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Hey! I’m 26 Today!

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mariahs 26th birthday

Hey there F22 Crew!

Is it a little self-serving to put a blog post up about my birthday on my own blog? Yeah maybe, but if I couldn’t do it here….where could I do it? I’m excited to say I’ve officially made it 26 rotations around the sun!


25 was a really weird year. It was really a ‘building’ year. I built businesses, friendships and decided on a schooling path. I also learned a TON of things about myself. I got to do some awesome things like;

  • I started my business as a full time freelancer!
  • I started Funding22 (the best blog ever!)
  • I donated my eggs again.
  • I went to Ireland! Which was my first real time abroad.
  • I started dating my current boyfriend, whom I’ve known for 10 years. So that was a long time coming.
  • I started a few other business ventures that will come out in 2020!
  • I watched my friends create amazing businesses and side hustles of their own!


I’m really excited for year 26, even if I’m nowhere near where I thought I would be. Last year when I turned 25 I did a Tarot card pull and got a ton of stuff surrounding motherhood. I was a little freaked out seeing as I am not in a place to have little ones, but then my friend Brenna pointed out motherhood is really just about creating and nurturing things. And that’s what I did all year! I’m excited to see how those friendships and businesses grow in 2020 and what else I decide to do!

26 years down…here’s to another 100! (One can hope right?!)


November 5, 2019

All About My Masters Program

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mariah riney masters program

Hello Hello F22 Crew!

Exciting news! I am starting a Masters program! I actually started a Masters in Marketing Research and Analytics, but decided to change for financial and timeline reasons. So now I will be starting January 1st, 2020 at Western Governors University for a MBA of IT Management! I heard a lot about WGU before signing up, but given my history with schooling I think it’s a better fit for me. Their flexible competency-based courses allow a lot of flexibility that can work for many lifestyles!

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October 17, 2019

My Freelance Origin Story

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Every superhero has an origin story. While I’m far from super, this is my story.


I’m 25 and have been laid off three times because a company is downsizing and/or closing it’s doors. Each time this happens I try to pivot to keep it from happening. (obviously my success hasn’t been great). I went from a Fortune 500 company, to mid-level company, to a micro-company where we all fit at one lunch table. Shit happens I guess.

I’ve always wanted to work for myself. So when my boss sat me down to let me know that as of January 4th, 2019 I would no longer have a job, I pretty much knew what I had to do. Luckily she gave me a really big heads up, and is a huge supporter of mine so I wasn’t blindsided.

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January 30, 2019