Category: Activities

No phones. No one you know. No clue where you’re going.

A peek at what 48 hours with strangers in Somewhere Magical looks like via Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camp. Our next Camp is this Fall. Registration is open. If the images and description speak to you, we’d love to have you join us.

Why can’t you answer this simple question?!

One of the checkboxes in my current “always be improving” wheelhouse is how to be concise yet overflowing with insight, inspiration, or entertainment. Or better yet, with insight, inspiration, and entertainment. I’ve always been an above and beyond person. I waited ten months to be born to be sure I was cooked to perfection. Curriculums Read more…

A tree like no other (also titled, You’re doing what now?)

  I’m the cleaner in the family Evidenced by the many ways I choose to soothe my soul when stressed or sad. Best Friend sighs heavily — “This is the worst moment of my life” heavily — and looks the other direction when I bring up the topic. While I do wish he’d clean more often and without prodding, don’t Read more…

A list: simple ways to comfort yourself

  There is a lot to be angst’y about these days. The fact that the Cubs’ chances of an undefeated season have already been nullified. White people and their tea cups (see Get Out if you haven’t yet). An incoherent, asinine five-year old seventy-year old schoolyard bully braggadocio, who is surrounded by idiotic, in over their heads, Read more…

Guest Post: That One Time at The Adele Concert

This is a Guest Post by Tocarra Mallard.   Tocarra came onto my radar when I saw her perform at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival as part of The Kates (must see comedy in Chicago!) and fell immediately in love with her material, her persona, and her story. Being a quasi talent scout — I’m always Read more…

Mac & Cheese By The Bay: find your tribe in San Francisco

Photo via The Embassy Network For the past few years, I’ve experienced a mass exodus of Chicagoans for other zip codes. Whenever people leave me (sniff), they inevitably ask: “Do you do Mac & Cheese in (insert place they’re heading)? If not, do you know of like-minded organizations? I’d love to meet new people, find my Read more…

Travel: how to meet others and enjoy yourself on the road

Photo of me doing a Pecha Kucha via Visualized Concepts I get oft-asked “I’m traveling to ______, can you recommend ways to meet people, fun activities to do that are off the tourist-path? You know, Mac & Cheese, Life of Yes things…” The Eiffel Tower, Michigan Avenue, and Golden Gate Bridge are great but sometimes Read more…

My List: Chicago Beyond Navy Pier and Uno’s

Crossrhodes in Evanston (I know, I know, it’s not the city) I love getting asked about my dear city! And people do, often. So in Saya-Fashion, for ease and efficiency and because who doesn’t love a list?!, I’ve compiled some of my recommendations in list form. You can see some of my other lists on my Read more…

CHEESE-IT GIVEAWAY: 24-hour Divvy Passes

I’m a huge bike-share fan. Whenever I travel, it’s one of my favoritest ways to explore. You can see my in-depth post about why Best Friend and I are members though we both have our own bikes. The gist? It’s totally worth it! How bike-shares work If you’re not a member, you pay a fee usually Read more…

How watching TV the day I left for college impacted the lives of thousands

An excerpt of this was first presented at Flick Lit: Reel-to-Real Storytelling for Movie Lovers, the Musicals! Edition, at Chicago’s Logan Theater. Performers shared personal stories about a musical film of their choice (Newsies, Purple Rain, RENT, and Flashdance) and its impact and their love/hate for a film (Grease). Some of us used projected images (sampling below). Before each share, Read more…