You Can’t Buy Your Way to Better Habits

After going at it a little too hard in December, I decided to make January a dry month. Yep, thirty days, no beer, no cabernet, no overpriced craft cocktails. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it. You know the old cliche of being single and seeing...

How to Deal With Money Regret

Parking tickets are almost a rite of passage when you move to Los Angeles. You’re not a true Angeleno until you’ve racked up four or five of them. Everywhere you go, there are rules and meters and permits dedicated to how, where, and when you may park. It’s inevitable...

How to Set Freelance Writing Rates

Freelance writing is a fickle business. For example, clients seem to think it’s perfectly okay to ghost you for months until they need something, and then they need you to respond in the next 2.5 seconds. It’s a classic freelancer’s dilemma. You...

How to Decide When to Use Money to Buy Time

Have you ever tried to build a website without being a web developer? I have, and I don’t recommend it. Last summer, I spent days trying to fix some random error on a website I was building. A box on my web page wouldn’t center, and no matter what I tried,...

Sometimes You Have to Quit

My junior year in high school, a friend suggested I join the newspaper. I loved to write, I was kind of a weirdo, and our school’s journalism class embraced both of those things. You couldn’t just decide to be a high school journalist, though. You had to apply. So I...

I’m Officially in Holiday Mode.

So I just don’t feel like working. And this time, it’s not because I’m stuck in a rut or because I’m depressed or anything like that. I’m in full-blown holiday mode, completely caught up in that end-of-the-year vibe that makes me want to do nothing but wind down with...

“Why Don’t They Teach This in School?”

“Why don’t they teach this stuff in school?” I often hear people say when it comes to personal finance. It’s a fair question. In sixth grade, my young and irreverent science teacher wrote SEX on the chalkboard in big capital letters to introduce us to an ongoing...

Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Finding work is perhaps the biggest challenge for any beginner writer. There’s no magic formula, no tried-and-true blueprint to ensure your success.  Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you work hard and it pays off, but mostly it’s a strong combination of both. As a...

The Psychology Behind Clothing

Researching an article for a client, I recently stumbled upon Lauren Messiah, a funny and down-to-earth personal stylist who explains why style matters, despite your aversion to it. Yes, she shares the standard practical advice, like how to dress up a white tee, but...