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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 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…

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…