It was all thanks to the Out In Tech Slack group! I was actually clearing my Slack notifications (I hate having any notifications) and I saw a message from Billie about an open position. I figured, why not? So I messaged her and we had a lovely conversation. After our initial chat, I realized I was really excited about Daylight and the potential opportunity to help with building a digital banking platform for the LGBTQ+ community. Everything worked out and here I am, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
The first time I can remember thinking about money was when I was younger and my elementary school would have a donut sale every Friday. Donuts were 75 cents each, so most people would just pay with a dollar and get a quarter in change. My three siblings and I never wanted to ask our mom for money for donut day because we didn’t want to stress her out, so we would ask everyone who had a donut if we could have their change until we’d all saved up enough to each get a donut ourselves.
When I was a freshman in college I got a credit card because my bank encouraged me to. I figured I would use it for small purchases to build up credit and learn how to be responsible with money, and it was exciting! Except then I would use my credit card for almost everything. Two months and $3,000 in debt later, I realized I couldn’t just spend money and “figure it out later” and that I actually needed to learn how to budget and prioritize my spending. It took me until a year after I had graduated from college to pay down all my debt, and now I’m much more conscious of budgeting and my spending, especially when it comes to credit.
I have a dog, so I spend a lot of time lounging around with her. I also am a big sports fan so I will watch almost any sport if it’s on. Favorites are rugby, football, soccer, hockey, and MMA. I’m also a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan, so I read a lot. I just finished Dune, which was amazing. I’m about to start a re-read of the Stormlight Archive (you should absolutely read it if you haven’t.) I play lots of video games and am currently replaying The Last of Us Part 2. Finally, when it isn’t a pandemic I love to get drinks with my friends and just chat and enjoy being with them.
A League of Her Own in DC is easily my #1. Everyone there is friendly and it is a really fun space. Unfortunately, they’re closed right now, but you can still support them if you buy some merch from their website!