It all started when Elisabeth moved from Virginia to Florida in the summer of 2016. What began with difficulty financing the move (the expenses can be huge), ended with a hefty fee because she was late in both registering her car and changing her car insurance from VA to FL. Though one could simply consider her daft for not realizing these "common sense" rules of being an adult, as she spoke with more and more of her peers, she realized that in one way or another, we all have qualms with adulting. From there, she founded The Adult Dish.
Founder: Elisabeth Huber
Elisabeth is a James Madison University alum (go Dukes!) who was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Though she grew up in suburbia, both of her parents were from small rural towns. Her dad, who lived on an Ohioan farm, always attempted to teach Elisabeth the DIY of household fixes such as how to change the oil in a car, how to flip the circuit breaker, and how to grow a garden. Her mom always taught her the financial side of things such as being smart with a credit card, how to write a check, and maintaining a savings account. Though she was a stubborn kid who didn't think she needed to know this information, soon after graduating from college she realized how invaluable many of these lessons truly were.
Elisabeth, who is a full-time QA Analyst/Tester in Atlanta, GA, enjoys spending her free time doing OrangeTheory, bar hopping with friends, traveling, relaxing at home with her cat Mia and dog Beau, and (of course) Netflix binging.
Social Media Marketer: Maegan Lovell
Maegan was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. She graduated from Washington State University with a Communication degree, specializing in Public Relations and Strategic Communication.
Known as the 'mom' of her friend group, Maegan has always been seen as an old soul by family members and others close to her. Her philosophy is that you can learn just about anything with a Google search bar and a little bit of gumption - her go to phrase is: "Let me do some research."
Maegan is passionate about people, different cultures and travel. She also loves cold brew coffee, corgis, and Frank Sinatra.
Research Assistant: Allyse Harris
Allyse is a full-time graduate student from Virginia, studying to become a physician assistant with plans to graduate in 2018. Coming from a family where her parents encouraged her to “figure it out for yourself,” she’s tried to navigate the adult world with some success and some insightful (we’ll call them) “not-successes.” She’s learned a lot from her family, friends, and life experiences, and is therefore excited to be able to share some of it with others who are trying their best to figure out how to be an adult.
In her minimal free time from school, Allyse gets to spend it with her two dogs while attempting to become the next Pinterest Queen, binging on crime Netflix shows, traveling the only way a poor graduate student can (in a budget-friendly way), and/or hanging out with her family and friends.
Contributing Writer: Alyssa Kapaona
Alyssa resides in Honolulu, Hawai'i where she is a faculty member at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM). She serves the campus as an academic advisor and a coordinator for a student mentoring program. She has been in the field of education for over ten years and has worked with students in various positions from preschool to college.
Alyssa has a Masters of Education in Higher Educational Administration (UHM) and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (UHM). She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Administration program at UHM. Her research interests include family issues in higher education, female experiences in higher education, and mentoring impacts in higher education.
However, her most important roles are a wife and mother. Alyssa has two young daughters (age 5 and 18 months) and enjoys taking breaks from "adulting" to play with them at the beach.
contributing writer: Julia Bellotti
Julia is an American University graduate and currently a Program Manager at a translation company. Julia's friends know her as the person that has a 'guy' for everything, and they regularly consult her for all adulting advice from filing taxes to renting a car in a foreign country.
As a former gymnast, Julia can be found upside down in her free time at a flying trapeze class, or right side up watching crime shows, traveling, or eating cookie dough. Julia is an avid DIYer and Home Depot aficionada; she has made blackout curtains, mirror frames, and outdoor cushions just to name a few.
Julia photographs all her handstands (100+) she's done worldwide, which you can find here, or you can follow her adventures on Instagram.
contributing writer: Tess Brigham
Tess Brigham is a licensed psychotherapist and Board Certified Coach and specializes in helping 20-Somethings/Millennials navigate this exciting but overwhelming time in their lives. Tess wants all young adults to be able to enter into their 30s, 40s and 50s with confidence and clarity.
For over 15 years, Tess has worked with men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds, each with a desire to change something (sometimes everything) about their lives. Tess understands the unique challenges to the 20-Something years and knows how to motivate and encourage young people to live their best lives.
To learn more about Tess go to her website at: www.tessbrigham.com or find her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tess_brigham, FB: Tess Brigham Coaching or you can simply email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.