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Ellen Matis

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

Hiking / Travel By On July 15, 2017

Hiking Mount Nittany in State College, Pa.

This summer has been slow for us, hiking wise. It turns out picking up your whole life, moving to another city and starting a business and a master’s degree all at once can be a little bit hectic. Luckily, we’ve had a few good hikes this summer, including one during a weekend camping trip at Ohiopyle State Park. Earlier in…

Hiking / Travel By On July 15, 2017

A weekend getaway in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

During the first weekend in July, we had the chance to visit Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, for a weekend outdoors. Ohiopyle, a (very) small town in the Laurel Highland mountains, is an outdoor adventurists’ paradise, offering everything from hiking and biking, to camping, to whitewater rafting and more. It’s a stop along the 135 mile Great Allegheny Passage. Our trip didn’t get…

Uncategorized By On June 12, 2017

Happier update: Checking in on this year’s goals

It’s hard to believe it, but we’re almost halfway through 2017. At the beginning of this year, I wrote about listening to the Happier podcast by Gretchen Rubin, which offers tips on making small changes that influence a happier lifestyle. I stuck with some of the changes, didn’t stick with others, and have implemented some new ones at this point in…

Personal By On April 27, 2017

Saying goodbye to a town I love

So far, 2017 has been the year of doing stuff that scares me. In March, I put in my notice at my job — a job that I loved. A job that I liked waking up every day for, and that I did fulfilling work during. That week, I started my own business. A business that is doing incredibly well…

Hiking / Travel By On April 10, 2017

Four Mid-Atlantic waterfalls to visit this season

If you’ve been a long(ish)-time follower of Life Disconnected, you know that I LOVE waterfalls, and try to visit them whenever I get the chance. Some of my most recent trips have included visits to Swallow Falls State Park in Maryland, and one of the waterfalls in Ithaca, N.Y. Also, last year, I was able to visit Blackwater Falls State Park…

Personal By On April 1, 2017

On big life changes

After four years working at a daily newspaper and digital agency in Indiana, Pennsylvania, I ended my corporate life on Friday to begin my next adventure: Starting my own business. I announced the official launch of Hello Social Co. today after more than two years of day-dreaming about working on my own. I’ve seriously never been this excited for anything….

Drinking / Travel By On March 27, 2017

Craft beer festival coming to Indiana, Pa.

If you’ve been keeping up with Life Disconnected, you know that Sean and I LOVE trying visiting new places and trying new beers. Lucky for us, a craft beer festival is planned to be held right in our backyard. OK, full disclosure, the festival is totally being held by our employer, Indiana Printing & Publishing — but the company did…

Travel By On March 18, 2017

Guest Post: Winter reprieve in Charlston, S.C.

This week on Life Disconnected, my mom, Kathy, writes about my parents’ recent trip to Charleston, S.C. My parents get to travel way more than I do! My husband and I took a wonderful 3-day trip to Charleston, S.C., to escape the winter doldrums of Pennsylvania. Although our state is picturesque and quaint, we sometimes need to escape to see…