Category: Business

“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…

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…

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…

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…

The data proves it: I’m popular and also unpopular

I pride myself on being relatively in tune with the Cheese-It network and society overall. That I know what’s of interest, hot, on fleek. (Use of “on fleek” makes you question the validity to the previous statement, huh?) Looking at data, like what links get the most clicks in my newsletter, as well as what Read more…

Contest: fun, easy way to win $500 THIS WEEK!

This event is provided by partner The Debt Free Divas with background support by Mac & Cheese How does an easy $500 in your pocket sound? What about a fun way to get better at personal finance? How ’bout exploring and learning about a new friendly neighborhood resource and hangout? Join the Capital One Cafe Savings Scavenger Hunt, Read more…

What’s your story?

Normally, I’m a sweet, encouraging person, often mistaken for a matchmaker, therapist, or life coach. Normally, I hold and pat your hand as I lead you down scary yet for your own good paths. Normally, I don’t swear. I want to shake you by the shoulders and yell “For the love of God!” You exasperate me.     When Read more…