We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Nemeth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, do you have a budget? How do you make lifestyle and spending decisions?
Yes, I absolutely have a budget. Now, as a millennial .. do I stick to my budget? Not always. My budget is more like guidelines .. boundaries I’ve set that I from time to time cross. When I was 15 years old my mother had my brother and I take a finance course. Not the ideal weekend activity as a 15 year old but it set me up with a financial foundation that has stuck with me since. The last few years as I’ve grown and financial goals and responsibilities have increased I have always centered my personal financial outlook around one phrase, “Money comes and money goes. You will always have plenty, you will always have enough.”
Finances to me is like a dating relationship .. you put too much pressure on them and you’ll break up before you even see your first anniversary. My outlook has given me the confidence in making what some might view as bold or risky financial decisions. Not saying all my financial decisions have landed on the profitable side of my margin (same with my dating relationships) but I truly believe no one’s financial situation should have to cripple their goals and aspirations. Always thinking back to my beliefs has given me an inner financial freedom that is reflected in my lifestyle and spending decisions.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Most days I am a creative project manager who has a heavy hand in production. Bathroom Saga was my underlying nature of creative photographer and entrepreneur getting its moment of glory. I believe my experience is what truly sets me a part. I have a extensive background in a variety of different fields that all coincide but also shine in their own light. My past experience has equipped me with a variety of different skills that has increased my value to almost any company.
How did I get here? If I really take a moment and look back, I had a mentor when I was in my early 20’s who told me, “spend one year saying ‘yes’ to everything”. Honest to God I believe her encouraging me to take every good possible opportunity in front of me is why I am who I am today. This phrase however, has brought opportunities that have had its challenges and lessons that I’ve endured and helped me grow as a female professional and leader throughout the years.
I don’t believe anyone would say building a career is “easy”. Industry changes, relocating to different cities, they’ve all come with their own obstacles–some advancing me forward and some having me hurdle over the bumps in the road. However, I believe holding fast to advice of taking the next best thing in front of. me has helped me endure the hardships and go for the gold.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is where I thrive!!! I love entertaining, no less in my hometown, Dallas. One of my favorite things about Dallas is that if. you truly know it you know that there can be more than eating and drinking (even though we love that too). If I were to plan the perfect weekend I would start off Friday night with Dinner at Lounge Here, a hidden gem that has some of the best cocktails in the city and makes you feel like you’ve time traveled to Palm Springs in the 60’s. From there I would end our night with a night cap from Cosmos, a Lakewood classic that has retro vibes and one of the best dirty martinis I’ve ever had.
Jumping into Saturday I would recommend an early Yoga class followed by a run at White Rock. We would probably do some mid-day thrifting at some of my favorite vintage spots (Lula B’s, Dolly Parton, and the classic Salvation Army). From there we would shimmy to dinner reservations at Nova followed by cocktails at the Belmont Hotel afterward. We would then end the night at the Jettison or Tiny Victories, an East Dallas fav for their craft cocktails. Sunday morning I would envision us going for a climb at the new Oso climbing gym in the Design District that has an epic climbing course with cross-fit ,cardio and yoga studio included (plus saunas in the lorckerrooms!!) From here we would go to lunch at Lockhart in the Bishops where we indulge in all of the Texas BBQ. We then would then an afternoon would shortly follow and we would end the night playing games sipping cider at Cidercade in the Design District.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It is an understatement when I say I would not be where I am or who I am without the encouragement and support from my family and friends. My mom… never thinking my dreams are too big, my brother and sister-in-law… pushing me to explore different creative outlets and my friends… who are always standing in my corner cheering me on. Bathroom Saga has felt like one big group effort and one big WIN that I couldn’t imagine not sharing with everyone who has played a part in this journey.