Author: Saya

2018 Life of Yes℠ List o’ Gift Ideas

I love lists + making recommendations + making other people’s lives easier and richer + introducing people to newness. So of course this is one of my favorite posts of the year when I get to combine all of those loves into a “Here’s what/who I’m crushing on and I think you may crush on Read more…

“I’m looking for a new job. Can you help?”

The inquiry I get the most, from friends and strangers,  is some form of: “I’m looking for a job. Wondering if you can offer some guidance?”   Yes, yes I can.   Job Search Guidance Host a comfy event Have a dinner party with people from all walks of life, people from different circles, with connected, Read more…

This year, you can actually take action on my great advice

Last year, to much fanfare, ohhhs and ahhhs, “I’m doing this next year!”, I shared a Thanksgiving lesson applicable to everyday life. But it was the day before Thanksgiving, so a bit late for most folks to do anything with my life-changing insight. This year, I gotchu. Consider this your well in advance, “for the Read more…

A simple way to find some right when everything feels wrong

People often ask me for tips on keeping one’s head up and on plugging along — usually pertaining to the self-employed, entrepreneurial, do your own thing path — and for comfort when considering leaving behind a Golden Handcuffs job. The job that on paper is fantastic. The salary. The title. The swanky office. The benefits. Read more…

Who wins the perk game? 9 to 5ers or self-employeds?

I love lists. I love being self-employed. I love hearing all the “Are you kidding me?!” perks of my 9 to 5 friends. Love in an “envious, why am I riding the self-employed rollercoaster, maybe should I go back to 9 to 5” way. Context: I come from four years in the nonprofit world followed Read more…

How to say no to a nice request

Life of Yes℠ Disclaimer If you take anything away from this, let it be: “You do you.”   These are my thoughts, my opinions, what works for me. You may disagree. You may do the complete opposite. Cool, cool. I’m not saying you’re wrong; I’m not saying I’m right. My way isn’t the way; it’s Read more…

Is that what you REALLY want to do? Or is it a way to defer what scares you?

A friend recently posted that she’s considering becoming a certified coach. A few days later, in the “How to successfully switch careers” edition of her newsletter, she reflected: “I thought I’d have to return to school to get a job at a nonprofit and that wasn’t true. Rather, I relied on my transferable skills and Read more…

How do YOU think I make money?

I’ve bristled twice recently in relation to my business. Bristle One Someone whom I’ve known for about three years asked incredulously, “You make money doing Mac & Cheese?” I stared back with a “How do you think I bought that chair you’re sitting in?” stare. These clothes, that exposed brick wall, the drink in your Read more…

Cheese-It Referral: Brian Barkowski, Mortgage Broker

If I saw an ad for a mortgage broker with this photo of said broker, I’d a) do a double take, b) raise my eyebrows, and c) head to his website cause yas Queen yas. Who is this low-key, obviously fun loving dude with real world, adulting know-how? I’ll be honest, when someone introduces themselves as a Read more…