About Me

Yay, you’re here! Welcome.

Technically, I’m Bernadette.
But unless you’re my mom and you’re mad at me, I go by Berna.

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Here’s my face!

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I’m sorry/Thanks for looking at it!

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BUT WHO ARE YOU, EVEN

I’m a writer, a video producer, a youth advocate, a fairly good auntie and a very easily excitable human. My favorite things include serving and empowering young people, fighting with Adobe Premiere, and falling asleep while playing my ukulele.

Last year, my partner and I finished off over $50,000 in student loans. And to celebrate, we quit our jobs, bought one-way tickets to New Zealand, and are now traveling wherever we want for the whole year.

Seriously! Lookit:

 

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BUT WHAT DO YOU EVEN DO

I’m currently running all around Asia, backpacking and car camping and Living, Baby. Living.

But also, I’m working on a few personal projects, including:

  • Felicia’s Wallet: A Youtube series of personal finance videos for young people.
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  • Ticket 2 Blog: A podcast with one o’ my fave travel bloggers about how to become a blogger and a traveler without losing your mind or selling your soul.

In my most recent adult life back in the US, I was the Teen Community lead at Instagram. Just before that, I was in New York City working as a teen advisor & teen camp program director (basically a Cool Aunt version of a high school teacher) for the YMCA, and doing freelance writing/video producing when I should’ve been sleeping. My portfolio includes work for Seventeen & Seventeen.com, Glamour & Glamour.com, Shape.com, The Huffington Post, SundanceTV and Scholastic, to name a few.

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BUT HOW ARE YOU EVEN USEFUL TO ME

Well, a lot of very kind people have recruited me to do some incredible things.
I’m often asked:

  • To produce fun videos. I’ve done ones for travel, education, corporate sponsorships, teen advice, even a few bar mitzvahs.
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  • To write web articles on topics ranging from flirty Snapchats to bartender etiquette.
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  • To design youth-focused lesson plans and curriculum, answering questions like “How do we, adults at a major beauty brand, discuss social media with a panel of youngin’z?” or “How could a group of social workers inform NYC teens about their rights when interacting with police?”
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  • To get lunch and consult upon “what teens are even up to these days” (My personal favorite.)

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I’ve also been told I’m really, really good at being happy for you.
If you need me for any of the above, I’d love to hear it!

I overshare the most on my Instagram, FYI. What’s new with you?

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And now, for your further stalkage, some semi-recent things about my life: 

Forbes.com | 13 Wild Ways These Influencers Saved Money to Travel

HNTTLABB.com | Too Dark & Not Enough: Traveling As a Dark Skin, Curly-Haired Filipinx

Medium.com | Berna Anat: Dishing the Digital Nomad Dirt

That’s What She Said! | Money Talk with Hey Berna

Bari Tessler’s Money Memoirs | How Berna Said Bye Felicia to $50k of Debt

Risen Zine | Listen to the Kids

University of Southern California | Alumna Turned Love of Teen Culture into Top Job at Instagram

Seventeen.com | From Freshman 15 to Seventeen!

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