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Ellen Matis

I'm Ellen, the writer behind Life Disconnected. IRL, I'm a digital media specialist.

Travel By On February 6, 2018

Camping Goals: This unlisted camp spot in Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania is due for about a foot of snow this week, yet for some reason, I’ve got camping on the brain. I think my body is longing for warmer weather and nights sleeping outside. While planning out some of our camping trips last year, I stumbled across a YouTube video for the “best camp spot in Pennsylvania.” I’m pretty…

Travel By On January 1, 2018

Living the urban life at The Cork Factory Lofts

We’ve been to Pittsburgh time and time again. In a former life, it wouldn’t have really been considered a destination, as much as a regular spot that we visited. Sean even lived in the city for a few years. But, since we moved to Central Pennsylvania, going to Pittsburgh has turned into a new kind of experience that requires at…

Personal By On January 1, 2018

New Year’s Declaration: Explore more, write more

This year, Sean and I are taking a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, we’re not setting resolutions at all … we’re making declarations. Our lists of declarations include the normal stuff, like getting healthier and saving more money, but this year on mine is a declaration to focus more on Life Disconnected. I was so caught up…

Travel By On November 19, 2017

Staying in our first Airbnb in Charlottesville, Va.

In early October, Sean and I stayed in our first-ever Airbnb — and it was such a good experience that we might never stay in a hotel again. We traveled to Charlottesville, Va., home of the University of Virginia, and one of Sean’s favorite cities. We loved almost everything about the city, like its beautiful downtown area, closed to vehicle…

Lifestyle By On October 10, 2017

Products I’m loving this fall

Not only is fall my favorite season for adventures, it’s my favorite season for decorating. Fun story: This week, Sean and I ventured up to our attic to find my box of fall decorations. We went through every single box in our attic before deciding that the box must have been thrown out accidentally during our October move. I was…

Hiking / Travel By On September 9, 2017

Finding hidden beauty in Northeast Pennsylvania

I grew up in the small town of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, just south of the New York State border — a scenic area nestled in the Endless Mountains. Visits home often bring trips to New York, Sundays at the family cottage and adventures in the woods. This month, Sean and I visited my family for the Labor Day weekend, and trekked up…

Business / Lifestyle / Self-Employment By On August 21, 2017

The perks of being your own boss

Self-employment is a crazy and rewarding adventure, so it only seems fitting that I integrate a self-employment aspect into Life Disconnected. Since going out on my own on April 1, I’ve had a number of experiences to share. In case you’re unfamiliar with my adventure, earlier this year I quit my 9-5 job as a digital media specialist for an…