Saya Hillman is from Evanston, IL, has a BA in English & Sociology from Boston College, an MBA from the University of Chicago*, and currently resides in Chicago. She’s been her own boss since 2004 and thinks self-employment is the best thing ever. Her focus used to be on digital media and teaching; now it’s on helping others enhance their lives.
*This is a complete lie. See her Wishes page.
Official Saya Stuff
Saya in List Form
- Almost changed her name to “Alexis” in between high school and college because “Alexis” was the name that epitomized normalcy
- Unable to do simple conversions – how many quarts in an inch?
- Her hair caught on fire at her seventh birthday party
- To prepare for a wedding, she cut off her bangs; no one told her that if you don’t want bangs, you grow them out
- In response to her selection as one of Chicago Magazine’s Top 20 Singles, a guy blogged:“She lite, mixed, tall and everything a woman needs to be. I could do without all that ambition though.”
- Things that make her swoon: white lights in trees, GoogleDocs, good grammar, politically-incorrect humor, and carrot cake
- She loves lists. Employment Criteria List, Boyfriend Criteria List, Housing Criteria List, Life To Do List.
Saya in Esoteric Form
She doesn’t believe in a work-life balance. She believes in living. She doesn’t have a job and friends and errand time and professional peers and a fiancé and gym time and family and social time. They’re all just life.
Sundays used to be “Ugh, I have to go back to _____ tomorrow;” now, she doesn’t know what day it is.
The countdown to 5pm used to be a workday constant; now, she doesn’t know what time it is.
Being social used to rely on others; now, she creates her own fun.
Routine used to be her caffeine; now, possibility/the unknown is her drug of choice.
Clichés she lives by –
- Stop talking and do
- Go big
- Shoot for the stars
- Life is short
- Live for today
- You never know
- Just ask
- Just try
- What’s the worst that could happen?
She enters situations with big-picture expectations – learn a skill, check out a new venue, meet people – not expectations like “I hope I meet someone to date” or “I hope I get a client out of this!”
She’s rarely disappointed.