It’s time to say good bye

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Good evening Loves.  I always knew this day would come – the day when My Diary will have to say good bye.

Over the last few years I have loved getting to know you and I hope you loved reading My Diary just as much as I loved writing in it.

I started this blog as an emotional (mostly angry and sad) twenty something and now at 33 years old I can finally say that I am in a good place in life.  After suddenly losing my best friend Kevin Michael, hitting a personal rock bottom after the market crash and being betrayed by my family, I can say that My Diary helped me get through the past few years safe and sound…I even lived to tell the story.  If I didn’t have My Diary I don’t know where I would be today – and that’s the truth.

My Diary started as a healthy outlet to express my emotions and find my place in the world; today I feel that I am much better off than I was just a few years ago.

Thank you all for taking this journey with me and I hope that we stay in touch on Twitter and Facebook.

I am starting some new adventures in life – both personal and career – and I hope we continue to stay friends as you join me in this new phase of my life @ www.tahnyakristina.com

If you just aren’t ready to part ways yet than please stay, have a look around and browse through some oldies but goodies.

And who knows, we may just find ourselves back here again someday; but for now this is the last page in My Diary.

Love Always,


Friday Faves: My favo(u)rite Canadians

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Good morning Loves.  Last weekend I went to the Canadian Personal Finance Conference in Toronto and I had a great time.  I currently live in Montreal, but Toronto will always be where my heart is.  I love Toronto as a city and the people are absolutely amazing.  There are gorgeous buildings, great food and there’s always something to do.

5 amazing Canadians that I met last weekend in Toronto:

Nelson @ Financial Uproar

Krystal @ Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Kerry @ Squawk Fox

Cait @ Blonde on a Budget

Vanessa @ Vanessa’s Money

If you are looking for straightforward opinions mixed in with a little bit of humor and a whole lot of excitement then these Canadians are for you!

Love Always,


My Diary Entry is nominated for a Liebster Award

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CHEERS TO THAT!

Good morning Loves. Guess what? My Diary Entry has been nominated for a Liebster Award. What’s a Liebster Award you ask?

It’s a totally awesome award for totally awesome bloggers of course.  I am super excited about this nomination because it’s my first and it comes from my friend Natalie.

You know Natalie right? She blogs here on Tuesdays and she comes to us from her lovely site Debt and the Girl.

So far this diary entry seems that it’s all about me, right? But trust me you should keep reading, why? Because I am going to tell you 22 embarrassing things about myself that you probably don’t know.

This is how it works…you get nominated for a Liebster Award and you have to answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator AND tell people 11 random things about yourself.  The questions can be as personal and as crazy as you want.  In return you get to nominate 5 other bloggers and ask them 11 embarrassing questions.  How great is that?!

I love it.  It’s a great way to get to know people on a more intimate level and have some laughs at the same time. Ok so let’s get started.  Here are Natalie’s questions for me:

1. What is your favorite dessert?

Hands down my favourite dessert is Apple Pie, although I also love Pecan Pie and anything chocolate.

2. What’s the best thing that has happened to you in the past month?

Last week I had an awesome money week. I was expecting a refund from the post office of $20 and they ended up sending me a cheque for $60.  I thought about returning it, but I just kept it.  That was a nice little surprise.

3. Have you ever won anything?

This is going to sound so self-endulged but yes I have.  In elementary school I won the English Award and the Merit Award.  In high school I won a national fiction short story contest.  Last year at my job I won an employee of the year award.

0764. What is your favorite article of clothing?

I am a huge fan of American Eagle jeans and hoodie sweaters – bring on the fall weather.

5. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?

Without a doubt I would like to meet Michael Jackson – so he could give me dance lessons.

6. If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?

My initial thought was a shark because I love them and I love the water.  But I think my final answer would be a monkey because they are fun and I love to start my day with a banana.

7. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

That depends. Most of the time I would say that I am an extrovert.  But if I am in a bad mood or I really don’t care for someone I am absolutely an introvert.

