around $1500 by year end and that is definitely not happening. December is a 3 paycheck month though, so I should be able to knock off another $1,000 from my credit card. So here's hoping for a balance somewhere around $3100 by the end of the year. I can do it! (I think.) 401(k) Loan Payback: September – $2,686 October – $2, 505 November - $2,324 Southwest Airlines Card: August – $5,133 September – $4,169 October – $4,307 November - $4,132

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

Welcome back! Looks like you had a fun trip! I'll be driving home for the Thanksgiving holiday mid-day next Tuesday, so I'm trying to keep this weekend very relaxed, also I have a looming design project that I desperately want to knock out before the holidays really kick into gear. Here's my plan: Friday: after work, dinner at home while working on design stuff, then board game night at my friend's place. ($20 for roundtrip Uber, $0 for wine I'm bringing that's already in my stash) Saturday: coffee shop & more work with a friend ($5), then we're going to SF Dungeon! We bought tix on Groupon a couple months ago, so this is FREE, unless we indulge in gift shop goods. Also, since we'll be in Fisherman's Wharf, seafood will need to happen. ($20) Sunday: just more working from home. maybe a walk to trader joe's ($30) to pick up a few things, and then we'll see from there! Estimate: $75

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: October 2014 Check-in

@BreakTheTerror best of luck to you! i work for a credit union and we partner with BALANCE Financial Fitness: https://www.balancepro.net/ -- i'm sure there are many other counseling companies like this one out there. these monthly check-ins have really helped me keep myself accountable, and i hope they are helpful for you as well. :)

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:42 am 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: October 2014 Check-in

@steponitvelma baby steps is the way to go! you can do it!

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: October 2014 Check-in

I'm kind of annoyed with myself because the balance on my credit card has gone up instead of down, but like Logan, I treated myself to a couple of winter attire things, and will be back on track next pay period. I was hoping to be at $1500 owed by the end of 2014, but I think a more manageable goal for now is under $3,000. I'd be happy with that. 401(k) Loan Payback: June – $3,254 July – $3,048 August – $2,867 September – $2,686 October - $2, 505 Southwest Airlines Card: August – $5133 September – $4169 October - $4307

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm 0

On Buying Power

Honest and heartfelt. Made me think of my parents and my experience growing up. Thank you! <3

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

Let's see: Tonight: nada. stay in, make ravioli, open the $3.99 bottle of Primitivo I bought earlier this week at Trader Joe's and watch Luther and then Gilmore Girls. ($0) Saturday: Have a lazy morning, make breakfast, catch up on magazine reading, go to the farmer's market. ($20) Then head over to my fave coffee shop to work on a freelance gig for a couple hours. ($5) Go see Annabelle (or some other movie) before 6pm. ($15) Sunday: Have another lazy morning, then head to the outskirts of the city where my coworker just moved to help her decorate and congratulate her on her first apartment. I'll bring her a bottle of wine from my stash. ($0) Monday: We have Monday off! Gonna clean and do laundry. Probably continue to work on that freelance project, and attempt to finish my portfolio. Total estimate: $40

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm 0