Who I Am

vstimac_1379547250_32Howdy, I’m Valerie! Welcome to my small corner of the internet. Make yourself comfortable, and please check out my résumé if you’re so inclined.

Most recently, I was the Community Manager at ARO, Inc. in Seattle, WA. I’m currently looking for my next adventure, so if you’re in need of a digital marketing/social media enthusiast, I’m your gal! I’ve also started several small websites in addition to my day job, and invite you to check those out below.

If you’ve come to my site, it means you’re curious about me. You’re going to find I have lots of thoughts and lots to say, and am always happy to hear back from others when my words ring true for others. What really matters is what I love: writing, seeing the world, eating and drinking my way through the streets of whatever city I find myself in, and photographing it all. I love sitting at the hub of several twitterspheres, reorganizing my life, and saving for the next big trip.

Enjoy, comment freely, and please play nice in my corner of the internet playground.


Recent Articles

 Strategy and the Art of Endorsements on LinkedIn

My Projects

vvMy Travel Site

I started Valerie & Valise in October 2013 as a site to promote my travel writing after living abroad and moving to the Pacific Northwest. I consider it a place to deal with living as a traveler-in-recovery–bound to a location and a weekday job, I try to travel and update this several times a week based on recent trips and adventures.

ttMy Hobby

Tequila Tuesday was founded with a friend in September 2012 while living in London. We still go out nearly every week (always on Tuesday!) to enjoy agave, learn about the spirit, Mexican food, and culture. This site is home of our photos, events, reviews, and more.

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 9.40.23 AMMy Great Experiment

After school, I find myself with a bit of debt, just a little. I decided to try and start a tumblr to document the process of paying back my debt. Follow to see how I try to pay it off by living on 50% my income.

Where Else You Can Find Me

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Find me on Hi.co, where I write ‘Brief Reviews’ – movie reviews of 300 words or less.

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On Trippy, I answer other travelers’ questions, and occasionally ask a few of my own.


I use Intsagram socially, sharing photos from my life, travels, and when I go for runs.


My Twitter account is a blend of the personal and professional, and occasionally angsty.