8. What (in your opinion) is the best quality another person can have?

Clean shoes and a nice smile – is that superficial? Oh and they have to be funny.

9. How would you explain your basic life philosophy?

My personal motto is “There’s nothing that a bag of Reese Peanut Butter Cups and a medium pizza can’t fix.”

10. If you won the million dollar lottery tomorrow, what would you do with it?

I would absolutely take $10k and go on a month long Euro-trip then I would take another $5k to get my immigration papers and move to NYC, I would invest the rest.

11. Ok, be honest: Do you think you have a good sense of humor?

LOL that’s a great question.  I personally think that I am hilarious, but my boyfriend tells me differently.  I don’t always get stand up comedy – it just goes right over my head – so I guess my answer is no, I don’t have a good sense of humour.

Alright now for 11 random things about me and the questions for the awesome bloggers that I nominate for a Liebster Award.

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HOLD UP. WAIT A MINUTE. Before we get into that, here are my nominations:

Athena @ According to Athena

Vanessa @ Vanessa’s Money

Puneet @ Puneet Sandhu  

Daisy @ Add Vodka

Cat @ Budget Blonde

1. Who do you sleep with every night?

I sleep with my teddy bear named Jordan.

2. What do you really want to do in life?  I mean really really.

My dream job is to be an author.  I want to help people land their dream job, get their personal finances in order and find personal happiness.

3. What is your go-to-food after a bad day?

Chocolate chip cookie dough.  I have stopped at the grocery store on my way home a few times this year.

4. If you could spend 3 weeks anywhere in the world for free where would it be?

I would have to say Europe – Portugal, Italy Greece.

5. What’s your favourite reality TV show?

The Real Housewives of Orange County.

6. Name your favourite PJs?

I love my travel pyjamas, they are bubble gum pink with red hearts.

7. What will you name your next pet?

Brooklyn because I love New York and I’m obsessed with Jay Z.

8. What’s your favourite breakfast food?

Scrambled egg and cheese on an English muffin – aka Egg Mc Muffin.

9. What bad habit do you wish you didn’t have?

I really wish that I didn’t have a sweet tooth, I also wish I wasn’t such a bitch sometimes.  I’ve heard that my mood swings are unbearable at times.

10. What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?

Chocolate with sprinkles or French Crisp (from Laura Secord) with sprinkles.

11. Name the one celebrity who you would leave your boyfriend/girlfriend for.

Jimmy Fallon or Justin Timerlake. Or Paul Walker or Mark Wahlberg. WAIT did I have to name just one?

Love Always,


Starting life over @ 24: Meet Erin

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Good Morning Loves.  Please welcome Erin to My Diary Entry.  She’s fiesty, couragous and she needs our support because she just moved accross the country with nothing but her husband and her car. Erin is an inspiration for everyone who wants more out of life and who wants to make a change. You can read all about her life change below. Enjoy!

Hello you gorgeous My Diary Entry readers! I’m Erin, your new best friend (call me every five minutes) and the newest contributor to this fabulous blog. I also run a personal finance blog called Red Debted Stepchild (clever, I know!) and contribute to a number of other personal finance sites.

A little more about me: I just moved from Cleveland to Portland with my incredibly cute husband and a Ford Focus named Lucy. I am a Gemini (which would be relevant if I believed in the Zodiac), I drink my coffee black, and I think traveling is the bee’s knees. I also have a monstrous debt load that I’m working on eradicating and a strange affinity for spreadsheets. I suppose I like long walks on the beach, but only when it’s overcast — gingers don’t fare well in the sun.

Where I’m At In My Journey Right Now

Isn’t this fun? I love talking about myself! Anyways, as I mentioned I just moved across the country in what could only be considered the most epic quarter-life crisis ever. I packed the entirety of my belongings in the aforementioned Lucy, quit a very stable accounting job, took a two week road trip across the country, and moved into a city I’d never been to before. Epic, right?

You see, earlier this year I realized something — I wasn’t willing to put my life on hold any longer. I decided that the question of “what next?” was less terrifying than the possible future question of “what if?”. I had spent 24 years wanting to leave Ohio (that’s right, infant Erin was like “get me the hell out of here!”) and I decided that now was the time. Before I got too comfortable. Before I let anyone else talk me out of it.

