Hello fellow bloggers, I'm Andrew and I blog at Shift Upwards!


#1

Hello everyone! I’m Andrew. I started my blog Shift Upwards in 2015.

I currently reside in Washington, DC with my wife and 0 kids/0 dogs. We are the classic DINK household. Actually, we are currently a SINK household, as I am taking a sabbatical from work. My wife is pretty awesome and actually pushed me to quit, without her and her support, I might still be stagnating/burning out at my job which was not a fit for me or my mental health.

Which brings us to why I am here today. I’ve always been huge on personal finance and writing. That’s why I started my blog. However, I’ve also struggled a lot with the anxiety around putting myself out there. Hence, I have a been in a bit of a hot/cold pattern with the blog. But community is everything, and I have recently started focusing on harnessing the power of the community.

I was at FinCon in 2016, and met (I presume) many of you. I had a blast. I am planning to return to FinCon in Orlando this year, but have not 100% committed yet.

Since quitting my job, I have been diving deep into the inner workings of WordPress. I love playing around, and learning how everything works. I am more than happy to help anyone with WordPress questions/problems.

I hope to be quite active here and to get to know everyone better. Thanks for taking the time to read my intro!


#2

Welcome Andrew! I am new myself, but welcome nonetheless.

Will definitely hit you up with questions on WordPress!


#3

Welcome Andrew! I’ll be attending FinCon this year for the first time so expect to see me there making a fool of myself as I am known to do.

Congrats on getting out of a unhealthy work situation. Mental health is very important and should not be neglected in favor of a paycheck. The anxiety of putting yourself out there can be nervewracking but its also cathartic.


#4

Hi Andrew, welcome to the forums. Glad to hear you are putting your health first.


#5

Welcome Andrew!! :slight_smile: Looking forward to reading your stuff


#6

Hi Andrew and welcome! I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to quit your job but you’re lucky to have found such a supportive and protective partner!


#7

Welcome, Andrew!


#8

Thanks!


#9

Thanks! And yes, I definitely count my blessings with having a supportive partner who pushed me to take a leap. I think that’s probably more hard than easy to come by, so I remind myself of it pretty often.


#10

Awesome, likewise for me. Glad to be here.


#11

Thanks for your nice message. FinCon is a great experience - overwhelming, to be sure, but definitely worth it. Prepare for some jam-packed days, late nights, and a raspy voice when you return home :slight_smile:


#12

Don’t hesitate to shoot me questions. I find WordPress to be really fun and intuitive once you get the hang of it, but there’s a bit of a learning curve and it can be intimidating- so I am always happy to help.


#13

Hi and welcome!


#14

Welcome to the forums. Looking forward to reading more.


#15

Hi Andrew. I’ll pm you over this weekend with some questions. Right now, I am still playing just around with some WordPress plugins. If you know of any hidden gems, please let me know. Thanks in advance.


#16

Welcome to the forum! :grinning:


#17

Hi Andrew, I’m Tom fromDividends Diversify. Welcome


#18

Hi Andrew! I attended my first FinCon last year and look forward to Orlando this year. Hope to see you there.