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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…

When you realize a thread that connects your entire life has frayed

I enjoy list making. Lists are double neat; neat like “Cool!” and neat like “Clean!” They’re easy to ingest. Their conciseness and lack of fluff fits our inability to consume depth anymore. They’re shareable. They’re fun to checkmark and cross off. They’re easy to add to and remove from. You can nest and sub-nest and Read more…

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…