On Agonizing About Vacation Expenditures

I disagree completely that $90 is better spent on other people's drinks when you could be riding a horse in the ocean, which you will surely remember longer and more fondly than the novelty glass you'll eventually lose in a move.

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm 4

On Spiritually Bankrupt: How I Went Broke Trying To Teach Yoga

Wow. This was well-written, but factually incorrect. 500 hour training is not a requirement at any yoga studio at which I've taught. The $55/month Yoga Alliance fee is actually $100 for the first year and then $55 annually. I haven't paid it since my first year of teaching and no one has ever asked me if I am Yoga Alliance certified - it is meaningless. I never expected to make a living from teaching as it would take the joy out of it if I didn't hit a quota per class. I don't know any yoga teachers who make a living exclusively from teaching yoga. Most are also personal trainers, massage therapists, have some other job or jobs, or married rich. And the cliched phrase I was told was, "When the teacher is ready, the student will come."

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm 0

On The Costs (and Potential Costs) of Flying to NYC During a Blizzard

@flickafly Came here to say the same thing. Worth a phone call at least.

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm 1

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

@sally885 Bend! Mt Bachelor! My family used to vacation in Sunriver. Ah, memories.

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm 0

On Working Over the Holidays Horror Stories

There was one hotel restaurant I worked at for a year and got stuck with all the holiday shifts: I worked the Thanksgiving lunch shift and was sent home with a Thanksgiving sampler and ate it out of its plastic container waiting for my boyfriend at the time, a chef, to get off work. Sad. I worked Christmas Eve and was stiffed by an customer who didn't like how often I checked up on her table and told me as much: "I hope you're not expecting a tip." Unjust. I worked the 5am breakfast shift on New Years Eve and Day. The dinner crew got a bottle of champagne. I got nothing and, furious, quit shortly thereafter. It was obviously terribly managed, the manager was eventually fired for embezzlement, and the entire hotel was shut down shortly thereafter.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:23 am 0

On Secrets of Spa Castle

I've been here! Once, years ago. I was new and self-conscious to the Korean spa world and did not take full advantage. Definitely did not see anyone doing sex to each other or to themselves. It was actually the least sexy place I've ever been.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm 0

On On My Own: Figuring Out How to Pay for College After My Parents Cut Me Off

Also, just a thought: have you considered taking a semester or a year off to work and save up some money for your tuition? I took three years off after my freshmen year. Bonuses: I had a lot more appreciation for my education once I was back in school, I had a much better handle on my finances after going through the adult boot camp of having to pay my own bills with no safety net, and I had an amazing resume while most of my fellow graduates had no work experience, so after I finally graduated with a worthless English degree, I had no problem finding a job thanks to years of practical corporate experience. It wasn't glamorous, but it worked for me.

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm 0

On On My Own: Figuring Out How to Pay for College After My Parents Cut Me Off

Get yo'self a $2 bunch of kale from the farmer's market and make your own kale chips girl, you deserve it: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/03/12/6-tips-for-flawless-kale-chips-all-dressed-kale-chips-recipe/

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0

On How A Sticky Note Helped Me Get Out of Debt

Congrats! I also used a sticky note that I kept in my wallet. I would constantly recalculate my payoff date based on any mini-windfalls that came my way.

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm 0

On The Cost of Insomnia

Melatonin gives me migraines. My therapist gave me some tools to deal with anxiety-driven insomnia: focus ferociously on the sensation of the bed underneath you. If your mind wanders, come back to the support underneath you. Feel every part of your body being supported. It sounds too simple, but it puts me back to sleep within minutes.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm 1