If you’d asked me this time last year what they had in common — I probably wouldn’t be able to come up with anything.
I might have said… they can both be done online?
In the past few months, I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching and writing about cryptocurrency — and they have quite a few unexpected overlaps.
But there are other things I never thought I’d do either — like leave a perfectly good writing career that fulfilled my dreams all because I let other people get to me.
I once wrote a book at 21, made…
It was the middle of lockdown and I was desperate to move out of my parents’ house — in my mid twenties — with 100k in student loan debt.
At this point I can’t even remember how I found Medium, but I remember reading articles about online success and thinking — hey, I could do this!
I came from a writing background, and I, too, was lured in by the promise of thousands per month while writing from home.
I mean… we were all at home. …
The last few weeks in cryptocurrency have been… interesting to say the least.
After a recent “crash” in the crypto market where Bitcoin fell to a low of $30k per coin, it has many scratching their heads — and even exiting the crypto scene forever.
However, even despite this low, here’s why I’m not worried about my cryptocurrency portfolio.
I never in a million years thought I’d be writing about cryptocurrency.
I’m a twenty-seven year-old History teacher at my “day job”, so I am probably the opposite demographic you’d normally hear this from.
As a teacher, I’m no stranger to side hustles in order to keep my finances afloat — but I’m just starting to make them work for me.
I think also it makes investing in cryptocurrency slightly less intimidating when it comes from a person who was a total amateur at any type of investments six months ago.
Cryptocurrency is just not for me.
Or — so…
The scene is New York City, 2012. It’s June, which means the unbearable summer heat has just started to cling to the city, even in the early hours of the morning. Commuters bustle to their subway stations, and socialites step into cars parked outside of their Brownstones.
NYU Students rush off to class, carrying bags — not backpacks — and street performers are staking out their spots for the rest of the day near Washington Square Park.
I had read one of New York’s most popular publications since I knew how to decipher text. …
When it comes to the Chia seeds, the first time I was introduced to it was as a child with — you guessed it — the ch-ch-ch-chia! ads on TV.
I begged my parents to let me get a chia pet from the 1–800 number that could ironically only be called by adults 18 or older.
I mean… it was a pet. I needed it.
I find it extremely fitting that the way I discovered chia seed water was via scrolling TikTok. It’s the modern way to find everything you need — and everything you never knew you needed.
There’s a difference between cryptocurrency investors versus cryptocurrency traders.
Just like the “regular” stock market, you might be doing a little bit of both — but there’s a larger distance here because the cryptocurrency market is so volatile.
Traders need it to fluctuate so they can do just what their name says… trade.
Investors are usually in it for the long haul, and in this case might be referred to as HODL-ers (a term that came about when someone misspelled “hold” and has been used in cryptocurrency ever since to mean just that).
At this point, investors have reached the…
“Yeah, I can do brunch on Sunday — but I need to be home by 3 so I can catch up on some work before Monday.”
I recently caught up with a few friends from high school, and while making plans to see each other in lieu of a 10-year reunion, I noticed something strange about our work habits.
Everyone worked on Sunday.
All of us have salaried positions plus side gigs, and each and every one of us felt like we needed to do a bit of work that day in order to make our lives easier on Monday.
When I was in school, learning new things came pretty easily to me. I was naturally curious, and unless it came to calculus — I was fairly interested in how things worked.
As an adult, I’ve noticed that my preferences have changed.
Perhaps — it’s really my patience that has changed.
Does it excite me?
Is it fun?
Can I learn it without it taking up too much of my time?
These are all questions that I now subconsciously ask myself when I make the quick decision about whether I’d like to try something or not.
Let alone be writing…
“Can I get a name for that?”
I remember the thrill of being able to order my own coffee during lunch as a high school junior once I was free to leave campus.
My real name started to come out of my mouth until I settled on something different — Lena.
I was a big Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fan back then, and it was the first name I could think of.
I immediately felt like I never wanted to be myself again — despite getting compliments on my real name all the time since it’s somewhat of an…