Who’s that girl?

You may know me as Dana, or as The Broke-Ass Bride. But then I got married and was no longer a bride. And then I got divorced. Which was for the best for all involved.

Then I got married again! My husband Paul is amazing. He’s also Korean-American, and through him I have fallen in love with Korean language and culture. We had a baby, Maeve, who got me interested in RIE parenting. We also share our home with one dog (Watson), a fish (Rutabega), an aquatic snail (Speedy) and a land snail (Big Shellie). I’m Chicagoland-born, but Los Angelesian by choice.

So here I am, blogging about a new phase in my life, but still (as always) trying to continually better myself, and turn my obstacles into opportunity.

The Broke-Ass Bride blog recently retired after 11 amazing years inspiring couples to use creativity as currency and rock bad-ass weddings without breaking the bank. My first book, The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide, was released in December 2013 by Random House/PotterStyle and is available through Amazon or in a bookstore near you.

But my life has evolved far beyond weddings, so here we are. A new blog, and a new freelance writing career. Do you need compelling and engaging web content? Educational or entertaining articles and/or blog posts? Well-researched think pieces? Reviews of products, services, or businesses? I’m your gal!

Things I like include: my family, dogs, cooking, eating, travel, Korean culture/cuisine, respectful/mindful parenting, Kpop (especially BTS, Epik High, Mamamoo, and GDragon), nature, dancing, animals, tea, long baths, the beach, double entendres, portmanteaus, stripes and polka dots.

It’s nice to meet you!