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Ellen Matis

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

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…

Lifestyle By On February 13, 2017

What makes a happy home?

I figured out about three years ago how much my environment and surroundings contribute to my own well-being. It was then that I made some major life decisions: I decided to live alone, get a dog and turn my house into a home. Since then, I’ve learned even more about my own habits and what contributes to my happiness. Decorating…

Lifestyle By On February 4, 2017

‘Flower Power’ is a real thing

In the past year, I’ve realized how powerful fresh flowers can be. They’re not only beautiful, but can boost happiness as well. A study published in this article found that “patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired, and generally were…