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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…

Who knew a Top Ten Moment would happen in a parking lot?

I’ve had many highlight moments over my years. Being surprised in elementary school by my Aunt with a trip to Disney World that my single-mom couldn’t afford (she also surprised me with an adorable tiny red convertible once we arrived). Walking through Cabrini Green as a high school student with a WGN TV crew, as Read more…

Where are the investors that care about this type of ROI?

UPDATE: A week after this goodness, this goodness happened. Grab kleenex. What is next week?! I would like to make more money. I would like money deposited into my bank account every two weeks. I would like catered lunch and a matching 401K program and paid vacation. And and and. That said. If I made Read more…

Life of Yes℠ tip: stop reading the damn book

I am a fast reader. But this bookmark has been in about the same spot for about a year and a half. I just haven’t been able to get into this book — I’ve brought it on trips. “Oh when I’m on the plane, I’ll definitely be into it.” Never opened it. And then felt Read more…

GUEST POST: What do to after your heart breaks

I’ve known Keri for many years, I think initially through her attendance at my events (pitfall of the job — I meet so many folks, it’s hard to keep track of the initial when, how, why’s). I’ve always found her to be a thoughtful, kind, participatory spirit, eager to support others and to challenge and work Read more…