So that’s what I did. I moved across the country away from everything I knew to start anew. And now that I’m here, I have even bigger plans in store. I am taking a year to try to do this freelance thing full-time. Yep, full-time. *shaking in my boots* It’s the most terrifying and fabulous thing I’ve ever done and I can’t wait to really do this. So I won’t. I’ll just do it now.

It was great chatting with you all. Can’t wait to get to know each other better. *winks awkwardly*

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A journey to personal wealth & happiness: Meet Natalie

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Good morning Loves.  Today is a very special day because we welcome Natalie to our world.  Natalie is the new girl so please make her feel welcome and show her some love – after all isn’t that what we do here.

PS – the girl in the pic is not Natalie – it’s just a really cute picture.

Enjoy!

Hello, it is a pleasure to meet you.  It’s great to be here and I am happy to be a part of this blog!

I would like to tell you a little about myself… I am a personal finance blogger at  Debt and the Girl. I have been blogging for over a year and am on my own journey to personal wealth and financial freedom. I live in the South East US with my boyfriend of over 5 years and our laptops.

My one true passion…

My ultimate passion in life is to become a full-time writer who can share her thoughts with the world. I have always loved to write. I remember being a little girl and writing dozens and dozens of pages of poems and stories from everything to my school work to how much I loved chocolate chip cookies. I was a bit of a weird child to say the least

Not to brag, but I am so proud of myself

About six months ago, I fulfilled a personal goal of becoming credit card debt free by paying over $5,000 in debt in just over 7 months. I can’t tell you what an awesome feeling it was to make that last payment to the credit card company be officially be done with that beast. I still am paying off student loans and a small car loan but my debt is much more manageable now, and I am so thankful for that.

Besides writing and blogging, I love to spend time outdoors and am an avid runner. I love Yorkie dogs and want to own one someday. I hate licorice, and I love banana bread. I can’t pass a bakery without having an inner battle with myself to keep from buying all their pastries.

I am really happy to be here and I hope you enjoy my writing.  Follow me on my journey to personal happiness and personal wealth.

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It’s time to help the economy: I’m hiring

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Good morning Loves.  It’s getting pretty busy over here at My Diary Entry as I get ready to launch my next venture so I’ve decided to hire some help.  Who better to help My Diary Entry grow then the readers who love this blog just as much as I do.

Do you love to read? Do you love to write? Are you super organized?

Then I want you.  If you are looking for part time administrative work that you can do from home or if you know someone who is then please leave a comment below with your email address.

If you’ve got the skills and experience required

- Must have a passion for writing and experience with WordPress

- Excellent English written communication skills

- Able to pitch ideas and write within deadlines

- Marketing and branding knowledge

- Organization skills and able to work independently

- An interest in healthy living, personal finance and becoming a better you is a must

- Education in communications, marketing, journalism or business (students are welcome!)

- Experience working with websites and coding is a major advantage

- Experience blogging is a plus

What you’ll be doing if you’re hired

- Engaging readers on social media including Facebook and Pinterest

- Maintaining a presence on blogger networks

- Interacting with bloggers through comments on various sites

- Snapping photos and posting them online

- Maintaining websites including posts, sidebars and other esthetics

- Writing posts on various websites

The advantages of working with My Diary Entry

- You will gain real world work experience

- You will make valuable industry connections and build a network

- I will be an employment reference on your resume

- You can work at your own pace and on your own time

- Flexibility and no fixed schedule

The next step in the hiring process

If this sounds like you then Contact Me asap because I would love to hear from you.  Only those selected for the next round will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in My Diary Entry and good luck to everyone.

Love Always,

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Welcome SITS Girls. Enjoy My Diary Entry.

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Good morning Loves. Today is a very special day for me because it’s my SITS Day.  The SITS Girls are a wonderful online community that supports women in their writing, blogging and entrepreneur efforts. The SITS Girls are two sisters who built a community that teaches women how to network their skills and build their passion into a business.

