Prior to this year, I've loved being on the other end of the holiday pop-ups. Buying gifts from local makers isn't only great for supporting local businesses, it makes gift giving feel so much more special. Being able to tell your friends and family about who made their gift, maybe the process that their unique piece went through to get to them, the love and care that went into it - it all makes your gift that much more meaningful.
We've all seen and heard about meal subscription services. They cut out all the time spent at the grocery store, everything is portioned out for you, and you get to try new dishes all the time. So recently, we decided to try out Terras Kitchen, a subscription meal service with its roots dug right here in Baltimore.
I look forward to the Small Press Expo (SPX) all year. Right at the end of summer, the non-profit SPX pops up for a weekend in the Marriott conference center in Bethesda, MD. The event hosts speakers focusing on different indie comic themes and raises funds for comic-related organizations. It also hosts tons of Indie publishers, comic artists, and illustrators selling their work. I tend to have quite a spending problem every year, but I regret nothing.
Recently, with my new business and our blog, I have been working to better understand the intricacies of social media. Everyone understands that a strong social media presence is important to gaining page views and business. There are tons of self-help seminars that range in price and admittedly, I’ve take a few online seminars and subscribed to newsletters to get pdf workbooks telling me how to make the most out of social media. And I can say that honestly, I haven’t really learned anything that I didn’t already know or haven't concluded on my own. So what I’m sharing today is all the stuff I’ve figured out on my own or through chatting with other friends who are trying to figure this all out themselves, too.
Last Saturday, we gathered in Historic Ellicott City at Bear Fox Babe in Lot D, for a little outdoor meet-up of bloggers, Instagrammers, and photographers. We had a great time and we've been dying to share some pictures from the event!
A few years ago, I noticed a bunch of illustrators that I admire were printing their zines and comics with these rich colors, that came out looking like a cross between screen printing and a photocopy machine. Long story short, I was in love.
My 30th birthday is quickly approaching and lucky for everyone around me, I'm getting an early start on this year's life crisis. About 8 months ago, I began working for Baltimore City's Retirement Department and I have learned a lot. As a result, I'm kind of freaking out about my own retirement savings, or lack-there-of. Currently, I live a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, so figuring out how to get to a place where I'll be able to save enough to retire on in the future seems really daunting! Are you in a situation like me? Have you not started saving for retirement yet and you’re thinking – Oh, shit!? Well, it’s ok! We’re all gonna be okay!