Author: Saya

I’m on a Selfish Sabbatical

If you ask me for anything July through August 2020, I will answer — I’ve actually been on a Selfish Sabbatical (SFSB) for years. But it’s been a focused, very niche SFSB. To deal with the high-class problem of constant variations of asks to get coffee, pick my brain, grab lunch, or hear my story Read more…

GUEST POST — Travel: One is the Magic Number

This is a Guest Post by Cheese-It DeLonda Dowling. Or is it DeRhonda? Delores? Jane? (People butcher our names all the time. I often get “Sara” like I’ve misspelled my own name by typing “Saya” and someone is politely correcting me. So now we joke-not joke about it…) DeLonda came into my life when she Read more…

GUEST POST: Why You STILL Aren’t Where You Want To Go

This is a Guest Post by Cheese-It Laura Swartzbaugh. She’s been in my world for a gaggle of years, let’s say six. When we met, she was a teacher and had been one for let’s say a gaggle x a gaggle number of years. Many years. And as so many Cheese-Its are, heck, so many Read more…

2019 Life of Yes℠ Gift Ideas

If you’ve been in my vicinity for a second or three, you know that I value efficiency, ease, commonsense, laughter, frugality yet also paying top dollar for things & people worth top dollar, referrals, feeling good about myself, and helping others feel good about themselves. If I can smoosh all of that into list form, Read more…

Travel: Life of Yes℠ Japan

One of the most anticipated trips personally. Because Japan is the farthest I’ve ever traveled and the most “different” — language, alphabet, food, customs. Because we booked it a year in advance. Because we flew First Class, direct, in $24,000 seats. I have never been so close to being Oprah. Best Friend and I have Read more…

What it looks like when people who can’t camp camp

As part of the Mac & Cheese I Can’t series where adults state they’re unable to do something, they try it with a bunch of other adults who also “can’t,” and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, “That wasn’t so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good Read more…

10 simple steps to being a sexy vixen

You know when you exit something at the top of its game? Cause you don’t want to exit any less than top? And it’s right and perfect and you’re so glad you did? And then two years later, you’re like, “I still haven’t been Mimi from RENT on stage. WTF?!” And since you can’t sing, Read more…

Dreams DO come true

This is a Guest Post from a Life of Yes℠ (LOY) Sleepaway Camper who joined us in Somewhere Magical a year ago. I live for updates from Cheese-Its, especially those I haven’t heard from in awhile. You always hope there’s a lingering impact, that what they participated in was more than three hours of chatting Read more…

What to do when you get rejected

An email I got recently —  10:27 AM, to bcc: Saya Salutations! [blah blah blah] We got some stellar submissions this year (including yours!), and while we would have loved to have all of them presented, we had to narrow down the field. Unfortunately, your talk wasn’t selected this year, but we appreciated and were Read more…