If you are a member of the SITS Girls community you may have seen me on the Saturday morning #SITSSharefest Twitter chats and if you are visiting My Diary Entry for the first time today I would personally like to welcome you. Before we get started I would like to say Happy Canada Day to all my fellow neighbours up here in the North.

 Do what you love and enjoy your life

I started My Diary Entry just over two years ago as way to deal with my (many) emotions when my family fell apart, when I lost my best friend to a horrible disease and when I decided to make a career change to communications after working in banking for over a decade. To say that I was confused, angry and sad would be an understatement.  I needed to find a healthy outlet for my stress and that’s how My Diary Entry was born.

Writing has always been therapeutic to me and I am thankful to have a craft that I can use as a creative outlet.  My Diary Entry is all about growing up, learning to love ourselves, finding our place in the world and doing what makes us happy so that we can love our lives and live without regrets.

I always had big dreams of being an author, but I never did anything to work towards my dream…until now. I did not enjoy my life in the corporate world, but all I did was complain about how unhappy I was. I finally decided to start writing again and I am proud to say that my first book A Better You: We don’t have to be the best but we can always be better is now available for Amazon Kindle.

I am thankful for my online friends

I started blogging as a form of personal therapy and now at 32 years old I make my living from writing, I get to travel when I have the time and I have made some really great friends.  I love connecting with my fellow bloggers, writers and entrepreneurs online and I really love meeting them in person when I travel and attend conferences.

As a blogger I also get to write about products that I love and good causes that I support. I have a giveaway going on right now – I invite you all to enter to win a box full of makeup and cosmetics from Beauty Box 5.

I hope you enjoy reading My Diary Entry as much as I love writing it. Have a look around and enjoy yourselves.  I hope that you all find a little part of yourselves in My Diary Entry.

Welcome to my world.

Love always,

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Would you love to create a video diary?

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We all know that writing a journal has some seriously great benefits. It serves as a valuable tool in the cause of personal development.

I’ve kept a number of different diaries myself for many years. I have a personal diary for keeping my private thoughts and I’ve also kept a dream journal and a dating journal. They served their purposes extremely well, but the problem was that I de-prioritised them and felt like they took up too much time for me to write.

Turn your passion into a business

I wanted to keep writing, but I wanted to find a faster way to do it – that’s when I started to look into making videos as a way of recording my thoughts. I wanted to create a personal log for my thoughts?

I started to search the internet for ways to create videos while reaping the benefits of cloud technology. I quickly discovered that there wasn’t a dedicated platform to create a video diary – so I decided to build it myself.

Videos are the new diary entry

I love creating video diaries becuase creating videos is fun and creating videos takes less time than writing in a diary.

When you write a diary, the sense you are predominantly activating is your auditory sense; it’s the voice in your head that speaks to you, it’s the one speaking to you right now as you read this!

Your auditory sense is clearly active when you speak and when you project your thoughts. That process alone helps trigger the visual sense because sounds are often linked to visual memories.

Diaries are a form of personal therapy

Recording a video diary is like have a free therapist right there in your camera.  Personal development and therapy teach us that we usually already know the answers to our problems, we just want to talk ourselves through it.  I’ve found myself coming to strangely satisfying answers after a good old session of self talk.

So, that’s it, recording a video diary can be just effective as writing and it gives you a chance to let go of your negative thoughts for the day.

This is of course my experience, the only way to tell if it will work for you is to give it a try. Visit Diary Memo to create your own video diary.

- Eddie Yu is a tech entrepreneur who created a video journaling platform that encourages people to create private diary entriees in the form of videos. Take a look at DiaryMemo.com and try it out.

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Friday Faves: Tips to help you blog better

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Happy Friday.  This week has been all about sharing the love on My Diary Entry and today is no different.  We started off the week with two amazing giveaways – in case you didn’t have a chance to check them out you can enter to win two books here and a gift box full of cosmetics here.

