Category: Blog

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…

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…