Business / Community / Personal / Self-Employment By On January 26, 2020

Why I started a second business — Studio 1795

If you’ve been following along with this blog for a few years, you know that, in 2017, I launched Hello Social Co. — a social media marketing agency with a focus on growing small businesses and the communities they do business within. I want to emphasize that word “community.” A community means so many things to so many different people….

Hiking / Personal / Travel By On September 1, 2019

Meet my adventure team

This post was updated on September 2, 2019. Part of traveling and exploring is exploring it with good company. While occasionally I enjoy a solo trip to see some sights and clear my mind, I’m usually accompanied on my adventures — human or dog.   Partner in crime, Sean Sean is a fellow writer that works for Penn State University…

Personal By On January 27, 2019

Life Disconnected in 2019

It’s funny, about this time last year (closer to New Year’s Day), I wrote that I was going to write more on Life Disconnected. And guess how many times I wrote on Life Disconnected? Fewer than 10. This blog means a lot to me. It’s a place where I get to write freely, without the constraints that writing for a…

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…

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…

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….

Lifestyle / Personal By On November 30, 2016

The importance of disconnecting

Note: Since this post was written, I’ve started my own digital marketing business, so now some time to disconnect is more important than ever. Read about the business here. If you’ve been waiting for a blog backstory, this is it. A study published last year on The Huffington Post revealed that research participants checked their phones an average of 85…

Lifestyle / Personal By On October 30, 2016

What’s on my fall wish list: 2016

While I’ve already been indulging in pumpkin machiattos and the usual addition of a few sweaters to my fall collection, here are a few items I’m hoping to get my hands on soon.   1. Lush Bath Bombs No explanation needed here. Lush promotes their bath bombs as a “reward for getting through the day.” We all need that. This…

Personal By On October 4, 2016

Living life, disconnected

OK, so the title of the post isn’t technically accurate. In fact, my life is very connected. But let me back up and tell you a little bit about myself: My name is Ellen. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania where I work as a digital media specialist for a marketing company (See? Totally connected), and as the digital…