"Ain't Got Enough Money to Pay Me Respect"

I've been doing a lot of budgeting lately.

It's not as bad as I thought. The way I hear everyone talk about budgeting, I figured it'd be difficult for me.

As a bit of background, one of my New Year's Resolutions for 2019 was to become completely financially independent. In December 2018, I worked a decent part-time job, and I had the easy life of keeping basically everything I earned, and having mommy and daddy paying for all the important things (food, gas, etc).

Anyway, I used my newfound Excel skills to start keeping track of my income and expenses. My first few spreadsheets were very awkward and clunky. They started simple, but very quickly, money started to kick me in the face.

I'll skip pointing out the plentiful design flaws in my spreadsheet. Trainwreck.

This is my second attempt. I didn't quite finish it. This one was going better, but it got interrupted when I got my second job.

I am all about the grind. I love the feeling of being busy. I thrive unde…

A letter from the Head Director of Associate Support at ASEA

2 things we know about you!


1. Love love love your excitement for life, being at ASEA, supporting the field in Thailand, attending events (on your day off) - Pretty much you are just GREAT to work with!

2. You are so SMART! Really, 100% on your tier 1 right after you started! So jealous

Love Sandy
"Treat a man as he is and he will stay as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be."


“Change happens when the pain of staying the same [becomes] greater than the pain of change.”      -Tony Robbins

Soylent: Food of the Future People

Soylent is a blend of vitamins and nutrients sold as a liquid meal replacement drink. Soylent tends to spark controversy among many, so I sought out to clear up some of the mysteries regarding Silicon Valley's favorite food. 

[i] Rosa Foods. "Soylent FAQ." Soylent. Accessed November 10, 2018.
[ii] Mahdawi, Arwa. "I Tried Soylent, Silicon Valley’s Favourite Foodstuff. It’s Everything That’s Wrong with Modern Life." The Guardian, September 11, 2018. Accessed November 2, 2018.
[iii] Grover, Zubin, and Looi C. Ee. "Protein Energy Malnutrition." Science Direct56, no. 5 (October 2009).!
[iv] Merchant, Brian. "Soylent: How I Ate No Food For 30 Days." Motherboard, November 11, 2013. Accesse…

"Do you have experience in sales?"

On my mission, it was not uncommon for me to need to sell services. Our organization taught English classes, and we often needed to pitch why the school/office/government organization should employ our teachers/volunteers.

I am an Eagle Scout, and every summer all through school, we'd go door-to-door selling a patriotic American flag service, where our troop would come by and plant a 4x6 foot American flag in their front yard on four patriotic holidays. I also often had to solicit service from neighbors or people in my community.

Other than that, I have done a lot of content creation for friends. I did not specifically market this talent of mine, but word gets around and most of my friends know I'm skilled with Photoshop, Vegas, and other programs.

"Describe the perfect culture for you."

My current company is amazing at perpetuating a positive and non-toxic culture in the office. We pride ourselves on a set of values that guides the way we work. We have many methods of motivating and praising each other, some of which have rewards that we can choose to give.

My perfect culture includes the same civility I have seen at my current position. I, in fact, recently watched a speech on this subject, in which Christine Porath tells of the cost of incivility. People who believe they are treated unfairly are far less productive and creative than those who are praised and feel empowered.

Being kind, yet firm, will get you far.

A Quote I Read Today

"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail."
    -Abraham Maslow (rephrased)

First Post

Welcome to my site! If you're seeing this on the homepage, I'm probably still getting things set up. Bear with me, I've been working on this site a lot lately. For now, here are my links and a nice headshot of myself.