FinCon15 in Charlotte, Business, Traveling, Life UpdatesHello everyone! I can’t believe FinCon starts tomorrow, and since I’m so excited to see everyone there, I figured updating this would be a good idea. If you want more FinCon talk, just scroll down to the last section.

I know I suck – I’m sorry for the radio silence for the past two months. Preparing for my trip to Austin and trying to work ahead as much as possible took a lot out of me, and then I had to make up for the lost time when I came back. Then it’s been a crunch for FinCon. (Why yes, that is a crappy picture I took of Charlotte the other day from my phone!)

I don’t want to complain about being busy, though. That’s my own choice.

Internal Debates

Truthfully, I’m just not sure what purpose this blog serves anymore, and it’s something I’ve been contemplating this entire year (as evidenced by the lack of posts). I keep wanting to make it more of a personal journal type of thing, but I question what people can get out of that.

Then again, all my freelance writing is directed at trying to help others, so if I’m fulfilling that elsewhere, I should be free to do what I want on my blog, right?

There are quite a few things I need to figure out business-wise. There’s not enough time to get into it in this post, but if I had to start over on this journey, I would have approached it with an entirely different mindset. Coming from earning nothing, there was so much pressure to earn something, and I moved a little too fast with taking on as many clients as I did. I’ve found myself stretched extremely thin these past few months, and I know it’s not sustainable.

Last year was a huge year of change, and I was hoping to gain more clarity this year. Yet, I’ve left myself with little to no time to actually think about the direction I’m going in. Instead, I’ve been working around the clock. Being aware of it is better than nothing, but I also haven’t been doing anything to make the necessary changes.

When I came back from Austin, I went to my parent’s house to “reset” and get back on a better schedule. While it worked for the time I was there, I fell right back into the same rut when I got home.

It’s been frustrating, and part of me doesn’t want to blog about it because it’s negative. I’ve tried really hard to move past that time of my life with my “being grateful” posts, but I know I’m not the only one with these internal struggles, so what the hell. It’s better than letting this space die.

A Sea of Changes

There have been a number of other things happening in my life, and there’s going to be quite a few changes happening down the road. Both in my personal life, and in business.

For one, I know I’m not happy with where I am – physically, or mentally. Charlotte was a great move (and I know those of you visiting will enjoy the city), but we went about it the wrong way. My plan was to only be here for a year, because that’s the career path R was on. Then he took a completely different position with a different path.

We didn’t seek out any friendship when we came here because we figured we’d be gone by now. What’s the sense in going through all the effort? Yeah, big mistake.

I’ve become a hermit, and even though I’m an introvert, going to Austin and being around 20,000+ awesome people made me realize I was missing out on a really important piece of life.

As a result, I’m taking a trip back home to New York come October. I’m going for a month, and I’m driving. I always said I’d never do that drive again, but not having a car the past few times I was up there made it really difficult to coordinate with my friends. Plus I’m absolutely sick of flying Spirit because they suck.

Don’t ask me why, but I feel like I need to go back to my “roots” for a little bit. Plus, October is perfect fall weather in NY, making it the best time to visit.

After NY, the holidays are going to be right around the corner, and I know the rest of the year will fly by. Come January, I’m making plans to move one way or another, and I pretty much have my sights set on Austin after visiting. I can’t reveal much more than that due to a number of factors that are all up in the air right now, but I know I need a change, and I want to take advantage of being location independent while I can.

Let’s Talk FinCon

Okay, enough of that! I hope anyone who is flying in has a great and safe flight. The weather has been pretty decent here (although it’s a bit overcast right now), and it’s not sweltering hot, which is always nice.

In case you didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, the Westin is located pretty much near everything you’ll need access to. If you’re ever in doubt, head to the Epicenter, as it has a drugstore and plenty of places to eat.

If anyone should need something, please message me on Twitter or email me and ask for my number. I’m more than willing to help out if you forgot something and need it for the hotel. There’s a Target down the road on my way to the Westin, so I can always stop by and pick something up for you.

I’m also going to be bringing a crap ton of stuff to carry with me, namely aspirin (and non-aspirin for those that need it) and hand sanitizer. I’ll also have sharpies and other essential conference things.

