All About Me

If you are viewing this blog, then you probably know me. If not, here is some information to get you up to speed:

My name is Emily and I am a Hoosier / Cincinnati / Texas / Sooner girl who can now add European to the list! I moved to Dublin, Ireland in June 2010 to join my now fiancée, Matt, who began his career there in October 2009. We relocated to Spain, just 15 minutes up the coast from Gibraltar, about a year and a half ago. I’m blonde, tall, athletic, and I love to read and write. Remember when I said I’d ideally love to have a job as a writer? Well, that is exactly what I’m doing! I’m a writer and editor for a website called that specializes in teaching people how to trade the financial markets. I am addicted to anything salty, my nose is always stuck in a book, and I love all kinds of music besides country. I love my family and miss all of my friends back home, but for now I’m living a European adventure!


9 thoughts on “All About Me

  1. Kelsey

    Hey Emily,
    Thanks for sharing your blog with me. It’s great! It was fun chatting last night. See you soon.


  2. Rick Malone

    Hope your travels are going well. This is your Uncle Rick. Matthew is in Barcelona as of one week ago. I was unsure if he reached out to you to touch base since he got in. Matthew has run into some issues with his cell phone…he is already out of minutes and has not found a knowledgeable resource to effectively update his minutes. If you have any suggestions, I know I would appreciate it. If you’re in Ireland, hoist a black and tan for me…it is one of my favorite drinks…next to a good single malt. Love you, Rick.

  3. Hey Uncle Rick!

    Matthew and I have gotten in touch via Facebook since his arrival in Barcelona. I’ll send him this info. as well, but I think the best option would be to get a prepaid card. That’s what mine is through Gibraltar. His first visit to the phone store would be to pay for the first SIM card and the phone number, and then when he runs out of minutes, he should be able to go to a grocery store or back to the phone store to buy a card with extra minutes on it – but he would be able to keep the same number. I’m able to call internationally, but I don’t, because each minute is much more expensive than local calls, so he should be able to do the same. I don’t know if he needs it more locally than to get in touch with you guys, but he should be able to do both.

    Like I said, I’ll send over the info. to him and we can chat about it! He’s on the same time schedule as me, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch him today. 🙂

    I’ll be in Ireland in a week and a half, so I’ll be sure to hoist a black and tan for you! Greetings to the rest of the family!

    Love you,


    • Rick Malone

      Thanks for the information. I ended up opening an account on babblebug and “topup” his minutes from home. As near as I can tell, the cost of the service is minimal. He has had trouble using his 5/3 credit card at the Vodafone kiosks. We will probably just keep using babblebug. The service is run out of California and they are able to service numerous telephone service providers in many countries.
      I just spoke to your mom. I understand they are going over the third week of March. Karen, Andrew, and I are flying over on Friday, March 23 to visit Matthew. If you are available for a visit, we considered driving down from Barcelona on Thursday, March 29th. I estimate the drive is six hours.
      We thought about either visiting Valencia, the halfway point, or spending the night there. We could then see you Friday, but would have to leave Saturday, as our flight leaves for home on Sunday. Let me know what you think. I would appreciate a hotel recommendation for your area.
      Your mom said you send her messages via Voxer. I have an account under my email of: I will look for you. Patty said the account may be under Matt P’s name.
      Hope all is well. Your posts are well done and you appear very happy. I am proud of your willingness to take such a jump out of the ordinary. Adios. Uncle Rick.

  4. Melissa Lauck

    Since when do you not like country?? I distinctly remember you listening to Pat Green constantly in high school and college.

    • Since forever! But yes, Pat Green is an exception. He is red dirt, which I kind of enjoy. But I NEVER go to a country station on the radio.

  5. Hi Emily, I chanced upon your blog as I was browsing wordpress topics. I’ve taken a jump from my comfort zone, left my secure paycheck and gone off to pursue a dream. Have been wondering how to start off as a freelance writer/editor. Could you share some tips on that?
    Anyway, cool stuff here! Very nice photos! Enjoy your journey in Europe! 🙂

  6. Hey Rustic Recluse,

    I’m glad you found your way here! And congrats on taking that big step into the unknown. I know just how you feel, leaving that pay check and deciding to do something you love, but which happens to be much riskier.

    I would say the best tip I can share is to be persistent. Something I was not prepared for was how many times I would hear “no” or not even hear back. It was especially hard for me in Europe, since I was unfamiliar with their popular websites, and I was rather undesirable (most companies over here will hire an EU national well before considering an American, unless the job specifically calls for it).

    Right now I’m pretty lucky that I found a freelance job that feels full time, because I have a hard time being motivated at home. So I guess that would be another tip – if you can’t get motivated in your living room to find jobs and work on your writing, you’ve got to get out of the house.

    Best of luck with everything! I dropped by your blog and you’ve definitely got a great writing style.

  7. Edward Lopez

    you whippersnappers are having too much fun.

    Edward Lopez

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