Welcome, I’m Pam!
I created East by Midwest to provide busy people like you with practical, easy-to-follow travel tips, advice, and inspiration.
My goal is to provide you with to-the-point information so that you can stop researching and start experiencing.
I’ve included a little about myself below and I’d love to get to know you, too! Tell me about yourself by leaving a comment or DM on Instagram @eastbymidwest, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The origin of “East by Midwest”
- Iowa born and raised: I was born and raised in Nevada, Iowa. Land of corn, soybeans, wind turbines, and super friendly people. 🌽
- East Coast resident: I went to college at the University of Virginia and stayed on the East Coast after graduating. I live in Arlington, Virginia and commute over the river into Washington, DC for my day job. 🌏
- Mickey Mouse: Random fact – Mickey Mouse and I share the same birthday (November 18). It made for some very cool Mickey-themed birthday parties when I was younger. (Thanks, Mom!) 🎂
- Number-cruncher: I’m a CPA and spent most of my professional career as an auditor. Now I’m a finance director at a non-profit. ✏️
Sweet teeth, metal bones, & Elvis
- Serious sweet tooth: I’ve yet to meet anyone with a bigger sweet tooth than mine. If you have a big sweet tooth, message me – we should be friends. 🍭
- Team bionic hip: Due to a childhood injury, I had a full left hip replacement in October 2016. After years of stabbing pain, the hip replacement eliminated all my hip pain. I’m amazed every day by the miracle of modern medicine.💃🏻
- Lover of Oldies music: I love all Oldies music, especially the Righteous Brothers, Elvis, and the Beach Boys. 🎵
Things that go bump in the night…and the morning
- Horror movie boycotter: You will never, ever convince me to watch a horror movie. Nope, nope, nope. 🎥
- No to mornings: Words you’ll never hear me say: “Wow, I just jumped right out of bed this morning!” I am not a morning person. At all. I envy morning people but will stay solidly amongst the night owls. 🌅
- Skip the coffee: You’ll also have a hard time convincing me to drink coffee. Why drink coffee when I can have hot chocolate? When I’m low on energy, I’ll have spearmint gum or a mint to wake me up. ☕️