Category: Life of Yes℠

How my yard sign collection grew during 2020

My yard sign collection has grown over the past year —  Partly due to quarantine. Partly due to racial injustice. Partly due to my Selfish Sabbatical. Partly due to new (to me) faces (see who at end of post). Yard Signs Confidence is sexy There is no trait more attractive. In significant others. Friends. Coworkers. Read more…

Return From My Selfish Sabbatical

For more Selfish Sabbatical images, see end of post Links may be referral links where I may receive compensation if you purchase via the link. The doodles below are part of the 100 Day Project where I post a doodle a day on Instagram; this is Day 69.   July to August 2020 I took Read more…

Live Elsewhere Experiment

For Chattanooga recommendations, scroll to end, just above photos We’re back. (I hope you’re envisioning Michael Jordan circa 1995 and his famous two-word fax…) In an effort to inject positive change into a year filled with oodles of negative change, at the end of December 2020, Best Friend and I changed zip codes from 60622 Read more…

2020 Life of Yes℠ Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. Where I tell you what I love or aspire to love and you then decide if any of my loves would make a [chef’s kiss] gift for yourself or others in your life.   The usual disclaimers and reminders — I don’t care about fashion, makeup, skincare, labels, real Read more…

I’m on a Selfish Sabbatical

UPDATE: The follow up to this is here. If you ask me for anything July through August 2020, I will answer — I’ve actually been on a Selfish Sabbatical (SFSB) for years. But it’s been a focused, very niche SFSB. To deal with the high-class problem of constant variations of asks to get coffee, pick Read more…

GUEST POST — Travel: One is the Magic Number

This is a Guest Post by Cheese-It DeLonda Dowling. Or is it DeRhonda? Delores? Jane? (People butcher our names all the time. I often get “Sara” like I’ve misspelled my own name by typing “Saya” and someone is politely correcting me. So now we joke-not joke about it…) DeLonda came into my life when she 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…