I recently celebrated my four year blogging anniversary and to say that I have learned a lot over the past four years would be an understatement.  Today I am sharing my knowledge with you, if you are a new blogger who is trying to get your blog noticed or if you are a seasoned blogger who wants to take their blog to the next level then look no further I am here to help.

Blog Better with these 3 tips:

1. Join a network. No one will promote your blog (no matter how great it is), so go online and promote yourself.  Joining a blog network in your niche is a great way to spread the word about your blog and meet experienced bloggers.

Some well known blogging networks include BlogHer, SheBlogs, Clever Member and Yakezie.  Make personal connections with other bloggers and try to find ways to work together.  Attending blog conferences is another great way to learn about blogging, meet other bloggers and promote your blog (and your services if you also freelance).

2. Get on Twitter.  Find a tweet chat about your blog’s topic and join the conversation.  Actually all social media is a good way to promote your blog.  If you don’t have one yet you should create a Facebook page for your blog and join Pinterest.

Any type of sharing social media is a great way for you to share and promote your blog.  There is a WordPress plugin that allows you to post blog comments directly to your Facebook page – another great sharing tool to promote your blog.

Add photos and videos.  Writing for the web takes a special talent – visual effects are the key to a successful blog. No one wants to read page after page of only words so make your blog pretty and appealing with photos, videos and subtitles.

Your blog should be easy to read regardless of the topic and intended purpose.  Speaking of which, your blog should have a purpose – ask yourself what are you writing about and why should people read it.

Happy Blogging.

PS – if you have questions about blogging please contact me anytime, I would be happy to check out your blog and give you some feedback.

Here are some other blogs with better blogging tips:

Katie Taylor – What I Learned About Blogging When I Quit Blogging

So Over This – This Isn’t a Real Blog Post

Careful Cents – If You Want Your Business to Grow, Do This One Thing

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Yes, blogging IS a profession

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This week I am celebrating my blogging anniversary. I can hardly believe that it’s been four years since I started blogging; to say that I have learned a lot about writing, blogging, being in business for myself and building a network would be an understatement.

I have enjoyed every moment (well most of the moments) during this great experience we call blogging.  I originally started blogging as a way to supplement my income after the market crashed and since then my blogging career has turned into so much more than just writing. Who knew that replying to an ad on Craigslist could open so many doors of opportunity?

Blogging is contagious

Unlike many other bloggers who get into the business by starting their own website, I started writing for other company websites before I started my own blog.  I actually didn’t start My Diary Entry until two years after I originally started blogging. Most of my blogging experience (and my writing experience in general) was in personal finance but as I went through life’s struggles I needed to find a creative (and healthy) outlet for all of my emotions.

Since I have always loved writing and I express myself well in words, blogging seemed like the natural choice to let out my anger, sadness, happiness and excitement.  And there you have it…that’s how My Diary Entry was born. I can honestly say that I don’t know how I would have expressed my emotions without writing, I don’t want to be cheesy and say that blogging saved my life…but it has definitely made me a better (and calmer) person.

My passion for writing and my blogging career has inspired me to be a better writer, a better person and a more profitable business owner. Yes, in case you didn’t get the memo, blogging is a business.  Five years ago if I told my family that I was a blogger I probably would have spent hours trying to explain the ins and outs of it all, but nowadays blogging is a wider accepted profession.

Personal Confession: I should say that blogging as a profession is accepted among the younger generations.  I tell my grandmother that I am a writer because the conversation is just a lot easier that way. After all, bloggers are writers.

The benefits of blogging

One of the great things about blogging is the sense of community that comes along with having an online presence; I have made some amazing friends through blogging and social media.  Some of them I have never even met (yes I know how crazy that sounds) but I consider them to be some of my close friends.  We chat everyday and we help each other out during tough times.

One of the other great things about blogging is that the possibilities are endless.  I feel that blogging is the business equivalent of golf; we are always competing against ourselves to be better.

So all in all I can say that I have greatly enjoyed the last four years and I look forward to seeing what the future of blogging holds for me.

Love always,

Photo by (my homeboy) j.money

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