Musings, person of interest

Person of Interest: Kenneth

Name: Kenneth V.
Occupation: Photographer and Trader-in-training
Born in: Canada
Grew up in: Bangkok/Toronto
Current Living in: Toronto

How we met
Kenneth and I went to the same international school in Thailand; we were classmates in first and third grade. That was the extent of our relationship. We had mutual friends, but we weren’t close enough to call each other friends. After Kenneth moved to Toronto at the end of seventh grade, we connected through Facebook once it became the popular social media platform to be on (RIP Myspace). He was someone I’d see pop up on my newsfeed once in awhile and it made me wonder what he was up to. However, because we weren’t really friends, I felt weird randomly messaging him. This blog gave me an excuse to catch up on his life and also because since he had not gone the traditional “go to college after high school then find a job” route, I wanted to learn about his experience.

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Adventures

Hiking in New England

I want to hike more since we have warmer weather now. I’m also preparing to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in one day at the end of May. Not gonna lie, I’m nervous.

You guys saw the partially failed hike I did last week with Steph, but I’ve done two hikes since then – Check them out after the jump!

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Musings, person of interest

Person of Interest: Paloma

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Meet Paloma Hennessy, one of my best friends from childhood. We met in middle school during orchestra, and the rest is history. We are different in many ways – me being louder and more aggressive; and her being more thoughtful and reserved – but we complement each other well. Her path in life has been vastly different than mine, and I used the blog as an excuse to dig into her thoughts and life – although I really didn’t need to use the blog as an excuse now, right?

-Juliet

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Day in the Life, Experiments, Finance

Juliet’s March Financial Diary

February 28, 2017

There are times when I look at my bank account and I ask myself where all my money went. I keep track of my expenses in Quicken, but I never delved into analyzing my spending habits.

Me being a weirdo and love to self-analyze, that’s when I decided to challenge myself: for the month of March, I am giving myself a $500 budget to spend for groceries, gas, and fun money. Rent, utilities, and Internet are not included in the $500. This way I would have a better understanding of the habits and emotions behind how and when I spend money. I arbitrarily chose $500 because I think that will cover all my costs without giving me too much fun money to spend. The results from this month’s experiment can serve as a baseline for the future.

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Musings

Female Party Crasher (Part 1)

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For those of you who do not know, I am currently part of a 2-year IT rotational program. A little over 3 weeks ago, I started my last rotation on the IT architecture team. And man… it’s like a whole different world than anything I’ve experienced.

My Career Trajectory
My drive to learn technical things came because I didn’t like my dad’s reaction when I told him I was going to take a Java programming class in high school. He kept going, “Really, honey? Programming is hard. Are you sure you want to take that class?” It wasn’t that my dad didn’t believe in me because I was a girl, it was because he didn’t want me to quit halfway if things got too hard. He was right – programming is hard. I cried so much senior year of high school because of that class.

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