If you’re driving around, 77, 85, and 485 are the major highways around here. 485 is a giant circle around Charlotte (and they FINALLY completed it a few months ago!), and 77 runs north and south through the city and beyond. If you’re trying to extend your stay, there are amazing areas all around. Asheville, Boone, Raleigh, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston aren’t too far away.

Come Visit Me in the Expo Hall!

Where will I be? Good question! I’m attending FinCon as an Exhibitor with Wherewithal, so for Thursday and Friday, I’ll most likely be in the Expo Hall. Our kiosk is #20 (we’re on a corner), and I’d be absolutely thrilled to see you guys there! We’re going to be giving away some comfy shirts (I’ll also be giving away hugs), and we have a few other things going on during the conference.

I’m attending pretty much all the after-hours events, but if you see me at any point, please say hi! I know many of us are shy (myself included), but if it’s one piece of advice I can give, it’s this: approach people. Be friendly. Everyone is there for the same reason – to make connections and nerd out over our shared love of all things finance. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and you’ll get much more out of the experience.

If you need a break, there’s a really nice area outside the hotel where you can sit. Charlotte is a fairly “green” city in that it has large sidewalks lined with trees. There are a few parks/bench areas that are good for relaxing. There’s also a bunch of greenways if you’re a runner, and I believe there are a number of bike rentals available. It’s an extremely walkable city!

All right, that does it for this update!

Are you hyped for FinCon15 (if you’re going)? Need any advice? Any Charlotte tips? Message me! Have you had a turning point in your career where it felt like you hit a wall and needed to make changes?



    1. Erin M. September 16, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Yay, you’re going to have a blast!

  1. Michelle September 16, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    I hope I see you! :)

    1. Erin M. September 16, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      Same here! Hope you enjoy the conference!

  2. Chonce September 16, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Thanks for all the helpful tips Erin! When it comes to your blog and moving, I’m sure you’ll make the right decision based on your situation. I just made it to Charlotte and I’ll definitely have to say hi when I see you.

    1. Erin M. September 16, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Thanks, Chonce. Glad you made it here safely and I hope to see you there!

  3. Sarah September 16, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Hi Erin!!!

    I am sad to hear you’re moving as I think we would have been great friends :) However, I totally know what it’s like to not feel like you’re at “home.” You need to live in a place where you thrive, that’s the bottom line. I’m excited to follow along your journey to Austin or wherever it is you end up!! Moving is always exciting – it’s a fresh start in so many ways.

    Anywho, I will also be at FinCon!!!! YEAH!! I’m going for my full-time job with LendingTree. I’ll be over at that booth all day Thursday and all day Friday. I’m allowed to wander, which is great, so I’ll be sure to come by and say Hello! Can’t believe it’s already tomorrow!

    Looking forward to meeting you! I’m arriving bright and early at 8 am!

    1. Erin M. September 16, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      Yay, I hope I see you there! I’m sure I’ll be wandering around as well, but I’ll check to see if you’re over at the booth at some point! I’m also going to be there early to set up. I can’t believe it’s tomorrow, either!

      Moving is pretty exciting as far as “fresh starts” go. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Charlotte, but for some reason I just feel restless. I didn’t get to do a lot of traveling growing up, and it bothers me there’s so much I still haven’t seen. My plan was to move around once or twice every few years to change that, but unfortunately, it can get expensive, so we’ll see.

  4. Done by Forty September 17, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Wish I were going to FinCon…I’ve never been. One of these years, I’ll have to work up the courage to peek out from the veil of anonymity and meet some of my blogger buddies in real life.

    Also, thanks for sharing your honest take on the struggles of keeping the blog going, alive, and finding purpose in your writing. It’s a grind sometimes.

    1. Erin M. September 17, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Aww, you definitely need to come! I can’t tell you how awesome it’s been to see everyone today. If what I’m seeing is true, next year is in San Diego.

      I’m glad to share in case anyone can relate (and I think a lot of us go through these times with our blogs). Hopefully I’ll have some renewed focus after FinCon.

  5. Shannon @ Financially Blonde September 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    LOVED getting to see you at FinCon!!! Let’s definitely get together when you’re up here in October!

    1. Erin M. September 22, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Same here! I’m so glad I’ll have a car so I can actually see people this time around. I’ll definitely let you know what my plans are as we get closer.


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