On Budget Super Bowl Snacks

@bgprincipessa Haha the same thing happened to me

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm 0

On Volunteering Doesn't Need to Be a Drag — Ask Me How

Thank you for your AmeriCorps service!

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On When Your Boss Is a Twenty-Something

I'm a young boss. Well technically I'm 27 year old program director who oversees compliance on a federal AmeriCorps grant that is awarded to organizations throughout my state. I guess that doesn't technically make me young or a boss in terms of the article cited, but I'm going to give my two cents anyway. It's my responsibility to ensure that the organizations we fund have the opportunity to receive AmeriCorps members in the upcoming years. I manage a hefty grant, it takes a lot of work and it means that I have to tell executive directors or senior staff when they're doing things wrong (and right!). It's not always easy, and they often don't want to listen to me or want to go over my head to make sure I'm not providing them incorrect information. No one wants to look up the federal regulations themselves, but no one wants to believe me when I tell them I know the answer ha! I think my age has something to do with it. I will say, I've been doing this since I was 23 and now that I'm a little older, it has gotten better. Or I'm now working with more respectful people, I'm not sure which. On another note, the other day at a compliance visit, one of the AmeriCorps members mentioned something negative about someone in the office and chocked it up to it being the product of the other, younger person's generation. I thought that was extremely rude and insulting to me. The person in question is probably 2 years younger than me.

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm 0

On The Town Where Americans Still Write Checks, and Other Notes on Rural Economics

Very well-written and interesting! And thank you for your AmeriCorps service!

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm 1

On My Credit Card Debt Is As Bad As Substance Abuse

@AitchBee When I was in college, I was a few hundred dollars short of paying my rent. I went to my credit union to ask for a small loan (where I was a member). They wouldn't give me a loan but instead told me to sign up for a credit card and take a cash advance on that card. Obviously this is a TERRIBLE idea. And that's a credit union, who are supposedly the "nice guys" of banking. I'm not saying that I shouldn't have been smarter than to fall for this, but I was 19 years old, afraid of what would happen if I couldn't make rent and I took the bait. I don't know what the solution is, but stopping that kind of behavior is a good start. It's possible that the credit union didn't realize that this was going to be a terrible life choice for me. Maybe the starting point is educating high school students about what money really is. And then taking it a step farther and requiring a class for anyone taking out a student loan.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm 0

On What We Give Up to Live in the San Francisco Bay Area

@polka dots vs stripes I'm with you on this! There are so many amazing cities in the U.S.! I'm struggling with the idea of moving to a city where I know that the housing prices will be about double what they are in my small Midwest city right now! I can't imagine triple that! What's the point of living in an amazing city if you can't afford to spend some money on checking it out?

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm 0

On Another Thing About Lattes

@Allison @wrappedupinbooks Ugh, I thought that I was thinking about this in the way that @EvanDeSimone much more eloquently put it. But it's definitely possible that years of social pressure to not be seen eating "junk" has brainwashed me :(

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm 1

On Another Thing About Lattes

When I see someone with a large pizza I think, "jeez, that person better not eat all that because it's super unhealthy." Pretty much same thing about a large latte. Smoothies, though, I could go either way.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:35 am 0

On A Trip to the DMV

@echolikebells I lived in Columbus for 4 years and let me tell you- the BMV on Broad Street downtown is the holy grail of all such places. Clean, (usually) friendly, organized. I've lived in Michigan most of my life and I thought I was dreaming the first time I stepped into that place!

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 11:36 am 0

On A Contractor Gets Fired for Voicing an Opinion

I used to work for a large non-profit that would do something like your story and has done many other questionable/possibly illegal things. Thanks for reminding me why I don't work there anymore!

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm 0